Dates for Your Diary

  • 22 November, Fremantle History Society

Invitation to Fremantle Society members from Fremantle History Society

THE committee and members of the Fremantle History Society have great pleasure inviting members of the Fremantle Society to join us at our Christmas meeting at Fremantle Arts Centre on 22 November at 6.00 p.m. This year we will be celebrating Fremantle’s history and heritage with a special viewing and tour of Frank Norton: Painter and Collector conducted by Andre Lipscombe, the City of Fremantle’s Art Curator. This will be followed by delightful Christmas refreshments in the beautiful Arts Centre courtyard.

Where: Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle
When: Tuesday 22 November 2016 at 6pm
Cost: $10.00 per head
The tour will be followed by drinks and a delicious
Christmas supper.
RSVP
Email secretary.fhs@gmail.com ;
Ph: 0408092100 or 94336639 by Thursday 17-11-2016


  • 25 November: Fremantle Residents and Ratepayers’ Association (FRRA)

It’s that time of the year and FRRA invites you to their AGM Tuesday 29 November, 2016 at 6pm in Fremantle Council Recepton room (upstairs using rear staircase). RSVP  Friday 25 November. We encourage, in fact, urge, all members to attend and participate in the AGM and, share a drink for the season.

It is so tempting at such a ‘time poor’ period of the year, to stay home instead of heading out again, after a busy day at work, or to feel that participation won’t make a difference.

Please come and help keep FRRA move forward.

The Agenda for the evening will include:

6-6.30pm Drinks and nibbles for members to mix and chat.

6.30 – 6.45pm Election of office holders, Chair’s address, Treasurer’s Report

Constitution changes  (to be sent)

[NB only current members will vote].

7.15pm FRRA Web launch!!

[A presentation from the FRRA web developer, Lorenz Wuthrich, and Web subcommittee member Martin Lee, to demonstrate the web’s capacity, structure and how it works].

  • An invitation has been extended to the new Minister of Local Government to introduce himself. To this point he has not responded.
  • Open discussion

Important information

Current membership renewals can take place on the night, or members can renew prior to the evening through online banking.

This option will mean that names can simply be checked off on the night to save time and your receipt will be ready.

AC Name: Fremantle Residents and Ratepayers Association INC.
BSB: 306-048
Account Number: 085991-8

Reference: Subscription 2017 + your name OR a Donation+ your name

New fees are $25 per person or $40 per couple.

RSVP frra@gmail.com Friday 25 November and please indicate whether your preference is for red wine, white wine, beer or non-alcoholic.

If you would like to nominate for a position, please let us know: Chair, Deputy Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, 5 Committee,

Evening agenda purpose

Effective communications are the key to success, and we have been busy behind the scenes, trying to improve these, revising our Vison and Strategy, and aiming to improve our communications through the development of our very own website.

We have tested a newsletter Fremantle Matters, and gained traction in the blogger sphere, with up to 1,000+ readers or clicks, but more help is needed to enhance this progress.

Such is the problem of few people on the ground.

FRRA has worked hard at reinventing itself, with our Fremantle Matters logo and intent of purpose, and development of a professional ‘comms’ profile.

What ‘matters’ to FRRA is to progress Fremantle and preserve the important meaningful reasons for which we all chose and bought into the area, to make Fremantle our home, and to see the expenditure of our rates spent on meaningful projects that enhance all our amenity, and not simply a narrow demographic and program.

It has been a mixed year and one that has demonstrated more than ever, that there is a need for a whole of Fremantle community watch dog, to monitor and lobby group for those with the greatest investment in their community, the rate payer and resident, and to assist and work with other community groups, to achieve their specific objectives.

Please come and hear how the year has gone, and help determine FRRA’s relevance, and presence.

 FRRA Editorial from the Chair

FRRA is still a young community activist group, and striving to ensure that local governance and the elected officers ‘represent’ its constituents, is open, accountable and transparent. At the same time, our membership is healthy, and we have now more people becoming actively involved, which is exciting.

Since our inception over the controversial development of The Esplanade, there have been a series of serious governance, accountability, transparency and amenity issues that have affected us all, and demonstrated that the interests of the major shareholder, the Fremantle resident and rate payers’ voice is not being heard or even acknowledged, and that progress is determined by a minority, for a minority.

Notable amongst a string of issues include:

  • the unnecessary expenditure of $55 million on the Council building as part of the activation of King’s Square
  • the complex and disadvantageous contractual arrangement with Sirona Capital,
  • the sale of the major assets at fire sale prices,
  • the disastrous and entirely predictable waste of rate payers’ money and citizen amenity on the Sunset Events’ development at Arthur’s Head and J Shed
  • the indiscriminate waiving of fees, rates and costs to the City.
  • the apparent movement of an estimated $55 million from the Investment Account to the Municipal account since 2012.
  • extraordinary development decisions in heritage areas.
  • the exponential increase in size and composition of the City of Fremantle administration and staff
  • and, recently the banning of the public to the important and extremely relevant Strategic and Project Development Committee, where major projects such as King’s Square are discussed and recommendations made.

And, so many more instances too numerous to include.

Critical amongst all the issues faced by rate payers/ residents:

  • the lack of critical diversity on Council,
  • the impact on local government voting of Party political interests, or vested interests, other than ratepayer or resident concerns.
  • non-compulsory voting,
  • the ‘first past the post’ system,
  • the irrelevance of the Ward in local government and therefore, lack of the notion of “representation” of local interest, in fact, representation,
  • and postal voting.

All these factors mitigate against independent local area representation, the entire reason for a third tier of government, and have a profound affect on the decision making process.

FRRA must become a voice for all concerned Fremantle residents to ensure a diversity of opinion and, most critically, local representation in local governance

Where are we going?

Fremantle Society AGM-  7pm Wednesday 7 December, 2016

25cfc5e6-39d4-4fe7-8757-97bb6c63757c

Dear Member – It is Annual General Meeting time again!

With state and council elections due in 2017, the Fremantle Society must use the talents of all its members to get the best possible developments for Fremantle.  We need to hear the diverse views of all members. We are keen to unite members and their passions.  So, please share your views.

The AGM will be held on Wednesday December 7 at 7pm at the Fremantle Tennis Club on Parry Street, Fremantle, the same location as last year.

President John Dowson will make a presentation entitled
Where Are We Going?

Three forms follow:
a) Letter from President
b) Nomination form for office bearers
c) Membership renewal form

Donations:
We ask that you consider making a donation to our Special Projects Fund to help pay for the reports we commission from professionals. Reports commissioned this year include a report on King’s Square, Atwell Arcade development, 52 Adelaide Street, 18-22 Adelaide Street, and 8 Pakenham Street. Please consider adding $50 or $100 or more to your membership renewal.

Come on the Committee! 
We also ask that you consider being an officer bearer or committee member next year, as we embark on our exciting program of advocacy for quality development, a youth Eisteddfod on heritage, and events which include visits to interesting heritage properties. We will also be focussing on the subject of good architecture and fostering discussion on that.

You may have a particular interest you wish to help with, such as media and Facebook, or writing and research, or planning and heritage.

Being on the committee is not an onerous task, and we fully understand that many people travel and are busy and thus not always available.

Please return nomination forms by 23 November, either electronically to info@fremantlesociety.org.au or by post to:

The Fremantle Society, PO Box 828, WA 6959

John Dowson, President
____________________________________________

 Nomination Form 2016-2017

The Committee will take office from the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting to be held on Wednesday 7th December 2016.

Office Bearers and Committee
Members are invited to nominate as Office Bearers and Committee Members. The Positions being :
President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, and up to nine Committee Members.

Only financial members are eligible to make and second nominations and to be nominated.

Financial membership requires that the annual subscription be paid prior to beginning of the AGM.

Membership fees have been kept low for years and are not being increased for next year.

Nomination for committee:

I (print name)………………………………………………………………………………….

Nominate (print name of member being nominated)………………………………………

For the position of: President/treasurer/Secretary/Committee

Signature of Nominator………………………………………………………………………

I, (Name of Seconder)………………………………………………………………………..

Signature of Seconder………………………………………………………………………..

Am pleased to second the nomination detailed above

I (member being nominated) consent to the nomination as
detailed above

Signature of member being nominated……………………………………………………..

Completed nomination forms must be received by Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Please post or email form to:

Fremantle Society Inc, PO Box 828, Fremantle 6959

or email to info@fremantlesociety.org.au
____________________________________________

2016-2017 Membership Renewal

Membership Fee:
Ordinary Member:  $30.        Family Member:  $40
Donation                 $             Donation             $
Total                        $             Total                    $

Corporate:  $100.      Concession: $15     Life:  $250    Organisation:  $50.

Name:……………………………………………

Update if necessary:

Address:……………………………………………………………………………………………

Telephone: ……………………………………   Mobile:…………………………

Email:………………………………………………

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS LEGIBLE

As a member I/we agree:

  •  to support and promote the Society’s objectives
  •  to abide by the Society’s Constitution
  •  to receive communications giving notices of meetings and events of the Society and at the discretion of the Society’s committee, like organisations.

I/we understand that:

  •  the Society undertakes to keep private my/our email address and phone number
  •  Society communications will normally be by email when an email address has been provided
  • Membership fees may be paid by cheque with this application form or by electronic funds transfer to:Fremantle Society IncBendigo Bank

    BSB: 633000

    Account: 143193530

    PLEASE ENSURE YOUR NAME IS ADDED TO ELECTRONIC TRANSFER INFORMATION

    Please post your application form to:
    The Secretary
    The Fremantle Society
    PO Box 828
    FREMANTLE WA 6959

My/our rights and obligations as a member are defined in the Society’s Constitution and further defined in the Associations Incorporation Act 1987.

For more information about the Fremantle Society please email :

info@fremantlesociety.org.au

The Objectives of the Fremantle Society: 

  •     To give responsible voice on matters affecting the overall character and development of the Fremantle area
  •  To encourage the improvement of the Fremantle area as a desirable residential and commercial district whilst retaining its unique character.
  •  To encourage the retention and restoration of buildings of historic and aesthetic value.
  •  To encourage the preservation of the natural heritage of the Fremantle area.
  •  To ensure that the new development complements established patterns, is of high architectural and aesthetic standards, and served the long-term interests of the area.
  •  To foster the development of the area as a major cultural, educational and entertainment centre.

—–0——

 

 

FREMANTLE SOCIETY COMMITTEE WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS

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

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 rbelben@iinet.net.au

Ian Alexander