From Washington to Hiroshima to Fremantle: pursuing a world without nuclear weapons

Today President Obama will become the first sitting US President to visit the city since an American atomic bomb was dropped there on August 6, 1945, killing 140,000 people. The purpose of this visit is to “highlight his continued commitment to pursuing peace and security in a world without nuclear weapons”.

This internationally significant event interestingly has links with the work of a number of Australian and even Fremantle locals. These links are explained on the latest RTR Understorey program which includes Obama, John Kerry, Malcolm Fraser, and our own Josh Wilson and Yalata Aboriginal elders, as well as others.

Adrian Glamorgan and Elizabeth Po, who have worked tirelessly with Mayors for Peace in Fremantle, put this together for this to help people understand the story of nuclear weapons a little more, and to encourage a positive shift in Australia’s compromised international position.

We hope you enjoy this big local-to-global story that Fremantle plays its part in.


The future of our Ports Forum – June 7th.

Port Forum – what is the future of the Freo inner harbour? What are the challenges of the Kwinana outer harbour? What are the opportunities of each?

Come along to Victoria Hall, Freo on June 7th to be part of the discussion.

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Help the Homeless Art Auction – June 11th

Ever wanted to bid on an artwork by Salvador Dalí; Pablo Picasso; Charles Blackman or Robert Juniper and help the homeless at the same time? Now is your chance at the Soroptimist Art Auction!

Saturday 11 June 2016, FREMANTLE TOWN HALL

  • Registration from 3pm.
  • Performance by The Starlight Hotel Choir 5pm.
  •  Auction 5.30pm.

Refreshments provided

Open for viewing Friday 10 June: 3 – 5pm, Saturday 11 June: 12 noon – 5pm, Auction 5.30pm.

Money raised goes towards supporting:

Freo Street Doctor mobile health clinic serves the physical and mental needs of homeless, at-risk, marginalised people
with low or no income, transients, substance abuse and those with diagnosed and undiagnosed mental illness.
The Sisters’ Place is a project of St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, supported by five congregations of religious
women and staffed by Sisters and other volunteers drawn from the community. It provides a safe bed at night to homeless
women who sleep in the parks and streets of Fremantle.
The Fremantle Multicultural Centre crisis and short term accommodation programme assists migrants and
refugees who are homeless or about to become homeless.


Sustainable Housing for Artists and Creatives (SHAC) Co-operative are Starting Some Good.

Fremantle loves its arts but one of our key challenges has been keeping places for artists to work and live in Fremantle.

One great community organisation who is making this happen is Sustainable Housing for Artists and Creatives (SHAC) Co-operative. SHAC are developing sustainable and affordable housing for creatives at WGV in White Gum Valley.

The development which is happening with Access Housing comprises of 13 residential dwellings of varying sizes as well a Community Hub & Creative Studio.

SHAC is currently raising funds to purchase the Community Hub & Creative Studio – a two-storey structure that will facilitate a community access hub on the ground level and open-access studios above.  It is envisioned that the community hub will play an important and integral role in the local community: a place to meet, connect, share, explore, create, play, design, exhibit …

To this end SHAC has set-up an online crowdfunding campaign: 

As an incentive, a number of SHAC members have kindly offered a number of exciting rewards for donors including a photographic image, performance tickets, screen-printing and weaving workshops, puppets and more. Check it out.

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Interested in joining the 2016 Fremantle Youth Advisory Council?

Recently the City of Fremantle surveyed young people in Fremantle.

From this, we know that a number of you are keen to give back to the community and help plan and deliver youth events in Fremantle.

Well we are doing it.    This is a callout for anyone interested in joining the 2016 Fremantle Youth Advisory Council or YAC.

This will be a group that will be youth led.  There will be many opportunities to contribute to what occurs in Fremantle, and also have creative direction in planning your own initiatives.

Applications close Sunday 19 June 2016.

Open to young people aged 12 – 25 with a connection to Fremantle. Seeking young people of diverse interests, skills and with a desire to be involved in youth programs and events in Fremantle. To apply, head here:

Find out more and apply here

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WGV raises the bar at community open day.

Despite the stormy weather over the weekend there was a big turn out for the community open day at the WGV development on Saturday. The event was to both launch the new landscaping works and to acknowledge the work of community organisation Men’s Shed and SHAC.

WGV is one of those rare developments that actually got better and better the more it went on. It started with the White Gum Valley local precent group wanting more than a standard development on he old school site – a development that had a range of dwelling types and set a higher bar in terms of sustainability. Landcorp with the assistance of Josh Byrne and Associates and many others then took this community mandate to the next level. It’s now full of creative and thoughtful solutions to energy, water, biodiversity and community focused urban design.

Here are a few highlights from the launch that I thought were worth sharing:

  • In WA due to desalination our water is actually very energy intensive with 4kwh or power needed to create one kilolitre of water. This along with a drying climate in WA due to climate change was the key reasons to get down the water use in the development. With some clever design in WGV (including a community bore from shallow superficial aquifer about 25m underground) will use 70% less water per single dwelling and 60% less across the whole site
  • Another highlights was the opening of the new open space in what was once an unattractive sump. It was part-filled with 7710 drainage cells to store 900kl of water this meant that the fences could come down and a new parkland created.

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  • It was also good to see over 70 new trees planted in first stage of work including fruit trees and a rare deciduous conifer.  The replacement of the trees on site is a key community aim and there is a plan for 30% canopy cover in the development. From the trees that were felled for the subdivision the Fremantle Men’s Shed re-purposed the timber for all of the furniture in the development In addition to this there are 24 habitat boxes and logs to attract parrot and pardalotes.
  • Finally some stylish new public toilets and BBQ facilities (see below) were unveiled.

From these few examples it is easy to see how it recently won a national Planning Institute of Australia award for planning.

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Heirloom taking shape

I had another look through the Heirloom project with the Heritage Council late last week and it is looking pretty special and thought would be good to share its progress.

It was good to hear that the building program is actually running ahead of schedule. Going up through the upper floors it was also a chance to see not only the harbour views but also the progress on the DHA site across the road which has already dug out most of its basement.

Good to see the East End steadily take shape.

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