The 2013 Fremantle Heritage Festival Opens 24th May!!
Programs out everywhere but if you have not seen it go to City of Fremantle Website, Festivals on Facebook and promises to be the best one yet.
Runs from Friday 24 May to Sunday 3 June. The Fremantle Society and Fremantle History Society are delighted to be presenting 11 events.
For more information, please see the pages on: City of Fremantle – Heritage Festival
I have mentioned before here on the blog that Fremantle needs to carefully manage public open and green spaces, with all the expected future inner city development. Instead of planning a skate park on the Esplanade and suggesting to build on Pioneer Park Fremantle should increase the green spaces around the city. There should even be one on Victoria Quay once that gets developed.
A nationwide survey by the Nursery and Garden Industry of Australia shows that the Perth metropolitan area falls well below international standards for suburban green space with 51 percent of Perth residents living further than a five minutes walk away from a park.
The NGIA reports says that with increased population and urbanisation, developers and planners need to plan for more parks, trees and greenery. Of course more trees in streets would also help to expand the green lungs of our city.
I received a letter from the Department of Defence about the future of the historic Married Quarter Cottages near the Fremantle old traffic bridge and Army Museum. Defence wrote they are finalising the sale of the cottages to Defence Housing Australia (DHA) and once the sale is finalised and approved by parliament “renovations in a standard suitable for ADF personnel whilst protecting their heritage values” will be undertaken. The work will start in 2014 and DHA expects occupation of the heritage cottages by 2015.
It is good that the Fremantle Society pressure and that of Fremantle Labor MP Melissa Parke will finally see action to protect, renovate and make use of the cottages, but the time line is still very slow. Does it really have to take all of 2013 to finalise a contract between two government department?
We are still waiting for action by the Western Australian Department of Housing to get some action going on the neglected Warders Cottages in Henderson Street. It is a disgrace that there appears to be no urgency to resolve this. They are an eyesore in the centre of the city next to the popular Fremantle Markets and are falling apart. Why does it take a year to decide to hand them to the National Trust or the City of Fremantle when quick fix promises are made on about everything as prok barreling exercises before the election? The Colin Barnett coalition government obviously cares little for our heritage but has got plenty of money to waste on a sports stadium, Elizabeth Quay, developing beaches, etc.
As an individual, I am Fremantle born, however my parents come from Croatia. The Zuvelas have maintained a strong contact with the old country.
One of the positive aspects of Croatia that I have noticed is that along their coast there remains a certain amount of respect for the heritage. There are plenty of buildings, markets, city squares relating back to their Roman, Venetian and Austrian past. They have important economic value in the present day as tourist attractions.
Why are there plenty of them? Well you see, they haven’t been knocked down or removed? It is a simple concept that works nicely.
One of the most famous cities that remains relatively intact is Dubrovnik. It used to be the capital of the Republic of Ragusa and of course there are many more intact cities along the Croatian coast and on the islands. When I was over there the last time I noticed that it’s an accepted everyday fact of life that the old part of the city remains as it is (and it is mostly maintained, lived in and used). Most of the old cities and towns along the coast of Croatia don’t have high-rise near the old city centre. What we have is a belt of low-rise surrounding the old part of the town.
This urban planning helps retain the unique history of the cities with value placed on maintenance and retention of the old buildings and parks. Maybe we could be looking at something like that happening here in Fremantle. :)