Commemorate Anzac Day 2018 in Fremantle


  • Dawn Service: 5.50 am at Monument Hill War Memorial.
  • North Fremantle service: 9.00 am at Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial Park.
  • March and Closing Ceremony: 10.15 am step off from Fremantle Esplanade Reserve.
  • 2018 Portrait Photography: 7.00-11.30 am at Fremantle Esplanade Reserve.


Timelapse of Kings Square Redevelopment – Demo Feb-April 2018

And while we are talking Kings Square…

Renders of New Library in Kings Square

These new renders of the soon to be built City of Fremantle library in Kings Square look great.

It will include a spacious interior with double height ceilings, natural ventilation and light as well as fantastic new outdoor under-croft areas.



Motion to Council to Phase out Live Exports

The horrific images on board Awassi Express have brought to light once again the serious problems with Australia’s live sheep trade – the majority of which happens out of the port of Fremantle.

Back in 2010 the Fremantle Council called for a phase out of the live sheep trade and tonight the Council will debate a notice of motion by Cr Sullivan reaffirming the Fremantle Council’s support for this phase out.

Looking through recent information, it would seem that the Fremantle Council’s long term position of calling for a phase out is increasingly justified. As Paul Murray wrote in The Weekend West (and based on a report for Animals Australia by Pegasus Economics) phasing out the live sheep trade would not be as catastrophic for WA farmers as the rural lobby has often argued.

This is largely because the live sheep trade has been in decline since a high of about six million exports in 2002 to fewer than two million a year since 2014.

Even in the case of WA specialist sheep farmers, the sale of sheep to the live export trade now only accounts for a relatively minor part of their enterprise to only 11.7% of sheep sales by volume.

For WA’s mixed-enterprise farms, 70 per cent of their income came from grain and since 2011 less than 5% from sheep.

Times are changing: our export markets are changing, our community values are changing, and now is the time for major changes to this industry.

Fremantle offers up another site for “leading-edge” sustainable development

From the Fifth Estate by Cameron Jewell:

The City of Fremantle is offering up one of its underutilised land holdings to be transformed into a medium to high-density development incorporating cutting edge sustainability.

The announcement comes as the council fronts an inquiry into the federal government’s role in the development of cities, arguing for policy interventions to limit Perth’s urban sprawl.

The 25,316 square metre Knutsford Street depot has been identified as one of the council’s top five corporate actions in meeting its One Planet Council obligations.

As part of a just-released call for tenders, interested parties will have to commit to a development of at least 7 star NatHERS that generates more energy than it uses, diverts 95 per cent of waste from landfill, reduces car parking, includes sustainable materials, has 30 per cent of trees as edible species, reduces potable water by 60-70 per cent, and achieve Silver or Gold level under Liveable Housing Australia guidelines.

The winning bid will also need to offer select sites or an agreed proportion to social or affordable housing, or innovative housing groups. It should also offer a range of housing typologies, involving local artistic and cultural groups.

Fremantle chief executive officer Phillip St John said the proposed sale had strong community support.

“The City of Fremantle prides itself on being a leader in diverse and sustainable housing through initiatives like the WGV development and the recently adopted Freo Alternative infill policy,” he said.

Details on potential land sale price (and potential discounts) were not revealed, however a caveat on the previous 7 Quarry Street site, scheduled to be transformed into a baugruppen development, was that it was to be sold at or above market price.

Calls for more infill support

The announcement comes as Fremantle City Council fronts the House Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities inquiry into the federal government’s role in the development of cities.

It is calling for the state to return to a 60 per cent infill target (up from 47 per cent).

“In Perth it costs the government $150 000 to provide infrastructure for every new lot in outer developments, against $55 000 for infill development,” its submission said.

“By extension WA taxpayers are paying $94.5 million for every 1000 homes built on the fringe of Perth.”

Doing so could save $23 billion by 2050, it said, but was contingent on public transport being invested in upfront, designing for people and place, and committing to greater urban density that is sustainable and includes affordable product.

Committee chair John Alexander was the committee was interested to find out why sprawl continued to even as governments recognised the benefits of infill development.

“The committee is very focussed on uncovering the barriers to a more compact urban form and effective solutions,” Mr Alexander said.

“A business as usual approach to urban development will not resolve significant issues such as traffic congestion and spatial inequality. It is simply not good enough.”

The state government recently suspended work on its Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan for 3.5 million.


Be Part of the 18th International Cities Town Centres Communities Conference in Freo

I am very excited that the Fremantle is hosting the 18th International Cities Town Centres Communities Conference

This is shaping up to be a really exciting program with some excellent speakers already lined up and now you can get involved.

ICTC 2018 has now put out a “Call for Speakers” that is closing soon.

If you would like to be part of it submit your abstract by  Mon 16 April!

The ICTC Society is looking for a variety of presentations incorporating the conference theme: Progressive Cities, Innovative + Authentic + Connected that include the latest trends, case studies and projects from a variety of different sized cities, towns and places.

You can submit here and read the conditions etc

The latest keynote speaker to be announced is Ed McMahon from the Urban Land Institute & Chair of the National Mainstreet Centre in the  USA.  For a taste of what he will have to say check out:

Woolstores Shopping Centre Development Application

The Fremantle Council’s Planning Committee has recommended the proposed redevelopment of the Woolstores Shopping Centre be refused by the South West Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP).

The plans for the Cantonment Street site include demolishing the existing Coles shopping centre and carpark and replacing it with a new shopping centre, hotel, office space, retirement units and student accommodation.

Since it was first submitted in March last year the proposal has been revised a number of times in consultation with the City of Fremantle’s independent Design Advisory Committee (DAC).

The Woolstores Shopping Centre is one of 12 sites subject to Amendment 49 in Fremantle’s Local Planning Scheme, which allows a maximum height of 38.9 metres or ten floors on a portion of the site provided the development is of ‘distinctive architecture befitting its location and exceptional design quality’.

The DAC’s advice to the Planning Committee at last night’s meeting was that, even with the revisions, the current plans did not raise the proposal to an exceptional level.

I did mover an amendment though supported by the committee that stated we thought the proposal had significant merit and JDAP should consider allowing the applicant time to make further design improvements.

The Woolstores site is in a prime location near the railway station, Victoria Quay and Kings Square, so any development that goes ahead there will likely become an icon of Fremantle. While we appreciate the efforts of the proponents to get the development to this point, the planning committee was advised the current plan still doesn’t meet the exceptional standard required for that site. And we are required by the scheme to take heed of that advice.

The City is very keen to continue to work with the proponents to further refine the concept and incorporate the recommendations of our Design Advisory Committee.

The Joint Development Assessment Panel will have the final say on the development at a meeting scheduled for 18 April.