Road to Rail Campaign Launch this Saturday

The Road to Rail Campaign Launches this Saturdaythe 6th of August from 5pm to 7pm at the City of Fremantle

Dr George Crisp, Doctors for the Environment, on particulate pollution;
Jon Strachan, President, Fremantle Society, with model for freight on rail;
Annolies Truman, Road to Rail charter.
Shadow Transport Minister Ken Travers;
Fremantle Independent MLA Adele Carles;
Greens Transport Spokesperson Lynn MacLaren;
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt.
A public campaign is being launched by Fremantle community members
in response to the increasing volume of heavy vehicle traffic through our
residential areas. We are concerned about greenhouse gas emissions,
particulate and other pollution, noise and unsafe road conditions.
We’re calling for freight on rail to keep our roads, climate and community safe.

Sign our charter @

Strategic City Centre Sites Planning Recommendations supported by Council

There comes a time in every City’s life when it must take the next big step in its development – for Fremantle, I believe that time is now.

As Fremantle residents, we all have our own affinity for ‘Freo’ – whether it be sipping the best coffee in Australia on our beautiful and historic streets, enjoying an alfresco meal on a Saturday night out,  exploring the unique and eclectic mix of food, shops and entertainment, or simply relaxing in the place we call home.

While Fremantle is a special and amazing place to live and work, clear that the economic vibrancy of    Fremantle has been in slow decline over recent decades losing 10% of our commercial floor space , many shops, and both the number of jobs and the number of residents in Freo has been stagnant. This in turn threatens the character and buzz of Fremantle as a significant urban centre.

The Fremantle Council is committed to halting this decline and returning Fremantle to its historic place as Perth’s second city – as a primary centre where you can live, work, recreate and shop. This is Fremantle’s unique social and economic heritage.

We are making strong progress to revitalise Fremantle’s through the measures contained in the City’s new Strategic Plan, new Economic Development Strategy and the recently released City Centre Strategic Sites Working Group report.

The recommendations for the future of Fremantle are clear. We need to reinvigorate our city centre by doubling the number of workers and quadrupling the number of residents. This will require an additional 70,000 sqm of commercial office space, 20,000 sqm of retail space and the construction of 1,500 new dwellings. To reach these targets we require a Planning Scheme Amendment for City Central that will revitalise Fremantle through viable, well-designed commercial and residential development.

The key elements of the proposed City Centre planning scheme amendment include:

1. Encourage medium-density “European scale” development that is primarily  4-6 storeys high at the street facade with an extra 1-2 storeys set back subject to strict urban design guidelines  storeys- rather than characterless high rise.

2. A focus on the degraded parts of the city with unloved buildings from the 1960s, 70s and 80s including the Myer, Coles Woolstore and Westgate Mall sites. Renewal of the areas with little or no heritage will greatly assist the conservation of our heritage precincts.

3.  Ensuring ALL major new developments occur away from the city’s important heritage areas – such as the West End. No heritage buildings will be threatened by Fremantle’s revitalisation plans.

4. Provide incentives to encourage high quality architecture and innovative and sustainable design that can be the heritage of the future – developers with unimaginative and sterile design ideas need not apply!

Whenever building heights and property development is discussed in Fremantle lively public debate follows and I expect nothing different in this case – in fact it is very healthy and is already occurring.

The City of Fremantle will going through a full and robust community engagement process on this issue over coming months and we encourage your involvement in what is potentially the biggest urban renewal focus in Fremantle since the America’s Cup in the mid 1980s.

The bottom line is that we cannot achieve the renewal of Fremantle without community involvement and support.  This is an opportunity for positive change – but it will only occur if it is a shared endeavour.

The Strategic Plan and Economic Development Strategy can be accessed from the City’s website and the working group report to Council is now available by visiting the news and media section of City’s website at

I look forward to working with you in creating a future for our community that is as dynamic and significant as its wonderful past.

Finally I have included some photos of the the Inner-East End that show why there is so little of heritage value there today as almost every building in this area was demolished in the 1960 and 70s (thanks to John Dowson for these photos)

cheers, Brad

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Award-winning Play ‘Appalling Behaviour’ at the Deckchair Theatre (Victoria Hall, High St) in Fremantle – Tuesday 2 August at 7:30pm

As a part of Homeless Persons’ Week 2011,St Patrick’s Community Support Centre and  generous supporters from the  Fremantle Business Community are proud to present the award-winning Play ‘Appalling Behaviour’ at the Deckchair Theatre (Victoria Hall, High St)  in Fremantle – Tuesday 2 August at 7:30pm

Direct from sell-out performances across the country, the play is a powerful and poetic one-man show by multi-award winning Sydney  playwright and actor Stephen House.

Join Stephen for an unforgettable journey into the darkest corners of the Parisian underworld where the language of  homelessness has no boundaries….

Written on the Streets of Paris, where he lived for some time in preparation for the play, this acclaimed performance tells the story of a man living on the very ‘edge’- a man who many of us may have stepped over once or twice in order to continue on our busy way.

Appalling Behaviour offers humour, heart and honesty and frames lingering questions of humanity that remain long after the show is over.


“This is a masterful production which speaks loudly of the invisible people who are homeless in our society” – The West Australian

“A compelling in your face drama.. Brutally honest, devastatingly real” – Sunday Mail

Read more reviews here:


The need for our services is dramatically increasing – particularly in the areas of emergency relief packages, crisis accommodation and meals. Your support of this event will go a long way towards helping those who are homeless or disadvantaged in our local community. A silent auction will take place in the Foyer, along with an opportunity to ‘meet the artist’-‘ after the Show.


Don’t miss this unique evening of entertainment and making a difference.



call St Patrick’s on 9430 7974

Or simply reserve your tickets via email – and we’ll call you!



$35 per person.  ($30 concession)

Unreserved Seating

Deckchair Theatre (Victoria Hall) 179 High St, Fremantle

Donations for Silent Auction Items –also welcome!

This event could not take place without the generous support of our Event Supporters: Bendigo Bank, Morrison, Gateway Print, Homestyle Vegetable Processors, Fremantle Markets, Fremantle Dockers,  Esplanade Hotel Fremantle and the Community Housing Coalition of WA.


FREMANTLE POLITICS IN THE PUB CLUB presents a live community discussion on

Politics and the Media

What’s wrong with the message?

Has journalism ruined politics or politicians rubbished journalism?
Who is to blame and are we getting the truth?

Guest speakers Alannah MacTiernan, the ABC’s Peter Kennedy and Simon Dowding, Media Professional and
former Press Secretary in the Rudd and Gallop/Carpenter Government , join us to argue the case for their professions
and hear your thoughts on what’s making Australian political news.
When: 7pm onwards Wednesday 27th of July, 2011
Where: Rosie O’Gradys Fremantle, 23 William Street, Fremantle (Kitchen opens from 6pm if you want to eat first)
Who: Public meeting so anyone can come along
Contact: Mia Kriznic 0459 088 021, or lookup our Facebook page

High Street Upgrade Planning Update


The High Street issue has been a long running one in Fremantle but we are getting close to a resolution so I thought it would be useful to provide the following update on where it is up to. Council has been sucessful in getting a wider range of options examined and we should have the results soon

cheers, Brad

High Street Update July 20th 2011.

As many precinct members would be aware, the City of Fremantle and Dept of Transport have recently engaged an independent consultant to do a multi-criteria analysis of number options for High St which will minimize impacts on the Fremantle Public Golf Course and houses while improving freight efficiency and safety and reducing noise. This will include:

  • An underpass for vehicles leaving Fremantle on High St – leaving the surface road for trucks heading to the port with less interruptions,
  • An overpass over High Street
  • Realigning two lanes of High St to the other side of the row of mature trees– reducing the need to take such a large slice of the golf course.
  • Slowing the speed limit in the curve to narrow the curve and have less impact on houses

This assessment is initially considering the number of houses impacted, traffic safety, freight efficiency and noise impacts. The options that pass that test will then be evaluated against the Federal Government’s investment criteria. This study will compare the above options against Option 4 and is expected to be completed by July 31st.

Once the above information has been gathered and each of the options assessed, the City of Fremantle will be in a much more informed position to judge what the best upgrade solution is for High St and the Stirling Hwy intersection.

An independent consultant also spoke individually to residents to see if there was any interest in a voluntary buy-out of houses on north side of High Street at a premium price. The majority of respondents did not want to be bought out so that option will be excluded from any further investigation.

The results of the assessment and a recommended way forward will then be presented to a joint precinct community information session at the City of Fremantle at 7pm on Tuesday the 9th of August before coming to Council on Wednesday 24th of August as part of an Ordinary Council Meeting.

Once a preferred option is agreed between Dept of Transport and City of Fremantle, there will be further discussions with residents. Beyond that, there will be two main actions:

  1. an amendment to the Metropolitan Region Scheme will need to be initiated to secure the road reservation – the reservation will invariably include some existing houses (both publicly and privately owned) – some of these will be directly impacted by construction of a new road and some will just be in the reservation but residents may have the opportunity to stay living there.
  2. Main Roads will need to progress more detailed road design – the community will again have input to that process and that would be the appropriate time for any ‘tweaking’ of the design to be made to minimise the number of houses and properties affected.

The Department of Transport has advised that the State Government needs to confirm as soon as possible that it is able to progress and complete the upgrading project within the Nation Building 1 timeframe (ie before 30 June 2014) to secure the Federal Government funding.

Lonely Planet travel bible paints unpretty picture of Perth but at least Freo gets a good wrap

It was fascinating to read the recent Perthnow summary of Perth as “Boganville”. It certainly wasn’t flattering but at least Fremantle they got Freo right when they described it as “Creative, relaxed, open-minded: Fremantle’s spirit is entirely distinct from Perth’s.”

The full story is below:

Lonely Planet travel bible paints unpretty picture of Perth

IT’S not the picture perfect WA we would want the world to see – cashed-up bogans, late-night fights and glassings.

But in a new guide to WA, just released by Lonely Planet, Northbridge and other entertainment precincts have been put on the map for those reasons and little more.

The new book offers a guide to WA’s treasured holiday hotspots, along with reviews of bars, restaurants and accommodation around the state.

And while it had plenty of praise for Perth’s “cosmopolitan” city, pristine beaches and fine weather, it seems the guide was less than impressed with our nightlife.

Among the lowlights listed in the book were:
– A spate of fights and glassings in bars that had caused many venues, particularly around Northbridge, to step up security.
– $40 main meals at Perth restaurants, which were fast becoming the norm for any establishment that considered itself above average, despite many experiences not matching the outlay.

– Bunbury: a town that isn’t particularly interesting or attractive and is struggling to remake its image from that of an industrial port into a seaside holiday destination.
– Lack of accommodation in Dunsborough
– Wave Rock, which was said to be a “one-trick gig” and disappointing for some travellers.

The book also made mention of the State’s vast landscapes, fiercely independent spirit and prominent mining industry,  referring to WA as the “Boom Town”.

And while it says mining money has officially stamped Western Australia with wealth, it also reports that, in Perth, one of the by-products of the boom has been the rise of the Cashed-Up Bogan and associated violence.

It described young men with “plenty of cash to splash on muscle cars, beer and drugs”.

Far more positive was the guide’s reviews of Fremantle, Albany, Guildford, York, Margaret River and Geraldton, which was described as “a town on the move.”


The beaches are better than Busselton’s but accommodation is more limited.

Creative, relaxed, open-minded: Fremantle’s spirit is entirely distinct from Perths.

Geros a place on the move

Laid-back, liveable Perth has wonderful weather, beautiful beaches and an easygoing character.

Has made concerted efforts to reinvent itself as an upmarket beach resort  the overall effect is actually pretty cool.

First-class wine, food and architecture

It’s a likeable place with some fine heritage buildings and pleasant cafes but theres little here to justify a longer stay.

At 350km from Perth, Wave Rock is rather a long day trip, and some people are disappointed by whats really a one-trick gig.

Theres such a nice vibe happening that many folk come for a night and end up staying months. Who could blame them!

While the vibe is mostly low key, school holidays see Kalbarri stretched to the limit.

Arguably one of WAs most magnificent destinations

Watching the wild dolphins turning up for a feed each morning in the shallow waters  is a highlight of every travellers trip to the region.

Pristine future is threatened by plans to construct a huge LNG facility there.

New Chairs (and tables) in the Square

The transformation of Kings Square (from what was for too long a dead zone) into a community space Freo people want to spend time in took a further step today with the rolling out of some funky movable new chairs and table to add colour  and life. I think they look great and I hope we see them used as people bring down their laptops and lunches to enjoy this great space.