Volunteer to become a High Tide Pilot

As part of the Fremantle Festival, High Tide is the first incarnation of the Fremantle Biennale, a unique event hosting the best in site-responsive art from local and international artists.

We are looking for volunteers to become our High Tide Pilots and Ambassadors for the festival between October 28th- November 12th. As a pilot you will be posted in the West End of Fremantle to provide information to visiting audiences, ensure safety for viewers and security of artworks. You will play a key role helping with operational tasks working closely with artists and industry professionals. For more information please contact Gabby at gabbyh@fremantle.wa.gov.au 9432 9728.

For the full High Tide and Fremantle Festival program go to http://www.hightidefremantle.com and http://www.fremantlefestival.com.au/

Gold Street Park Wins National Award

A community effort to refresh a local Fremantle park has been recognised with a national landscaping award.

The Gold Street Community Park project in South Fremantle won a National Landscape Architecture Award in the Community Contribution category from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects at a ceremony in Sydney earlier this month.

In awarding the prize, the competition jury said the project was undertaken in a facilitated and democratic manner and has led to a great outcome for the Gold Street community.

The jury said: “The participatory style was strongly supported by the City of Fremantle, who saw this as an opportunity to trial a new approach to parks; one in which the long-term outcomes could potentially result in greater community satisfaction, ongoing community involvement, and also realise cost savings in relation to construction and maintenance.”

The project started back in 2014, with residents working with local landscaping firms UDLA and EarthCare Landscapes to come up with the nature-based design.

The City of Fremantle contributed $100,000 to the project, but a lot of the materials were donated and local residents helped out by planting trees and building retaining walls and play equipment.

The park is now a hub for community gatherings like barbecues, Christmas parties and movie nights.   

UDLA Principal Director Greg Grabasch thanked the local community for participating in a journey of trust, learning and continued friendship.

“We had a very supportive council, a fun inclusive design process, an experienced landscape construction team and a wonderful, connected bunch of Gold Street ‘Peeps’,” Mr Grabasch said.

EarthCare director Francis Burke said he hoped the inclusive approach to the Gold Street would become the norm for the planning of community parks. 

“As local Fremantle residents, we were delighted at being involved to help improve a much loved local park and help create an opportunity to assist both the City of Fremantle to engage more fully with their local community and for the community to take more ownership of their own spaces,” Mr Burke said.

Freo lifesavers honoured


Four Fremantle Leisure Centre lifeguards have been honoured for their bravery in saving the life of a swimmer earlier this year.

James Annetts, Tia Stonehill, Parris Laurie and Andrea Thackray were all presented with a Royal Lifesaving Society Gold Star for bravery at a ceremony at Government House this morning.

The group saved the life of 71-year-old Ian Mitchell, who suffered a serious stroke while swimming at the Leisure Centre in August.

After another patron raised the alarm, Tia and Parris hauled Mr Mitchell from the water and administered CPR while James and Andrea cleared the pool and called an ambulance.

“When the ambulance left our patient was breathing and had a pulse, but even after an extensive debrief we all felt anxious to know if our patient was going to live,” James said.

“The incident happened at 8am Friday morning and we didn’t hear anything till 8.10pm Saturday night, and it was such wonderful news to hear he was going to be fine.”

Tia said it was a great honour to be recognised with the award.

“It’s something that I didn’t expect but will cherish for the rest of my life and I’m very proud of earning,” Tia said.

“Nothing fills me with more joy than knowing that someone still has their husband, dad, brother, uncle, grandfather all due to our efforts and ability to do what was necessary that day in saving Mr Mitchell’s life.”

Mr Mitchell congratulated Tia, Parris, Andrea and James on receiving their awards.

“I wish to thank them for having the skills and smarts to pull an old bloke who was drowning out of the pool, to clear his airway, start CPR, call the Medics and save his life,” Mr Mitchell said.

“I want to thank John East and all the Fremantle Leisure Centre Staff for having efficient systems in place with well-trained personnel able to look after old blokes who get into strife in the pool.

“You have saved my life and I will always be grateful.”

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Homelessness Forum in Freo Tomorrow Night

Sharpen your understanding of the complexity of homelessness, get to know local
service providers and their long term programmes and find out how your passion
and support can make a real change in the community


Wednesday 18 October 2017 6.00 to 7.30 pm
Fremantle Town Hall, 8 William Street, Fremantle

Vale Mr Jose Madeira – former Honorary Consul for Portugal

This morning I had the honour of representing the City of Fremantle at the funeral of Mr Jose Madeira.

I got to know Mr Madeira well in his role as the Honorary Consul for Portugal here in Fremantle for 20 years.

He was a dedicated friend of the Western Australian Portuguese community and a founder Member of the Portuguese Club of WA and a key driver of the Funchal/Fremantle Sister City agreement.

Mr Madeira was a tireless worker promoting Portugal at all levels of Western Australian Government and society and will be missed.

Here are some photos of Mt Madeira (in black suit and red tie) from Portugal when I went last year and also from when former-Mayor Jenny Archibald first signed the Sister City agreement 20 years ago.

Watercolours WA Annual Award Exhibit

Midnight Oil Here for Freo Festival Fundraiser

Midnight Oil have added Fremantle Art Centre special benefit concert to their current Australian tour.

#OneForTheOceans will see the band play their iconic album “10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1” in its entirety for the first time ever in this country, along with an hour of other Oils classics.

This one-off gig will happen in the intimate outdoor coastal setting of the Fremantle Arts Centre on Sun 29 Oct. Every cent of profit will go to various charities that work in the areas of reef protection and climate change.