East End Gazetted Today

After what feels like a life time of planning, meetings and fine tuning the East End amendment is a reality and development of this run down part of the City an finally occur with quality, sustainable  developments including mixed use and affordable apartments. Let’s hope the GFC fades to enable this to happen.

The Minister of Planning John Day kindly came down to Fremantle this week to mark the occasion and his press release is below. I even put on a Dockers tie for this occasion!


Extensive redevelopment of Fremantle’s east end is one step closer, following State Government approval of an amendment to the City of Fremantle local planning scheme.

Planning Minister John Day said the amendment would facilitate the redevelopment of the area as major transit-orientated development precinct.


“This amendment paves the way for extensive redevelopment of the east end of Fremantle as a key gateway node to the Fremantle city centre,” Mr Day said.

“Fremantle has a special place in the State’s history and it is highly commendable that council is encouraging the next stage of the city’s evolution.

“It shows that the City of Fremantle is serious about being recognised as a forward-thinking local government in the metropolitan region.

“Under the planning guidelines, development within the precinct could accommodate up to 2,500 residents, which would have a major flow-on effect for the community, allowing for a stronger economy and more diverse population.”

Under the amendment, maximum permissible building heights have been increased to seven storeys fronting the Fremantle Harbour and five storeys along Queen Victoria Street.

The precinct has been assigned an R-AC residential density coding under the revised Residential Design Codes.

Mr Day said a key objective of the amendment was to ensure redevelopment was of high architectural quality incorporating best practice, sustainable building design as well as providing other community benefits.

 Development incentives, such as increased building height, would be built in to the planning provisions to help achieve these goals

Fremantle Poetry Month

Fremantle Poetry month  (presented by Fremantle Press) is launched on the 7th at the Fremantle Art Centre with a few great events before and after including one that is special to me because my sister has been involved in an exhibition at Clancy’s Fish Pub (from 4th of July) where the poetry is written on thongs washed up on Christmas Island and includes both mainstream and refugee student’s work, some of which is very moving. Check it out:

Friday 1 July Student Poetry Writing Workshops. Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre, Fremantle Prison, cnr Knutsford and Hampton Roads Fremantle, 08 9430 6869
Talented local poets Kevin Gillam and Michael Heald and Fremantle Press Poetry Publisher Georgia Richter give creative writing students the low down on writing their own poetry. Open to secondary school students. Places are limited and bookings essential.

Monday 4 July Voicebox resents: Kevin Gillam and Kaitlyn Plylel 7.45 pm.  Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle, 51 Cantonment Street Fremantle
Poets and songwriters performing live. Open mike is strickly limited.

Monday 4 July Thonglines Poetry and Art Installation. Opens 7.45 pm. Exhibition for July. Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle, 51 Cantonment Street Fremantle
Using the thongs that wash ashore every day as their canvas, Christmas Island’s creative writing students have produced an art installation wuith self penned haiku inspired poetry.

Thursday 7 July Fremantle Poetry Month launch 6.30 pm start. Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty Street Fremantle, 08 9432 9555
Celebrate the launch of three new poetry collections with an evening of live music and performance poetry.

Thursday July 21 Browsing library and mini – bookstore 10.00 am–4.00 pm  Fremantle City Library Free. Contact 9432 9766
Quality new and second-hand books will be on sale – poetry, fiction & non-fiction. Plus Poetry readings Acclaimed poets Kate Wilson and Kevin Gillam perform a broad swlwction of Austrlain poems, all of them engaging, challening and entertaining. Also includes open mic. 5.00 pm–7.00 pm

Friday July 22 Browsing library and mini workshop. 10.00 am–5.00 pm Fremantle City Library Free. Contact 9432 9766
Quality new and second-hand books will be on sale – poetry, fiction & non-fiction.

Saturday July 23 Poetry Workshop – Zineiors with Kevin Gillam and Andy Jackson 10.00 am-1.00 pm
Fremantle City Library Free. Places are limited – bookings required 9432 9766
A free two hour workshop at the Fremantle Library aimed at bringing older writers and poetry groups together with ZINE and CHAPBOOK creators. At the end of the two hours participants will have learnt the difference between a zine and a chapbook, seen examples of each, heard why they are created, have brainstormed for their own zine and will have commenced work on one themselves.

ABC news story – Fremantle Mayor supports Monckton lecture

The ABC posted this story an hour or two ago.

This will be a controversial lecture and I will be there to challenge him on the facts.

While Lord Monckton has the right to his own opinion he does not have the right to his own facts!

cheers, Brad


A Western Australian university will allow climate change sceptic Lord Christopher Monckton to speak at a lecture next week, despite pressure to cancel the event.

At a speech in the United States earlier this month, Lord Monckton labelled the Federal Government’s climate change adviser, Ross Garnaut, a fascist and used a Nazi swastika to illustrate his point.

Today, he offered Professor Garnaut an apology.

Lord Monckton is due to speak at Notre Dame University’s Fremantle campus next Thursday.

The Mayor of Fremantle, Brad Pettitt, who will be attending the lecture, says it is important it goes ahead.

“By engaging with people like this and showing how factually incorrect they are and this needs to be debated about, the fact and the climate science is very certain, I think we can actually show them for the frauds that they are and I think this is actually really important to have this event and actually show him for what he is and have that engagement.”

The university’s Dean of Business Chris Doepel says some invited guests now want it cancelled, but the event will go ahead.

“The university will hold it because we have a commitment to academic freedom,” he said.

Professor Doepel says there are no plans to censor Lord Monckton’s presentation.

“I think Lord Monckton is coming into this country with a clear understanding of the boundaries around polite discussion,” he said.

Professor Doepel says the 200-strong crowd will be free to ask questions.

Earlier this week, the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies confirmed Lord Monckton would speak at its conference in Perth next week.

Landmark review of local government boundaries in Perth

Local Government Minister John Castrilli today announced the appointment of a high level independent panel to examine the social, economic and environmental challenges facing Perth.

My thoughts to follow but the press release is below:

The panel will be responsible for recommending appropriate boundaries and governance models for local governments in the Perth metropolitan area.

The eminent panel will be chaired by Professor Alan Robson, vice chancellor of The University of Western Australia. Other members are Dr Peter Tannock, former vice chancellor of the University of Notre Dame Australia and Dr Sue van Leeuwen, chief executive officer of Leadership WA.

Mr Castrilli said the panel offered a vast amount of knowledge, experience and expertise as leaders in academic and business circles in Western Australia.

“I am delighted they have agreed to assist the State in this momentous review,” he said.

“For the first time we will consider the future and identify the challenges and opportunities.”

The review’s terms of reference are:

· Identify current and anticipated specific regional, social, environmental and economic issues affecting, or likely to affect, the growth of metropolitan Perth in the next 50 years
· Identify current and anticipated national and international factors likely to impact in the next 50 years
· Research improved local government structures, and governance models and structures for the Perth metropolitan area, drawing on national and international experience and examining key issues relating to community representation, engagement, accountability and State imperatives among other things the panel may identify during the course of the review
· Identify new local government boundaries and a resultant reduction in the overall number of local governments to better meet the needs of the community
· Prepare options to establish the most effective local government structures and governance models that take into account matters identified through the review including, but not limited to, community engagement, patterns of demographic change, regional and State growth and international factors which are likely to impact
· Present a limited list of achievable options together with a recommendation on the preferred option.

The Minister said it would be the panel’s objective to submit recommendations to him by June 2012 on optimal local government structures or governance, resulting in the drawing of new local government boundaries.

The panel would directly engage with the Perth community, local governments, peak bodies, and government agencies and departments.

Two advisory groups would provide expert advice to the panel. One would consist of the directors general of the departments of Local Government and Planning. The president and vice-president of the Western Australian Local Government Association would also be invited to advise the panel.

Whaledreamers movie fundraiser for Forest Rescue

Good fundraiser on Sunday19th at Luna SX. Details below


Allan Jones at the Fremantle Town Hall

Not the shock jock. Decentralised and low carbon energy and how it is key to sustainability and how local councils play a key role.

Fremantle newspapers feature on Media Watch

A very interesting and very Fremantle Media Watch this week.

In a story called “A curious web of interests” Media Watch examines :”The pedophile, the broker, her husband and the newspaper. A murky tale from Fremantle, Western Australia”

Like many Freo-ites I was wondering what the story was behind the new Voice paper and it seems it is a paper with more interests than just reporting the news. Steve Grant from the Fremantle Herald did a fair bit of the detective work it seems.

It is well worth a look at http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/