Push 4 moOre! Fundraiser

Come down to Moore & Moore Cafe in The Moores Building on Saturday 7 July 2012, grab your free drink, have a great night out and help us make Fremantle more cycle-friendly!

It is a fundraiser, with the support of our partners at The Fremantle Foundation, with all proceeds going towards the construction of a bike shelter in Fremantle.

Live Music – Jazz and Blues!


–          Limelight (Jazz Trio)

–          Chocolate Lounge (5 piece Sultry Jazz Band)

–          Paul Daly & The Heavy Hitters (Blues Band HUGE in Brazil)

–          DJ Darcy

Live Art Show – Famous Artists Painting Live to Music!

–          We have 16 extremely talented local artists painting live on stage to music


–          Ian De Souza, the leading WA artist with a talent for capturing rythm, colour, movement and raw energy, featured in international exhibitions – will be running 8-10 artists on his easel.  Ian organised the hugely successful 9 day art project called ‘Drawn Together’ at The Moores Building in 2010 which opened The Fremantle Festival.


–          David Giles, one of Australia’s most exciting multi-award winning, internationally exhibited contemporary painters will be running 6-8 artists on his easel.  David is the patron of The Freedom School of Painting which is a highly coveted and professional development and mentoring program for artists.  His work is an expression of the mystical and spiritual.


–          Emma Margett, an inspiring local artist who has been involved in a number of inspiring community projects, who also teaches art to youth at tafe, and is also responsible for the amazing artworks around Moore & Moore Cafe, will be running 2 artists on her easel.


Art Auction – to be held after the event (date to be anounced)


The artworks created on the night will be displayed at Moore & Moore Cafe in the weeks following the event and sold at auction with the majority of proceeds going towards our project to make Fremantle more cycle friendly.



–          Free drink on arrival & nibblies through the night

–          Amazing Door Prizes, Silent Auction, Dancers, Workshop facilitated by Dismantle

–          Major raffle drawn on the night (tickets available until 9pm)

  • 1st Prize custom bike with free bike services for a year & a $50 service voucher (value $2650)
  • 2nd Prize SAB Nobel coffee machine and year’s supply of Fiori coffee (value $2644)
  • 3rd Prize Fremantle Traders Hamper with lots of gifts and vouchers (value $1000)

Kings Square urban design strategy passed by Council

I am pleased to announce that last night the Fremantle Council signed off on the Kings Square urban design strategy. This excellent report put together by CODA after some extensive community consultation will provide the over-arching framework for revitalising Fremantle’s civic heart.

Check out both the Kings Square urban design strategy and the

Kings Square urban design strategy – community engagement report at: http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/cityoffremantle/Strategic_and_key_documents

It is about half way down the page


After last year’s visit to Fremantle by the Dalai Lama, the Gyuto Monks of Tibet are in the middle of their visit to Fremantle for twelve days.

Gyuto Monks of Tibet have come from their monastery in Dharamsala in the foothills of the Himalayas. Their 700 year old pure tradition of tantric ritual and ceremony makes them a precious and highly respected monastery in the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon

Over the last week the monks have been working on the Chakrasamvara sand mandala a stunning but ephemeral piece of art – designed to be swept away when completed as a symbol of impermanence and non-attachment to material objects. You can view this for free in the Fremantle Town Hall.

The main event will be this Thursday (June 28) when the Gyuto Monks will be chanting the Sounds of Selflessness at the Town Hall from 8 pm. The main event will be a Harmonic Chanting performance ‘Sounds of Selflessness’ at the Fremantle Town Hall on Thursday 28 June at 8.00 pm.

Tickets $30 available through http://www.heatseeker.com.au – outlet at Mills Record store.

Contact information

Maureen T 0412 124 678 E gyuto@gyutoaus.com

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Two great facts about recycling bins in Fremantle

Two great facts about recycling bins in Fremantle:

1. If you find you fill your yellow top bin up every week then for a small fee (about $20) you can get a brand new 360 litre bin to replace your standard 240 litre bin. They are so big you can fit a Councillor into one (thanks Dave – see below). We were going to go to weekly recycling but after a study this was shown to be was a more cost effective and more sustainable option than driving another truck around every week.

2. If you are a small business in the Fremantle CBD you can also get a yellow top bin (cost depends on size but they are about $100) delivered and picked up every fortnight for free so you can also start recycling at work. This was introduced recently after businesses in central Freo said they were keen to have this option.

Happy recycling

Contact the City of Fremantle waste management team on 08 9432 9999 for more information on both of these.

Kings Square urban design process outcomes presented this Monday

The Kings Square urban design process is reaching its conclusion and if you would like to see the results of the Fremantle community’s and Council’s hard work through workshops, walking tours, citizen juries and many hours of discussion and debate then please join us at this Monday the 25th  (6pm to 7.30pm) at the City of Fremantle reception room where Fremantle based consultants and architects CODA will report back on their conclusion before they come to Council on the 27th.

Without giving too much away the report heralds some major but very worthwhile changes to Fremantle’s civic heart including a proposed urban room, shared streets and some excellent principles that will ensure Kings Square meets the shared vision of:

A place that is clearly recognised as the civic centre and a central commercial hub of a revitalised Fremantle, which responds to and connects with all that Fremantle has to offer and provides a diverse, dynamic and rewarding experience for all users.

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South Fremantle High awarded the Sustainability Leadership Award

Last Thursday in Melbourne at the United Nations World Environment Day Awards, South Fremantle Senior High School’s Carbon Neutral Programme was awarded the Sustainability Leadership Award , and was a finalist in  the Sustainability Education Award and Environmental School Award.

Great news for South Fremantle High School, and for Fremantle. The Award was accepted by Kathy Anketell, the School’s Carbon Neutral Officer.

Fremantle’s new business improvement district or BID

Today I attended a very interesting talk on the Fremantle business improvement district otherwise known as the BID. The talk was by David West who has help put together BIDs around the world and has been advising Fremantle on reviving our struggling retail and our BID.

The Fremantle BID will be the first fully fledged BID in WA in which Fremantle businesses will be given the power and resources to improve the conditions for business in Fremantle.

David showed how successful BIDs round the world focus on four key areas – like a shopping centre but for main streets:

1. Management including cleaning, security and customer service

2. Marketing the city as a destination

3.Tenancy mix including lease renewals match to market research, performance monitoring, and perhaps making vacancies into pop up shops. Ie how do we ensure we are more than a

4. Capital works investment such lighting of buildings, bins, banners etc.

Research showed that the preferred priorities of the priorities for the Freo BID were

  • Security
  • Retail marketing
  • Clean and attractive CBD
  • Consistent branding.

I think BID model will enable some exciting innovation in Fremantle retailing from those who care know retailing best – the retailers. New York, for example, already has 65 BIDs and BIDs on average five times the amount levied.

As a closing comment, I noticed a slogan for a BID area in the UK that I thought rang true for retail in Fremantle as well. It was “Anywhere else is just shopping”