Hilton town centre set for facelift

The Hilton town centre is set for a facelift after the Fremantle Council approved the plan for an upgrade.

The plan aims to make the section of South Street which runs through the Hilton shopping area feel more like a traditional town centre by slowing traffic and creating a safe and welcoming environment.

It also addresses a serious safety issue by preventing cars from turning right out of Paget Street and Victor Street onto South Street.

That stretch of South Street is very dangerous and the local community has been calling for something to be done to improve safety for a long time. In the past five years there have been 20 crashes involving cars turning right into South Street and a lot of near misses for people using the pedestrian crossing.

These improvements will make the area a lot safer, while also creating a much nicer community space.

The improvements will also include enhanced signage and lighting to make drivers more aware of the pedestrian crossing on South Street, new ramps at Paget Street and Victor Street to make it easier for people with prams and wheelchairs, a different colour asphalt roadway to delineate Hilton town centre and new landscaping and street furniture.

The project is being funded through $250,000 from the state government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs program and $50,000 from the City of Fremantle.

Thanks to the Ward Councillors (Jeff McDonald, Dave Hume, Hannah Fitzhardinge and Sam Wainwright) and Fremantle member Simone McGurk for making this happen

Work is expected to start in April next year and be completed by the end of July. Here are some before and afters:


Biophilic Perth invites you to an evening of Conversation and Inspiration

6pm Monday November 20th

Peter Newman, Brad Pettitt and Jana Söderlund discuss biophilic urbanism and the biophilic city vision.

Inspired by visits to our neighbour Singapore, Peter and Jana will showcase highlights and how Singapore’s vision could be adapted to Perth. Part of this is linking with the global Biophilic City network. Mayor Pettitt will provide an update on Fremantle’s initiatives towards becoming a member.

This will be followed by an opportunity to discuss, ask questions and network.

Join us in The Local Hotel, Monday 20th, 6pm – 8pm.

282 South Terrace, South Fremantle

Doors open 5.30pm




A Challenge for Fremantle – Building Apartments for Families

When Council made the decision to encourage higher density residential development in central Freo we were careful to make sure that a good proportion of this new apartment housing was affordable and diverse. At the time we were concerned that  without specific controls we would only get larger luxury apartments that would not be affordable to people on average incomes.

As a result we mandated in Scheme Amendments 38 and 49 diverse apartments sizes and a minimum percentage a small apartments of 60m2 or less so that there would be lots of affordable options. This has been successful in generating smaller, more affordable apartments in Freo.

But where we have not been successful is in creating affordable apartments for families. Freo is not alone in this challenge as the article Developers Failing to Build Apartments for Australian Families outlines. This is a good challenge to set ourselves and I hope Freo can demonstrate how this is done – as we have for housing for artists and GenY.

Here is the article that is worth a read:


Families and children are being excluded from apartment-living, or are having to suffer in grossly unsuitable units, because developers have failed to take notice of their needs, a leading international architect has claimed.

Across the world, developers continue to design, and build, apartments with Millennials, singles, childless couples, or empty-nesters in mind, completely ignoring a huge swathe of the population.

“There’s a whole market out there, keen to move into areas of greater density to take advantage of all the opportunities they offer,” David Pontarini, principal of Toronto-based Hariri Pontarini Architects, told the annual international Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) being held in Australia.

“Developers are ignoring families with kids as they somehow feel they should be planning for other demographics instead. But just as low-rise housing has been masterplanned with kids in mind, to include schools, community centres, child care facilities and parks, we now need to make sure we’re also building family and child-friendly vertical villages.”

In Canada and the US, the property industry is now starting to take notice of the particular needs of kids in high rises. Having found that many families were resorting to storing their strollers in the bath or outside their unit’s front door as they didn’t have space inside, they’re now creating family-friendly apartments.

These are often much larger two and three-bedroom units with lots of storage as well as common areas specifically for strollers, children’s bikes, roller skates and wheeled toys. One popular New York block is now offering a service that’s proved a huge hit with parents: valet-parking for strollers.

Pontarini has designed a multitude of award-winning mixed-use and urban high rise projects before working on the ground-breaking report for the City of Toronto, Growing Up: Planning for Children in New Vertical Communities, providing, and promoting, guidelines for the industry on how to create child-friendly density.

Kitchen and dining areas, for instance, should be large enough for families to comfortably cook, eat and socialise together.

Realising The Freo Alternative Vision

The first stage of The Freo Alternative was about generating a shared community vision on the future of housing in Fremantle. Through this process we heard that eight themes are important to you: housing choice, trees and landscaping, open space, sustainability, community, built form, car movement and location. Read more about these themes and the proposed scheme amendment and planning policy on My Say Freo.

Stage two is about realising this vision through planning policy. We want to identify how the City can change our planning rules to allow for smaller homes in suburban locations while protecting the things we love about our Fremantle neighbourhoods.


We’d love to hear your thoughts on the proposed planning rules.

We’re popping up in the suburbs to answer your questions and hear your thoughts. Feel free to come along to any of these events:

White Gum Valley | 15 November 2017  4.30 – 6.30pm at Sullivan Hall –  2 Nannine Ave, White Gum Valley.

Fremantle | 16 November 2017  4 – 6pm at Holland Park – Holland Street, Fremantle.

Beaconsfield | 19 November 2017 & 26 November 2017 8am – 12 noon at Growers Green Market – front lawn of South Fremantle Senior High School, Lefroy Road, Beaconsfield.

Hilton | 22 November 2017  4 – 6pm near the entrance to Gilbert’s Fresh – 308 South Street, Hilton.

Samson | 23 November 2017 4.30 – 6.30pm at Samson Recreational Centre – 44 McCombe Ave, Samson.


We encourage you to read the proposed planning changes in more detail online and complete the survey by 5.00 pm 2 February 2018.

If you have any questions just let us know by emailing planning@fremantle.wa.gov.au or phone us on 9432 9999

Productive and Native. Highlights of the Community Verge Walk

Today’s community walk to look at verge gardens was really inspiring. Not only was the walk well attended by many impressive people willing to share their ideas and experiences, but we got to see some really great resident-initiated verges as we wondered along Holland, Montreal and Forrest Streets in Fremantle. Thanks to everyone for sharing ideas and knowledge. I leant lots.

Pleasingly the consensus was that the new City of Fremantle verge policy was definitely heading in the right direction as it encouraged more people to plants native plants or even vegetables in their front verges. The policy not only helps people make verge gardens but it also cuts red tape and lets people do creative things – many of which are already happening if Fremantle. Please check out link to policy on previous post.

What became apparent too is that native and productive verges are not only good for environmental reasons such as reducing water use and increasing biodiversity but they are also important socially, as residents use, enjoy and come together (and even share excess produce) as a result of more attractive verge gardens.

Here are some photos:

On the Verge of a Greener Fremantle: We’d Love Your Feedback

As you hopefully know already, the City of Fremantle encourages residents to develop gardens on their verge. We especially love native gardens that bring birds and biodiversity into our suburbs.

While we have seen some great verge gardens popping up all around Fremantle, we want to see lots more. So in the budget this year we decided we to allocate more resources and services to help people do this.

This includes

  1. a verge preparation and mulch delivery scheme to make it easier for residents to convert a verge to a garden.
  2. An increase the number of subsisted plants made available to the community to support verge gardens.
  3. more regular mulch pickup days for the community.

We are also looking a revising what you can put on your verge. Fruits and nut, trees, astroturf, vegetable planters???

We would love you thoughts before the Fremantle Council meeting on Thursday.

To get a feel for what works on the verge I am going to do a community walk around on Sunday afternoon starting at 1.30pm at the Cool Room Café on Holland Street for an hour or so to discuss what works and doesn’t. You would be very welcome to join us.

Also check out the item on page 138 0f the agenda here:



Food treasure tips for Fremantle

The West’s Hermione Stott with Rob Broadfield have put together this great summary of the perfect day grazing Fremantle’s best venues. I think they did pretty well. There is a fun video on the link too.




You’re in Freo. You’re hungry. You’re thirsty. It’s hot. There are people everywhere, spilling out of cafes, bars, juice joints … where do you go?

Like everywhere in Perth you can’t just rock up to any old place and expect top-notch nosh with a side of wow.

You’ve got to know where you are going, whether it’s for an oh-so-healthy acai bowl or well-constructed negroni.

For the most important meals and drinks of the day, and with some expert help from local hooch slinger and bar owner Darcy Travers from Strange Company, food critic Rob Broadfield and yours truly have sourced new, off-the-beaten-track finds.


Third Wheel, 408 South Terrace, South Fremantle;open 7 days 6.30am-2pm, and 7.30am on Saturday and Sunday

Set up by a young local couple and delivering simple, affordable fare, delicious coffee and mouth-watering sweets.

Third Wheel.
Third Wheel.Picture: Danella Bevis/The West Australian


The Attic,16 Bannister Street; open7 days 7am-3pm

These guys have been around for a little while but have just started opening for seven days. Check out the green chilli eggs — one of the best breakfasts in Fremantle.

Green chilli eggs.
Green chilli eggs.Picture: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

Bottega, 87 Market Street;open 7 days 6.30am-6pm

Awesome and delicious for lunch (and breakfast). House-baked bread, tasty rolls, and delicious Italian fare. It’s also a classic Freo experience to sit on the cafe strip and people watch.

Bottega.Picture: Danella Bevis/The West Australian


Blink Espresso, 19A High Street; open Monday-Friday 7am-2pm

Blink and you’ll miss it. If you’re in a hurry Serge won’t keep you waiting. If you have a moment he’ll chew your ear off.

Studio 37, 22 Pakenham Street; open Monday-Friday 7am-4pm and 8am-1pm on Saturday

A favourite local meeting spot with great coffee.


Modern Eatery, 6/124 High Street Arcade; closed Monday, open for lunch 11.30am-2pm except Tuesday and dinner 5.30-9pm

Some of Fremantle’s best sushi and a delicious showcase of Japanese cuisine. Little known fact, it also has beer on tap.

Coccolicco, 185 High Street;open Monday-Friday 7am-3pm

Huge, simple and delicious sambos from $7-$9. Good coffee to boot.

Coccolicco.Picture: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

Cafe 55, 55 High Street; open Monday-Friday 7.30am-3pm

A local haunt for cheap Vietnamese.

The Orange Box, 20 Leighton Beach Boulevard, North Fremantle; open 7 days 6.30am-3pm

Ex-Rockpool head chef rocking one of the best beachside kiosks in Perth. Well-executed hospitality.

The Orange Box.
The Orange Box.Picture: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

Short Order Burgers, 1 James Street; open Thursday-Saturday 6-10pm and 5-9pm on Sunday

Best damn burgers in the Port City.


The Local Hotel, 282 South Terrace; open Monday-Friday 11am-late, Saturday and Sunday 9am-late

The pub that does what it says on the label. It’s not unusual to bump into any number of Fremantle locals enjoying a boilermaker or glass of rosè.

The Local Hotel.
The Local Hotel.Picture: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

Norfolk, 47 South Terrace; open 7 days 11am-midnight

New chef and a new smoker in the courtyard. Great drinks and great food, great vibes to meet friends for a bevvie and snack.


Strange Company, 5 Nairn Street; open noon-midnight 7 days

New menu at the moment. Head chef Ricky is back from a recent trip to Spain and Italy and his dishes are thus inspired, using top-quality local seafood, heirloom tomatoes, local carrots and an all-Australian cheese list.


Manuka Woodfire Kitchen, 134 High Street; open Tuesday-Sunday 5-9pm

Heavily spruiked already but worth every word. One oven, woodfired, that’s all.

Holy Smokes, Shop 8, 17-23 Collie Street, open Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-midnight, Friday and Saturday noon-midnight and Sunday noon-10pm

Serving up food that’s healthy for the soul, if not the heart.

Little Lefroys, 310 South Terrace, South Fremantle; open Monday-Wednesday 7am-3pm, Thursday-Saturday, 7am-9.30pm and Sunday 7am-1pm

This little local gem is a find. Does great brekkie, lunch and dinner. Lovely staff, rocking menu and great wine list. Ticks all the boxes.

La Sosta, 85 Market Street;open Monday-Thursday 5pm-11pm and Friday-Sunday 11am-11pm

Authentic Italian fare at fabulous prices.


The Odd Fellow, 47 South Terrace;open Wednesday-Sunday 7pm-midnight

Live music, adult drinks, simple food.

Miss Chats, 59 High Street; open noon-midnight 7 days, 10pm Sunday

Classy, unpretentious joint with rocking tunes and great cocktails.