Dockers Deal to come to Freo Council Tonight

After a long journey good to have on the table an agreement with the Fremantle Dockers that returns control of Freo oval to the community, gets the city staff some good value temporary accommodation during Kings Square development, and enables ongoing strong links between our port city and the Dockers.


This week we bought some art in our favourite way: from a Freo artist at a Freo gallery.

John Teschendorff’s excellent exhibition at PSAS is well worth a look.

This exhibition, his first in WA for five years, includes twenty one works on paper and canvas selected from the artist’s studio & family collection, and thirty new drawings made at the Can Serrat International Arts Centre El Bruc Barcelona Spain (2013), the NES Residency Skagastrond Iceland (2016) and in Fremantle. John Teschendorff has used The History of Ideas project to examine aspects of border conflict, war, religious bigotry, democratic process & guilt…even terror, torture and death are interrogated beneath deceptively seductive abstracted surfaces. A small collection of collaborative works with Annette Seeman (WA) and Stephen Spurrier (Qld) will also be exhibited.

29 July – 25 August (Closed Sat 12 Aug) Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm, Sat, 10am-2pm

PS Art Space | PSAS
22 Pakenham Street, Fremantle

(We bought the yellow one below BTW)



Delivering Sustainable Housing for Artists and Creatives (SHAC)

This morning was one of those special mornings that captured so much about what I love about Fremantle.

Today, affordable housing, promotion of the arts, sustainability and community all came together in the SHAC Housing project official opening today in WGV, Fremantle.

I still remember when the original SHAC artists came to visit me at the City of Fremantle about their out of the box idea for some affordable housing in Fremantle that was specifically for artists. Housing and studios in perpetuity that Freo artists could live and work in.

It was a bold idea. One without precedent in WA. But the hard work of the SHAC crew along some great support from Landcorp, Access Housing, CODA, JBA, Donaldson and Warn, Peter Tinley, CUSP, City of Freo and others saw this crazy, bold idea become a reality today.

Resident artists have now moved into some of the 22 nicely designed, affordable rental units and artist studios that sit in a sustainable medium density building (with 20kw of solar PV and 40kw of batteries) all among some wonderful native landscaping.

I suspect there was barely a dry eye in the crowd as Michelle who was one of the co-initiators of the project explained its importance to the Freo arts community in her wonderful speech (see below). This is an exceptionally good example of density done well.

This is a project I feel extremely proud to have played a small part in helping it come to reality. I feel even more proud to part of community that can bring bold idea to reality because we care and have a vision for the kind of diverse and inclusive community we want to be.

It was a special day – love Freo


WA Business News summary of the new projects that are shaping Freo’s future.

WA Business News today provided a good summary of the new projects that are shaping Freo’s future as Perth’s second city.
Including the first public released renders of the Coles Woolstores redevelopment by Silverleaf with is another huge project on a similar sclae to the Kings Square project – which is one of the biggest developments in Freo’s history.

Kings Square Palm Trees on the Move

The Pulse taken on Fremantle’s Vital Signs

Just in case you missed your copy of the Fremantle Foundation’s Vital Signs Report in the Freo Herald last week then you down load the report here: Vital Signs 

In a first for our community, they take a snapshot of Fremantle’s vital statistics including the Gap Between Rich & Poor, Health, Learning and Belonging. It is well worth a read.

Introducing The Lupin Co: winner of the City of Fremantle’s Sustainable Initiative Award

I recently had the pleasure of catching up with David Fienberg who is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Lupin Co.

The Lupin Co won the City of Fremantle’s Sustainable Initiative Award at the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Business Awards.

While I wasn’t on the judging panel I was impressed to hear about how we have innovative, sustainability focused companies like this setting up in the heart of Fremantle.

David was very  passionate about making  food that tastes great, is easy to use and delivers amazing benefits the whole food chain.

We agreed that  while the ‘sustainable’ word gets thrown around a bit Lupin Flakes are surprisingly good for the environment. Like chickpeas and lentils, as a legume – lupins acts as a natural fertiliser, introducing nitrogen to the soil, therefore reducing the need for chemical fertilisers.

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