Visit to Fremantle’s oldest sister city – Seberang Perai

My visit to Fremantle’s very first Sister City Seberang Perai (which is the mainland part of the Penang, Malaysia) was short but very special and productive.

The first day of the trip consisted of been whisked straight from the airport to a meeting with the Chief Minister of State of Penang (their equivalent of the Premier of WA ) and his ministers.

After spending half an hour with the Premier and then meeting his ministers including his new Minster for Gender Equity – who was very dynamic – we did a press conference that gained national media attention. Not what I was expecting, but very pleasing. (I also did think it was somewhat ironic that I had easier access the Premier and ministers of Fremantle‘s sister city than I do to their equivalents in WA!)

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In my time with the Chief Minister one of the main areas of conversation was sustainability and waste. They were especially interested in our reduced use of landfill and recycling which are they are just starting to raise awareness of. It was good to be able to talk about the SMRC model Fremantle is part of and they seemed to keen to come to WA to find out more.

Growing car dependence if also a huge problem in Penang and it was good to be able share experiences including how our CAT service worked.

The first day primarily focused on Seberang Perai which has been our sister city since 1978. It was clear why as it is also port city – although the major port has now moved further south. Interestingly it also used to be a major Australian airbase which I also went and visited.

The second day had more of a heritage focus which I will outline in the next post.

Come and show your support for a price on carbon!

I don’t normally do non-Freo things on this blog but lots of great Freo people have helped organise  this rally

We all know that a price on carbon pollution is the first, and most important step to a clean energy economy of the future.
You might have heard that a group of polluters and climate change skeptics is organising an anti-carbon price rally in Perth.

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On the same day as the carbon skeptics rally, there will be a huge sustainable energy expo at the Perth Convention Centre. Lets outnumber and outshine the skeptics by supporting the renewable energy industry!

Come and gather to show your support for a price on carbon.

WHERE: Perth Convention Centre entrance
WHEN: 12noon – 1:00pm, Wednesday 23rd March

Bring your friends and if you can wear something sky blue.

Please forward this invitation to as many people as you can

World’s Greatest Shave Fremantle Markets

Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave is one of Australia’s biggest fundraising events with over 125,000 people across the country participating to raise money for those living with a blood cancer. At the Fremantle Markets they held a fundraiser  and raised $4,930.50. I sponsored Amy (below) $50 bucks to shave of her plats but was a wimp and just got a colour although Cr Rob Fittock did sponsor me to get it done in Eagles colours!

Next Fremantle Network Event – an update from the City of Fremantle’s key working groups.

The Fremantle Network will host an evening of informative networking, featuring an update from the City of Fremantle’s key working groups.

5.30pm – 7pm Friday 18 March

In the Curragh Room at Rosie O’Grady’s

In 2010, the City of Fremantle established a number working groups to gain community input to develop strategy and policies on a number of key areas.

The Fremantle Network is proud to present an update from the Chairpersons of seven of those working groups tasked with progressing policy in key areas of interest:

–  Strategic Sites Review Working Group

–  Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

–  Economic Development Working Group

–  South Terrace Improvements Project Working Group

–  Community Safety Working Group

–  Cultural Development Working Group

–  Cantonment Hill Working Group



We look forward to hearing about the specific issues each of the working groups have been focusing on, what changes the community may see in the short to medium term and what opportunities may exist for wider community input.

Please join us from 5.30pm on Friday 18 March at Rosie O’Grady’s.

With warm thanks to the Woolstores Shopping Centre for providing catering.

For more information contact Rachel on 0408 988 977 or

An unusual visitor to Boo Park

Local resident Brendan sent me the following photos from Booyeembara Park in White Gum Valley. I am pleased the local lake could provide such a community service

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Villa Roma Hills Bushfire Dinner raises thousands

This week Nunzio from Villa Roma on High St generously held a dinner to raise money for those impacted by the Roleystone Kelmscott bushfires. It was a great success and raised an estimated $5000. Thanks also to Ra from Bright  Blue C, the City of Fremantle and the many local businesses who donated produce.

As an ex-Roleystone boy it was great to be able to assist in a small way.


Kim Beazley School site demolished

The Kim Beazley School site on Stevens Street in White Gum Valley is currently being demolished to make way for housing. the next step will be a new community engagement on what kind of housing should go on the site. I’ll keep you in the loop as this progresses.