Launch of Boomerang Bags and Plastic Free July at Growers Green Farmers Market this Sunday

You are invited to join us for the Launch of Boomerang Bags and Plastic Free July at Growers Green Farmers Market this Sunday, 9.30am, 2 July 2017.

Boomerang Bags is a community movement. The bags are made by volunteers using recycled fabric and are available for shoppers to use when they forget their own shopping bags.  This stops the need to use plastic bags.  The bags are boomeranged around the community via stands which enable you to drop off and borrow again.  This simple idea has given communities the opportunity to think and share sustainable practices, recycle materials and come together to stop the amount of single use plastic.

We hope you can join me along with Plastic Free July founder Rebecca Prince Ruiz, and Minister Simone McGurk at Growers Green Farmers Market and see how we are embracing the phase out of single use plastic  in Freo.

Tree Houses and High Wire Ropes – Hilton Primary Designs Kings Square

Our final student led design charettes for the new Kings Square Play Space was with the kids at Hilton Primary School today. By the looks of things, we’ll be putting up lots of tree houses and ordering trampolines and high wire ropes!

This is community engagement at its best. Well done to all involved.

The Heart of Beaconsfield Update: There’s still a few more days to share your ideas!

Thank you to everyone who came together at the community visioning workshop last month to share their views on objectives for the Heart of Beaconsfield master plan. We’ve also received lots of comments online and at consultation events held at Davis Park and the Growers Green Farmers Market. We’re currently in the process of collating your comments and will share the outcomes with you soon.

With only a few more days until phase one community engagement finishes, now is an important time to share your ideas ideas for the Heart of Beaconsfield’s renewal.

What’s your vision?

If you missed the consultation events (or if you did attend and have since had further thoughts), we’re keen to hear your responses  to the draft objectives for the master plan by 26 June.

The objectives have been developed around the themes of sense of place and community, housing for everyone, diverse land uses, streets and open space, getting around and building forms, sustainability and innovation.

We would also love you to send us  images of your ideas for the Heart of Beaconsfield renewal, which you can upload through the survey on My Say Freo. Below are some of the images we’ve received so far. If your ideas aren’t included here, please upload images so we can share them in the next phase of engagement

Coming up…

Options for a draft master plan will be released in a few months, with phase two community engagement planned for August 2017.

Suscribe for Heart of Beaconsfield updates on My Say Freo

City creates tourism appeal by telling the stories of Fremantle

Fremantle’s reputation as a must-visit destination has gone from good to great, with perception survey results confirming the port city’s tourism profile has taken a positive step forward in the past few years.

I want to congratulate the City of Fremantle staff who I know who have worked very hard on this as it would be fair to say that big factor in this is the success of the City of Fremantle’s marketing campaign, Fremantle. Be part of the story which, since its inception in 2014, has redefined how visitors see Freo by promoting little-known and quirky local experiences mixed with the classic tourist attractions Western Australians have grown up with.

According to 1,089 respondents of a recent perceptions survey:

  • 91% strongly agree or agree Fremantle is different to any other place in WA (up 9% from 2013)
  • 87% said they were ‘definitely likely’ or ‘very likely’ to recommend Fremantle as a place to go (up 16%)
  • 84% of people tell others about how great it is to go to Fremantle (up 20%)
  • 92% strongly agree or agree it is easy to find their way around Fremantle (up 8%).

Other key factors in Fremantle’s growing tourism appeal include Fremantle being selected as a 2016 Lonely Planet Top Ten City and the 60 000+ social media following generated by Fremantle story since development in 2014.

In recognition of its efforts to promote Fremantle as a destination, the City of Fremantle was awarded the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards’ 2015 gold medal in the local government category.

Freo has always had its own unique style and tourist attractions like the award winning Fishing Boat Harbour, world heritage listed Fremantle Prison and the Cappuccino Strip are certainly very popular, but there’s also an exciting new interest in the local experience which is not only bringing people into the city centre, but into the outer hotspots of South Fremantle and North Fremantle. The unique mix of heritage charm, quirky cafes and bars and stunning beaches is a great point of difference for Fremantle and something we can build on to continue to strengthen Fremantle’s visitor appeal.

Despite this improving perception, we acknowledge times are tough for retail businesses everywhere and Fremantle businesses are not immune to this. The City will continue to do all it can to help businesses through this challenging economic period, but we believe the future looks bright for Fremantle; with one of the largest developments in our history– the Kings Square Fremantle Renewal, about to begin.

Redeveloping Kings Square will transform the heart of Fremantle into a vibrant community and commercial hub; creating more than 2 100 new local jobs and injecting $358m into the local economy so there’s a lot to look forward to, particularly for local traders

Visit the Fremantle story website

View the Fremantle Place Marketing Plan Review (begins page 7)

Find out more about the Kings Square Fremantle Renewal

From the Council Chambers, latest edition …

Taking the Next Steps: From Mabo to Freo with National Reconciliation Week

It has been a very special 2017 National Reconciliation Week.

This year National Reconciliation Week was book-ended by two significant milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey. At its start was the 50th anniversary 1967 Referendum and at its end, today, was the 25th anniversary of the historic Mabo Decision.

In the midst of this week was also the discussion of the powerful “Uluru Statement from the Heart” that called for a treaty and the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution. As it was poignantly put: “In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard.”

It felt to me the theme for 2017 National Reconciliation Week “Let’s take the next steps” was both timely and spot on. We have made some really worthwhile steps together but there is plenty more to do along the journey ahead.

And back in Fremantle it felt like further steps in the right direction were been taken.

Early in the week I was on a panel at Herbert Smith Freehills to discuss a debate close to Freo’s heart:  ‘Australia Day – Does changing the date promote reconciliation?’ There were some very some impressive leaders in this area including Ambelin Kwaymullina from UWA, Carol Innes (co-Chair on Reconcilation WA) and Tom Joyner for ICEA). It was really pleasing to see this debate continuing to mature with many seeing a more inclusive national day as another small step towards stronger reconciliation.

This week in Freo also included the special Manjaree opening at Notre Dame to promote reconciliation. Manjaree (meaning meeting place in Noongar) is a place Notre Dame hopes its students can connect and also one in which there is also a respectful engagement and learning about Aboriginal culture.

Back at the City of Fremantle, staff have also been working on some wonderful practical initiatives. Fremantle has been a leader in this space by setting a target for employment of aboriginal people.

This week to increase our opportunities for Indigenous people we have just welcomed seven young indigenous trainees who commenced work at the City of Fremantle . They have commenced in one area of the organisation and will move around over their time at the City. Currently they are located in areas from Governance  to Community Development to Records Management to Infrastructure projects to Customer Service and even at the Fremantle Leisure centre.

There is also opportunity to move the trainees to different parts of the organisation to give them a varied experience at the City. The trainees come from a range of interesting backgrounds, a mix of both male and female and have been welcomed with open arms to the City. Below is a photo of the trainees who met the CEO and Mayor for morning tea this week.  They have been at the City for two weeks and are all making an impact in their respective teams.

On The Pulse on Nine News

For some light-hearted weekend viewing, I had a lot of fun as a guest on The Pulse on 9 News with Brendan Foster this week. We even came up with an outlandish new tourist idea for Freo….