Healthy Lifestyle expo for 55+ in Freo Friday

Join us at the Fremantle Town Hall and learn about ageing well. The Cities of Fremantle, Melville, Cockburn and East Fremantle have partnered to host this one day expo to encourage and promote healthy lifestyles and wellness opportunities for the over 55s community

Friday 1 April 10.00 am – 2.00 pm

All welcome

Free entry, finger food and drinks

For more information

08 9432 9999


Sundays on the Strip will be car free

Closing the Cappuccino Strip to cars often tops the most requested list for changes to how Fremantle works so it is really exciting to see a trial kick off starting this Sunday.

South Tce will close to vehicle traffic for the next three Sundays to make way for lounge areas, street performances, live music and open air dining.

Sundays on the Strip will stretch out along Freo’s iconic South Terrace ‘cappuccino strip’ from Collie Street to Bannister Street, transforming the popular entertainment district into a friendly, car-free experience for the whole family.

Road closures will run from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm on Sunday 3, 10 and 17 April 2016 with Transperth buses to be diverted via Norfolk Street and Parry Street.

Events like the Fremantle Street Arts Festival create such a great atmosphere as they take over the central streets of Freo, turning them into community spaces and car-free promenades that can be enjoyed by everyone. So I look forward to this becoming more regualar

Here is some of the media on it:


New Freo Business of the Week: The Federal Hotel

This new Fremantle business of the week is actually also one of Freo’s oldest. The Federal Hotel opened the same year as the Fremantle Town Hall (1887) and despite a name change to Rosie O’Grady’s in the 1990s I am pleased to say that after a short closure for a bit of restoration “The Fed” is back in all her glory.

The Federal is a hotel with a lot of history including multiple arson attempts (some on the same night!), murders, and the place where the first WA meeting of the State ALP was held.  When the Federal first opened its doors in 1887 it was touted as one of the most beautiful buildings ever seen in the colony (see old postcard below)


New operators Nik Jurin and Marc Townsend (pictured) have done a great job with refurbing the hotel and bringing back its charm while also creating a great beer list and menu. Nik was behind the revamp of the South Beach Hotel (aka the Dav) and Marc was the face of North Fremantle’s Mrs Brown. Marc kindly dropped me a few lines on his vision for the hotel and I think he sums it up very well:

“Our goal with the Federal Hotel is to provide a unique pub style environment in Fremantle.  We want to set ourselves apart from the norm and be a destination venue, whilst still being essentially in the heart of Fremantle.  Fremantle is currently undergoing a healthy revival of new and interesting hospitality venues and we wish to be part of that movement into the future growth of the area.   It has been an exciting, yet brief journey thus far to be able to bring the Federal Hotel back to Fremantle once again, this time it is here to stay!  By doing this we hope to provide both Fremantle locals and visitors alike with a venue that is focussed on quality food, beverage and service all within these beautiful heritage surroundings.”

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Last day for wonderful Freo Street Arts Festival

Despite a weekend of unusual weather it has been wonderful to see Street Arts grow and embrace the streets of Fremantle in new and creative ways.

Today is the last day so get down and make the most of it.

Last night I saw the extraordinary Flaque (who have been relocated to the Fremantle Town Hall from Kidogo due to weather) which was a sensory experience and great for the whole family. There last show is 8pm sharp tonight.

It has also been great to have the Cappuccino Strip and High Street closed to traffic and part of the Festival with  Freo Restaurants and bars embracing the street

A big thanks to the City of Freo staff who work so hard to make this happen. Each year it feels like it just gets better.

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National pongo food trucks



Why the failed attempt to sell Fremantle Port is proabably good to Freo

As you would have read in the Fremantle Herald and The West the long-tern lease (aka sale) of Fremantle Port ins looking pretty much dead in the water with the Nationals withdrawing their support this week.

While this might be a headache for the Government, in my view it is better that the privatisation of Fremantle Port  is off the agenda for now. It was becoming clear that the rush to get the highest lease price was undermining good, longer term planning decisions on the Port’s future.

The Fremantle Port sale was getting messily tied up with the  Perth Freight Link and a sensible cap on containers through the inner harbour as Treasury was seeking to maximise the return to the State Government.

Hopefully this means that everyone can take a breath and step back and have a sensible look at what is the right longer term plan for the Port.

The majority of the Fremantle Council  wants the port to stay in Fremantle but we also undoubtedly  need a second port in Kwinana ASAP

That said, one of the good things about the privatisation debate was that it has opened up some worthwhile discussion on how Port operations might be progressively moved off South Quay – especially the sheep and roll on- roll off (AKA RORO) cars.

I note the Premier has tried to sweeten the Port sale deal by reminding the Nats of his plans to use the sale to pay for new live animal export facilities at Kwinana. I believe this should happen anyway and not just be limited to sheep.

The sooner we move the RORO the sooner we can improve the visitor experience for Fremantle cruise ship visitors and also better connect Fremantle to its waterfront.

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Bad Boy Bubba – new Freo business of the week.

On the weekend I had the pleasure of launching a rather unusual new Fremantle business – a funky, retro ice-cream van called Bad Boy Bubba.

Bubba is a circa 1958 Austin LD5  ice cream truck that has being fully rebuilt and fitted-out in O’Conner by Bubba’s Best Mate, Cathcart Weatherly.

Bubba’s second life as an ice cream van is in a very different style from his previous livery. While he will have some “relaxed and comfortable” Neapolitan-esque flavours you might recognise – for those willing to “walk on the wild side” you can have ice-cream topped in some extremely unconventional flavours like bacon, blue cheese, and onion jam and some even weirder concoctions.

I love this extraordinary and original concept: hipster ice-cream helping keep Fremantle a little weird.  Look out for Bubba on the streets of Fremantle soon.


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More People Riding More Often in Freo

Did you know?:
Since 2013, the City of Fremantle has invested more than $2.2 million in local cycling infrastructure to help people to get around safely on bikes and doubled the number of bike parking racks in the city. In that time, there’s been a 46 per cent increase in the number of people on bikes, and significantly, at least 40 per cent of them are women.
This stats are from Cr Rachel Pemberton‘s article in WA Today. It is a good read as part of Bike Week.
Life is different when you get out of the car and ride. Photo: Nick Moir