Create, play and make at our new Library

The library would love to have you over at our new space at the Fremantle Oval. We’re celebrating summer and invite you to come and create, play and make in this special Makerspace launching life at our new address. Try your hands at animation, robots, Lego, garage band, craft or chill to some tunes and nibbles.

I will even be reading a story!

This free event is open to any age. Please register via the Eventbrite link:

19 January 2018 – 4.00 to 7.00 pm

Peace Boat coming to Fremantle

A Japanese cruise ship that travels the world to promote global friendship and nuclear disarmament will be visiting Fremantle next week.

The Peace Boat’s 96th voyage left Yokohama on 8 January and will be stopping at 15 ports in the Oceania region before returning to Kobe on 5 March.

The ship will be arriving in Fremantle from Bali on 24 January at 2pm and departing for Adelaide on 25 January at 5pm.

Among the 1000 passengers on board will be Hiroshima ‘Hibakusha’ Miyake Nobuo and Fukushima farmer Hasegawa Kenichi.

Hibakusha is the Japanese word for survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and atomic testing around the world.

They will be speaking at a welcome event at the B-Shed at Fremantle Harbour on Wednesday and also at a ‘Making Waves’ forum at Notre Dame University on Thursday.

They will be joined at both events by Karina Lester – a survivor of the British atomic tests at Maralinga in South Australia in the 1950s.

The Peace Boat’s visit is being supported by Mayors for Peace – a global movement formed in 1982 by the mayor of Hiroshima to raise awareness and push for the abolition of nuclear weapons. The organisation has since grown to include 7536 member cities in 162 countries.

Fremantle joined Mayors for Peace in 2004 and is now one of 26 executive cities around the world – the only one in Australia – and is the lead city for this region.

I had the privilege of travelling to Hiroshima in 2014 where I visited the museum and spoke to the survivors of the atomic bomb attack – it was a profoundly moving experience.

It’s a great honour to welcome the Peace Boat to Fremantle and help spread its message of peace and friendship.

Other speakers at the ‘Making Waves’ forum on Thursday include former WA Premier Carmen Lawrence and former Senator Scott Ludlam – who is an ambassador for the Melbourne-based International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

ICAN was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its ground-breaking efforts to encourage countries to sign a United Nations treaty to ban nuclear weapons.

The global agreement was adopted by 122 countries — but not by Australia — in New York on July 7 last year.

Following the ‘Making Waves’ Forum on Thursday there will be a colourful walk back to the Peace Boat at Fremantle Passenger Terminal, where people can go aboard until 4pm. To gain access visitors, including media, need to register here by January 20, and bring ID on the day.

For more information on the Peace Boat and its voyage visit the Peace Boat website, and for details of the events see the City of Fremantle’s events page.

South Beach candlelight carols event cancelled due to bad weather



Due to unseasonal bad weather we’ve had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year’s City of Fremantle Candlelight Carols.


The popular family event was due to be held on Sunday 17 December at Wilson Park, opposite South Beach.


The forecast of  thunderstorms, high winds and low temperatures makes it impossible to ensure the comfort and safety of people attending, which is our number one priority with any event.


City staff will be on site redirecting those who are not aware of the cancellation.


We’re just as disappointed as all the families out there will be, but we’ll be back in 2018.


For a range of other events and activities over the Christmas period visit


We hope you have a great festive season.

The Fremantle Network Returns Monday with a Focus on Community.

The final TFN event for 2017 welcomes two local speakers who are working on community initiatives that create vibrant, connected local communities.

Monday 6pm – Upstairs at the National Hotel 

Dean Cracknell – Town Team Movement

The Town Team Movement is an ‘under-arching’ non-profit organisation helping town teams to organise, engage and empower their communities and create better places.
Town teams are a model where businesses, residents, community groups and local governments work collaboratively to create great places. The teams are: independent; not politically aligned; and a positive voice and influence in their community.
Each team has slightly different priorities and focuses, but all share these principles.
There are currently 18 town teams in Perth and this number is growing quickly! Dean is a local resident who is keen to help this grassroots movement to grow and flourish in Fremantle.

Maureen Maher – Street by Street

Street by Street is a national project that aims to turn streets into communities and foster an Australia-wide network of neighbour groups. Maureen has been involved in a neighbourhood group in Hilton and wants other neighbourhoods to benefit from the initiative.
A strong sense of community, where you know the people that live near you, share experiences and help one another, makes life is richer. But for many neighbourhoods, this type of connection isn’t happening naturally.
The Street by Street Project helps people build better connections with neighbours, so that more of us can feel a sense of community. They see regular, informal social get-togethers as the pathway to creating community and are working for connected communities to become the norm across Australia, and for people to feel happier, safer and more supported as a result.

Come along, be inspired and get involved in making Freo an even better place through these great projects.

One Day in 2018

Acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke has been announced as the headline act for next year’s One Day in Fremantle event.

The multi-platinum, ARIA-nominated singer of hits like ‘The Last Day on Earth’ and ‘Caught in the Crowd’ will be joined by DJ Kevin Parker from psychedelic rockers Tame Impala, Arnhem Land hip-hop artist Baker Boy  and indigenous dance group Djuki Mala.

Award-winning singer-songwriter Gina Williams will return as host of the free community event, presented by the City of Fremantle.

More acts for the main stage are still to be confirmed and will be announced in the coming weeks.

A range of family-friendly activities will also be on offer to enjoy throughout the day, which will begin with a smoking ceremony.

The inaugural event earlier this year – featuring John Butler, Dan Sultan and Mama Kin – drew a crowd of around 15,000 people.

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said the family-friendly event was a great celebration of modern Australia.

“The first One Day in Fremantle was without doubt the best event I have ever been involved in,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“The feeling in the crowd was just amazing, with people of all ages and backgrounds coming together to celebrate everything that is great about being Australian.

“With the world-class artists we have lined up for next year, I’d encourage everyone to come down to the Esplanade and enjoy a great day in Freo.”

The free One Day in Fremantle event will be held on Esplanade Reserve on Sunday 28 January 2018 from 2pm to 8pm.

One Day Festival 2017

Kwinana Outer Harbour Forum and Q&A

Monday 20 Nov at Victoria Hall Fremantle

Free event

Fremantle Port on show for Maritime Day

A colourful spectacle and huge array of marine-themed activities will greet visitors to Fremantle Ports Maritime Day at Victoria Quay on Saturday 4 November.

This fun family day will cater for wide-ranging interests, with action and displays throughout Victoria Quay’s west end and on the water.

Fremantle Ports’ Manager External Affairs, Ainslie de Vos, describes Maritime Day as a great chance to experience aspects of maritime industry and enjoy free entertainment.

“Partnering with the Company of Master Mariners WA and with outstanding support from the port community, Fremantle Ports has developed this event to become the largest of its kind in Australia,” she said.

The Royal Australian Navy will have extensive shore displays and a submarine HMAS Waller quayside. Other vessels will include the refuelling ship Vacamonte, Svitzer and TAMS Group tugs, a river dredging barge, STS Leeuwin and Fremantle Ports’ emergency response boat.

There will be guided walking tours, free harbour boat rides and Australian Border Force will have its detector dogs in action.

Outdoor displays will include a huge LNG tanker, vintage and classic vehicles, model ships, prime movers, and surf lifesaving and marine safety equipment.

Professional photographers will explain how to take stunning photos and visitors who post images to Instagram will be in the running for a $200 voucher.

Activities for the young include interactive art with Art Collective and craft with artist Angela Rossen, face painting and quizzes. Children arriving as pirates, mermaids, sailors or sea creatures can take part in a dress-up parade at noon.

Schools will provide musical entertainment and fashion shows and marching bands will perform regularly. Maritime Day favourites will include Fremantle Ports’ photographic display, a Navy and STS Leeuwin cook off at noon and Fremantle Sailing Club’s Fremantle Harbour Classic yacht race starting at 1pm.

The WA Maritime Museum (gold coin entry) has Roman-themed activities involving craft and digital animation.

What: Fremantle Ports Maritime Day 2017

Where: Victoria Quay, Fremantle Port

When: 10 am-4 pm Saturday 4 November 2017

Who: Suitable for all ages

Cost: Free entry; all activities are free (except for a few requiring gold coin donation)