Plans for the Future of Fremantle – A 1979 perspective

When a Murdoch Uni student and I were researching the Unbuilt Fremantle exhibition we came across this article from the Fremantle Gazette in 1979 in which the Fremantle Society mapped out their vision for future Fremantle,

Hopefully you can read it all but I especially love the opening paragraph which states:

Future Fremantle residents could exercise the bicycles on cycleways, walk down tree-lined streets and cul-de-sacs, have their rubbish recycled, live in inner city low-rise housing and have a comprehensive train service.

I was amazed that what we take granted in 2012 were ideas radical and visionary enough to be worth reporting on 1979.

I wonder which of the ideas we are debating now that will be seen as an obvious part of a good community, a further future Fremantle, in another 30 years time?

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4 Responses to Plans for the Future of Fremantle – A 1979 perspective

  1. cathyhall2 says:

    Yep we’ve lost a lot of ground since ’79 in more ways than one.

    FINCA formed a community permaculture garden on an urban block down in South Freo without a Council community garden policy to guide it. APACE on the way in North Freo and City Farm was its infancy across the river in Perth.

    1997 almost a decade later inspirational papers full of hope presented to conference attendees in WA. What happened in the intervening years apart from the writers snd attendeegetty 20 yrs older.

    30 years on its 2012 and we’re still looking to Council for that community garden policy for Fremantle to support community continuing aspiration for urban food production in our City, especially down in South Freo, in a rapidly changing world environment %(

  2. janinemarshall says:

    Yes, absolutely, good points Brad, it will be interesting to see what people are talking about in 30 years time indeed.
    In the article I could make out some of it and a part that popped out at me was “Fremantle should not be allowed to become a lifeless museum city…”
    It certainly shouldn’t be aloud to become a lifeless city – but as for a “museum city”, well its part of the character – thats why I love it so much….. a lively, thriving, well sustained, unique but up with the times, museum city is what I want to see 🙂

  3. Ruth Belben says:

    This document indicates how forward-thinking and progressive the Fremantle Society was then and still is. When the Society proposed inner-city low-rise housing in 1979 they would have meant maximum 4 stories not 10 or 11 stories now planned by the City for the Woolstores site under Amendment 49. The Society recently supported up to 6 stories on this site and the Target site – which would have been unthinkable in 1979.

    • Ruth
      This was a definitely forward thinking piece by the Fremantle Society. It would be interesting for the Fremantle Society to do a similar piece in 2012.
      What I found particularly interesting is that the only part of the 1979 vision not fully realized was the inner-city low rise housing component. Only 800 odd people currently live in central Fremantle. That is why Council has planned for higher density medium-rise in the non-heritage areas to get more inner city housing that is both sustainable and affordable. We hope to have an extra 2500 people living in central Fremantle as part of our future vision.
      cheer, Brad

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