Fremantle Projects and Architects Shine at the WA Architecture Awards

Fremantle projects and Fremantle-based architects once again did extremely well at the WA Architecture Awards that were announced on the weekend.

A range of Fremantle-based architects including Officer Woods Architects, Bernard Seeber, CODA Studio, Local Architecture, David Barr, spaceagency, and Slavin Architects all got awards and/or commendations. We clearly have a lot of talent in our port city.

Check out these great Fremantle projects that were all recognised.

Leighton Beach Changerooms and Kiosk by Bernard Seeber


Strange Company by spaceagency


Gen Y house by David Barr Architect


South Terrace Supported Accommodation Hostel by spaceagency


19 Douro by Motus Architecture


Grey Street House by Local Architecture


MSC by Slavin


Heirloom by Match by Cameron Chisholm Nicol

Here are the winners with a Fremantle connection taken from

The Jeffery Howlett Award for Public Architecture – East Pilbara Arts Centre by Officer Woods Architects
Commendation – Leighton Beach Changerooms and Kiosk by Bernard Seeber
Commendation – Karratha Super Clinic by CODA Studio

Commendation – Bunbury Catholic College Mercy Campus by CODA Studio and Broderick Architects Joint Venture

Commendation – Grey Street House by Local Architecture

Architecture Award – Gen Y Demonstration Housing Project by David Barr Architect
Commendation – 19 Douro by Motus Architecture
Commendation – Heirloom by Match by Cameron Chisholm Nicol

The Margaret Pitt Morison Award for Heritage – South Terrace Supported Accommodation Hostel by spaceagency

Architecture Award – 19 Douro by Motus Architecture
Architecture Award – Strange Company by spaceagency

Commendation – Perry Lakes Redevelopment Project by CODA Studio

Architecture Award – Grey Street House by Local Architecture
Commendation – Comben Place by spaceagency

Architecture Award – Gen Y Demonstration Housing Project by David Barr Architect
Commendation– East Pilbara Arts Centre by Officer Woods Architects
Commendation– Mediterranean Shipping Company (Aust.) Pty Limited – Head Office for Aust & New Zealand by Slavin Architects

Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture – Mediterranean Shipping Company (Aust.) Pty Limited – Head Office for Aust & New Zealand by Slavin Architects
Commendation– East Pilbara Arts Centre by Officer Woods Architects


The Australian Institute of Architects WA Architecture Awards entries exhibition is in the lobby of Allendale Square (77 St Georges Terrace, Perth) runs till Friday June 30th. The exhibition is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Light rail on track for Perth’s south, with route from Murdoch to Fremantle mooted

In today’s Sunday Times there is a good story about the Southwest Group of Councils (of which Freo is a part) and light rail.

I think it is good example of cross-council collaboration and planning to enable public transport in our region to be improved when the budget and political stars align.

You could say it is about working together to make sure public transport is purposely and carefully planned into our cities and not accidentally planned out as too often happens.

Fremantle Harbour to welcome its first Asian restaurant

Good article in the West’s property section on new Asian Restaurant in fishing boat harbour adding to a great part of Freo…

Eating out at Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour.
Eating out at Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour.Picture: Tourism WA

Han’s Cafe will open an outlet at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour — the precinct’s first Asian restaurant — joining Bathers Beach House, Char Char Bull, Kailis Fish Market Cafe, Cicerellos, Little Creatures, Baskin-Robbins and Joe’s Fish Shack.

The Perth-based restaurant chain signed a 10-year lease over 240sqm to open its 13th outlet, which it says will feature its new branding, fit-out and a refreshed menu.

CBRE’s Adrian Morabito, who negotiated the deal, said Han’s Cafe’s arrival in Fremantle diversified the food offering in the boat harbour and illustrated the confidence in the port city’s dining scene.

Fremantle is the State’s most visited tourist destination, Mr Morabito said, adding that an upturn in economic activity was helping its retailers.

“With a pipeline of projects in excess of $1.4 billion, Fremantle is witnessing increased consumer and business confidence, which is further supported by a stronger focus on residential and commercial development,” Mr Morabito said….

for full story see

The Fremantle Network’s West End Forum: 6pm Monday 22 May

Hear three different perspectives on Fremantle’s historic West End:

  • Celia Hammond, Vice Chancellor of the University of Notre Dame, will share their activation plan for the west end.
  • Gaelle Beech from Anjel MS, is one of the West End traders, and will discuss the area from a business point of view.
  • Maryrose Baker and Richard Mehan from the Fremantle Inner City Residents Association (FICRA) will share a residents perspective and vision for our historic heart.

Join in the discussion and share your vision for this very special part of our city.

6pm Monday 22 May upstairs at the National Hotel. See you there.



The whole time I have been mayor there has been a Liberal State Government. Whilst the Fremantle Council worked constructively with them (including after much work getting 1500 State Government office workers committed to Fremantle) and formed some good relationships there was (unsurprisingly) plenty we didn’t agree on. Given this, the emphatic win by the ALP on the weekend opens up some exciting new opportunities for Fremantle.

South Quay

After the CEO and I met with some of the key ALP players in Fremantle last year to explain the Fremantle Council ‘s position on a range of matters, the ALP pleasingly committed to redevelop the south side of the Fremantle Port.  This is a wonderful opportunity to connect the Fremantle city centre to our waterfront. South Quay is a huge project and one that will happen in the longer term but it is essential (now that we know that Fremantle Port will be capped ) that we start doing some planning on how South Quay can be more than a fenced car park with views. Importantly, it is an opportunity to create a much better arrival point for visitors on cruise ships. Here were some thoughts on this from a year ago and a map of the area we’re are talking about:

Fremantle Hospital and Oval

With the Fremantle Oval deal with the Dockers finally done and the oval soon back under the City of Fremantle’s control, there is a new opportunity to have parts of the Fremantle Hospital site incorporated into a major Fremantle Oval redevelopment as we outlined last year and in our Freo 2029 plans. This of course has dovetailed nicely into the ALP’s recent announcement on having a stronger focus on making the Fremantle Hospital site function more effectively again. Repeated feedback suggests that around 50% of the site is not currently being used. Whilst this is disappointing, it does present a huge opportunity to get that site reused and unused portions redeveloped.

PFL and Knutsford

Finally, the killing off of Roe 8 and the Perth Freight Link by the ALP gives some certainty to the redevelopment of the Fremantle Depot site and other land around Knustford Street (where the tunnel was previously expected to emerge). We are working with Landcorp and others to pull together a nation-leading an environmentally sustainable, mixed use, medium density area but the PFL tunnel was putting that under a cloud. But with the election done we can go ahead with this and hopefully even take the outcomes from the award winning WGV development to the next level.

So congratulations to Mark McGowan and his team and our re-elected local member Simone McGurk. We look forward to working with you. It is going to be an exciting and busy time ahead!

PS We are meeting with the Dept of Transport this week too to see how we can progress this!:

Fair Share: community, affordability and housing in STM

For those of you that missed Belle Taylor’s excellent piece on community, affordability and housing with a focus on Freo in the Sunday Times Mag STM  last week then here it is. Well worth a read.



Invest in Cycling: Westcycle’s Campaign for the State Election

Westcycle is WA’s peak body for cycling (and I am on their board) and in the lead up to the state election Westycle is calling on all parties to commit to doubling funding for cycling infrastructure and deliver the WA Bicycle Network Plan (WABN) on time.

From a Fremantle perspective this is essential. Despite Fremantle being a local government leader in providing safe, connected and convenient cycling infrastructure we have got almost NO state funding towards this is in recent years as there is just enough money to go around local governments.

A recent Auditor General’s Report on cycling found that more than 50% of the Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan is still incomplete. There need to be a doubling of state funding for cycling infrastructure from $20m to $40m per year will help ensure the WABN is completed on time. Importantly, research has shown that the return on investment for cycling infrastructure is around 3.4 – 5.4 times the costs incurred.

For more info and to get involved see: