Mayor in the Square at Fremantle Arts Centre Tomorrow

Wednesday at 11am pop down for a chat at FAC.


Celebrating Fremantle International Street Arts Festival’s 20th Birthday

Fremantle International Street Arts Festival has received some great media coverage  this year’s in which it will be celebrating its 20th birthday.

Below is a copy of the feature article in this weekends Seven Days Magazine in the Weekend West Australian.

We have also received international and domestic route in-flight magazine coverage with Garuda, Jet Star and Air Asia, amongst various other articles across a variety of platforms.

Want to help Close the Gap in Freo?

Be part of the conversation about how we can improve the lives of Aboriginal people in our community on national Close the Gap Day: 10.30am Thursday 15 March

For more information

Courthouse hotel plans recommended for approval

The proposal to convert Fremantle’s state heritage-listed Police and Courthouse complex into a hotel and restaurant precinct has been recommended for conditional approval by the City of Fremantle’s planning committee.

The development plan includes a 62-room hotel on the police station site, adapting the courthouse into a bar and restaurant and adapting the lock-up and police quarters into shops and commercial units.

The original concept included a six-storey hotel but, following advice from the City’s planning and heritage officers, that was scaled down to five storeys which is consistent with the maximum discretionary height permitted under Fremantle’s local planning scheme.

The City’s recommendation will now be considered by the South West Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP), which has the final say on the proposal.

Should JDAP approve the development, it will be the third major development involving adaptive re-use of important heritage buildings to be approved in the past three months.

In December we saw the approval of a boutique hotel in the Warders Cottages, and in January the redevelopment of the Manning Buildings was approved. If the Courthouse proposal gets the green light from JDAP that will mean more than $23 million has been committed to the conservation and re-use of some of the most important heritage buildings in Fremantle.

Projects like this are an excellent way to attract the significant investment that is required to preserve these important buildings, while also adding the vibrancy of the city and giving people even more reasons to visit Fremantle.

The original Courthouse and Police Station on Henderson Street was built between 1899 and 1903, with further extensions and additions in 1957 and 1978. The complex has been vacant since Fremantle Police relocated to High Street in 2013.

Some of the conditions the planning committee recommended included measures to limit the impact of neighbouring noise on the hotel, the retention of original verandahs and ballustrades and a requirement to submit further details of all conservation works for approval before building work starts.


Do you have faith in your local council? ABC Radio Panel

Yesterday I was on ABC Radio Perth’s Focus Program as part of a panel on the role and future of local government. Here it is:


How much attention do you pay to your local council and what do you expect in return for the rates you pay?

Have the problems at the now suspended City of Perth council made you take more notice?

These days councils do a lot more than deal with rates, roads and rubbish and need to consider complex financial and planning issues and manage large budgets.

This Focus discussion looks at how the role of councils have changed, whether councillors are up to the job and why there needs to be more accountability.

Discussing these issues are Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, Cambridge Mayor Keri Shannon, and Dr Julie Crews, a Lecturer at the Curtin University School of Business and Law. 

From the Freo Council Chambers Feb 2018


Update. Apologies change of venue. Mayor in the Suburbs at 9 Seeds Cafe on Marmion St

No appointment necessary