Summary of this month’s Fremantle Council meeting

A three and a half hour meeting in about eight minutes.

National Reconciliation Week

This week is National Reconciliation Week. It is an opportunity for all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation. This is a great video by Reconciliation Australia

Wet ride in Freo’s unbuilt history

Thanks to the committed bunch of people that joined me on my bike tour of the “demolished and unbuilt” in Fremantle despite the occasionally wet conditions. Lots of fun.

Freo’s heritage festival still has lots of events on over the next week.

Mayor’s bike tour of the unbuilt and the historical saves

This year as part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival I am once again running a free alternative history bike tour called “Demolished and Unbuilt”. It was lots of fun last year but I know many of you missed out as it was fully subscribed. It is almost full again but there are a couple of spots left for Saturday afternoon’s ride.

The bike tour explores what could’ve been – the stories of the unbuilt and the historical saves. Be it the casino proposed for Victoria Quay in the 80s or the demolition of half of the West End’s High Street for a highway in the 70s, join the ride to muse, lament and celebrate Fremantle’s historical planning decisions. Meet under RAINBOW at 2pm, bring your bike. The tour ends in the Fremantle CBD. Numbers strictly limited, bookings essential.


2018 Heritage Festival celebrates the people of Fremantle: custodians, makers and creators

The eighth edition of the annual Fremantle Heritage Festival kicks off this Friday with the traditional Pioneers’ Luncheon at the Fremantle Town Hall.

The Pioneers’ Luncheon, attended by people aged 60 and over who have lived in the Fremantle area for 50 years or more, is held annually to commemorate the foundation of our state.

While Fremantle is blessed with amazing built heritage, the focus of this year’s Heritage Festival would be the people who have contributed to the city’s unique identity.

The 2018 Fremantle Heritage Festival celebrates the people of Fremantle – its custodians, makers and creators. The festival is inclusive of all of the cultures that have contributed to making Fremantle the great place it is today, from the traditional owners to post-war migrants.

The Pioneers’ Luncheon on Friday will be followed by the official opening Wanjoo Welcome event at the WA Maritime Museum on Saturday morning.

Set where the Derbal Yerrigan (Swan River) meets the Wardan (sea), elder Marie Taylor will perform a Welcome to Country and be joined at the free, family-friendly event by musicians Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse to share stories and songs in Nyoongar language.

Other Heritage Festival highlights include Fish Guts and All, where people can get a rare peak into old warehouses and meet the personalities of the Fremantle fishing industry, and Between Wind and Water – a moving and funny play about Fremantle history.

Visitors can also listen to stories of dreaming, spirituality and history on an Aboriginal cultural tour hosted by former Fremantle Docker Scott Chisholm, learn about the history of tattooing at the Skin Sin exhibition, join the Mayor on a bike tour through the streets of Fremantle and celebrate 30 years of live music at Clancy’s Fish Pub.

The 2018 Fremantle Heritage Festival runs from 25 May to 4 June.

For more information and the full program of events visit the Fremantle Heritage Festival page on the Fremantle story website.

Freo Alternative as Citizen-led Collaboration (West Australian Article)

Mayor and Council (not) in the Square at Propeller

This week (Wednesday from 11am) come join us for a chat at Propeller  in North Freo