Fremantle’s annual bulk waste verge collection is on next week.

The City of Fremantle’s annual bulk waste verge collection is on next month.

The verge collection will start on 4 February and continue for about two weeks.

Manager of Facilities and Environmental Management Tony Strickland said the City was taking a slightly different approach to the verge collection this year.

“In previous years we’ve divided the City into two areas and staggered the collections over a period of about a month,” Mr Strickland said.

“This year we’ll be collecting from both areas simultaneously to reduce the amount of time it takes.

“To keep the neighbourhood tidy and reduce illegal dumping we ask that residents don’t place material on the verge until two days before the collection date.

“Putting material on the verge more than two days prior to the collection, or after the collection has occurred, may result in an infringement notice being issued.”

Items that will be collected during the verge collection include e-waste like computers and TVs, furniture, mattresses, scrap metal, timber products and white goods like fridges and washing machines.

Items that won’t be collected include building materials like bricks, tiles and cement, domestic rubbish, hazardous materials like chemicals, paint and oil, tyres and car parts and plate glass, mirrors or shower screens.

Residents are asked to place materials in neat piles away from walls, fences and power poles.

Whitegoods, metal mattresses and e-waste should be separated from other items to ensure they can be picked up quickly and recycled.

At any other time of the year, City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle residents can drop off bulk waste at the City’s recycling centre on Montreal Street. Just remember to bring along your voucher letter to be stamped by our friendly staff.

The City also provides a home collection service for residents aged 55 and over, which will come to your home and pick up white goods, e-waste and mattresses.

For more information about what can and can’t be picked up from your verge, visit the Verge Collection page on the City of Fremantle website.


Thanks to everyone who was part of another special One Day in Freo

All you need to know for this afternoon’s activities

Local councils and the politics of Australia Day

The debate over January 26th continued to evolve this year with more voices calling for change.

One particularity useful and in-depth reflection on local councils and the politics of Australia Day that was featured on the ABC’s Religion and Ethics Program.

I hope to see you at One Day in Freo on Sunday


Freo salutes our top citizens


An advocate dedicated to preventing Aboriginal families from being evicted from their homes has been named Fremantle’s Citizen of the Year.

Jennifer Kaeshagen is the founder and director of the First Nations Homelessness Project, which supports at-risk families and specialises in helping families avoid eviction from public housing.

With the assistance of an army of volunteers, the project has reduced the eviction rate of Aboriginal families from public housing by 25 per cent.

In the past 15 months alone Jennifer and her team have prevented the evictions of more than 100 households.

Nurse and midwife Ronelle Brossard was named Fremantle’s Senior Citizen of the Year for her decades-long commitment to providing culturally diverse women access to health and well-being support services.

Ronelle was a champion for the founding of the Meeting Place in South Fremantle, which still provides community programs today, and in 1984 established the Fremantle Women’s Health Centre which provides medical and counselling services as well as a program of health education and activities.

Fremantle Young Citizen of the Year award was presented to local Nyoongar woman Sally Gamble, who works with the Fremantle Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and volunteers her time with the Hilton PCYC.

The Active Citizenship award was won by the Fremantle Men’s Community Shed, while a certificate of appreciation was presented to Boomerang Bags Fremantle for their efforts to reduce plastic bag use.

All of the Fremantle Citizens of Year embodied the community spirit Fremantle is famous for.

The Citizen of the Year awards recognise and celebrate active citizenship and significant contributions to the life of our community. All of this year’s recipients share a passion for Fremantle and a love of its people, and they’ve all have made huge sacrifices to provide help and support to people who need it.

It’s an honour and a privilege to able to recognise their contributions and celebrate their achievements through these awards.

To watch a report on the work of the First Nations Homelessness Project click here.

Beach football comes to Freo

Football West will bring a little bit of Brazil to Fremantle this weekend when they host a beach soccer tournament at Bathers Beach.

The tournament will feature around 160 players in 20 teams across three competitions.

The women’s and mixed teams will be playing from noon – 6pm on Saturday followed by the men’s competition on Sunday.

Football West Head of Member Services Alex Novatsis said beach football was an exciting game known for its outrageous skills and spectacular shots and saves.


“It’s fun and very social and, like futsal and Walking Football, is another format of the sport for people to enjoy along with the traditional 11-a-side,” Mr Novatsis said.


“We chose Fremantle because a few years ago we held a joint beach football and cricket event at Bathers Beach which was a big success.


“We found working with the City of Fremantle a very positive experience and we’re keen to further build that relationship.”


Two pitches will be in operation during the tournament.  Matches will be played over two 10 minutes halves, with each team playing in a round-robin format followed by semi-finals and finals.


Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the tournament promised to be a great spectacle.


“What better way to spend an afternoon than to watch some spectacular beach soccer at our beautiful Bathers Beach,” Mayor Pettitt said.


“And when the soccer is done why not kick back, relax and watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean at Perth’s only licenced beach.” 


Beach football began in Brazil in the 1940s but has grown massively over the past 25 years helped by the likes of Zico, Eric Cantona, Romario and other world stars playing the game.


The first Beach Soccer World Championship took place in 1995 in Rio de Janeiro while the current format, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, began in 2005. Brazil has been world champions a record 14 times, while Portugal, Russia and France have also been champions.


The next World Cup takes place in Paraguay in November 2019.


For more information about the Fremantle Beach Football tournament visit the Football West website.


For a taste of what to expect from beach football click here.

Fremantle Recycling Centre – An amusing quick guide video

The Fremantle Recycling Centre just keeps getting better. You can drop off unwanted junk, including mattresses, appliances, batteries, clothing, gas bottles, e-waste and more!