Is the Transition towards 100% Renewable Energy Possible?

As part of World Renewable Energy Congress XVI Conference at Murdoch University you are invited:

FREE Expert Seminar on the challenges and possibilities of the transition towards a 100% renewable energy society.

Presentations by experts followed by a Q&A session

  • MC: Hamish Jolly – local entrepreneur, Director Biogass Renewables Ltd.


  • Prof Ray Wills, Managing Director, Future Smart Strategies, Perth
  • Prof Ali Sayigh, Director General, World Renewable Energy Network.
  • Dr David Renne, President International Solar Energy Society, USA.
  • Prof Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University.

Sunday, 5 February 2017 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Victoria Hall, 179 High Street, Fremantle


WA Heritage Awards finalists with Fremantle Well Represented in the Conservation and Adaptive Reuse Category

Heritage Council Chair Anne Arnold 2017 today announced the WA Heritage Awards finalists in the 25th year of the awards

The awards honour the leading contributors to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, promotion, tourism and interpretation in WA.

Conservation and adaptive reuse finalists include one of Fremantle’s largest renewal projects, the former Dalgety Wool Stores which has been transformed into Heirloom by Match, the stunning restoration of West End’s Wilhelmsen House, St Georges Terrace’s Palace Hotel, and the former fire-ravaged Guildford Hotel which has risen from the ashes to become a popular entertainment venue. The full list in this category is:

Conservation or Adaptive Reuse of a State Registered Place
•    Fmr Artillery Barracks & Fremantle Harbour Signal Stn (Gunners’ Cottages), Fremantle
•    Fmr Coogee Hotel and Post Office
•    Fmr Dalgety Wool Stores (Heirloom by Match), Fremantle
•    Gallop House, Dalkeith
•    Guildford Hotel
•    Hillcrest, North Fremantle
•    Lesmurdie Group (St Brigid’s Cottage)
•    Old Perth Boys’ School, Perth
•    Palace Hotel, Perth
•    Wilhelmsen House, Fremantle

The winners will be announced on 26 May at the former Royal WA Institute of the Blind in Maylands, now home to the WA Ballet, which won the 2013 Excellence in Adaptive Reuse Award.heirloom

Liv Apartments on journey to achieve One Planet Living certification


Good to see the Liv Apartments now under construction in the East End precinct (opposite Heirloom)  will be the first apartment development in WA to sign up to the world’s leading green communities framework

Liv Apartments is the first apartment development in Western Australia to be registered in the One Planet Living (OPL) program, helping keep Fremantle on track as global trailblazers in sustainable living.  The City of Fremantle was only the second city in the world to achieve recognition as a One Planet City in September 2014. If successful, Liv Apartments would be only the fifth endorsed One Planet Community in Australia and one of fewer than 20 worldwide.

For those of you that haven’t heard of it before, OPL is a sustainability measure with a vision of a world in which people enjoy happy, healthy lives utilising their fair share of the earth’s resources, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness. The OPL Framework is based on ten principles covering areas such as carbon, waste, transport, food and water. Bioregional Australia Foundation manages the OPL certification in Australia.

All 166 units comprising Liv Apartments will feature environmental, energy and water saving initiatives intended to reduce household bills and energy consumption. These include solar panels, edible gardens, landscape irrigation, a waste reduction strategy, energy saving ceiling fans and public plaza space with lawn.

See the Liv Apartments website at  to find out more.


30 years ago today… Freo’s America’s Cup Began

Today, January 31, is a significant day in Fremantle’s history.

30 years ago today, as WA Today writes: “High summer came to Fremantle and, after four years of incredible effort, the 26th challenge for the America’s Cup finally began on Saturday, January 31, 1987. Kevin Parry’s gold-hulled Kookaburra III took on Dennis Conner’s pastel blue Stars and Stripes in a best-of-seven shootout on the turquoise chop of the Indian Ocean.”

Check out this WA Today special on the anniversary:


One Day: Photos, News and Views

Fremantle photographer Jean-Paul Horre took some amazing photos at One Day and the Smoking Ceremony on Saturday for NITV. Check them out here (and one below).


SBS also did a good TV news piece on the smoking ceremony that you can see here until Feb 4th.


Finally, and a nice piece to finish on, is Brendan Foster’s latest opinion piece on WA Today. Brendan has come along with Fremantle on this journey and been a key part of the discussion and debate.



Thanks for Making One Day a Very Special Day.

Well that was a very special weekend. One I will remember for a long, long time.

From the extraordinary smoking ceremony at the Roundhouse all the way through to John Butler, Dan Sultan, Muma Kin and Gina Williams singing an amazing rendition of Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody’s “From Little Things Big Things Grow” with thousands singing along as the sun set glowed over Bathers Beach and the Esplanade – it might have only been one day in Fremantle but it is a day that I hope will resonate around the country for a long time yet.

I want to throw out a huge, heart-felt thanks to those who made it both possible and so special:

  • To our aboriginal brothers and sisters, from the elders who we had the original conversations with in 2016 (including but not in any way limited to: Len Collard, Robert Eddington and Dumbartung crew, Noel Nannup, Richard Walley, Mingli  and Uncle Ben Taylor) to the amazing younger crew who participated in very powerful smoking ceremony.
  • To the talented performers at One Day (John Butler, Dan Sultan, Mama Kin, as well as Marie Taylor, Richard Walley, Herbert Bropho and Gina Williams) who delivered a stunning afternoon with great music and powerful messages;
  • To my fellow Fremantle Council members and City of Fremantle staff (especially Pete and Sarah) and Detail crew – this was a real team effort and great to work alongside such inspiring people of integrity;
  • To the many thousands of you who came from Fremantle and beyond to make it a special day. It really was a multicultural day with people of all ages and nationalities including a huge showing from the wider aboriginal community. As Phil Walley-Stack wrote to me that morning: “Heading to Fremantle to celebrate being a Nyoongar and a Proud Australian – with no mixed emotions!”

Of course One Day in Fremantle was only one small step we took together on the path towards greater inclusion and respect. We have a long way to go but I feel proud that so many of us took that step together in Fremantle this weekend.

Here are a few snaps I took in the afternoon. Thank you!

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Details and Times for ‘One Day in Fremantle’ on Saturday


The City of Fremantle’s FREE event ‘One Day in Fremantle’ is an opportunity for all Australians to come together and celebrate diversity and passion for our country.

Saturday 28 January 2017, 2.00-8.00 pm at Esplanade Reserve.

9.30 am – The day will kick off with a Nyoongar cleansing smoking ceremony at the Round House on to prepare and cleanse the area prior to the One Day in Fremantle celebration.

2.00 pm – Free family-friendly activities and food trucks. Everything from bush tucker to hip hop to nature play and much, much more!  the The workshop and entertainment list is  here

4.30 pm – Welcome to Country with Marie Taylor, Richard Walley and MC Gina Williams

4.50 pm – Mama Kin

5.40 pm – John Butler

6.40 pm – Dan Sultan.


The City of Fremantle  have  also teamed up with Proacqua to offer free still and sparkling water for the entire event.

The event is free and no tickets or registrations are required! ‘One Day in Fremantle’ is a family-friendly event and is smoke and alcohol free.