April the month of Political Lobbying

The past few weeks have been extremely busy for City of Fremantle on the lobbying front.

The CEO and I have met with Hon Terry Waldron, Minister for Sport Liquor & Gaming and then with Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan and Deputy Police Commissioner Gary Budge to seek support for the ISAF 2011 event to receive “Special Event” status from 1st November to 24th December.  This will allow a relaxation of some of the liquor licensing conditions that will provide a more social atmosphere during the event so we can be more of an international city.  A formal application has now been lodged for that status and I am confident that it will be accepted which is a great success. This means you will be able to stand up with a drink at venues like Xwray even if it in only for a couple of months!

We also met with Hon Simon O’Brien, the new  Minister for Finance to discuss the getting a new government office into Fremantle  (to which the city has lodged an EOI to attract a new agency to our Point Street site).

Whilst  the Minister couldn’t give any undertakings because the matter was still with Cabinet, there were two clear messages:

1. Firstly it would be many months before government made any announcements in relation to where agencies might be located; and

2. there was support for Fremantle getting a new government office

We also met this week with the Hon Troy Buswell, the new Minister for Transport and Housing  to discuss a range of transport issues.  These included:

  • High Street upgrade
  • National Ports Strategy
  • Fremantle Ports/ING
  • Light Rail
  • South West Corridor transport planning generally
  • Fremantle Traffic Bridge

The Minister was helpful in most of these matters.  Outcomes from the meeting of note were:

  • Support for a working group to develop plans for a commercial development of Victoria Quay – to include Fremantle Ports, PTA and city of Fremantle
  • Support to relook at parameters for upgrading of High Street – but noting that decisions need to be made by end of August at the very latest so that the federal funding is not lost
  • No urgency from government about Fremantle Traffic Bridge
  • Advised that government would make announcement in the near future about port planning, much of which is resultant from the Fremantle Ports Optimum Working Group Report (although it is unlikely the report itself will be released).

This was followed up the next day with a meeting with the Department of Transport on High St to get that ball rolling including exploring more options to make sure the $68millionin Federal funds was well spent

It has been an intense month of lobbying but one in which are seeing some real results for Fremantle.

Fremantle Fair Trade Soiree and Launch of Fair Trade Guide

I don’t know if any have seen the great little publication “The Pocket Guide to Fair Trade in WA” around but it is fantastic

After over four years of compilation and over a year in production,  the first edition of the “Pocket Guide to Fair Trade in WA” is about to be launched. It is the first of its kind in Australia

To celebrate the launch of “The Pocket Guide to Fair Trade in WA” & the anniversary of Fremantle a being a Fair Trade City you invited it a FREE event:

Friday 13th May 6-7.30pm
Fremantle Council Chambers
Welcoming special guest Cecilia Granadino Executive Director of MINKA in Peru.

thanks to the Oxfam Australia, Fremantle for Fair Trade Group and Shona for pulling this together
Organic nibbles by The Hidden Pantry
Live music by Nico Bahamonde
Drinks courtesy of the City of Fremantle
RSVP appreciated: Shona Hunter: 044894265

Want to run your own Mrs Brown’s? How to apply for a Small Bar liquor licence

The City of Fremantle is hosting a free seminar by Department of Racing, Gaming & Liquor. Fremantle Council is keen to support more small bars in Fremantle and this seminar will show you that it is easier than you think!

Location: City of Fremantle Town Hall Centre, 8 William Street, Fremantle Venue: Reception Room

Date: Wednesday, 27th April 2011 Time: 9.30am – 11.00am

This free seminar will explain the Small Bar liquor licence application process and the Department of Racing, Gaming & Liquor’s requirements for prospective licensees.

The following topics will be covered at the seminar:

  • Overview of the Licensing Authority and the Liquor Commission.
  • Types of liquor licences.
  • Application process.
  • Small Bar application – What do I need to submit?
  • Assessment process and Public Interest Test.
  • How is a decision made?
  • What happens when a license is granted?

To register, please send an email to GovernanceProjectTeam@fremantle.wa.gov.au including your name, address, phone number and “Small Bar Seminar” in the subject line.

For more information call the City of Fremantle on 9432 9734.

Register now … places are limited to a maximum of 30.

Fremantle local Mike Pauly is walking from Melbourne to Perth across the Nullarbor

Fremantle local Mike Pauly is walking from Melbourne to Perth across the Nullarbor in a bid to raise funds and awareness for Arthritis WA. Mike will be pushing all his food, water, clothes and tent in a customised baby buggy. His latest blog post says “Since I left  on the 1st of March I have averaged 30 .15 km per day” He is currently in Port Augusta.

Mike’s blog is at http://thearthritisway.wordpress.com/

I would encourage Fremantle people to support him though http://www.everydayhero.com.au/mikepauly

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Even more extraordinarily this is Mike’s second Australia crossing. In 2009, the then sixty-nine year old osteoarthritis sufferer  set off from his home in Fremantle. He completed the epic 3617km walk unaided. After being diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both knees as a result of being overweight, Mike started walking. After reading Deanna Sorenson’s account of walking unsupported across the Nullarbor, Mike decided he would walk from his home in Fremantle to Federation Square Melbourne via Coolgardie before his 70th birthday in a bid to raise funds and awareness for Arthritis WA.

the second and final day of my visit to our Malaysian sister city Serabang Peria


I spent the second and final day of my visit to our Malaysian sister city with the Mayor of Serabang Peria in the World Heritage area of Georgetown, Penang.

I was very impressed by the new Mayor who has only been in job for less than a week. She was a former planner and head of the World Heritage Office in Penang so we had plenty in common to talk about.

Georgetown is a wonderful heritage area and has many similarities with the West end of Fremantle (and suggests to me all the more reason the West End needs to be listed – btw our new committee to look at heritage listing has just been appointed). A beautiful mix of old shops and narrow streets, that like Fremantle was almost lost to a series of road widenings and modern developments.

It is amazing to think that much of Malaysia – in fact Asia – would have been like this but this is one of the few remaining examples and a huge tourist attracter for that reason. The Mayor showed me around the sites she worked on including some of the works that won her planner of the year in 2005. It was an inspiring and interesting day and what I hope will be the start of a fruitful relationship of two cities sharing ideas on sustainability, development and heritage conservation.

I was very grateful for the extremely generous and kind hospitality shown to me and hope that Fremantle can return the favour one day soon.

Sustainable Energy Futures a Public Forum – Tuesday, April 19

How can we decarbonise and decentralise our electricity grid? Come along and discuss this with international expert Allan Jones and a panel of Western Australian professionals in this field including:

  • Senator Scott Ludlam Australian Greens Party
  • Mayor Brad Pettitt City of Fremantle
  • Professor Peter Newman Director, Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute
  • Phil Livingston Founder, Sungrid
  • Prof Ray Wills Chief Executive, Sustainable Energy Association

DATE Tuesday, April 19 TIME 5:30 pm
VENUE Fremantle Town Hall, 8 William St, Fremantle
RSVP By April 15 events@fremantle.wa.gov.au or 9432 9945