Police frontline community forum – Monday 30th

WA Police Commissioner, Karl O’Callaghan will hold a community forum on the frontline 2020 model which will deliver more police officers to the frontline in a new district structure from September. 

The forum will be held Monday 30 June, 6.00 pm at the Fremantle Town Hall 

The upcoming forum is your chance to ask WA Police Commissioner, Karl O’Callaghan about policing issues that affect you and hear how local policing teams will work more closely in individual suburbs to keep our communities safe.

Police community forum

Video on new Freo Council program to encourage retail diversity

WTV did a good little segment on the new Freo Council program to encourage retail diversity. Enjoy.




There has been a fair bit of press on the future of the Fly by Night Musicians Club (the Fly) so I thought it might be worth giving my(and informally a Freo Council) perspective on where it is at.

For almost 30 years the Fly has been putting out great music in the 100 plus year old Artillery Drill Hall that is now managed by the National Trust.

The Fly’s lease is up in September this year and the National Trust have decided to go out to Expression of Interest (EOI) to see whether there are better options than the Fly in that venue.

Obviously the Fremantle Council was very concerned about the possibility of losing as important cultural organisation like Fly and we drafted a letter to the Fly expressing our concerns around the timing and potential impact of the EOI process.

The reality is the Fremantle Council has almost no decision making power in this process and only some influence but we have tried to use that influence to ensure a couple of things:

  1. The Fly as one of Freo’s few remaining and long-lasting cultural organisations has an on-going home in Fremantle
  2. The Artillery Drill Hall is continued to be used for music and cultural purposes (as I have already publically said: my fear is that it is turned into a furniture shop or the like!)

Ideally the Fly should be able to stay where they are and continue to expand on the good work they are already doing. But if the National Trust needs rents closer to a commercial rate to maintain the property etc then this may be prove to be challenging for the financial sustainability of the Fly.

So if they do not win the EOI then I believe we need to make sure the Fly can continue as seamlessly as possible in Fremantle and I guess this is where the Council can assist as we own a range of properties that we could lease to the Fly for less that commercial rates. The old Kulcha site is one that has been raised already.

Another option may be a partnership with the Fly and a commercial music operator like Sunset Events. I have encouraged the Fly board and Sunset Events to meet with each other to see if a joint option is worth exploring. Hard to know if there is enough common ground but as a general rule I think creative and surprising partnerships are always worth having a go at.

The Council (I expect) would look favourably on a grant to the Fly for some of its community/youth programs too.

Of course a range of other music and non-music organisations may put in EOIs to the National Trust as well so we will have to wait and see at the end of June when this process comes to a close

As for the Drill Hall, I am comforted by the National Trust wanting to see the social and cultural heritage of that place continue. I think that makes my furniture shop fears somewhat more remote!

These are challenging times for existing arts and cultural organisations in Fremantle. Deckchair, Kulcha and now the Fly have all been hit hard by declining state government funding but also changing audiences and their expectations. But where there is crisis there is opportunity and I know that everyone on the Fremantle Council is determined to use our little bit of influence to ensure the Fly survives for at least another 30 years in Freo.


Solo walking around Australia – an update from Mike Pauly


Mike Pauly 74..Walking unassisted… No support team – from Fremantle to Broome.. as part of his around Australia walk.

Mike is a member of the Fremantle Mens Community Shed.  He set off from Fremantle on the 1st March to walk around Australia.

He has now reached Broome on this journey. That’s a walk of 2250kms.. more than most people walk in a year.

The guys from Broome Mens Shed have met him and plan to give him a couple of days R&R in Broome. He will also talk to community groups, including the Clontarf Academy about resilience and his amazing walking challenges!

Mens Sheds and many other supportive, generous people have assisted Mike along the way to make his challenge more comfortable.

His blog (see below)  is entertaining and is a witness to the generosity of people.

Mike is raising funds for Arthritis Research and Mental Health Recovery Programmes run by the Fremantle Mens Community Shed. Donations and updates can be made and found at ozsoulwalk.com


  Let’s do a Stocktake…..by ozsoulwalk. Day 76 15th May 2014

Let me do a stocktake of my wellbeing:

Body: less 17.3 kg, so I am now 88 kg. This makes walking easier on my knees and getting in and out of a bed on the ground much easier.

Mind: functioning reasonably well, although I can be forgetful. Especially when I lose my notebook, which is my memory prop.

Spirit: wonderful. Filled with joy and overwhelmed by people’s generosity and the providence of the universe. It just might also be the pain deadening of the endorphins.

Distance travelled: 1864 km in 76 days. That’s an average of 24.53 km/day based on a 7-day week. Or 29.14 km/day based on a 6-day week. The second figure looks better.

So overall my audit shows a good result. I am finding that I need some days off for repair – of body, mind and spirit, but also of material goods such as food where available. My mattress has been deflating under me in the middle of the night for a month. My brake cable is non-functioning and my stamps, notebook and receipt book all got ruined during the rain. They are now all in cliplock bags. Such unexpected and foreseen happenstances.

So 29 km/day, while not optimum, is about all I can manage at the moment; loger distanes and cooler weather should enable a better result.

Let’s get back to Karratha:

I talked at the Clontarf Foundation to about 20 indigenous boys with a very patient Operations Officer, Oliver Brooke. It seemed to go reasonably well. I also met the boys and some girls and the Roebourne Clontarf Academy. I had a call from them a day after the talk. They were coming out with a birthday cake – how thoughtful is that! Unfortunately I was back in Karratha to celebrate with new friends there and it didn’t feel good to disappoint them.

I don’t know how to get Paul McDonnell’s thermos back to him. He is the horsebreaker with the gentle method called “Pat Parrel”. The road gang who bring me water, cakes and fruit are Brad and Lawrence. Shane, who was manager of Pioneer Concrete, and Molly are coming back to Karratha after many years. Trin has been visiting her grandchildren Mia, Lauren, Isabelle, Tabcha and Elle.

Next time I’ll tell you about preparations for the l-o-n-g trek to Broome.

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Lost Freo Special on Today Tonight

Earlier this week Today Tonight on Channel 7 ran a great story on  Freo, history and development called Lost Freo.

Click on this URL as I couldn’t get blog to insert video – https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/video/watch/24147213/lost-freo/

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Summary of May 2014 Fremantle council meeting

It was a very long and full Council meeting last week with some big items on the agenda including ward boundaries, Freo schools and some tough planning issues. Below is a summarised version of key aspects of the most recent ordinary meeting of council by our proactive communications team

The full agenda and minutes of this and previous meetings can be found in the agendas and minutes section of the City’s website.


New ward boundaries recommended


The current City of Fremantle is divided into six wards, with two councillors representing each ward and a popularly elected mayor.

The proposed extension to the City of Fremantle boundaries as part of Local Government reform will require a review of ward representation for the new entity.  Dividing a district into wards and fixing the number of elected members is determined by the Governor’s Order, on the recommendation of the Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) to the Minister for Local Government.


In anticipation of the extension of City of Fremantle boundaries, the City looked at various possibilities and will make these recommendations to the Local Government Advisory Board.


New wards in an expanded City of Fremantle




Bicton and most of East Fremantle.  Stirling Highway has been used as a boundary. 


Fremantle city centre and residential areas, the entire suburb of North Fremantle and the portion of East Fremantle west of Stirling Highway.


Palmyra, O’Connor, Hilton and the portion of Hamilton Hill bound by Carrington St, Winterfold Rd, Stock Rd and Healy Road. 


White Gum Valley, South Fremantle, Beaconsfield, and the portion of Hamilton Hill north of Healy Road and to Carrington Street.


The use of Carrington/Hamilton St, Spearwood Ave and Rockingham Road as a boundary enables a suitable distribution of electors that allows for the population increase along the Cockburn Coast.


Newer coastal suburbs together in one ward.  The use of Carrington/Hamilton St, Spearwood Ave and Rockingham Road as a boundary enables a suitable distribution of electors.


Community Gardens policy adopted

As part of Fremantle’s commitment to becoming a ‘One Planet’ council, a Community Gardens Policy has been adopted.

The policy will ensure all future community garden groups are assessed by the same set of criteria and that gardens are established on appropriate land.  The policy also outlines ways in which the City can assist community garden groups with advice and promotion.

In the coming months the City will determine preferred sites for the establishment of community gardens. Incorporated groups or entities will be able to apply for a non exclusive licence for a particular site to develop a community garden.


Community gardensare not-for-profit, community based enterprises producing food primarily for the consumption of the gardeners. They are community managed, multifunctional garden spaces that when carefully designed and managed can provide a wide range of environmental, social and economic benefits.

The Department of Local Government and Communities is offering $400,000 over a four year period to assist with the establishment or development of community gardens. Community garden groups are able to apply for up to $20,000 for the establishment of new gardens and up to $10,000 for the development of existing gardens. Applications for 2014 round of funding are now closed and the dates for 2015 round are yet to be advised

Projects funded through these grants will allow residents to connect with the environment and other people, use their skills and give back to the community, allowing them to fully participate in community life.

As the popularity of community gardens increases and the 2015 round of community gardens grants open, the City expects to see a rise in applications for community garden licences.                                                                                                                                                                                                                


Long-term water conservation strategy endorsed

Council has endorsed a ten year strategy developed to address water conservation throughout the City of Fremantle.

The City of Fremantle 2013 Water Conservation Strategy will enable water to be conserved and water quality to be maintained or improved while preparing for future water challenges through policy development, effective communication and implementation of actions.

A copy of the draft strategy and associated action plan will soon be available on the City’s website for community comment.


A key imperative of the City is to reduce water reliance by actions such as providing incentives for residents to reduce water consumption and to implement staged water management actions for all City of Fremantle properties and recreation areas.  As part of this the City has identified clear targets for reduced water usage and improved water health in accordance with the State Water Strategy.

The Water Conservation Strategy Report provides the evidence that the City will be facing significant challenges caused by a drying climate. The challenges include providing the necessary water supplies to maintain current assets to a level that is expected from ratepayers.  In addition to these pressures, the Department of Water has already placed restrictions on drawing sub-surface water supplies for City use and requested the City provide a strategy to meet these restrictions.

Completion of the action plan will enable the City to meet its’ commitments to:

·     ICLEI Water Campaign Milestones;

·     Department of Water Ground Water Targets

·     One Planet Action Goals. 


City to advocate open access secondary education options in Fremantle

Council has authorised the mayor to write to and seek a meeting with the Premier and the Minister for Education to support changes to public secondary education in Fremantle

The City will advocate for an outcome that results in Fremantle having open-access public high school options that meet the following key criteria:

1.   are comprehensive, with the full range of academic and vocational courses available to all students regardless of school size

2.   have a strong academic focus, with on-campus pathways to university from Year 7 to Year 12 regardless of school size

3.   have sufficient open-entry and non-selective options for Fremantle students

4.   have a large cohort from the Fremantle community

5.   have strong leadership and excellent teachers

6.   are safe with excellent pastoral care

7.   are close enough for most students to walk/ride.


On 8 April 2014 the Minister for Education announced a consultation process about public secondary school options for students in the Fremantle area. The Minister and Premier in 2013 advised that they “wanted to make education more dynamic in the Fremantle area”.

The process reflects the demands of local parents for Government to review the current options to ensure access to a local, comprehensive, academic high school in the Fremantle area.

The Government will look at how it’s delivering secondary education currently and whether it is most effective. Factors to be considered include the size of schools, the number of students enrolled, the range of subjects that students can study, and pastoral care programs and support services for students.

Given the process is already underway and the importance of quality high schools to Fremantle’s reputation and revitalisation, Council believed it was appropriate to communicate its position to the Government, to encourage the best possible outcome for Fremantle.


Cultural Development Plan adopted

Council has adopted a new Cultural Development Strategy 2014–15 which builds on the achievements of the 2011–14 strategy for the next financial year.

The plan focuses on the action areas of infrastructure, public art, cultural capacity and engagement and includes an extra $100k for public art expenditure.


The Cultural Development Strategy 2011-14 was adopted by Council in 2011 after a working group developed the strategies and community engagement on the strategy was undertaken.

The new plan focuses on a number of shorter-term actions and once local government boundaries are determined later in 2014, a broad community engagement process around a Cultural Development Plan for 2015- 2020 will be undertaken.

Fremantle has a reputation for its investment in Arts and Culture. It is a driver for business and tourism and it defines Fremantle as a place. It is important that the City continue its long tradition of investment in arts and culture and works to support organisations, individuals and businesses that are engaged in the sector.


DISCLAIMER – The above newsletter is a summarised version of council meetings designed to convey the key components of council decisions. For more detail and for exact wording on any of the above items the City strongly recommends readers download a full copy of the minutes of this meeting. Minutes can be found in the Agenda and Minutes section of the City’s website