THURS  29  SEPTEMBER   7 – 9 pm


(access via stairs opposite Myer)


Georgie Adeane  & Dave Hume


Ivan Dzeba,  Rachel Pemberton  &  Michael Swanepoel


Steve Boni  & Ingrid Waltham

Members are invited to come along, ask questions  and find out where the candidates stand on important local issues.  The formal part of Forum concludes 8:40pm and conversations continue over tea and coffee.


Christmas Lights for Freo

I was looking at the City Ward candidate, Michael Swanepoel’s blogsite a few minutes ago. He had written a blog about the City of Freo’s reluctance to fit christmas lights down the main drag because of heritage concerns. According to Michael, the CoF staff member said: “Can’t do it. It would ruin the sight lines down South Terrace, and that’s an important heritage feature.”

Gee that p’s me off! There are many good reasons to have Christmas lights in Freo. Any excuses to the contrary are simply a copout. It’s fairly easy to turn the “heritage” argument on its head and use heritage as a reason to light up the city! Yes, there are costs, but christmas lights could be used to highlight our otherwise dimly lit heritage facades and bring a festive feel to our city. I think you’ll find that the council aren’t interested because they can’t justify the expense, probably because they can’t see the economic value in doing so. Freo already has a wonderful ambience, but lighting up Freo for christmas would be an additional drawcard for Freo, particularly businesses operating at nighttime. It would be an additional incentive to bring people to Freo for evening entertainment, particularly given the al fresco dining during summer.

And given Freo’s many artisans, we could produce some fairly original “lights” as well. We could even come up with some novel ways to power christmas lights (OK – I’m getting carried away here!). The options are endless and possibly not that expensive if we dip into the pool of talent in our community. Christmas lights don’t have to be wise men on camels, nativity scenes and angels, they could also be fishing boats, footballers and fantasy creations by local artists – all ya gotta do is stick a light in it!

Lloyd Hammond

Complacency with Council Elections

With three uncontested seats in the upcoming Fremantle council elections, the Mayor was asked in this week’s Fremantle Gazette why he thought that was the case. He replied that this was a reflection of the community’s confidence in the council (I personally saw this as complacency in the community and perhaps worse, that there was a general disaffection with local politics).

So an obvious question is, how does the Mayor view 3 candidates vying for the City Ward? Is this a negative? Whichever way one looks at this question, I would have thought that more candidates means more choice, some healthy competition, a catalyst for debate on local issues, and most importantly independent voices rather than mayoral cronies. A cakewalk into council is not what we should be aiming for!

Lloyd Hammond

Fremantle revitalisation the hot topic at upcoming Leaders’ Luncheon

Interested in important Freo matters? RSVP by tomorrow (Fri 16 Sept) ! Source CoF website. cheers cathy hall

The City of Fremantle and the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce details of the latest installment of the Fremantle ‘Leaders Luncheon’ series, a bi–monthly lunchtime event with presentations on significant Fremantle issues.

The fourth in the series of Leaders’ Luncheons, to take place on Thursday 22 September, will be addressed by Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt and is entitled ‘Revitalisation of Fremantle, the City responds’.

Mayor Pettitt will provide a comprehensive report on the initiatives currently being implemented by the City to revitalise Fremantle. Many of these initiatives have been adopted as the results of recommendations from commissioned studies and reports – some of which have been the subject of previous Fremantle Leaders’ Luncheon presentations.

Some of the major topics covered will include:

Business Improvement Districts (BID’s) and how a Fremantle BID will benefit CBD businesses  the establishment and function of the Fremantle Union and how this joint planning agency initiative will assist Fremantle in achieving its vision of economic sustainability current status of the proposed planning scheme amendments covering strategic sites within City Central information about the Kings Square project – a potential major redevelopment opportunity in the centre of the city.  Members of the Fremantle business community and those with potential business interests in Fremantle are invited to attend. The topics covered at Fremantle Leaders’ Luncheons will always be significant to the Fremantle business community and guest speakers will be a mix of Fremantle and external business and civic leaders.

Date Thursday 22 September 2011

Time 11.45 am registration for 12.00pm sharp – concludes at 1.30 pm

Location The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – Island Suite

Cost $45 (inc GST) Chamber members $40 (inc GST)

RSVP by Friday 16 September 2011
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Society Presidency

Dear Fremantle Society Members

As your official spokesperson for the Fremantle Society, under our constitution I would have preferred to have been the one who posted my intentions for my future with the Society (thank you Roel for doing that for me).   To clarify the situation, I have not resigned as your President, though I will not be contesting the position at our AGM.  So if you have any issues please feel free to contact me until then.

I have found the role of President both challenging and rewarding, I feel I have achieved  a considerable amount for the Society and importantly Fremantle in my term.   Do come along to the AGM to hear more.   At the moment we have pencilled in  Thursday 1st December with a very special guest speaker, details will be announced as soon as these are confirmed.

As Councillor in waiting for South Ward I decided it was inappropriate to maintain roles of President of the Society and Councillor simultaneously as there would be inevitable differences in  responsibilities to each organisation.  The Society is an important part of Fremantle and maintaining that role requires a President with a passion for Fremantle, plus the time and the capacity to perform the role of President. If that is you consider nominating.

Please do not forget, our Committee meetings are now held on the Second Monday of the month, the next one being tomorrow 12 September, at 11 Captain’s Lane @6pm.

Jon Strachan     President     0417901809



WITH at least fairly high-rise re-development looming for parts of Fremantle, the opportunity might be snatched to remember curious corners of the CBD. Not much is left; many are already long gone, some soon to go.

Rows of unromantic but essential public toilets were recently lost from the service laneway behind the Maya Restaurant in Higham Buildings, where Market Street meets the Terrace. They served customers of the 1914 indoor and outdoor continuous films of the Palladium Picture Palace, now site of a backpacker’s fronting Packenham Street. With them went an offbeat attraction of old brick structures, amusing plumbing and earliest examples of electrical wiring.

Paddy Troy Mall no longer exits onto William Street under the bridging upper floor of Manning’s Buildings, that private lane being closed off several years ago for a shop but Manning Arcade still gives access to it off the High Street Mall. The last old character shop-houses of that sector have long disappeared or been converted.

The narrow space between buildings that connects South Terrace with that mall alongside Soho Kitchen and Pizza Bella Roma is traversable, although partly absorbed by the exotic Kaza Bianca. Parallel with that at the beginning of South Terrace, it is still possible to sneak into the Newport, formerly Newcastle Club Hotel and whip quickly down its long atmospheric central passageway to the mall. A sidelong glimpse inside the toilets is a bonus – of sorts.

Soon for re-development, Wesley Arcade opposite the Post Office, despite from a much-criticised architectural era, has its own kind of secretive charm with its two levels and branching section toward the church wall. The cloistered mood is all the more accentuated now it is almost deserted.

In a similar way, the derided Westgate Mall offers a degree of sanctuary within its north-south orientation, screened from the activity of its aligned Cantonment and Adelaide Streets. The brutality of the architecture conveys a feeling of strength all the more felt amidst the swirling winds and rain of a winter’s day. All soon to go, with few regrets.

Little Tum Tum Tree Lane, home to the Beetroot Café and mostly empty bijou shops except for a florist almost hides, somewhat unloved, inside the elbow of the intersection of Queen Street and High, diagonally opposite Victoria Hall. Here is a gem of quaintness, giving on to such a rarity: open courtyard dining with old walls.

Its gated arch that once gave access to the Johnston Court building car park is now locked and a handy shortcut of less security-conscious times has been denied public thoroughfare. The single story deco-style former Walter T West building next door has character and historic interest, unlike adjacent shops.

The narrow lane alongside Victoria Hall has been built over to create its Hobbs’ Bar and so has sealed off pedestrians from the rear Phanos service lane and access to the end of Queen Street, once a handy disappearing trick detour to avoid bumping into someone you didn’t want to see.

That lane now ends in a large hidden space dominated by a spreading fig tree and might nearly be described as a shady inner courtyard with charming potential but for it being more dominated by essential parking than gardens.

Such surprises are examples of underused open areas and airspace in the very centre of the city. The area around Bodhi’s Bakery at the foot of Ellen Street is another of these; similarly for huge areas of ground-level parking around Johnston Court and adjacent buildings.

Taken in all, a surprising amount of the CBD is underused in this way and offers itself to imaginative and sensitive development to intensify activity in the heart of Fremantle.