Fremantle and The Chamber of Commerce

Recent comments by Peter Nolin of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce, effectively blaming Councillor John Dowson and other heritage advocates for the city’s retail woes are totally unwarranted, as Roel Loopers clearly shows.

The Chamber is currently advocating a high-rise bonanza for the East End of the CBD, a matter that will soon be our for public comment via a Town Planning scheme amendment.

These proposals emanste from the City Centre Strategic Sites working Group (CCSSWG) Along with Don Whittington and John Dowson, I am a member of this group. But so is the Chamber and many architects, all of whom support the high-rise concept. We have argued against the proposals and for a more modest scheme that would allow six storey development on a few sites near the Railway Station, but elsewhere encourage redevelopment at three to five stories. Such a scale would respect the historic character of the city and the ambience the Soicety and community have fought so hard to protect.

Ian Alexander, Past President, Fremantle Society

NT coming up Roses

Samson House Tour & Snip.

The National Trust invites you to an exclusive tour and garded experience at Samson House on Sunday 17th July.  Bring your gloves & secateurs so you can practice the art of rose pruning following a demonstration by the Rose Society.

  • Tour & Talk                                                  1:30 to 2:30
  • Pruning                                                         2:30 to 3:30
  • Afternoon Tea with the National trust   3:30 to 4:30

Booking ESSENTIAL via or 9321 6088


Devise your questions for tonight’s QandA.

Be at Victoria Hall at 7:00pm Tuesday 31st May to ask your questions of our panel or send email and webcam questions to

Moderator Robyn Johnston will put your questions to our panelists who are:

  • Carmen Lawrence.  Chair of Australian Heritage Commission.
  • Brad Pettitt.  Mayor of Fremantle.
  • Anne Brake.  Heritage Professional and President of the Fremantle History Society.
  • Linley Lutton.  Architect and Vice Chair of Australian Institue of Urban Studies (WA Chapter).
  • Lynn MacLaren.  Greens spokesperson on Heritage.
  • Greg Smith.  Town Planner.

This is a free event put on by the Fremantle Society.


Heritage Act Review

Heritage in Western Australia is underpinned by the State Heritage Act 1990, which is currently being reviewed.  The Act mandates the Heritage Council of WA giving it powers to operate, and gives statutory power to the State Heritage and Local Government lists.

If you have any interest in Western Australian Heritage this Act is important to you.

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Opportunity Lost

Yesterday’s press release by John Day on the Cockburn Coast Structure Plan (SP) should have been a time for celebration; unfortunately for me it only brought disappointment.

We had a real chance of developing a high quality Village, even a carbon neutral village but all we have is the land being chopped up into urban lots.  The Minister said “The redevelopment of Cockburn Coast will see medium to high-density urban living, embodying the values of Directions 2031 and Beyond”.  Yet Directions 2031 is a special plan for a connected city, what we have here is a return to the days of Hepburn and Stevenson with a huge controlled access highway and NO transit Plan at all.  Greg Smith once produces a bumper sticker which said “Perth a City for Cars”, it was meant to be ironic, and unfortunately has become prophetic for Cockburn Coast.

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