The concert at the Arts Centre tomorrow is looking great with the weather clearing (finger crossed). 2pm  is the start time – post-Fathers Day lunch.

Come down and bring a  blank T-shirt for a free funky T-shirt.


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Marching Band through Fremantle Wednesday lunchtime

Fremantle at lunch time Wednesday will be a buzz with a unique performance by one of the world’s best marching bands when they march through Fremantle.

The band is part of the crew of the Indonesian tall ship the Kri Dewaruci which arrived in Freo despite a broken mast. They’ll start marching from Pioneer Park at 11.30. Bring the kids, the family, neighbours and friends.



On Friday I had the pleasure of attending the CEDA (Committee for Economic Development Australia) forum on public policy in Australia with an impressive cast of speakers from Bob Hawke and John Hewson to John Langoulant and new Murdoch Professor Ben Reilly.

At the heart of the forum was a reflection on how it was increasingly difficult for governments of all levels and persuasions to make the hard, long-term public policy decisions without them being dumbed-down by the petty politics of the day? To put it simply there is a strong sense that “populism is trumping good policy”

Bob Hawke at 83 was still as sharp as a tack and strongly argued that successful leadership was about dialogue and finding common space around shared values. A real dialogue must acknowledge all parties have legitimate ambitions of which parts are shared between all. We need to build consensus between business, academia, unions, the community and the parliament and that takes patient painstaking communication and collaboration.

Bob Hawke also said that “In my judgment there is not one outstanding political leader in any democracy in the world today,” for the first time since the second world war. He believe that the media and it’s intrusiveness into people’s private lives is a key reason for this and is making the best and brightest not want to put their hands up for a political life

Dr Hewson lamented that politics had become “a short term game” in Australia. John Hewson said the failure to adequately act on climate change was one of the biggest public policy failures of recent time. He powerfully argued for stronger action on climate change that matched the science and lamented the lost constituency for substantive action – only if more liberals were willing to say this out loud.

It was inspiring to see these former leaders still with a fire in their belly. It just made me lament all the more the lack of long-term vision and the tediously trivial debates and policies we are enduring in this election campaign. Now where is that make-up artist?

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Imagine from Australian Newspaper


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Kings Square Architectural Design Competition now open

The City of Fremantle’s Kings Square Project hit an exciting new milestone with the official launch of the Kings Square Architectural Design Competition.

The competition is open to registered architects with the independently-selected winner to design various aspects of the Kings Square precinct including the library, civic chamber, administrative offices for the City of Fremantle, urban room, café and specialty retail; together with public space within Kings Square.

Registrations to enter stage one of the two-stage architectural design competition will be open until Tuesday 10 September 2013 with a competition brief, conditions of entry and registration available at

The official launch of the design competition is a key milestone for what promised to be Fremantle’s most important new development in a generation.

The Kings Square project is the cornerstone of Fremantle’s revitalisation and as such, deserves the best possible design to ensure it meets the needs and high expectations of our community

An independent expert jury to assess the designs and I’m sure that the final design will be something we will all be proud of. I’m confident the Kings Square development will signal the renaissance of Fremantle and will become our city’s future heritage

The competition

The purpose of the competition is to select a design concept approach and design team to develop core facilities for the City of Fremantle in Kings Square.  The development will be part of the wider Kings Square Project which will create a civic, retail, commercial and community hub that is a vibrant, active and safe place whichreflects Kings Square’s unique place in the heart of Fremantle.

The competition is open to all architects, providing that at least one member of each team is an Australian registered architect.

The short listed entries for Stage 2 will each be paid an honorarium of $20,000 and at the conclusion of Stage 2 a winner will be announced. The City will offer a commission to the winning architect to design, document and administer the project through to completion.


Stage 1

Activity Date Time
Competition documents available and Registration & question period opens Tuesday 20 August 2013 9.00 am
Briefing and site inspection Tuesday 3 September 2013 9.00 am
Question period closes Wednesday 4 September 2013 2.00 pm
Registration period closes Tuesday 10 September 2013 2.00 pm
Submissions open Wednesday 11 September 2013 11.00 am
Submissions close Wednesday 25 September 2013 2.00 pm
Jury evaluation Monday 21/Tuesday22 October 2013
Short listed competitors announced Friday 25 October 2013
 Stage 2
Stage 2 documents available Monday 28 October 2013 11.00 am
Briefing of shortlisted entrants Friday 1 November 2013 1.00 pm
Clarification meetings 7-8 November 2013 TBA
Questions and answer period closes Wednesday 13 November 2013 2.00 pm
Submissions close Wednesday 27 November 2013 2.00 pm
Jury evaluation & presentations Monday 9/Tuesday 10 December 2013
Winner announced Mid December 2013

For more information visit

Here is an image of one the shortlisted buildings from the world architecture festival awards 2013


Another tall ship in Freo but this one has a band


Celebrate World Humanitarian Day Monday August 19

Celebrate World Humanitarian Day Monday Aug 19
What: Help us hand over the 74 000 strong Movement to End Poverty Petition
To The Minister for International Development, Melissa Parke
When: Monday August 19 @ 6.30pm
Where: The Moores Buildiing , 46 Henry Street Fremantle
Why: Show your support for Australia to give our fair share in foreign aid
Free Event, Free Nibbles and African Music by Tendera

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