Why I love Hidden Treasures – Fremantle’s Winter Music Series


It is not just because you get to see a bunch of great, local original music in some quirky, often hidden away venues in in the heart of winter.

It is also because it is just so wonderfully diverse. Not just the genres of music across the West End but also the range of people on stage and in the audience.

As I was watching the very punk and very fun Debbie Downers at the Buffalo Club last Thursday I couldn’t help but notice an audience that really went from 18 to 68 and I couldn’t think of to many other events that attract such diversity – let alone in the middle of winter.

See you down there every Thursday night in July no matter what you age or musical tastes!


NAIDOC Week in Freo Kicks off this Sunday



#CookForSyria Fundraising Dinner and Market at Moore and Moore

This month the wonderful Moore & Moore has been taking part in the #CookForSyria Campaign. This Saturday the 30th it will be hosting a fundraising dinner in collaboration with Kazoomies, to raise money and awareness for the Children of Syria.

When: 30th June, 6pm onwards Where: Moore’s Building

Tickets:  $80 plus booking fee Eventbrite: https://moore-cook-for-syria.eventbrite.com or $80 from the Cafe (no booking fee and a free coffee!)

Moore & Moore Cafe will be also hosting a Winter Souq Market over the last weekend of June.In line with our involvement with the #CookForSyria campaign. Come down and get cosy as you meander through our up stairs gallery, with a selection of handcrafted and specially selected fine wares from your favourite local artisans.

For Moore Information: Click Here

Hidden Treasures Music Festival Returns to the West End

It feels like winter so Hidden Treasures must be approaching. Pleasingly the full-line up has just been announced!

Once again, every Thursday in July the Hidden Treasures music festival will breathe life into the historic West End in the middle of winter.

Highlights include Because the Night Belongs to Lovers and the launch of Fremantle Groove, a book by local identities Bill Lawrie and Claire Moodie (ABC 730 journalist) consisting of twenty-nine portraits telling the story of Fremantle’s rich music scene and its long history.

Due to last year’s success the tram returns and will host performances by Cal Kramer, Oosterbanger, Jay Le Kat and Sunbird.

In light of national conversations regarding lack of diversity in music festivals, I’m proud that City of Fremantle produces an inclusive event including over 20 bands with female leads, as well as indigenous acts and multi-generational artists.

See the full line-up at: http://www.hiddentreasuresfreo.com.au/lineup-2018/

Mayor’s bike tour of the unbuilt and the historical saves

This year as part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival I am once again running a free alternative history bike tour called “Demolished and Unbuilt”. It was lots of fun last year but I know many of you missed out as it was fully subscribed. It is almost full again but there are a couple of spots left for Saturday afternoon’s ride.

The bike tour explores what could’ve been – the stories of the unbuilt and the historical saves. Be it the casino proposed for Victoria Quay in the 80s or the demolition of half of the West End’s High Street for a highway in the 70s, join the ride to muse, lament and celebrate Fremantle’s historical planning decisions. Meet under RAINBOW at 2pm, bring your bike. The tour ends in the Fremantle CBD. Numbers strictly limited, bookings essential.



2018 Heritage Festival celebrates the people of Fremantle: custodians, makers and creators

The eighth edition of the annual Fremantle Heritage Festival kicks off this Friday with the traditional Pioneers’ Luncheon at the Fremantle Town Hall.

The Pioneers’ Luncheon, attended by people aged 60 and over who have lived in the Fremantle area for 50 years or more, is held annually to commemorate the foundation of our state.

While Fremantle is blessed with amazing built heritage, the focus of this year’s Heritage Festival would be the people who have contributed to the city’s unique identity.

The 2018 Fremantle Heritage Festival celebrates the people of Fremantle – its custodians, makers and creators. The festival is inclusive of all of the cultures that have contributed to making Fremantle the great place it is today, from the traditional owners to post-war migrants.

The Pioneers’ Luncheon on Friday will be followed by the official opening Wanjoo Welcome event at the WA Maritime Museum on Saturday morning.

Set where the Derbal Yerrigan (Swan River) meets the Wardan (sea), elder Marie Taylor will perform a Welcome to Country and be joined at the free, family-friendly event by musicians Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse to share stories and songs in Nyoongar language.

Other Heritage Festival highlights include Fish Guts and All, where people can get a rare peak into old warehouses and meet the personalities of the Fremantle fishing industry, and Between Wind and Water – a moving and funny play about Fremantle history.

Visitors can also listen to stories of dreaming, spirituality and history on an Aboriginal cultural tour hosted by former Fremantle Docker Scott Chisholm, learn about the history of tattooing at the Skin Sin exhibition, join the Mayor on a bike tour through the streets of Fremantle and celebrate 30 years of live music at Clancy’s Fish Pub.

The 2018 Fremantle Heritage Festival runs from 25 May to 4 June.

For more information and the full program of events visit the Fremantle Heritage Festival page on the Fremantle story website.

Verge Garden Open Day – this Saturday, May 5th.

Fremantle green thumbs seeking inspiration on how to turn their verge into a garden oasis should get along to the City of Fremantle’s Verge Garden Open Day this Saturday.

Gardening experts will be on hand to provide tips and information on how to prepare your verge, which plants are most suitable, the best planting techniques and the ideal ways to maintain your verge garden after planting.

There will be planting demonstrations and plant giveaways throughout the day.

A food truck and coffee van will also be available and Captain Cleanup will also make a guest appearance for the young ones.

I think there are many reasons why people should consider planting a verge garden.

Verge gardens not only look great, but they also use less water, help reduce the urban heat island effect and provide a home for native wildlife, plus they’re a great way to show pride in our community and make us all feel good about where we live.

Encouraging more verge gardens is a key element of the City’s One Planet strategy, and our Greening Fremantle: Strategy 2020 has targets to develop linkages to help native animals move between the city’s green spaces, so verge gardens help with that as well.

The City of Fremantle offers and range of incentives and assistance for residents to establish a verge garden.

A new information booklet with advice and guidelines on landscaping and planting will be available at the open day and is also available online.

During the month of May Fremantle residents can download a voucher to purchase up to 40 native plants from APACE nursery at the subsidized cost of just $1.50 per plant.

The City also offers a Verge Preparation Assistance Scheme to Seniors Card and Health Care Card holders, which helps with the removal of soil, grass and vegetation on the verge and delivers free mulch.   

Find out more about our verge garden program on the Trees and Verges page on our website.

The Verge Garden Open Day is on this Saturday, 5 May, at the City of Fremantle Recycling Centre on Knutsford Street from 9am – 12 noon.