Feedback sought on the Kings Square public spaces (and there’s cool new online interactive map)

This press release went out today:

The community is now able to have their say on how public spaces in central Fremantle will look and function as part of the upcoming renewal of Kings Square.

An online interactive map of the area is available on the City’s My Say Freo engagement portal, where people are able to navigate through the various zones to provide input on design and function until 4 December 2017.

Key aspects of the draft Kings Square Public Realm Concept Design include:

  • more shaded areas, with a 5% increase in tree canopy
  • an additional 600sqm of public gardens and grassed areas (a 3.4% increase)
  • a new outdoor children’s play space
  • a designated church yard and urban garden area
  • new paving and street furniture extending further out to the edges of the square
  • the retention of service vehicle access, universally accessible parking and vehicle drop-off zones
  • designated outdoor spaces for events
  • wider footpaths to encourage alfresco dining
  • integrated public artworks celebrating Fremantle’s Aboriginal and European heritage.


Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the priority was to re-establish Kings Square as the true civic and commercial heart of Fremantle.

“Fremantle’s Kings Square is WA’s only formal town square and has a long and proud history of adapting to the needs of the community,” Mayor Pettitt said. “The next phase is something to look forward to but it’s crucial we get it right.

“When we first consulted the community in 2012 the key themes that came through were for future planning to prioritise pedestrians, deliver high-quality landscaping and shade cover and bringing back activity to all areas within Kings Square.

“I believe the draft plan delivers on the principles the community has asked for, but over the next six weeks we’ll be asking people for ideas on what could be done to get an even better result,” Mayor Pettitt said.


Enhancing public spaces in and around Kings Square is a key component of the once-in-a-generation Kings Square Renewal project, which also involves the redevelopment of the former Myer building and Queensgate buildings and the City of Fremantle’s civic building and library.

The draft Kings Square Public Realm Concept Design was developed using principles developed and endorsed by a community ‘citizens jury’ in 2012.  These principles include the prioritisation of pedestrian space by minimising vehicle movements and non-essential parking, better activating the edges of the square and respecting the historic character of Kings Square.

The draft design and interactive map is now available for public comment on the City’s My Say Freo online community engagement portal until Monday 4 December 2017.

A Big Thanks and Some Lessons Learned

After a lovely day off with the family it is great to be back in the office at the start of another 4 year term. I am extremely grateful to the people of Fremantle for giving me this opportunity to serve them for the next 4 years and see through a number of the key projects we have been working on.

I want to say a big thanks to those who helped with our positive and principled election campaign.  Without all of your amazing support it just would not have been possible. As someone joked to me early on: It probably isn’t a good idea to run in an election in which you’re putting your hand up for a politically problematic third term, with a brand new baby, just after kicking off a controversial national conversation around Australia Day – two out of these three would be enough, let alone all three!

And it really would have been a terrible and impossible idea if it weren’t for all of your support. We have run a positive campaign that talked about our vision, actions and plans for a Fremantle that is more inclusive, liveable, vibrant and sustainable.  It was the best of the Fremantle community I love being part of and am proud to represent.

But that said I am aware that this election campaign highlighted some divisions and greater polarisation in the Fremantle community than I expected. So I am committed this term to working to reach out and work on these issues that the community has spoken on including:

  1. Better services in the suburbs. Undoubtedly some parts of Fremantle feel like they need a little more love and I accept that we have put a lot of our energy in recent years into breathing life back into central Fremantle. But now that Kings Square is getting underway, there is good scope for a stronger focus on Fremantle’s suburbs and with verge mowing back on and new and improved waste and recycling services this is already underway;
  2. There is nevertheless more work to do in our CBD around homelessness, coordinated social services and more generally making the centre more inviting to visitors and we will be holding some community forums on this in coming months;
  3. As I wrote in my last blog post, I also heard loud and clear that we need offer better services to older members of the Freo community. From aging in place to daily community activities, this is an area we can also improve in;
  4. Finally it is clear to me that we need to get better at communicating what we do at the City of Fremantle, just as we need to get better at hearing feedback from a wider range of residents. This will require some innovative, creative and hopefully fun ways of reaching out.

Elections are tough but they are a good time to re-evaluate what is and isn’t working. A big thanks to the people of Fremantle to giving me the opportunity to learn these lesson and improve. I feel very blessed.

I also want to congratulate the Fremantle Council members who were re-elected (Sam, Doug, Hannah and Andrew) as well as welcome Jenny Archibald and Aidan Lang on board. I look forward to working with you all.

Finally, this blog welcomes your feedback so if you have comments and constructive criticism please send it this way.

Best regards, Brad

Aoife is glad the campaign is over too. Thanks Roel Loopers for the photo

From the Freo Council Chambers in March



Freo Photo Comp Winners and Answers

Congratulations to Kylie  Richardson for being this year’s winner of the Freo Photo Comp.

Kylie extraordinarily got all 15 answers correct despite me making it harder this year

Big shout out to Ellen McCarthy and  Cas Pearson who came very close with all but Council  couple right.

Thanks to all of that entered and had a go. It was fun.

Here are the answers:

  1. Douro Rd cnr Hulbert Street
  2. Outside the Orange Box, Leighton Beach
  3. Inside the old Fort Knox Building, Heirloom by Match
  4. Inside the Cantonment Hill Signal Station
  5. Army Accommodation, Queen Victoria St (rear)
  6. Fremantle Prison (East-side)
  7. Federal Hotel Balcony (formally Rosie O’Grady’s)
  8. Laneway between Phillimore and High St in the West End behind New Orleans Cafe
  9. 22 Cliff Street, standing in front of the façade looking East
  10. Knutsford St, West of the Business Foundations Entrance of the Prison
  11. The Attic Café, Looking onto Bannister St
  12. Atwell Arcade Development first floor
  13. From the Tow Hall Tower at Town Hall, looking South
  14. Wilhelmsen House (Mediterranean Shipping Company)
  15. Quest Hotel, Looking South down Pakenham Street

Freo Photo Comp extended

I have had some requests to extend the photo comp. I think I might have made it a bit hard this year.

So keep your answers or even random guesses coming in. I will hide blog post answers to make it fair but you can post as a comment or email me at

I will close it off and reveal the answers on Sunday the 22nd

Check it out here:

Until then enjoy your summer.

Normal, regular blog transmission will resume around this time too.

comp-11PS A hint this is not my backyard as one witty punter guessed.

End of 2016 Freo Photo Competition

As a way of closing off another year I thought I’d end the year with another little fun Freo photo competition with some snaps I took throughout the year.

The first person to write and tell me where in Fremantle each of the following 15 photos was taken from (not what they were taken of) gets the not all that amamzing prize of me buying them lunch in Fremantle at a café (you get to to choose at least!).

If no one gets them all then the winner will be the person with the most correct answers. Number of each photo is just underneath each photo.

Thanks for reading and commenting on Freo issues throughout 2016.

This blog and I are planning to have a couple of weeks off so Happy New Year and see you in 2017!

















Freo Network: Local Business in Fremantle. Monday, 6pm, National Hotel.

This Monday at 6pm the Freo Network will be hosting a a discussion on local business in Fremantle.

Featuring Olwyn Williams, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, plus a panel of local business people including Natasha Atkinson (Fremantle Markets), Kate Hulett (MANY 6160 and Kate and Able) and Karl Bullers (The National Hotel).

The discussion will centre on the current challenges and also opportunities for business in Fremantle. And we will ask each of the panelists what their vision for Fremantle is, and how the community can help make it a reality.

For those of you that didn’t know, the Fremantle Network is a community based forum for discussion on Fremantle issues, providing a much needed opportunity for “inclusive networking”.

Through open discussion of issues and constructive community engagement, we believe that creative solutions can be found to improve our lives here in Fremantle. It is about getting us out of our silos and collaborating. A rainbow of views making something beautiful perhaps!

6pm, Monday 24 October – upstairs at the National Hotel.