Premier’s Active Citizenship Award Winners

We’ll done to the more than 50 new Aussie citizens and the winners of the Premier’s Australia Day Citizenship Awards: Fremantle Forever (Group), Nikki (Youth) and John Alberti (citizen of the year pictured below with your truly)

Fremantle Forever

Fremantle Forever was a group formed by a group of concerned community members including the Fremantle Society to oppose the proposal by the state government to force the Cities of Fremantle and Melville to amalgamate to form an enlarged City of Melville.

The group led a campaign to support smart boundary reform with Fremantle as the strategic centre. They were successful in the marketing and events they coordinated and reached a massive audience.

This campaign ultimately led the state government change its original proposed boundaries so that Fremantle would be retained as a local government area.

Well done to everyone involved in Fremantle Forever!

In the under 25s category…Ms. Nikki Wormald

Nikki has been a key member of the Fremantle PCYC Drop in Centre Youth Diversion Program, volunteering at the Fremantle PCYC for more than a year now and volunteering at the Drop in Centre for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week.

She has become a favourite of the services users and has become a person they trust and confide in. Nikki is always the first to suggest ways to entertain the kids like playing musical chairs or putting on a talent show, taking them to the oval to play footy or leading them into the kitchen to teach them how to cook.

Nikki is also very helpful to centre staff and helps greatly with admin work. Her volunteering work in 2013 included helping out with the Time4kids fundraising events which raised over $10,000 for the club. Nikki’s passion, commitment and willingness to help the youth of the Fremantle PCYC has been recognized here today

Well done Nikki and keep up the great work!

The final award is the Premier’s Active Citizenship Award which goes to…Mr. John Alberti

John is a former Fremantle councillor and still offers his Justice of the Peace (JP) services to the people of Fremantle. He is also an invaluable member of the Fremantle Italian community and volunteers his time to sister city relations with Capo D’Orlando. John is also key organiser of the annual Fremantle Blessing of the Fleet.

Over many years, John has demonstrated his commitment to the Fremantle community and is a worthy recipient of the 2013 Premier’s Active Citizenship Award.



Freo’s First Five Star Greenstar Buildings

Fremantle Council approved two Five Star Greenstar buildings to the value of $81.5 million this week.

One was for the old Point Street car park and Port Cinema block which will be replaced with a $60 million, seven-storey, 173-room hotel and 77 units, a supermarket and shops.

A $21.5m seven-storey complex to replace Queensgate in William Street was also approved. I had hoped to reuse some of the Queensgate building but the sloping concrete floors of the cinemas meant it was not viable. So we are demolishing this largely unloved building and replacing it with what I think it a very good looking medium rise office building (pictured below)

I am proud that both the Point Street and Kings Square sites (which the Fremantle Council owned) will have to meet the higher sustainability rating of five star green star (aka Australian excellence). I believe these will be the first green star rated commercial buildings built in Fremantle.

This is a step above the City of Fremantle’s general policy requirement of four star green star (aka Best Practice) across all inner city sites. Freo Council is the only WA council I know that demands minimum sustainability ratings for new commercial buildings.


One Perth on Fremantle’s Development Frenzy

Nice to start off the New Year with an upbeat news story that even has a video with a funky backing track!


Fremantle development frenzy

Posted on 11 January 2014. Tags: 


billion dollar building bonanzaspruiked last year by Fremantle council was just the tip of the iceberg – with a jaded multi-storey car park and the 1980s-era Queensgate office block and movie house set to bite the dust in favour of a six-storey hotel and six-storey office and shopping block.

The two projects – in Fremantle’s clapped-out East End – come on top of plans, reported by earlier this week, for a six-storey, $18 million hotel and an office-cum-shopping complex also in the East End.

All four projects are big by Fremantle standards, all are additional to a billion dollar Fremantle development boom spruiked by a council press release and glossy flyer in September just before the October council elections, and all are in their final planning stages. is now able to reveal images of the six-storey:

* hotel planned for the site of the eyesore Point Street car park whose one redeeming feature is that Fremantle locals get to park there for free on weekends; and

* office and shopping complex planned for the site of the pastel-coloured Queensgate building which has blighted William Street since the early 1980s.


Fremantle hotelThe car park and Queensgate buildings – both owned by the council – would be demolished to make way for the new structures. A banal looking commercial building on the corner of Point and Adelaide streets would also be bowled to make way for the hotel.

If granted development approval, the $60 million hotel (pictured, left) – by Campion Design Group – will include 173 hotel rooms, 77 apartment blocks, a restaurant, 1302sqm supermarket and nine smaller shops.

Council planners have recommended that the city’s planning committee on Wednesday night endorse the hotel plans before they get submitted for final consideration to a state government assessment panel.

Fremantle developmentThe office and shopping block planned by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland architects for the Queensgate site is pictured, right. That structure has also been recommended for the imprimatur of the city planning committee ahead of consideration by the state assessment panel.

The building would cost $21.5 million to erect, and include a 1405sqm gymnasium – which would be a boon for Fremantle fitness freaks who have long been starved of a major, modern gym.

Also finally coming up for planning consideration, more than three years after they were first floated, are plans to convert cells in the World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison into accommodation for 200 backpackers

Back on board and the photo competition winner is….

After a great break – part spent catching up with friends on the east coast and part pottering at home and going to the beach it is good to be back on board. I have a feeling 2014 is going to be a big year for Fremantle.

I think I made the annual photo competition a bit too hard this year. Sorry! But thanks to everyone who sent in answers anyway and had a go.

The outstanding winner was CODA’s Kieran Wong who got almost every photo correct except 3 and 7 below. Well done Kieran, lunch is on me! (I have to add that the only quiz night I have ever won in my life was when I was on CODA’s table so this win doesn’t surprise me!)


1: Under Canning Hwy Bridge below Bevan Honey’s FACE painting

2: Fremantle Hospital – “The Knowle” built 1852

3: Taken from Carpark on cnr of High St and Point St where bottle chop is.

4: Inside the Fortknox Woolstores

5: on the MYER roof – inside Dave’s Cans

6: Horatio T Birdbath’s work on the rear of Ginos

7: Industrial building on little lane way at the back of Price Street, Fremantle

8: Northport taken from Port Beach

9: Roof top of the National Hotel

10: Kulcha Balcony shot of Dockers GF game

11: Carpark looking to Kings Square (from behind Adelaide Street yes behind Mills)

12: Gas Globes – originally behind the CODA office

13: Warders Cottages – from inner courtyard

14: Old Energy Museum – inside the turbine room (upside down) from mezzanine…