Customs House Development Proposal

I (like just about everyone else in Fremantle) got my first glimpse at a new proposal for the former Customs House this week (see below). I am not surprised that this is scheme that has already divided community opinion.

Some have even said that it shouldn’t even be considered but that is not how the way the planning system works, however. Instead the City of Fremantle is required to process any lawful planning application and send it to the Fremantle Council and the Joint Development Assessment Panel (DAP) for consideration. So just because we are putting it out for advertising doesn’t mean the City of Fremantle planning staff or the Fremantle Council or DAP will support it going ahead. This is just the legally required process.

Another part of the legally required process is that like all of the Fremantle Council members must keep an open mind and not determine a view until it is debated in the Fremantle Council chambers. So I will do that.

All that said, it is important to note a few facts:

First, the buildings in question only remaining heritage are their façades. The rest was gutted in the 1980s when facadism was sadly considered acceptable. The internal additions from this period can certainly be improved on.

Second, five stories in the West End is not something that complies with Fremantle Council policy for this important area and the Council recently rejected it on the Notre Dame site on High Street on this basis.

Third, the whole of the West End is also now on the State Heritage List adding another level of scrutiny and protection.

Finally, it is really important that you have your say too so please do that by going to:

http://mysay.fremantle.wa.gov.au/customs-house

A community information session will be held on 27 April from 5.30 pm – 6.00 pm in the City of Fremantle Reception Room.

Fremantle Network returns on Monday 27 March

The Fremantle Network returns on Monday 27 March featuring:

Adam Jorlen from enkel with an update on plans for the Naval Store and Adin Lang – Friends of Hollis Park and Landcare Australia.

enkel is a collective with a mission to create a new generation of change-makers in WA.

They do this through hosting events & workshops, supporting early-stage social enterprises, running open innovation labs, and much more.

Their plans are well underway to convert the Naval Store at the base of Cantonment Hill into a school for changemakers, including coworking, makerspaces, learning hubs, a climbing wall and café.

Adin Lang is working to establish the Fremantle Landcare Group; a collective of local “friends of” groups to pool resources, funding and share tools and expertise. He hopes to bring together the friends of Boo Park, Clontarf Hill, Cantonment Hill and others locals who love our parks and greenspaces to enable new projects and greater impact through collaboration.

Join us for the discussion from 6pm, Monday 27 March, upstairs at the National Hotel, Fremantle.

 

Freo’s Ride-In Cinema for Bike Week

To go out with a fun sweat Bike Week in Fremantle will wrap up on Saturday with the Ride-In Cinema. It will bring back all the nostalgic memories of visiting the Drive-in but with a Fremantle twist.

Ride in to Market Street Piazza, park your bike and get dinner from one your favourite spots before settling in to view a series of short films that are related to cycling in some way, shape or form. Don’t get too comfy though, this cinema needs some pedal power to operate.

San Churro’s will be there handing out some free samples and discount vouchers to keep the energy levels up.

Grab a group of friends, family or maybe your neighbours and get pedalling at The Ride-In Cinema to celebrate Bike Week and Neighbourhood Day.

26th of March 2017 at 6:00pm until 8:15pm

BRILLIANT. HOME. A new group exhibition at Moores Gallery

This Friday the 24th of  March sometime after 6pm I will be speaking at the opening of a new group exhibition at Moore’s Gallery, Fremantle called BRILLIANT. HOME.

BRILLIANT. HOME showcases new works from multi-disciplinary established and emerging artists and makers who have a cultural connection with Fremantle. The show is the inaugural exhibition in an intended annual series, which will see a new curatorial theme explored each year.

Included among the range of artists will be Eric Dawg’s work which will be hanging alongside new pieces from Hangdog and many others. The reason I picked out  these two is I recently came across this rather amusing art blog http://hangdogart.com.au/guest-street-artist-eric-dawg/  in which Eric’s work is featured.

It is worth checking out and might see you at Moores Gallery to enjoy one of those things that makes Fremantle so special.  The exhibition runs until Sunday 9 April.

Bike Week continues with Smart(er) Rider

Bike Week continues with Smart(er) Rider in which you can be rewarded for cycling around Fremantle.

Ask for your Smart(er) Rider card from any of the participating locations listed below and collect a stamp each time you ride to a participating venue.

Once you have collected 10 stamps enter the draw to win some great prizes.

We would love to see the adventures that you have while completing your cards so get riding and snapping today. Don’t forget to tag #freosmartrider for your chance to win a range of other great prizes kindly donated by local business, which include original artworks, bike equipment and store vouchers.

Enter the competition by placing completed cards in the barrel at Fremantle Library.

Competition runs from 17 March – 18 April 2017.

Major Prize

  1. Overnight Bed & Breakfast voucher in a Superior room at The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle.
  2. Navig(8)r wifi sports action camera from Valentine’s Camera House
  3. Bike Accessory pack from South Beach Cycles

Spot Prize

These will be awarded to those snap happy riders who post their Smart(er) Rider moments to Facebook and Instagram so don’t forget to use the #freosmartrider and tag the local business you were visiting. Prizes include:

  • Original artwork by David Giles
  • Glen Cowans Studio gift vouchers
  • The National Hotel voucher
  • Other bike related gadgets

Smart(er) Rider Locations

Abhi’s Bread, AmaizeAnytime Fitness, Boost Juice, Camera House, Chai Baba, Chic Pea Vegan CafeCompendium Design Store, David Giles ArtistFlipside BurgersFremantle Arts CentreFremantle Leisure Centre, Fremantle Library, Free Choice Fremantle, Fremantle ChiropracticGlen Cowans’ StudioHarper’s Food Market, Luce Del Sol,  Missy MoosMR Hemp CoNatural Light PhotographyOhana Acai BarOld Bridge CellarsOne Stop ShopOxfam, ParlapaPirates BackpackersPropellerSignatures of AustraliaSOS Surf CoSouth Beach CyclesSpareparts Puppet TheatreStudio 37 Coffee Bar, The National Hotel, The Meeting Place, WA Maritime Museum

Baugruppen at WGV explained

I think Baugruppen has huge potential to add affordability, sustainability and tailored innovation to medium density housing in a way that Perth has not seen before …

Wayne’s Story

I just read this story about Wayne, one our newest employees at the City of Freo in the Parks team and thought it was a nice way to start the week:

http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/news-and-media/10317-wayne%E2%80%99s-story

Wayne’s story |

“I love to work for the Council… they’re a very, very friendly team.” You might see Wayne happily working in the City’s green spaces as one of two new staff with disability in our Parks team.

He secured the job through a partnership between the City and his local Disability Employment Service (DES) Biz Link. “I was unemployed for a couple months and then Biz Link got in touch with me and they said to me – we’ve got another job for you at Fremantle council.”

Wayne has tried a number of jobs since he was in an accident 20 years ago. While he hasn’t enjoyed all of these roles, he was still motivated to find fullfilling work. “If you don’t work and you haven’t got many friends you can’t really communicate. But you come to work and you’re talking to people you work with and that’s really good.”

If you or someone you know with disability is looking for work, start today by contacting a DES provider such as BizLink, Community First, Forrest Personnel and EDGE Employment Solutions.

City of Fremantle workplace achievements

All initiatives are developed as part of the City of Fremantle Access and Inclusion Plan (AIP) 2016-20 which provides that people with a disability have the same opportunities as other people to obtain and maintain employment with the City of Fremantle.

This is to be achieved by:

  1. ​People with a ​disability will be encouraged and supported to apply for roles with the City.
  2. City workplaces will be accessible and safe for existing and new staff.
  3. The City will create, develop and customise employment opportunities and roles for people with a disability.

Achievements to date

  • Successful appointment of two people with disabilities via a targeted employment approach.
  • Successful grant funding application which will see the hire of a young trainee with a disability in the new financial year.
  • Successful grant funding application for on-site training which provided vision awareness training and will deliver training in deafness awareness and mental health awareness training targeting customer facing staff as well as ELT and EM’s.
  • Developed and implemented an online disability awareness training program available to all staff via LMS and which is mandatory for new employees as part of the induction program.
  • Attainment of salary budget which will be used to create customised position opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • Securing of a 12 month partnership agreement with job access which delivers specialist support and expertise to the City on disability employment including free training for recruiters of the organisation.
  • Changes to internal recruitment processes such as offering access assistance when inviting for interviews and offering documents in alternative formats.
  • Built relationships with the local disability employment providers and implemented a process whereby all vacancies are disseminated to the providers.
  • Placed two people with disabilities into work experience opportunities.

We have more work planned over the next year which will see out recruitment processes and practices as ‘best practice’ for disability employment and achieve the City’s strategy of being an accessible and inclusive organisation.