South Terrace upgrade underway

Works to improve the streetscape along a section of the popular South Terrace café strip in South Fremantle are underway.

The upgrade, at the intersections of South Terrace, Sydney Street and Little Lefroy Lane, features new road surfaces and footpaths painted in vibrant colours inspired by Fremantle’s street art.

It will also include new bike racks and seating, street trees, rubbish bins and drainage improvements.

The City of Fremantle’s Director of Infrastructure and Project Delivery Graham Tattersall said the aim is to create a pedestrian-friendly environment that supports street life.

“Widening the footpath will create a bigger, pedestrian-friendly area and increase the amount of alfresco space, while the new paving, street furniture and trees will make it a better space for people to enjoy,” Mr Tattersall said.

“Reducing the width of the road will make it safer for people to cross the street and encourage drivers to slow down, which will also allow the removal of the temporary speed humps in that section of South Terrace.”

The project is being funded with the assistance of a $200,000 grant from the state government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs program.

The design was the subject of community consultation in November last year, with 73 per cent of respondents supporting the changes.

Construction will be carried out between 7am and 5pm on day works and 6pm and 5am for night works and is expected to take eight weeks to complete.

Partial road closures will be necessary during the project and the City will have traffic management in place to minimise delays.

Join Repair Café Fremantle! Volunteer now!

Repair Café Fremantle is a community initiative that is all about
promoting the repair of household items instead of tossing things out,
encouraging the ‘how to’ of repairing, and building community connections along the way.

Repair Café Fremantle will be running once a month on a Sunday for
two hours at Stackwood, corner of Stack St and Wood St, Fremantle.
Repair Café Fremantle needs handy volunteers to get this initiative underway!

The concept: Visitors will be able to bring certain broken household items into the Repair Café to be
fixed on the spot with the help of volunteer repairers.
The household items
Repair Café Fremantle is looking for volunteers who are handy with repairing the following
household items:
* clothing / textiles
* low voltage electrical appliances (with an adapter or battery operated)
* small furniture / wooden objects
* toys
* bicycles
* device help (i-Phones, laptops)
* glue, string and tape work

As well as being handy, we hope you will also enjoy sharing your knowledge with
community members.

In addition to repairers …
If you don’t see yourself as a repairer but want to be involved there are other opportunities.
Please get in touch and/or register for the information session, see below for details.

Information session and mock repair café set-up
There will be an information session and mock repair café set-up on Sunday, 5
August from 2.00-4.00pm at Stackwood, for all volunteers.
Following the information session, Repair Café Fremantle will be operating on the
following dates for the remainder of 2018:
• Sunday, 9 September, 10.00am -12.00pm
• Sunday, 7 October, 10.00am -12.00pm
• Sunday, 4 November, 10.00am -12.00pm
• Sunday, 2 December, 10.00am -12.00pm


Want to sign up as a volunteer? Or do you have any questions?
To register for the information session and/or as a volunteer, or if you have any questions,
• send an email to
• or call Jo on 0422 742 180

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!

This Week “Mayor (not) in the Square” at White Gum Valley’s Valley Park

The weather is stunning so come down to White Gum Valley’s Valley Park for “Mayor (not) in the Square”.

Council members and I will be there to answer question and deal with queries from 11am on Wednesday the 11th.

Cnr of Nanine and Watkins Streets, WGV.

Debating development, change and gentrification in Freo

A good follow up piece by Nathan Hondros in WA Today on Freo’s future probably wraps up what was an interesting and worthwhile discussion on development, change and gentrification in Freo over the past week.

It all started with Nathan Hondros writing the controversial “Fremantle I love you but you have to change”

Fearing Nathan wasn’t aware that change was underway I posted my blog post Fremantle, we have a problem? Yes and the fix is underway

ABC Radio presenter Gillian O’Shaughnessy then responded to Nathan with a timely piece called

The problem isn’t Freo, it’s you reminding us that what makes Freo special is the non-shiny bits. As she said “Where the Nathans see “run down and worn out”, I see charming and sassy. Even a little louche in parts”

Today, after speaking with locals including Adin Lang and Roel Loopers as well as Matthew McNeilly, Nathan Hondros wrote his response to the debate:

Beyond the cult of Freo: The $1.3b set to change our port city forever

It was a debate worth having and if we learnt nothing else it’s that this town has some wonderfully passionate supporters, all who love it – even if they can’t agree on how it should change.


Fremantle, we have a problem? Yes and the fix is underway

Yesterday Nathan Hondros wrote an opinion piece in WA Today called Fremantle, we have a problem. I love you but you have to change

Here is the response I sent to Nathan:

G’day Nathan

In your article about Fremantle published this morning you asked this key question – ‘The entire city feels like it’s crying out for private investment, so why isn’t it happening?’

The answer is – it is happening.

There is currently more than $1.3 billion worth of public and private development either underway or in the pipeline in Fremantle – more than at any time in Freo’s history.

The $270 million (not $220 million) Kings Square Renewal project is a public/private partnership, with the City of Fremantle contributing $50 million to construct our new administration building and library and Sirona Capital contributing $220 million for the FOMO retail development – which has been shortlisted for an international architecture award – state government office space and the redevelopment of the Queensgate carpark.

This project has been the catalyst for an unprecedented level of private investment in the run-down East End of central Fremantle.

There’s the recently completed Heirloom apartments in the old Dalgety Woolstores, the Liv Apartments on Queen Victoria Street, which are nearing completion, the Little Lane development in the old Westgate Mall, Ancora Apartments on Point Street, M/27 near Fremantle Park, and Established and The Social apartments in the West End.

As a result of all these new apartments we expect Fremantle’s city centre population to grow by 65 per cent over the next ten years, which will in turn mean many more customers for local businesses.

But your suggested solution that ‘Fremantle should be for living and Perth should be for working’ is perhaps the most troubling aspect of your article.

Cities work best when they are places that people can live and work and play in – not just one or the other.

Fremantle has always been Perth’s second city and we are not just increasing residents but also jobs and visitors.

In addition to the 1500 new jobs in the Kings Square office components, the City of Fremantle is also enabling investment in new retail, tourism and hospitality venues.

For example, the City has recently approved the redevelopment of the Old Courthouse and Police Station into a hotel, restaurant and shops, the conversion of a row of the Warders’ Cottages into a boutique hotel and an upgrade of the historic Manning Buildings on the High St Mall, while the developers behind the planned Doubletree by Hilton hotel have recently sought approval to bring the project forward.

In total, all of this investment is delivering more than 1600 new dwellings, 727 new hotel rooms, almost 39,000m2 of retail and hospitality space and 44,000m2 of office space.

And all of this has been made possible because of the decisions of “the loopy, socialist Fremantle council.”

While you might think Fremantle is ‘sad’, it appears the majority of people disagree with you.

Research by Tourism WA last year found that Fremantle was Perth’s most popular entertainment precinct across all age groups. The year before Fremantle was rated as one of the top ten cities in the world to visit by Lonely Planet.

And a final comment on parking. There’s plenty of parking in Fremantle – over 4000 bays. People just need to be prepared walk a short distance to get to where they’re going.

And if many of those bays are full – surely that’s a sign that Fremantle is a popular place that people like to visit.

It’s true that Fremantle – like all cities – has its challenges, and we are working hard to address them.

But those challenges don’t stop Freo from being a great place live and a great place to visit.

Some links FYI:

FOMO architecture award nomination –

Freo Perth’s favourite entertainment precinct –

Liv Apartments –

Little Lane –

Ancora  –

M/27 –

The Social –

Old Courthouse –

Warders Cottages Hotel –

Manning Buildings –


A few of the highlights from the latest Freo Council meeting…

A few of the highlights from the latest Freo Council meeting…