The Henry Project: Forum on Shared Ownership Model for Housing come to Freo

As the most in debt households in the world, Australians exchange a significant portion of their life for home ownership – if that is even an option available to them.

Social Enterprise, The Henry Project believe that there is a better, fairer solution, which can free people from the overwhelmingly oppressive burden of housing debt, and allow them to live more fulfilling, connected lives. They are having an event at the Freo Town Hall in conjunction with Shelter WA and the City of Fremantle.

In this event, they will explore the idea of shared ownership of property, or co-ownership. They will describe the legalities and financing that are appropriate for these scenarios, show what these properties could look like and their potential price, and gain insights from the many households already living in community. Most importantly, the event will provide an opportunity for people who are ready and willing to enter into co-ownership arrangements in their own lives, to meet other likeminded people, to start forming the partnerships to make it a reality.

To register for the free event:\

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Long Table Christmas Dinner Along High Street …

… to raise money for St Patrick’s Community Support Centre


Fremantle Festival 2016 presents, Race Against Time

Another example of what a wonderfully diverse Fremantle Festival is at the Fremantle Town Hall on Sunday night at 7pm will be Race Against Time.

It presents the poignant times and moving music of a little known Great War soldier composer: Australian Frederick Septimus Kelly. A gold medal Olympian rower, awarded soldier, renowned pianist and brilliant composer – this performance will tell the story of how Kelly persisted with his composing before meeting his demise on the Somme.

Letters and diaries sensitively woven with the sublime music Kelly composed at war will be presented at the Fremantle Town Hall at this Western Australian exclusive event. With music performed by ARIA award-winning pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska, soprano Louise Page, mezzo soprano Christina Wilson and Artistic Director of the Gallipoli Symphony, Christopher Latham, the performance expresses the meaning and a narration of life under fire. Narrations by Carrillo Gantner AO.

Presented in conjunction with the WA album launch of Kelly’s music by ABC Classics / Universal.

Doors open: 6pm. Show starts: 7pm

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Freo a finalist in 2016 Banksia Sustainability Awards

Great to see Fremantle recognised as a finalist in a couple of categories in the prestigious 2016 Banksia Sustainability Awards that will be announced in Sydney next month.

WGV by LandCorp (in partnership with City of Fremantle and Josh Byrne & Associates) is a finalist in the BANKSIA SMART AWARD:

When the site of the former Kim Beasley (special) school in White Gum Valley, near Fremantle in Western Australia, was purchased by WA’s land and development agency, LandCorp, the previous planning indicated a low density, high energy and water consuming, typical WA development. Instead, LandCorp worked with the local community, City of Fremantle, and Josh Byrne & Associates, to create an ‘Innovation through Demonstration’ project that would be a test bed for a host of innovative ideas for urban infill, while creating a desirable place to live for future residents and a place that would benefit the existing local community.


The City of Fremantle is a finalist in the BANKSIA SUSTAINABLE CITIES AWARD.

The City of Fremantle was officially recognised as an international sustainability leader following its endorsement as the world’s second One Planet City by global sustainability organisation Bioregional. Announced at the City’s One Planet Fest-a-Con in October 2015, a three-week festival celebrating local sustainable culture and achievements, the international accreditation acknowledges Fremantle’s progress towards a ‘One Planet’ lifestyle that has been supported by council, local residents and the business community. The international certification is a significant achievement that measured sustainability actions and strategies against the ten principles of One Planet Living and Common International Targets used for the One Planet Councils Program. The international accreditation is confirmation that the City’s efforts are not only effective at a local level but are recognised as being world best practice. The City is one of only four local governments in the world to be officially certified as a One Planet Council – recognition which is reserved for exemplary regions who are leading the charge on sustainable living. The way the City has embedded the One Planet Living framework into its operations and vision demonstrates its desire to help put the world on a path to a sustainable future and is why Fremantle has been a leader in sustainability for many years. The City of Fremantle qualified as a One Planet Council at a national level in 2014, achieving International Leadership status in the lead-up to international accreditation. The City was also named WA’s first carbon neutral council in 2009.

There are some impressive other entries from all around the country. Well done to all for getting this far. For more details see:


Songs of the Suburbs, Songs of the Sea: A Festival Portrait of our Port City

Freo Festival kicks off on Friday. In case you have been hiding under a rock the a rather large new banner went up today making the most of the Fremantle Town Hall renovations (see below)

I am really looking forward to the Songs of the Suburbs, Songs of the Sea next Wednesday evening.

Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe) fetches together some of Perth and Fremantle’s most distinguished tunesmiths and storytellers – amongst them MC Empty, the succulent Lucy Peach and legend Steve Parkin – for a profound and intimate night that weaves our streets, landscapes and lives together. A revealing musical portrait of our port city

Presented in two acts, Songs Of The Suburbs, Songs Of The Sea takes us on a sensorial, multi-platform odyssey that reveals much about these songwriters and the city of Fremantle we all call home. The show features exclusive photographic works by Matsu, video installations by Brendan Hutchens and narration by Sam Longley.

Doors open: 7pm. Show starts: 8pm

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New Fremantle Business of the Week: Coast on Port Beach

Coast on Port Beach opened last week and is an impressive new venue that I think will be very popular given its amazing location.

The vibe of the place is relaxed and casual so you can pop in for a drink with sand on your feet, straight after a swim. If you want something a little more glam you can take a seat in the restaurant part. There is also a raised small bar area.

Well done to Ian Hutchison and team on bringing this venue back to life.

Here is the West’s write up too from a while back.


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The Quest for Manning’s Folly of Follies.

You might have noticed the intriguing new art work on top of the soon to open Quest Hotel on the corner of Short and Pakenham Streets

Interestingly this is the first artwork to be completed under the City of Fremantle’s for the Percent for Art Policy in which a developer contributes 1% of the development costs towards an artwork the public can appreciated.

In this case the artwork is titled Folly of Follies, by Lorenna Grant.

It is a celebration of the fascinating history of that site opposite Pioneer Park. Manning’s Hall – more often called ”Manning’s Folly” – was a very unique building erected in 1858 at great expense for  Charles Manning, a Chairman of the Fremantle Town Trust (1859-1867).

A passionate astronomer, he lived there until he died in 1869. The building was demolished in 1928 to be replaced by the façade that is still there now.

According to the wonderful

“It received the name “Manning’s Folly” because of the peculiarities of its architecture and the immense amount of money expended upon its erection and exterior embellishments. Its flat roof and glass facades, later replaced by masonry, gave it the appearance of a huge hothouse.”

The artist’s statement includes the following

In architecture, a folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, but either suggesting through its appearance some other purpose, or merely appearing to be so extravagant that it transcends the normal range of garden ornaments or the class of building to which it belongs.

The artwork has developed by creating a drawing of the original Manning’s Folly based on historic and archival images. The drawing uses the colours and hallmarks of early architectural ideas recorded as ‘blue prints’ and will be printed to 60 fixed glass panels.

The image is one that falls in and out of construction marking the coming and going of the previous dome on the site. The resulting image while couched in local history speaks of transmigration, ascending entities, the movement through the night sky of stars and sacred geometries and alignments that enthralled Manning. The image is intentionally unfixed as to create different experiences from varied focal points in and adjacent to the area.

As Manning’s Folly once was, I am sure this artwork will also be a landmark for the West End.

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