The Fremantle Society AGM will be held on Monday December 10 at 6 pm at the Fremantle Workers Club, 9 Henry Street. All members are encouraged to attend and the public is welcome as observers.

Meet the present and new committee and share a drink with us to celebrate the Society’s dedication to Fremantle and its community.

Roel Loopers

Roel Loopers


The Fremantle Society has had its first 2011 full Committee meeting since our AGM and I am delighted to tell you 2 vacancies on Committee are filled.  Pam Hartree is welcomed as Hon Secretary; you may know Pam in her role Head of Local History Section of Fremantle Library she is also an Associate Member of Australian Library and Information Association.  Clearly she will bring a lot of experience and wisdom to the Committee.

Kate House was also co-opted to the Committee.  Kate has worked on the Planning & Heritage committee in 2010 and we welcome her continued involvement in the Society. The several Society members who attended the meeting were welcomed and we encourage more in future.

Other agenda items included Fremantle Heritage Festival programmed for the end of May.  The Society is committed to working with Council and local stakeholders to ensure the continued success of this longstanding local event.  If you or your business wish to be involved contact us, it would be great to have you on board.  The Society will also contribute to the newly announced National Heritage Week in April – with a National focus.

Ongoing planning issues include the US Laundry at FAC, The Old Royal George in East Fremantle, and a new hotel at Little Creatures.

It is great to finally have a home and a wardroom to hold our meetings; the Society has truly come of age.

Jon Strachan

Day 1 in the life of a new President.

The alarm goes, it’s 6:30, the reality of last night’s Fremantle Society AGM hits home.  A good night for the Society with a passionate address from Dr Carmen Lawrence advocating conservation for the West Kimberley, followed by formal AGM business including a ballot for President.  I came out ahead, just!  I thank Lloyd for the commitment he demonstrated to the Society  by standing and look forward to working with him on Committee.  My thanks to the Committee and their partners for the well organised event and the catering.  Ian’s departure as President is a true loss to the Society and I wish him and Eileen all the best in their new ventures in Albany.

The early alarm is to attend Arts, Culture and Heritage forum at the Moore’s hosted by Hon. Sue Ellery.  The Society represented by Ruth, Cathy, Ian, Roel and Fremantle History Society by Anne Brake (President).  Sue is joined by Peter Tinley and John Hyde (shadow Minister for Culture and the Arts; Heritage; Multicultural Interests and Citizenship).  Speeches & questions followed by roundtable conversation with the Ministers in the long established Freo style at Moore&Moore Cafe space.  I drew John Hyde’s attention to the ‘generous role Fremantle ratepayers play with Local Government in the Arts and Culture sector, financially underpinning the Moore’s building we met in, the Arts Centre, Victoria Hall and the Evans Davis Building and more.

It is now time for our State Government to step up to the plate regarding provision of cultural spaces.  They have ready-made venues, buildings abandoned by Western Power with South Fremantle Power Station and recently closed Energy Museum.  Both these buildings offer great potential for a State Government to invest in Culture and the Arts in Fremantle’.  I sought an invitation to meet the three ministers on a one on one basis, this will occur in the New Year.  Ruth was promoting the book and we all promoted Society membership.

Returning home to South Fremantle I began my first round of correspondences, thanking people for their assistance at the AGM, setting up the first meeting for the new committee and our final exit from the Old Royal George.

Attending East Fremantle Council’s Planning committee meeting came next.  Applications for lap-pools, fences and garages preceded Committee debating the Old Royal George.  Passionate submissions on  behalf of the Community came from  Eddy Lutz and Andrew Smith. Eddy focussed on Heritage integrity and Community impacts, whilst Andrew spoke to the process going off the rails with the National Trust taking Council, its erstwhile partner, to the SAT.  Committee adjournment for dinner at 9.30pm and departure of the applicants representatives was my opportunity for our moment with the media and community. At 10:20pm Committee voted to defer their decision til 1st February 2011, prior to next SAT hearing on 2 February.  Follow the Herald reports on the tone of Committee deliberations.

Before making tracks for home I talked with Peter Unsworth who has exciting plans for the Old Brush Factory (former Lauder & Howard shop) across the road and we agreed to meet and talk.  Home to Cathy with apologies for no dinner out as planned.  Fear not, I won’t subject you to such detail every day!  I will post a weekly blog of the President’s activities for the Society.

Jon Strachan 7-12-10

Fremantle Society AGM and Committee Elections coming up

The Fremantle Society will be holding its AGM in a few weeks, on Monday December 6th, 7 for 730pm at the University of Notre Dame Santa Maria Lecture Theatre, 19 Mouat Street Fremantle.

We hope as many Society members as possible will attend. Non-members are also encouraged to attend — you join up on the night for just $20 annual sub, $25 family and $10 concession — there is a proposal to increase the subs for 2011, but if you join before or at the AGM, $20 is all you need pay!

Our guest speaker is Dr Carmen Lawrence, well known for her past and dedicated political contributions to WA and especially to Fremantle. Recently, Carmen was appointed Chair of the Australian Heritage Council, the Federal body responsible for heritage. In this role, Carmen will be addressing the topic “Why List the West Kimberley?” Given recent public debate on the future of this area, it is a timely topic.

The Election of a new Committee will also take place at the AGM. Nominations close on November 22nd and nomination papers will be mailed out to members — you are encouraged to nominate, whether it be for Committee (9 members required), for President (Ian Alexander is stepping down after 4 years in the post) or Secretary (Ruth Belben is not re-nominating for that position).
If you are interested contact

Ian Alexander