Freo in Perth’s top five best recyclers

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, East Fremantle Mayor Jim O’Neill and Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey with Local Government Minister David Templeman at the Regional Resource Recovery Centre in Canning Vale.

The City of Fremantle has ranked in the top five of Perth’s best recyclers in new data released by the state government.

For the first time, waste and recycling data is available on the MyCouncil website to encourage improved waste management performance among local councils.

Fremantle came in fifth on the list of the metro area’s best recyclers, with 54 per cent of household waste diverted from landfill.

The overall diversion rate covers all household waste, including the materials collected from household bins and verge collections. 

The Town of East Fremantle topped the list with 61 per cent, while the City of Melville was third with 60 per cent.

All three councils are members of the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council and send their waste to the state-of-the-art Regional Resource Recovery Centre in Canning Vale.

Coming in the top five for diverting waste from landfill was a great result but it is just the start.

As a One Planet council we have a target of achieving a 70 per cent community recycling rate by 2020, so while ranking in the top five is a terrific outcome there’s still room for improvement.

Later this year we’ll be rolling out the new Food Organic Garden Organic (FOGO) three-bin waste management system, which will see food scraps and garden waste recycled to produce high quality compost.

The introduction of FOGO will see our overall waste diversion rate improve even further, which will mean less landfill and reduced processing costs.”

The state government’s Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030, launched earlier this year, has a target for all local governments in the Perth and Peel region to move to a three-bin FOGO system by 2025.

As well as the introduction of FOGO the City of Fremantle has a range other initiatives to boost recycling rates, like the new Reuse Shop at the Fremantle Recycling Centre, recycling roadshows and subsidies for compost bins and worm farms.

To find out more about FOGO and the City of Fremantle’s recycling services visit the Waste and Recycling page on the City’s website.

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Can we build our way to Sustainability? Talking from off-grid to zero carbon and zero water

This coming Tuesday evening at Ronnie Nights in Freo I will be talking to sustainable house legend Michael Mobbs and Josh Byrne & Associates, Mark Taylor about the role that buildings can play in addressing the climate challenge.

Pop on down. It is free.

Ceremony marks start of construction on new Fremantle Civic Centre and Library

A sod turning ceremony at Kings Square this morning has marked the start of construction on the City of Fremantle’s new civic centre and library.

The $41.3 million project is part of the broader $270 million Kings Square Renewal project – a joint initiative of the City of Fremantle and Sirona Capital.

It is a historic day for the City. The Fremantle Town Hall has been standing proudly in Kings Square for well over a hundred years. It’s my hope that a hundred years from now our new civic centre and library building will still be standing alongside it, and will be regarded with the same love and affection.

Our new civic centre and library will be an amazing building, not just for the council but for the whole community.

Less than half the floor space of the building will be taken up by the operations of the City and its staff, with the majority of the building for community facilities and commercial and retail spaces.

It will have a stunning modern library, fully accessible toilets and change facilities, a state-of-the-art information and customer service centre, a wide range of community meeting rooms and gallery and exhibition spaces integrated with the Town Hall.

It will also be one of the most energy efficient buildings of its size in Australia and showcase a wide array of sustainability features.

But most importantly, it will bring people back to the civic heart of Fremantle and make Kings Square a safer, more attractive and vibrant space.

The new civic centre and library was designed by the internationally renowned Fremantle firm Kerry Hill Architects and will be built by WA construction company Pindan.

Pindan Managing Director George Allingame said it was very special to be involved in such a landmark project.

“Even though I have been in the construction business for over forty years, I really enjoy moments like these,” Mr Allingame said.

“I would like to thank Mayor Pettitt and the City of Fremantle for entrusting Pindan with this project, and I would also like to commend Kerry Hill Architects for designing such a magnificent building.

“We are excited to help bring this stunning new civic centre and library to the City of Fremantle and I look forward to being back here together for the official opening in mid-2020.”

Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk represented the Premier at the ceremony.

“Today marks a turning point for Kings Square and the Fremantle CBD,” Ms McGurk said.

“The new civic centre will be an open, sustainable and community-oriented space in the heart of Fremantle.

“Combined with the state government’s relocation of over 1500 public servants to Fremantle, it will inject new life into Kings Square and the local economy.”

For more information about the Kings Square Renewal project visit the Kings Square Fremantle website


Kerry Hill Architect’s Sean McGivern, Sirona Capital’s Matthew McNeilly, George Allingame from Pindan, Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk and Mayor Brad Pettitt turn the first sod of the City of Fremantle’s new civic centre and library.

This is Fremantle Video

This is Fremantle’s new brand

The City of Fremantle has launched a bold new marketing brand designed to attract more visitors and reinforce Fremantle’s status as a major tourism destination.

The ‘This is Fremantle’ brand was unveiled to a gathering of state government ministers, tourism industry officials and local business representatives at the WA Maritime Museum last night.

The new brand highlights Fremantle’s vibrancy and culture, and also captured Fremantle’s proudly independent spirit.

Fremantle is different and we make no apologies for that – it’s why people love it.

This new brand and the campaign to come is a reminder to everyone that Fremantle is an important tourism asset that attracts visitors from around the world, so it should be leveraged to market the whole state.

Fremantle is in the middle of a period of unprecedented investment in new hotels, new residential and retail spaces and new hospitality offerings, so now is the right time to be launching a new brand and visual identity for the city.

The $270 million Kings Square redevelopment will see new shopping, dining and entertainment options come on line by the end of the year which will add to our already vibrant and diverse city centre.”

The new brand is the culmination of a six month project delivered by the City of Fremantle, the City’s Destination Marketing Working Group and award-winning creative agency Juicebox.

Working Group chair Linda Wayman said the ‘This is Fremantle’ brand not only emphasised the city’s colour and fun, but also reflected the growing maturity in Fremantle’s tourism offering.

“The new brand is a bold and contemporary stake in the ground that echoes the spirit, soul and intimate connection to the sea that Fremantle is famous for,” Ms Wayman said.

“Fremantle has a reputation for its artistic, creative and laid-back nature, but we wanted to capture the sophistication and polish that now exists within our city’s high-end boutique retail, fine dining, craft beer and hospitality scene.”

The ‘This is Fremantle’ brand will be incorporated into all of the City of Fremantle’s destination marketing materials like maps, brochures and event programs and featured in new banners and signage throughout the city.

The City’s Fremantle Story and Visit Fremantle websites will be merged to create a one-stop-shop for visitor information, and social media platforms will be updated in line with the new brand.

Six short videos have been produced for television, internet and social media, and will also be shown on the big screens at Optus Stadium during Fremantle Dockers home games.

An advertising campaign utilising billboards, digital platforms and other media will be rolled out next month.

The launch of the new brand has been timed to coincide with the Australian Tourism Exchange being held in Perth next week, where promotional packs including video and images of Fremantle will be distributed to tourism industry buyers from around the world. 

Industry briefing sessions for local businesses are being held at the City of Fremantle over the coming weeks. The City will also be visiting businesses and handing out materials on how they can engage with the new brand.

To watch the ‘This is Fremantle’ videos click here.

To view the new Visit Fremantle website click here.

Support program a boost for Freo business

Small businesses in Fremantle will have access to subsidised training, support and mentoring under a new pilot program being trialled by the City of Fremantle.

The City has appointed independent small business advocates Freo Now and local business support organisation Business Foundations to offer the Business Capacity Building program.

The program will initially be open to up to 40 retail or hospitality, bricks and mortar small businesses based in the City of Fremantle, with the City contributing 80 per cent of the cost.

Business Foundations will provide general business advice and performance assessment services, while Freo Now will offer assistance with sales and promotion and financial management.

At the end of the pilot period, the City will consider extending and broadening the program based on the feedback of businesses and the service providers.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the capacity building program was designed to give local small businesses a helping hand in a tough economic climate.

“More often than not small business owners are so busy with the day-to-day running of the business that they don’t have time to think about things like updating their book keeping processes or refreshing their online and social media presence,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“And yet, in a time where bricks and mortar retailers around the world are under pressure from online shopping, it can be these things that make or break a business.

“Both Freo Now and Business Foundations have advisors with extensive experience in supporting small businesses and can offer hands-on, practical advice on how to grow your business.”

Scott McAllister from local kitchenware shop The Home Provedore said the business mentoring and support he’d received in the past had proven to be very valuable.

“As a member of Freo Now I’ve had the opportunity to receive business coaching which I’ve found to be extremely helpful,” Mr McAllister said.

“I would encourage all businesses to avail themselves of this initiative.”

Fremantle Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Danicia Quinlan said the chamber supported the program.

“Providing the opportunity for small retailers and venues to leave the daily grind of their business in this challenging market and find new and creative ways to grow their business is so important,” Ms Quinlan said.

“We really welcome this initiative by the City of Fremantle in providing this opportunity”.

Business Foundations is a business support organisation based in Fremantle and has spent more than 25 years providing enterprise development services.

After starting as a business incubator operating out of the Fremantle Prison, they now assist more than 4000 business people a year across Australia.

Freo Now is an independent business advocacy group that also provides business coaching and training and promotes Fremantle small businesses.

To apply for the Business Capacity Building Program visit the Business Capacity Building  page on the City of Fremantle website.


Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, Business Foundations’ Phil Kemp, Chamber of Commerce CEO Danicia Quinlan, Wade Drummond from Leake St. Cafeteria, Scott McAllister from The Home Provedore and Chamber of Commerce President Ivan Dzeba discuss the new Business Capacity Building program.  

Construction underway on Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre

Construction on a major new Sport and Community Centre at Fremantle Park will commence this week.

The signing of a lease by the City of Fremantle and the newly incorporated Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre’s management committee on Friday has paved the way for construction on the new facility to start.

The project will see the Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club, Fremantle Lawn Tennis Club and Fremantle Bowling Club all housed in a single, purpose-built facility.

It will include the demolition of the existing tennis club and bowling club buildings, construction of the new centre, the installation of two new hardcourt tennis courts and a new synthetic bowling green.

The chair of the Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre management committee, Laurie Apps, said members of all three clubs were jubilant that building contractors would be on site from the beginning of April.

“This project has been many years in the making, and a new sport and community centre, a new synthetic bowling green and new tennis courts will give a huge boost not only to the three clubs but also to the broader community,” Mr Apps said.

“Fremantle Tennis Club, Fremantle Bowling Club and the Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club have been an integral part of Fremantle history for well over 100 years.

“And for the three clubs to come together on the very special Fremantle Park, right on the doorstep of the CBD, will ensure the future of the clubs for the next 100 years.”

The new centre will be a brilliant new community asset for Fremantle.

The plans for the new building include three indoor function rooms, cafe, bar, commercial kitchen and an alfresco area and balcony overlooking the sporting areas.

The cafe and alfresco area will be open to the public to enjoy, the indoor function rooms will be available for hire to community groups and for private functions, and the sporting facilities will also be available to the public through casual hire.

A report commissioned by the council back in 2011 recommended the clubs come together to share a new facility, so it’s been a long road to get to this point.

I congratulate everyone involved for their patience and dedication in bringing the project this far, and I can’t wait to see the finished building.”

The approved budget for the project is $4.1 million, with $1.85 million coming from the City of Fremantle, $1.85 million from the Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club and $400,000 from the state government’s Community Sport and Recreation Facility Fund.

The three clubs also contributed an additional $180,000 to fund items that were outside the scope of the budget.

As a complementary project, the City of Fremantle will also build new public car park on Parry Street.