Book Now for this Thursday’s Hypothetical: What if Fremantle was to secede and become its own Nation?

Book now for what promises to be a hilarious and thought provoking topic about what would happen if Freo seceded from Australia and became its own republic? Presented in partnership with Freo 2029 visioning and the Fremantle Festival, it is a must for anyone who cares about Freo’s future or just wants a truly different night out.

Panelist’s represent the wide cross section of characters that make up Freo – from yours truly, to Eco Trail blazer Shani Graham to members of the arts and cultural scenes as well as East Freo WAFL coach Michelle Cowan.

Together they will explore with the audience what the Nation of Fremantle might look like including such hypothetical quandaries as:
• • Who should the Republic of Freo’s Prime Minister be?
• • What would the National industries be?
• What would the new republic’s laws and system of government look like?
Inspired by Geoffrey Robertson and billed as the thinking person’s night out, Strictly Hypothetical is social commentary, meets live comedy. Event organiser, Katrina Bercov, says ‘Hypotheticals allow us to use a fictional context to explore a real world issue. So this event will not be about debating or discussing the issue. It will follow the story of a future where Fremantle has seceded from the rest of Australia and has become its own nation.’
Hosted by actor Elisa Williams, The Republic of Freo is tipped to be an explosive night out for conversational thrill seekers!
Remember, PLEASE help us by booking your ticket early! This is shaping up to be popular event so book early to avoid disappointment.

**Buy your tickets here:
Or go to the Fremantle Festival website.

Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm start: Thursday 31 Oct, 2013
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And then there were three: Kings Square design competition shortlist announced


Following an extensive evaluation process, three architects have been shortlisted to take on the design and planning of a    $45m development forming part of the City of Fremantle’s $220m Kings Square Project.

The shortlist was selected from 53 eligible stage 1 entries by an expert independent jury. As a way of maximising the purity of the selection process, the jury was not advised of the authorship of any submission until after shortlisting was completed. An independent probity advisor was also present during the evaluation process.

The shortlisted concepts were from: CODA (Fremantle WA); Kerry Hill Architects (Fremantle WA); and McBride Charles Ryan (Prahran Victoria).

The three architects have now been invited to prepare more detailed stage two submissions which will be judged on 9 and 10 December 2013.  The eventual winner is expected to be announced in mid December 2013 and will be commissioned to design, document and administer the project through to completion.

Fremantle Mayor, Dr Brad Pettitt, said the competition was a way of ensuring the best possible design was implemented: “Quality sustainable development is what Fremantle needs and this competition, judged by an independent expert panel, will go a long way to ensuring the development we build today becomes the heritage that future generations can be extremely proud of,” he said.

Stage 1 submissions will be kept confidential until the completion of stage 2 to ensure the preparation of stage 2 designs is not compromised. A public exhibition of the shortlisted submissions will occur after the final judging.

In the evaluation report, Ms Jury Chair, Shelley Penn endorsed the City’s decision to commission the important project through a design-led process and stated: “The jury was delighted with the quality and range of submissions received. The three shortlisted submissions offer a rich set of possibilities for the City and we are very much looking forward to stage two where more detailed design concepts will be presented.”

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 which reflects Kings Square’s unique place in the heart of Fremantle.

The competition was 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.

*Core facilities comprise a public library, civic chamber, administrative and surplus office space, council services, urban room, visitor centre, café and  specialty retail, together with the entire public realm of High Street within Kings Square

Stage 1

Activity Date
Competition documents available and Registration & question period opens Tuesday 20 August 2013
Briefing and site inspection Tuesday 3 September 2013
Question period closes Wednesday 4 September 2013
Registration period closes Tuesday 10 September 2013
Submissions open Wednesday 11 September 2013
Submissions close Wednesday 25 September 2013
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
Briefing of shortlisted entrants Friday 1 November 2013
Clarification meetings 7-8 November 2013
Questions and answer period closes Wednesday 13 November 2013
Submissions close Wednesday 27 November 2013
Jury evaluation & presentations Monday 9/Tuesday 10 December 2013
Winner announced Mid December 2013

For more information visit


A Summary of the 2013 Fremantle Council Election Results

Below is a summary of the election result from the weekend.

It is a great result and I am very pleased to have each of the incumbents councillor convincingly returned. The only exception is Tim Grey-Smith who didn’t recontest the City ward. Welcome on board in Tim’s place to Simon Naber from Moore and Moore Cafe as the new City ward representative.

I am looking forward to the next few years. Thanks to everyone for your support.

Expiry of term 21 October 2017
Total electors 19,922
Turnout rate 38.24%
Candidates Beaconsfield City East Hilton North South Total Votes Total %
Votes Votes Votes Votes Votes Votes
HANSSEN, Matthew 429 360 310 417 383 354 2,253 29.59%
PETTITT, Brad 877 911 986 636 880 1,071 5,361 70.41%
Total valid votes 7,614 100%
Vacancies (1) Councillor
Expiry of term 21 October 2017
Total electors 3,482
Candidates Appointment Description Expiry of Term
WILSON, Josh Elected Unopposed 21 October 2017
Vacancies (1) Councillor
Expiry of term 21 October 2017
Total electors 3,277
Turnout rate 37.26%
Candidates Votes Percentage Expiry of Term
WOODCOCK, Mark 201 16.63%
COOK, Steve 228 18.86%
NABER, Simon 615 50.87% 21 October 2017
MILLER, Rohan 165 13.65%
Total valid votes 1,209 100%
Vacancies (1) Councillor
Expiry of term 21 October 2017
Total electors 3,200
Candidates Appointment Description Expiry of Term
COGGIN, Dave Elected Unopposed 21 October 2017
Vacancies (1) Councillor
Expiry of term 21 October 2017
Total electors 3,188
Turnout rate 32.59%
Candidates Votes Percentage Expiry of Term
ACOCELLA, Frank 430 41.67%
WAINWRIGHT, Sam 602 58.33% 21 October 2017
Total valid votes 1,032 100%
Vacancies (1) Councillor
Expiry of term 21 October 2017
Total electors 3,304
Turnout rate 37.65%
Candidates Votes Percentage Expiry of Term
THOMPSON, Douglas 832 67.1% 21 October 2017
HANSSEN, Matthew 408 32.9%
Total valid votes 1,240 100%
Vacancies (1) Councillor
Expiry of term 21 October 2017
Total electors 3,471
Turnout rate 40.97%
Candidates Votes Percentage Expiry of Term
GREEN, Claudia 521 36.79%
SULLIVAN, Andrew 895 63.21% 21 October 2017
Total valid votes 1,416 100%


A short reflection on the last four years as Freo Mayor

While the biggest legacy of this council will likely be seen as the major planning changes (including Amendment 49, 38 and small dwellings ) along with major projects like Kings Square, it’s also the  little things that I’ve often been really proud of including:

  • The converted roof terrace into an organic food-growing garden garden above the library run by the chemical free gardening group from the One Stop Shop.
  • The ping ping tables, colourful chairs and tables, and free wifi that have taken our square from a dead space in the centre of Fremantle to a lively community space.

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  • The growing array of funky street art from Zebras, the massive Welcome to Freo, to Dorothy Tangney, the Numbat and the ever present Little Red.
  • The refunkyfying (is that a word?!)  of Freo. From MYRE to the ever improving and growing number of festivals (Street Arts and Hidden Treasures which City of Fremantle fund) to St Jerome’s Laneways Festival and others new and coming to Freo.
  • Freo as WA’s bike capital
  • The reengagement of youth in Fremantle’s future.



It has been a amazing journey this last four years. Freo isn’t quite there yet but you can see the new shoots of creativity, vibrancy and sustainable recovery shooting through. It’s going to require some nurturing and a great joint effort to keep it going but we are back on track.

It’s has also been a great council team to work with over the past four years and it’s been an honour to represent such a amazing and special community and place. Here’s to Freo’s future.


The Mantle – East End Incubator

There is a new project emerging in the East End of Fremantle that may be  of interest to those wanting to start up or expand their business into Freo.

In a nutshell The Mantle is converting a heritage warehouse into a hospitality, incubation, retail and arts hub in the East End of Fremantle.

The first stage of the project is focused on hospitality and they’re looking for potential operators or chefs who want to start up and or expand their existing business into the East End.

They’re currently running an Expression of Interest period for potential operators.

See below is a link to the The Mantle which has some information; the EOI downloadable pack and a place to register an interest.  Worth a look:




This is a  press release that went out today for sponsored places on the Leeuwin
Young lucky locals have the opportunity of a lifetime to sail aboard Fremantle’s resident tall ship Leeuwin II on a fully covered scholarship.
The City of Fremantle is offering several fully sponsored places, valued at $1980, on a Leeuwin voyage in 2014.
Fremantle residents and students attending a school, TAFE, university or youth service in the city, aged 14-25, have the chance to be awarded a berth on a 2014 ocean adventure.
City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said, “There is no doubt that a sail on the Leeuwin is one of those life changing experiences that as many young people as possible should take up.”
“The City is really proud to offer this opportunity and we encourage all young people in Fremantle to apply,” he said.
The lucky recipients will join up to 40 other young people from across the state on their seven-day journey and take part in all aspects of sailing a working tall ship, from climbing the 33-metre main mast, galley duty, and taking the helm, to scrubbing the decks, standing watch at night and witnessing the amazing scenery and nature the WA coast has to offer.
Applications are due in by 5pm next Friday the 25th of October.
To apply for this amazing opportunity entrants are encouraged to contact the City of Fremantle on 9432 9999 or download an application form from
Fremantle Mayor and Leeuwin CEO


With only 5 days to go, only 30% of Fremantle ratepayers have had their say on who they would like to govern the Fremantle Council which is unusually low for Fremantle.

You should have received your postal ballot in the mail and I would encourage you to post your vote by this Wednesday the 16th so it is received in time or drop it at the Fremantle Town Hall Centre by Saturday the 19th of October.

If you have misplaced or not received your ballot you can obtain a replacement ballot from the City of Fremantle all this week.

Thanks for taking the time to have your voice heard and please forward this to others who may not have voted yet.

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