Freo’s Royale Fringe Festival

It was fabulous to see the fringe festival in Fremantle – Freo Royale – kick off in style last night.

Freo named one of 2015’s best independent FRINGE WORLD venues in its first year. In our second year, Freo has twice as many venues and performances on offer – many exclusive to Freo

The festival’s heart is the Kings Square Common a great pop up bar space to hang out in between shows. Last night I saw the Freo Royale Comedy Gala in the Fremantle Town Hall which was MCed by the very funny Paul McDermott who is here with the Doug Anthony All-Stars. It was a full house and a great taster of the comedy and burlesque that is on offer at the festival.  The line for the next show at 9.30pm – Lumnious – was impressive also and judging by the preview of this show at the launch it will be a spectacular show.

So get out and make the most of the shows on offer in Fremantle. It is going to be a fun fortnight ahead.

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Watercolours for Waroona/Yarloop Fire Auction in Freo on 4th of February

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Perth Now: Fremantle named Australia’s top trending travel destination

Pleasing to see Freo top another travellers list in 2016. According to Perth Now: FREMANTLE has topped a list of this year’s top trending Australian destinations for Aussie travellers.

Flight Centre puts the increasing popularity of the West Australian port city, which is up 126 per cent from 2015, largely down to the rise of the cruise industry in the west.

Little Creatures Brewery at Fremantle, named Australia’s top trending city. Picture: Jarrad Seng

The relaunched luxury Hayman Island resort in the Whitsundays recentlyreopened as a five-star brand under new management from One&Only, helping put it at No.2 according to the travel company, which says flight bookings were up 46 per cent last year.

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Freo Amateur Photo Competition

Kind of late notice for this one but ...


The 2016 Amateur Photographic Competition Fremantle calls for amateur photographers to capture images celebrating the landscape and lifestyle of our great port city. Across six categories you can show us why Fremantle is such a great place to work, live and play.

This is your opportunity to win some fantastic prizes to continue your photographic journey with a Canon EOS 700D DSLR, cash prizes & much more up for grabs!

Submissions close on 31 January 2016! 

To view all of the categories please click here.
To view all of the Terms & Conditions please click here.
To view the Galleries from the last two competitions please click here.

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Congratulations to the winners of the Premier’s active citizenship awards

 The Premier’s active citizenship awards foster, recognize and celebrate significant contributions to community life and active citizenship in all local government areas of Western Australia.

The following recipients have been selected because they have made a noteworthy contribution during the year or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years through active involvement.

For the Community Group award a special mention goes to:

Community volunteers of the One Stop Shop

The One Stop Shop provides a comfortable connective space for over 55s, through free classes and activities the volunteers support the idea of positive aging, giving support in this transitional time.

Volunteers oversea the day to day running of the drop in centre, providing among other things computer tuition and maintaining the rooftop garden. Well done to everyone involved.


And the winner of the Community Group award is…… Rethink the link

Rethink the Link is a dedicated community group who believes there is a better solution to the proposed Perth Freight Link and the raft of economic, environmental and social impacts it will have on the local community. The group promotes sustainable transport solutions and its overall goal is to convince the State and Federal governments to rethink their commitment to the Perth freight Link in its current form and consider an alternative sustainable transport solution.

They are highly organized, mobile and deeply passionate. In a short time they have generated significant community support . A great example of this was last year’s Fremantle Festival, where an orange sea of around 2 000 people marched in protest of the PFL in the annual festival parade.

Congratulations to everyone involved in Rethink the Link.


In the under 25s category the winner is….

Benjamin Power

Ben facilitated Catch Music’s Fremantle Session, volunteering his time and going above and beyond to make sure the Fremantle group were able to showcase their hard work.

His dedicated efforts in welcoming members of the Fremantle community regardless of age, cultural background, ability or disability made Catch Music Fremantle a resounding success.

Fremantle has a proud history of producing great music and an equally proud history of being inclusive and accepting of all people. Ben exemplifies the very things that make Fremantle great and for that we thank and congratulate him.


The Premier’s Active Citizenship Award

A notable mention goes to…

Aprile Jasmine

Aprile has been volunteering for Amnesty international for nearly 2 years. During this time she has been responsible for setting up a Fremantle action group to raise awareness about human rights and the treatment of refugees through information stalls, photo booths, movie screenings and petitions.

Her commitment to human rights sees her recognized here today. Keep up the great work Aprile!

The winner of the Premier’s Active Citizenship Award this year goes to…

Adin Lang

Adin is the founder and driving force behind the Friends of Hollis Park community group. The  groups aim is to rehabilitate the degraded areas of Hollis Park and surrounding areas into something the community can enjoy for generations to come.

Adin’s passion and commitment saw his idea to plant 20-50 trees by a small group of locals grow into a full-scale project with an ever growing group of volunteers and contributors.

The defining moment of the group came in July 2015 when volunteers planted 5,000 native trees in under three hours to redefine the area. It was a great event and united the local community.

Well done Adin – your commitment to Fremantle and your local community is unquestionable. On behalf of the City of Fremantle I congratulate you on winning this year’s Active Citizenship award and wish you well with the ongoing work of the Hollis Park rejuvenation project.





Australia Day in Fremantle

It was another great Australia Day in Fremantle yesterday with a big citizenship ceremony on the Esplanade followed by the Premier’s Active Citizenship Awards, some great music and of course the quite spectacular cracker show aka Indian Ocean fireworks. It was also great to see the J Shed area so popular on its first weekend.

Before the citizenship swearing in ceremony Australia Day Ambassador Krista McMeeken, a young Aboriginal women from Esperance, gave a thoughtful speech on how Australia Day has a range of different meanings. It is in part a celebration that in Australia we are blessed to live in a wonderful climate with beautiful landscapes and large open spaces, a place that presents many opportunities for people to pursue their dreams and live their lives without fear of persecution.

But there is a flip side to this and Australia Day is also a day of reflection that Australia’s past that included some terrible atrocities especially to Aboriginal people – from early massacres to the stolen generation. Even today there is a long way to go: Aboriginal life expectancy is still 10 years less than that of the rest of the Australian population and a young aboriginal person is still more likely to go to jail than finish high school. The confronting statistics are from Stan Grant’s recent debate video that has gone viral and is well worth a view.


Australia is a wonderful and lucky country but also a country with a long way to go in terms of dealing with inequality and disadvantage before we can all truly celebrate together on Australia Day.


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Melissa Parke to leave federal parliament at the next election

Melissa Parke as been an outstanding Federal member for Fremantle. A big thanks to her for her strong social conscience and being willing to stand up and speak out on issue both locally, nationally and internationally. We could do with people in politics like her.

This is the first part of the medial release that just went out.