Mayor in the Park this week

Some Freo Councillors and I will be in Davis Park in Beaconsfield this Wednesday at 11.30am.

Come down and say hi!

Saving Heritage Films

Check out this amazing video from Freo Mayor SIr Frederick Samson’s own collection.
It is from the State Library of WA who are currently working to digitise its vast heritage film collection and make it accessible to all. Old films are vulnerable, so time is running out. You can support the WA Heritage Film Appeal by via there corwdfunding page here:

Good Progress Towards One Planet in Freo

As many of you already know Fremantle is a One Planet Council – meaning we aim to be sustainable in a holistic ways that recognises that we really do only have one planet to support us and not three four as the Western world seems to assume. One Planet uses these ten useful categories:Fremantle achieved national One Planet certification in 2014 and was the first council  in Australia to achieve international certification 2015.

As part of our international certification the Fremantle Council recently signed off on our 2017 Annual Report. The report outlines our progress towards corporate and community targets for each of the principles above, and details key projects and actions undertaken in 2017. Key priorities for 2018 are also outlined in the final section.  Check the report out in full here:

Our vision under One Planet is an ambitious one: “The City of Fremantle aims to become Perth’s most sustainable local government and a global leader – a place where we foster community in a way that supports quality of life, while respecting the limits of the planet on which we live.”

As the report outlines we are made some good progress in 2017

 But as Bioregional (who facilitate One Planet) acknowledge “there is still a long way to go for Freo to be a truly sustainable city, but if the City can continue to harness the enthusiasm of the local population it may soon become reality.” I absolutely agree!

2018 is looking like a busy year. In addition to high profile projects like the South Fremantle solar farm and a zero-carbon aim for the  new City of Fremantle civic building, there are lots of others great activities planned. Here is a snap shot, with more in the full report:

Finally, City of Fremantle staff and I will be giving an update on some of our most recent sustainability projects this week at the Moores building. We would love to see you there


Learn Aboriginal Songs in Noongar and English.

PCYC Hilton is hosting a  series of community singing workshops “Walyalup Kannajil”

This program has been funded from the Community Development Grants program and is designed for participants to learn a range of Aboriginal songs in Noongar and English.

All backgrounds and abilities welcome!

Workshops will be facilitated by talented musicians from Aboriginal-led choir Madjitil Moorna Choir: Kobi Morrison and Leonie Wilkes, with special guest Aunty Josie Wowolla Boyle.


When: 12.30 – 2.30pm Thursdays, weekly from 10 May to 28 June, and 2 August to 20 September 2018.

Where: Fremantle PCYC, 2/34 Paget Street, Hilton, WA

Cost: $5 unwaged/concession, $10 waged, afternoon tea included

To RSVP or for more information please contact Susie on 0410 373 854 or

Proudly supported by the City of Fremantle and Nulsen Disability Services

From the Freo Council Chambers April 2018

High Street Upgrade Consultation is now Underway

Consultation is now underway with the City of Fremantle and Mainroads will be speaking with key stakeholders, local community groups and residents, together with the freight industry to develop and refine a final concept and scope of works.

Mainroads are now inviting feedback on the draft concept plan through an online survey.

You can also comment at the City of Fremantle Library, where the concept plan will be on display and feedback forms will be available from Monday 7 May.

Or, visit the High Street Upgrade Drop-in Sessions where you can you speak to project team members about the upgrade.

  • Stackwood, 10 Stack Street, Fremantle:
    • Monday 30 April, 4pm to 7pm
    • Thursday 10 May, 3pm to 6pm

After the survey closes on Thursday 31 May 2018 the feedback will be collated and considered during the concept design phase.

The concept design phase is expected to take up to six months, to ensure the upgrade meets the community’s needs as much as possible within the space, cost and operational constraints. We will provide the final plans and the result of your feedback at this time.


The current layout of High Street from Carrington Street to Stirling Highway intersection, provides direct access to several local roads and driveways, resulting in stop-start conditions, heightened safety risks and congestion.

An initial concept, released in 2013, is no longer the preferred option.

Following consultation with the City of Fremantle, and taking into consideration previous feedback from local residents and stakeholders, a new draft concept plan has been developed.

Draft concept plan

The draft concept plan proposes construction of a roundabout at the intersection of High Street and Stirling Highway, a wide median to separate traffic and preserve a number of mature trees, and a single lane service road for residents north of High Street.

To stay up to date with project information please email

Key dates (subject to change)

Community feedback

Draft concept plan is available for comment

19 April to 31 May 2018

Concept design phase

Comments and feedback will be considered by the project team. Project updates, including the outcomes of the community engagement will be made available.

June – November 2018

Tender phase

Tender phase will run from January to March 2019. The successful contract is expected to be awarded in by mid-2019.

Construction commences

Early construction works anticipated to begin second half of 2019.

Commemorate Anzac Day 2018 in Fremantle


  • Dawn Service: 5.50 am at Monument Hill War Memorial.
  • North Fremantle service: 9.00 am at Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial Park.
  • March and Closing Ceremony: 10.15 am step off from Fremantle Esplanade Reserve.
  • 2018 Portrait Photography: 7.00-11.30 am at Fremantle Esplanade Reserve.