The Fremantle Network’s West End Forum: 6pm Monday 22 May

Hear three different perspectives on Fremantle’s historic West End:

  • Celia Hammond, Vice Chancellor of the University of Notre Dame, will share their activation plan for the west end.
  • Gaelle Beech from Anjel MS, is one of the West End traders, and will discuss the area from a business point of view.
  • Maryrose Baker and Richard Mehan from the Fremantle Inner City Residents Association (FICRA) will share a residents perspective and vision for our historic heart.

Join in the discussion and share your vision for this very special part of our city.

6pm Monday 22 May upstairs at the National Hotel. See you there.


America’s Cup 30th Anniversary Dinner

It is extraordinary to think that 30 years has passed since Fremantle’s defense of the America’s Cup. As part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival, there will a special event to mark this momentous event, that changed Fremantle and indeed, the entire Perth region forever. It will be a night of yachting fun and history at the WA Maritime Museum.

As part of a collaboration between The National Hotel and the WA Maritime Museum, speakers will include:

  • Brian Burke (1987 WA Premier),
  • John Longley (Australia II crew member and Bond team representative),
  • Peter Gilmour (Kookaburra III starting helmsman and tactician, WA sportsman of the year 1987) and more to be announced.

Tickets include: Three course dinner, wine and drinks and a live band and dancing to the finest hits of the eighties featuring “Some Like it Yacht”.

What a Difference a New Government Makes: Options for High St and Stirling Highway to be developed with Freo Community

I was pleased to read the media statement below that came out yesterday from new Transport Minister Rita Saffioti that we would not just have a High St/Stirling Hwy solution imposed on Freo residents.

Instead of an imposed solution, the minister has said “options for upgrades are being developed and will be presented for discussion with the local council and community in coming months”

In the meantime the City of Freo will also work up some options based on community feedback.

Our sense is that the commitment to the outer harbour and potentially capping the Fremantle inner harbour has rendered the previously proposed major upgrades to High Street and Stirling Hwy Fremantle (known as Options 4 and 4a) as potentially unnecessary as well as overly intrusive and expensive.

Instead of proceeding with these expensive options, Fremantle Council is looking forward to working with the new state government to come up with a more modest, near-term, lower cost solution that improves the safety and performance of the intersection but also improves other parts of the freight route including North Fremantle and the netball grounds at Gibson Park.

This means not proceeding with earlier options for the High Street and Stirling Highway intersection that focuses on controlled access standards and were designed for freight vehicles to travel at 70 kmh (signposted 60 kmh) and instead, upgrading the intersection to a level currently provided on other parts of the existing freight route such as the Stock Road and Leech Highway intersection.

Informal consultation with local residents on a preferred intersection design has identified the desire to:

  • improve safety at the Stirling Hwy intersection
  • improve safety for netballers to both park and access courts
  • improve pedestrian crossings north/south and east/west
  • improve the efficiency of vehicle movements
  • enable both public and private golf courses to continue to operate and for FERN to relocate
  • retain most of the mature trees south of High Street
  • reduce noise and pollution impacts on nearby residents and
  • be consistent with other major investment planned for the second harbour in Kwinana.


Minster’s Media Statement 2/05/2017 3:00 PM

  • Upgrade options for Stirling Highway and High Street to be discussed
  • Solution will tackle congestion and improve road safety
  • McGowan Government delivering on election commitment

The McGowan Government is developing a number of options towards addressing traffic concerns along Stirling Highway and High Street.

The State and Commonwealth governments recently reached an agreement on a substantial $2.3 billion road and rail infrastructure package for Western Australia.

As part of the agreement, an amount of $118 million was dedicated to an inherited proposal to upgrade a section of Stirling Highway and High Street, as outlined under the previous government.

The McGowan Government is now keen to work with the City of Fremantle to develop the best solution to address traffic issues in the area.

The investigation of new options is in line with the McGowan Government’s election commitment to deliver a comprehensive alternative to the Perth Freight Link.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti will be meeting with stakeholders in coming weeks to discuss strategies.

Various options for upgrades are being developed and will be presented for discussion with the local council and community in coming months.

Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

“We understand the community interest in the future of these roads and will be developing options towards relieving congestion and improving safety.

“There will be a range of options considered that will relieve congestion and improve road safety.”

Minister’s office – 6552 5500

Best Headline of the Week “Freo council bows to powerful children’s lobby, approves park”

This amusing article about kid power in Freo appeared in the Age and WA Today this week. It is a very Freo story and is worth a read…

“Freo council bows to powerful children’s lobby, approves park” by  Emma Young
Outspoken children in Hilton have successfully lobbied their local council to create a local park from an underused space, threatening that without one they would be “bored forever”.

Local mother Karina Tedesco said residents had wanted a local park for a long time.

Developers had not included one when the area was developed and children, not allowed to go alone to neighbourhood parks because it meant crossing Carrington or South Streets, resorted to playing on the Anchor Food Factory verges.

Plans for a pocket park on the east end of Clarke Street, Hilton, were discussed in council almost a decade ago but had been blocked by a “vocal minority”.

“Oldies came out of the woodwork, threatened to lie down in front of bulldozers,” Ms Tedesco said.

In 2007, a park was discussed again but nothing eventuated.

Finally, the City wrote to residents offering to consult on a pocket park in a cul-de-sac, even inviting children to workshop the design.

They were given A3 printouts of an aerial image of the site, playdough, pipe cleaners and coloured matchsticks and told to build their dream park to give the council ideas for the final plan.

When the plan went before Council, local parents and children were determined this time, it would not be voted down.

Mothers came with letters from their children, and 10-year-old, Xanthe West, came with her father and read hers out directly to Council.

Xanthe told the councillors that other Hilton parks were great.

“Let’s say, for example, Black Stump Park, that one’s good,” she said.

“But it’s not always easy. We all have to cross South Street. It is a busy as well as very risky road to cross. One day, there was a lady who got hit at the crossing lights there. My mum, my sister Niamh and I were at the doctors at the time, when she was raced into the nurses’ room. That’s how dangerous it really is. How nice would it be, not having to cross any dangerous roads like that to get to a park.”

“When Xanthe got up to speak, you should have seen the mayors face. It was this mixture of impressed and “is she allowed? Shock!” Ms Tedesco said.

“She spoke so eloquently and was so composed for a 10-year-old.”

Ms Tedesco read letters from her 10-year-old Adelia, who was not allowed to go to the bigger parks on her own.

“If I had a park, I could be more energetic and happy because when I go out I would be running around at a park rather than staying at home inside all day,” she wrote.

The letter from her brother, eight-year-old Jaden, was short and to the point.

Dear Council, my name is Jaden and I am 8 years old. If we do not build this park, kids will be bored forever!” he wrote.

“Well, maybe not forever, but for a long time. Jaden.”

Council approved the park unanimously.

The final design for a 600-square-metre park sandwiched between two main roads and an industrial site includes everything the children asked for.

And it wasn’t just kids hanging out for it, Ms Tedesco said.

“There is a Street by Street group in the area that gathers every once in a while for afternoon tea or a bake off or Christmas drinks and it’s often done in someone’s backyard around there,” she said.

“This is a tight knit community and there are all ages involved and we are so excited to have somewhere to meet.”

The plan also aims to make the park inviting for industrial site workers having lunch.

The City of Fremantle is a partner of 202020 Vision, an initiative to increase urban green space 20 per cent by 2020.

202020 Vision, in partnership with The Neighbourhood Project, has just launched Park It, a 10-step video and guide to help communities transform their grey or underused spaces.

Heart of Beaconsfield Community Visioning Workhop

We want to hear your ideas on what would make Beaconsfield an even better place in the future.

The Heart of Beaconsfield is an exciting opportunity to explore the community’s aspirations for areas in Beaconsfield that are likely to change over the next decade or so. Over the coming weeks, we encourage you to share your ideas and help shape the vision and the masterplan that will provide a foundation for the future revitalisation of Beaconsfield.

Register for the community visioning workshop     which is Tuesday 23 May │6.00pm – 9.00pm│Hilton Bowling Club

What’s happening in Beaconsfield?

There are lots of positive changes happening in Beaconsfield.

  • South Fremantle High School is becoming Fremantle College.
  • TAFE is moving (except for the Quinlan’s Training Restaurant), which provides an opportunity for redevelopment of the site.
  • The Housing Authority would like to update and build new homes in the Davis Park precinct – with the first step being a proposed Scheme Amendment.
  • Activ Foundation is looking at updating facilities on its site.
  • All of this may prompt some ideas for the area including a possible rethink of the existing structure plan for the Lefroy Road Quarry site.

Some of these changes could take decades, but the City of Fremantle and its project partners want to ensure that when things happen, they happen in a coordinated way.

We want your help to create an overaching vison and masterplan that will help to guide future plans for the different sites and help them to integrate.

Fremantle city centre redevelopment to underpin Freo’s economic future

I appreciate that City of Fremantle budgets and finances aren’t the sexiest topic around and the principles of draft ten year financial strategy (2017-2027) accepted by Audit and Risk Management Committee this week is not going to be page-turning reading for everyone. But it actually worth a read.

The strategy makes confirms City of Fremantle finances  are in a strong position going forward.

The plan shows that the City of Fremantle over the next ten years has the ability to complete the Kings Square project, deliver balanced annual budgets, restore reserves to current levels, and to pay off all debt within 10 years of the redevelopment.

Importantly it demonstrates that ALL of above can be delivered with just CPI rate increases!

Not a bad outcome at all I reckon.


This good outcomes is because the recent wave of new investment and developments in Fremantle is set to steadily climb and deliver an estimated extra $5m annually to City’s commercial rates revenue by 2022

The draft plan included the City’s largest capital works program in its history to deliver a renewed city centre and strengthen the City’s long-term financial position. The redevelopment of Kings Square is a major long-term investment in the economic future of Fremantle.

This year the most important Fremantle capital works program in a generation will commence, delivering 2,000 new workers to Freo and injecting more than $350m into the local economy.

Before this investment in the Fremantle city centre there was a serious fear Fremantle was on an unsustainable economic trajectory. The City committing to the catalyst Kings Square project in 2013 has renewed investor confidence and has been a major contributor to the $1.3b development boom we now see in Freo.

We’ll be prioritising the Kings Square development over the next two financial years and adjusting budgets accordingly, but importantly our long-term plan demonstrates the ability to deliver this project based on CPI-based rate increases

The draft plan will be presented to full council on 24 May.

Propeller Unveils Its New Dining Room

I got to check out the new Spaceagency designed Propeller fit-out last night. Amazing. Here is a nice summary from Braodsheet…
Published on 9th May 2017 by NICOLINA LEONE

North Fremantle’s Propeller reopened its newly renovated restaurant last weekend after a short hiatus, unveiling a larger covered dining room to protect against the elements.

Owners, and husband and wife team, Siobhan Blumann and Hamish Fleming, felt the refit was required.

“We wanted to give our customers and staff the building they deserved,” says Blumann.

The old dining room, a converted bus garage, provided ample outdoor space that was sought after in the summer, but come winter, the rain, hail and Fremantle Doctor provided more of a challenge.

Blumann and Fleming worked with Michael Patroni and Tobias Busch from Spaceagency – the architecture practice behind the award-winning work at Alex Hotel and Petition in the State Buildings.

“We’ve built a whole new structure over what used to be the lower terrace,” says Blumann. “This structure forms a second dining room, which flows into the original room, doubling the interior space. The brief for the new room was to preserve the feeling of being outdoors, which the architects have done brilliantly with a soaring ceiling that lets in light, and wrap around louvred windows. We’re thrilled with their design.”

The couple also used Texo Australia, a Freo-based building company, which pre-fabricated much of the structure before construction began. This enabled the project’s two-month turnaround and a new look suited to Fremantle.

“We think the new structure looks fantastic against the backdrop of the old North Fremantle Town Hall,” says Blumann. “It’s very interesting architecturally and it has definitely increased our street presence. We love how you can still view the original mural on the wall of the town hall from the dining room and watch the kids play in the park whilst having dinner.”

Despite the main restaurant being closed during the transition period, the on-site shipping container continued to serve guests as the “Propeller Garage” pop-up. The trial was an opportunity to experiment with smaller street-food-style Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Lebanese share plates.

“That got a great response so we’re incorporating that into the menu,” says Blumann. “It was great to still be able to be there for our customers, albeit in a reduced space. The chefs really enjoyed going back to the foundations of their culinary influences and you’ll see a lot of that reflected in the new menu.”

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