A Very Special and Very Long Table Dinner

It was a very special and very long table dinner in Fremantle last night.

It was the best of Freo all for a very good cause in aiming to raise $100k for St Pats. It really was huge with:

  •  1,200 three-course Christmas Dinners
  •  Almost ½ kilometre of dining table
  •  An army of more than 200 volunteers
  •  Over 100 businesses contributed goods or services to the event
  •  Over 40 street performers and roving Circus stars brought to you by Circus WA
  •  Moore and Moore Christmas Markets along Henry St with 50 festive craft stalls, food and beverages


Well done to everyone involved in making this happen!

New fig tree for Kings Square

The City of Fremantle has identified a suitable Moreton Bay fig tree to relocate to Kings Square.

The much-loved Kings Square ‘Christmas Fig’ was removed earlier this year because of its deteriorating condition and concerns about public safety.

The Fremantle Council approved the tree’s removal on the condition it would be replaced by another mature Moreton Bay fig tree.

The City’s Director of Strategic Planning and Projects, Paul Garbett, said a perfect tree had been located in Ord Street.

“The City commissioned an arboriculturalist to work with our project team to find a suitable tree based on criteria such as its size, health, shape and ability to be transported,” Mr Garbett said.

“From an initial list of 11 trees around Fremantle we shortlisted four of them for further consideration before finally selecting the best one.

“It will take more than a year to prepare the tree for relocation so we’re looking at the beginning of 2020 before it’s moved to Kings Square.

“I’m sure it will become a much-loved icon of Fremantle, just like the tree it’s replacing.”

The plan to relocate the fig tree from Ord Street to Kings Square was endorsed by the council last night.

The total cost to relocate the tree is expected to be around $45,500.

The City is also making progress with other elements of the public realm at Kings Square.

Three Whadjuk Noongar elders have been nominated by the Whadjuk Working Party to provide guidance to the City on how indigenous culture and history can be included in the renewal of Kings Square.

A concept for an environmentally sustainable lighting design has been developed, and a demonstration of different paving options will be installed next month.

Fremantle Town Hall Restoration the Best in the Nation

The meticulous restoration of the historic Fremantle Town Hall has taken out a national construction industry award.

McCorkell Constructions, the City of Fremantle’s contractor on the $3.1 million project, won the ‘National Commercial Historical Restoration/Renovation’ award at the Master Builders Australia National Excellence in Construction awards on the weekend.

The 2018 MBA National Awards Dinner was held on Saturday at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

 The Town Hall restoration became eligible for the national awards after winning the state award in July. The project was also recognised with a WA Heritage Award earlier this year.

Everyone involved in the Town Hall project should be proud of their achievement.

The Town Hall is obviously a very important building for Fremantle and one that we all cherish. The level of skill and attention detail that was required to return the Town Hall to its original splendour was quite remarkable, so for the project to be recognised as the best historical restoration in Australia is a well-deserved reward.

The restoration of the 130-year-old Town Hall, which was completed in May 2017, was the largest heritage conservation project ever undertaken by the City of Fremantle.

It reinstated the building’s traditional appearance by stripping the paint off the walls to reveal the original stucco exterior, and also included reconstructing the slate roofs and refurbishing the historic clock.

A further $250,000 has been allocated to begin restoring the interior of the building.

The recent demolition of the adjoining 1960s City of Fremantle administration building has revealed the rear walls of the Town Hall for the first time in around 120 years.

City Heritage Officer Gena Binet said the original limestone on the east facing wall was in much better condition than anticipated.

“We could not conserve or inspect the rear walls of the Town Hall during our recent external conservation project because they were hidden by the old administration buildings,” Ms Binet said.

“We were concerned they may have been damaged when the 1960s building was built or that they may have been rendered with cement, which would have caused the stone to deteriorate.

“This part of the wall is like a time capsule recording how the building has changed over the years. You can see where new openings have been made and then blocked up, plus the scars of earlier structures like fire escape stairs.


“However, we are puzzled by one of the blocked up openings – the upper level one closest to the High Street Mall. It doesn’t seem to serve any purpose, so if anyone has any ideas why it’s there we’d love to hear from them.”


Fremantle an age-friendly city

The City of Fremantle has been recognised for its efforts to become an age-friendly city by taking out the Age Friendly Local Government category at the 2018 WA Seniors Awards.

The WA Seniors Awards, presented by the Council on the Ageing (WA) in partnership with the state government recognise individuals, local governments and businesses for their community contributions.

The awards were presented at a ceremony on Saturday as the culmination to Seniors Week.

Positive Ageing Officer Kay Raymond said she was humbled and honoured to accept the award on behalf of the City of Fremantle.

“Fremantle’s vision is to be a place where locals enjoy a high level of health and wellbeing and where there are opportunities to participate in decisions that are transparent and inclusive,” Ms Raymond said.

“It’s by listening to the lived experiences of people over 55 that we learn what can be done to empower individuals as they age, so they can live independently and vibrantly in our communities.”

The City of Fremantle is recognised by the World Health Organisation and is a member of the Global Network for Age Friendly Cities and Communities.

The City’s focal point for encouraging social participation among older people is the Wanjoo Welcome Lounge – a dedicated space for over 55s to engage in free activities offered by paid tutors.

The City also offers positive ageing forums covering topics ranging from housing options and financial counselling to cybercrime, as well as regular free ‘Come and Try’ activities, weekly courses, a social walking group and one-on-one computer tuition.

Services offered to seniors by the City include a home collection service for selected unwanted household items, weekly book deliveries and free beach wheelchairs at South Beach and Bathers Beach.

Seniors also get discounted rates at the Fremantle Leisure Centre, which offers specialised fitness programs for over 55s. The Leisure Centre pool has ramps for ease of access, and the water is heated between 32–34 degrees to assist in the relief of arthritic and muscle soreness.

The City also has a dedicated access and inclusion policy to ensure information on services and facilities is readily available in a variety of formats, and facilities like age-friendly seats, access ramps and handrails are included in City of Fremantle projects.

For more information visit the Positive Ageing page on the City’s website.

 City of Fremantle Positive Ageing Officer Kay Raymond with the 2018 WA Seniors Award.


Fremantle Oval in 1968

With the Fremantle Oval redevelopment coming into focus I thought it timely to share this gem from a 1968 South Fremantle Football Club training session.

Not only will you see John Todd, Graeme Scott, Norm Cox, Kevin Miller, Gary Greer and Peter Troode kicking the ball around the Fremantle Oval but the last minute or so has some great historic footage of Fremantle viewed from the oval including the Knowle and other historic buildings.


Amnesty International Fremantle presents “BEATS FOR BRAVERY” at FAC this Saturday

Introducing BEATS for BRAVERY – WA’s top human rights music festival.

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This declaration has enshrined freedom and justice for many throughout the world. However, still today there are many BRAVE activists being punished, imprisoned and even killed for speaking out against injustice, and standing up for their rights.

This year the Amnesty International Fremantle Group invites you to stand with them at Beats for Bravery.

Featuring live music, a limited edition art auction and guest speaker Kate Kelly of the Save Beeliar Wetlands movement, Beats for Bravery will give you the perfect opportunity to take action for Write for Rights.


Grievous Bodily Calm | Lucy Peach | Ru | Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks | Priscilla


David Spencer | Jo Darbyshire | Rebecca Cool | Kate Floyd | Joanna Brown | Holly O’Meehan | Shokoofeh Azar

WHERE Fremantle Arts Centre

WHEN November 24, 2018, 6:00 pm


White Ribbon Day in Fremantle this Friday

White Ribbon Day is part of the campaign to end violence against women.

This year, on Friday 23rd November, 2018 between 9am and 1pm, the event will be located in the open space between Sail & Anchor and the Fremantle Markets; and visitors are invited to take part in a floral installation to honour the memory of those women who have lost their lives to domestic violence.

The goal of the event is to raise awareness of family and domestic violence and the White Ribbon campaign through community engagement.

White ribbons will be available for $2 each. All proceeds will go to White Ribbon Australia.

Staff and volunteers from the Fremantle Community Legal Centre will be on hand to answer questions and talk to you about domestic violence, how prevalent it is and how we can all take action to help stop it.

Please spare 10 to 15 minutes of your time and show your support for this important cause.

We hope to see you there.