Politics in the Pub: Is Fremantle really walk-friendly?

The Fremantle Network’s monthly Politics in the Pub aims to combine the enjoyment of the convivial pub experience with energetic political discussion.

The topic for Tuesday September 25th: Is Fremantle really walk-friendly?

Most people agree that a city should be designed to be attractive and welcoming to pedestrians. Does Fremantle achieve this? A more walk- friendly design may also have negative consequences, for example by increasing, traffic congestion or removing car parking away from business. Does a walk friendly city mean a better city?
Guest presenters:

  • Martin Spencer, Urban and Transport Planner
  • Annie Matan, CUSP
  • Olwyn Williams, Fremantle Chamber of Commerce

Join us to debate these questions in a casual pub environment at The Local Hotel, 282 South Terrace, from 6.30pm on Tuesday September 25th.

A NewsBites Update from your City

Freo Bike Plan under review and we want your say



The City of Fremantle is asking cyclists about their experiences riding around Freo as part of a review of the City’s bike plan.

The City of Fremantle Local Bicycle Plan was adopted in 2014 with the goal of doubling the number of bike trips in Fremantle by 2018 by providing better cycling infrastructure, reducing the barriers to cycling and encouraging more people to ride a bike.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said the review of the bike plan would confirm whether Fremantle was on track to become the most bike-friendly city in Australia.

“When the bike plan was adopted in 2014 just under three per cent of trips to work in Freo were by bike, which was higher than most of Australia but way behind a lot of cities in Europe,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“Through our One Planet strategy we have a commitment to promote sustainable transport, and over the past decade we’ve invested millions of dollars to make cycling a safer and more attractive option.

“This review of the bike plan will help us find out if we’ve met our target of doubling cycling rates, and also identify gaps in the cycling network and further opportunities for improvement.

“If you’re a regular bike rider we’d love to know why you’re riding, where you’re riding and who you’re riding with, and if you don’t ride we’d like to know what would help to get you on a bike.”

Since 2013 the City of Fremantle has installed 2.3km of on-road bike lanes and 1km of new bike paths, upgraded six key intersections with bike head-start facilities and rolled out Bicycle Awareness Zones over 6km of local and city centre roads.

The City has also upgraded more than 2km of path along popular coastal routes, installed more than 160 bike parking bays and added green bike lane treatments at intersections along four major roads.

Cyclists can provide their feedback on Fremantle bike network by completing a survey on the City’s My Say Freo website.

They can also map their regular routes and good bike spaces, highlight problem areas and share ideas on an interactive map.

The survey is open until 9 October, with a new bike plan expected to be presented to the council for endorsement early next year.

For more information visit the Bike Plan Review on My Say Freo.


Grand Designs Freo: A Sustainable Housing Exhibition

We have a very exciting week ahead in Fremantle if sustainable buildings is your thing. In the lead up to Sustainable House Day that is happening around the country on Sunday, Fremantle is running a Sustainable Home Expo with some of the best sustainable projects in the nation on show from 13 – 16 September.

A key part of this will be the Grand Designs Freo Exhibition, an exhibition showcasing architectural drawings, 3D renders and photo of exceptional homes, designed or built for sustainability locally.

Some of Fremantle’s award-winning architects will exhibit their most sustainable residential housing designs, including: David Barr, Murray Slavin and Ben Braham.

Get a sneak peak at Michael Patroni’s designs for Landcorps latest development in Knustford street and learn more about Mirreco’s carbon negative hemp housing.

Come and be inspired by some of the most beautiful, creative or cleverly designed homes and housing developments in and around Fremantle.

High Street Mall, Fremantle

12pm – 5pm Thursday – Friday

10am – 4pm Saturday – Sunday

And it is all Free!

Nominations open for Freo’s Citizen of the Year

The City of Fremantle is calling for nominations in four categories: Citizen of the Year; Citizen of the Year – Youth, for people under 25; Citizen of the Year – Senior, for people over 65; and the Active Citizenship award for groups or events.

The awards recognise and reward individuals and organisations that have made a notable contribution during the current year, or those who have given outstanding service over a number of years.

Every day around Freo generous and passionate people sacrificing their time and effort to support our community.  Citizen of the Year Awards are a great opportunity to acknowledge that effort and promote all the good work that’s been done.

It’s really easy to put in a nomination, so if you know someone who deserves to be recognised for their contribution to our society, is an inspiring role model  or has shown leadership on an important issue jump online and nominate them for an award.

Nominees should live or work principally within the City of Fremantle.

Outstanding contribution and community service can include areas such as education, health, fund-raising, charitable and voluntary services, business, sport, arts, the environment, social inclusion or any other area that contributes to the advancement and wellbeing of the community.

Last year youth counsellor and educator Simone Ryan was recognised as the Fremantle Citizen of the Year, while the Street Friends Pop-Up Street Shop won the Active Citizenship Award.

Nominations close on 31 October, with the awards to be presented at the City’s Australia Day citizenship ceremony on 26 January.

For more information or to register a nomination visit the Citizen of the Year Awards page on the Australia Day Council WA website.


From the Freo Council Chambers August 2018 Edition

As EYE See It Exhibition

Last week I went to the launch of an a very special new photo exhibition by Minister Simone McGurk at the Fremantle Shipwrecks Museum

As Eye See It Photographic Exhibition asked young people living in care in Western Australia to express what is important to them through photography.

Participants were encouraged to take a series or four photographs of things which hold a special significance for them. The photo s and text is very moving and provide an insight into what it means to live in out-of-home care.

This free exhibition is at the WA Shipwrecks Museum in our their multipurpose community space which is really worth a look in its own right. It was the first time I had been there.