Fremantle International Street Arts Festival. Only Two more Sleeps !

Mayor (not) in the Square in Hilton Tomorrow (Where works will soon begin)

Tomorrow’s Mayor (not) in the Square but in the Suburbs will be at Charlie’s Cafe on South St in Hilton.

Please pop by for a chat from 11am.

I am also happy to run through the works to improve safety and amenity in the Hilton town centre that are set to kick-off straight after Easter.

The project is designed to make the section of South Street which runs through the Hilton shopping area feel more like a traditional town centre by slowing traffic and creating a safe and welcoming environment.

It also addresses a serious safety issue by preventing cars from turning right out of Paget Street and Victor Street onto South Street.

In the past five years there have been 20 crashes involving cars turning right into South Street, and numerous near-misses on the nearby pedestrian crossing.

The improvements will include enhanced signage and lighting to make drivers more aware of the pedestrian crossing on South Street, new ramps at Paget Street and Victor Street to make it easier for people with prams and wheelchairs, a different colour asphalt roadway to delineate Hilton town centre and new landscaping and street furniture inspired by a native garden suburb theme.

The project is being funded through $250,000 from the state government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs program and $50,000 from the City of Fremantle.

Construction will start on Tuesday, April 3 and is expected to take around five weeks.

The work will require some lane closures on South Street, but the project has been staged to minimise disruption.

The majority of the road works will be carried out at night between 8:00pm and 5:00am to avoid the opening hours of neighbouring shops and peak traffic flows.

There will also be some landscaping and furniture works carried out during the daytime to the footpath areas, but care will be taken to minimise public disruption as much as possible during the construction phase.

Inaugural Woylie Festival starts today

Celebrated storytellers and artists Sally Morgan, Ambelin Kwaymullina and Kim Scott are among the featured writers to be appearing at the first Aboriginal Australian Kids Story Festival in Fremantle this Easter.

Presented by Paper Bird Children’s Books and Arts in partnership with the City of Fremantle, this free event showcases Aboriginal stories through book displays, writer and illustrator presentations, exhibitions of artwork, oral storytelling, dance, song and film.

Also known as the Woylie Festival, the event will run from today Tuesday 27 March until Tuesday 3 April in the Moores Building and courtyard area at 42–46 Henry Street, Fremantle.

The festival’s artistic director Cassie Lynch said the Whadjuk people, on whose traditional land the festival will take place, refer to Fremantle as Walyalup, meaning place of the woylie.

“I take great pride in knowing that the hundreds of children attending our school sessions will be hearing ancestral stories of the land they are standing on,” Ms Lynch said.

“In gathering some of Australia’s best Aboriginal storytellers in one place I hope to spark new collaborations and encourage emerging Noongar writers and illustrators to get their work into print.”

The festival is open to all ages, and parents and educators are encouraged to join younger readers and story-lovers in celebrating Fremantle’s Aboriginal stories. Theresa Walley and Kim Scott are both festival patrons.

It opens tomorrow with the 3-day school program, where over 500 school children will hear stories and participate in collective artwork with Aboriginal writers and illustrators.

The public program opens on Friday with Family Stories Day, featuring a Welcome to Country, stories, dance and music.

For program details and more information visit the Fremantle Story website.

Fremantle Buffalo Club turns 80

Fremantle Buffalo Club held its 80th birthday celebration on High Street today

Fremantle Town Hall wins 2018 Western Australian Heritage Awards for the Conservation of a State Registered Place

Well done to everyone involved!

Judges’ Citation:

The external conservation of Fremantle Town Hall is a comprehensive response to a gradually deteriorating 130-year-old building.

This exemplar project distinguishes itself by its consistent adherence to Burra Charter best practice processes, thorough research, innovative technical solutions, and painstaking attention to detail in the execution.

Supported by a strong team of heritage professionals and skilled heritage tradespeople, the restoration of Fremantle Town Hall has been highly symbolic in the move to rejuvenate Kings Square by conserving and enhancing the history and unique character of Fremantle. 

The $3.1 million restoration of Fremantle’s beloved 130-year-old Town Hall was the largest conservation project ever undertaken by the City of Fremantle.

Completed in May this year, the project protected the town hall for the enjoyment of this and future generations and also created a window into the past by reinstating its original appearance by removing paint from the stucco walls, reconstructing the slate roofs and refurbishing the historic clock.

These works were carried out by a team of specialist consultants and skilled contractors with a rare knowledge in the use of traditional building techniques, materials and conservation practice.

Content (I made this stuff). Well Rachel Doller did.

Did you know about the Fremantle Emerging Artist Support Fund?

It is a rather fabulous and relatively new scheme that offers support for local emerging artists wishing to publicly exhibit works for their first solo exhibition. It is supported by the City of Fremantle

The exhibition space is wonderful Art of Freo Gallery in Unit 4 of the J Shed run by Ross Potter and Ellen McCarthy

Next week the second exhibition to come out of this fund will Content (I made this stuff) by Rachel Doller (Rachel Doller Artist). This follows the lovely photo exhibition by Kylie Richardson (Freo by Kylie) a few weeks ago.

Content (I made this stuff) opens on Thursday the 29th at 5.30pm onwards. The exhibition runs until April 15.





Kings Square Demo Progress

The former Myer building is now a skeleton! The solid bones of this building means it doesn’t have to be fully demolished. Once refurbishment is complete this will become the office for around 1500 state government workers relocating to Freo. Here are some photos from Kings Square Fremantle Renewal