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As part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival the Fremantle Society presents ‘gnullar yowl koorl – our coming together … early interactions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia’ It is a free event so come along!  At Kidogo Arthouse, Bathers Beach, Fremantle on Sunday May 26, 11 am. Free lecture

Ingrid Cumming, CEO of Kart Koort Wiern consultancy in Perth will present a lecture that talks of some of the early interactions between the Nyungar and non-Indigenous people during the period of first contact in the Swan River, the conversations, interactions and issues that arose and how we can reflect upon this in modern day terms to promote mutual respect and recognition of the diversity of cultures within Fremantle.

Kart Koort Wiern does corporate awareness training, team building workshops, youth and school workshops and management training. It also does consultancy services. Your company can become a corporate member of Kart Koort Wiern. Website: www.kartkoortwiern.com

Kart Koort Wiern


Heritage Festival

National Trust of Australia (WA) – MARCH MEETING NEXT TUESDAY

Did you ever fancy yourself as Indian Jones? This month’s meeting takes us face to face with the intriguing world of archaeology and its growing role in historical research. In the past the archives were the historian’s second home, but now, the evidence uncovered in an archaeological dig can turn the archival record on its head. Scott Chisholm and his team will give us a special insight into the world of archaeology and tells us tales of recent discoveries and how they have helped us better understand Fremantle’s and indeed Western Australia’s, past.

The meeting is Tuesday 26 March and starts at 6.30pm at Terra Rosa, 346 South Terrace (cnr South Terrace and Scott St), South Fremantle. Looking forward to seeing you there.


A century ago, when The University of Western Australia first opened its doors to students, the general purposes of higher education seemed relatively clear in the public mind. But these days there is less certainty about the relevance of some cherished academic traditions. What distinctive role do universities still have, if any? What can the wider community reasonably expect universities to deliver?

What should be the relationship between universities and cultural institutions in the heritage and collections sector? This lecture will particularly discuss: the concept of educational heritage, and the real origins of the modern university; how to decide whether a field of knowledge belongs in higher education or not; the place of civic values in higher education;  the argument between cultural studies and cultural policy studies, and the potential of cultural heritage for resolving that argument; what the distinction between education and training should mean in the heritage field; why the values associated with museums and significant sites are inherently problematic; how a university that fosters studies in cultural heritage can fullfil an important part of its civic purpose.

Event Details

Date: 16 April 2013

Time: 6pm

Venue: Webb Lecture Theatre (G21),

Geography Building, UWA

Parking: P18 & P19, Fairway entrance 1

Cost: Free, but RSVP essential.

Book online


or RSVP to ias@uwa.edu.au or

6488 1340

Fremantle Heritage Festival 2013

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

photo by Peter Zuvela



Fremantle Ports is to be congratulated for the thorough public consultation workshops and the excellent work by Kieran Wong and associates of CODA architects.

The Fremantle Society is excited about the opportunities the planned development of Victoria Quay (VQ) offer. This is a great chance to acknowledge the historic significance of the port and celebrate the importance of C.Y.O’Connor as one of Western Australia’s outstanding achievers for his role in building the harbour and the Perth to Kalgoorlie water pipeline.

A modern Victoria Quay gives us the opportunity to interact with the local Wadjuk indigenous people through a cultural centre where visitors can experience the culture and history of the traditional custodians, take part in story telling and music events, purchase art and sample bush tucker.

VQ should showcase the significance of the wharfs and the labour movement and should also show the extensive photographic historic collection Fremantle Ports has. A Migrant Museum telling the stories of the thousands who arrived on ships would also become an important attraction for any new development.

The Fremantle Society believes VQ should become a 24 hour destination for locals and visitors alike, so it is essential that the mix of office, leisure, retail, entertainment, tourism, parking facilities is carefully balanced and managed. A day time ‘village’ that becomes a night time ghost town is not acceptable and neither is a shopping centre like precinct.

Better and increased connectivity between VQ and the Fremantle CBD is a priority as is the connectivity between VQ and Bathers Beach/Fishing Boat Harbour.

VQ should not compete with what inner city Fremantle already offers, and what it will offer more off once Planning Scheme Amendment 49 becomes active, instead VQ should become exemplary in its difference, while blending in with the human scale Fremantle is loved for by tourists and residents. The quality of the space and its use need to be authentic. The tenancies need to be for real commercial purpose and any retail needs to be of a very high standard.

As a destination and attraction Fremantle Ports needs to encourage operators such as the people behind Little Creatures to develop unique, quality and authentic offerings on the wharf.

Buildings of different shapes that are reflective of the elements of the area, and of different heights are essential to make the area attractive, as are public open spaces, public roof gardens with harbour views, green spaces and ‘activity pockets’ for children.

Existing historic buildings need to be carefully integrated in any development and while relocation might be the easy option more creative solutions need to be encouraged to allow the buildings to remain as an historic cluster.

The lack of significant public green spaces in the inner city and in the vicinity of the port means that erecting buildings on historic Pioneer Park should not be considered, instead the park should become one of the major attractions of the area. The park has been under utilised predominantly because it is not very attractive. This can and should be improved as part of the VQ development.

The Fremantle Society believes an ‘Urban Scale’ approach to development at VQ is the best way forward to develop Fremantle. Building heights need to be varied so bland sameness is avoided. It would be prudent to vary building heights from 15 metres to 25 metres at maximum heights just below that of the Maritime Museum, which is 29 metres high. It is important not to ‘dwarf’ the heritage Railway Station with huge buildings overshadowing it.

The railway forecourt needs to be improved and become far more attractive than it is at present. This will require relocation of the bus port to the East and remodelling to improve the passenger to bus interface and the efficiency of the overall intermodal exchange. With this movement to the East the forecourt can become a meeting and relaxation place and present a proper entrance to Fremantle.

VQ has got it all; a working port is highly attractive. People love watching ships arrive and depart and they love watching sunsets. The close vicinity to the CBD and public transport makes it even more attractive to developers and retailers and those in the hospitality and tourism industries.

It is not hard to envisage VQ as a highly attractive very Freo destination with a great mix of culture, art, heritage, entertainment, retail and offices. It does however require creativity and restraint. There needs to be recognition in the lot layout and alignment, in building design and utilisation that the development is integrated into the CBD, and although new and to some extent an extension of the West End, it has the elements of Fremantle’s bold building design, albeit circa 2020, not 1880.

Fremantle Ports should resist the temptation of over development for financial gain. It is essential that development in the area absolutely acknowledges and embraces the sense of place of  Fremantle and its unique character and lifestyle.

The Fremantle Society is keen to see outstanding development of great architectural merit on Victoria Quay in the near future and we are offering Fremantle Ports to be part of the consultative process.

Roel Loopers




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.

Roel Loopers


Fremantle Australia Day fireworks at Arthur Head with one of the heritage Pilot’s cottages in the foreground. It was the last Australia Day where people lived on Arthur Head. After April 6 this year there will be no residents at Captain’s Lane as they will have to move out of their homes to make way for artist’s studios. The other photos are taken at Bathers Beach itself.
(Photos by Roel Loopers & Peter Zuvela)

Photo by Roel Loopers


Photo by Roel Loopers


Photo by Peter Zuvela


Photo by Peter Zuvela


Photo by Peter Zuvela



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.

Roel Loopers


Notre Dame University in Fremantle is holding a COMMUNITY BARBEQUE on January 18 between 5-8 pm at the Malloy Courtyard in Mouat Street. This is part of the university’s genuine desire to connect better and more often with the local community.

This is a FREE event as food and drinks will be provided. For more info or RSVP contact: fremantle.events@nd.edu.au

Roel Loopers



Notre Dame University in collaboration with the Fremantle Society, Fremantle Network and Fremantle Chamber of Commerce will be holding an election forum on Tuesday February 26 and 6 pm on the corner of Croke and Cliff Street opposite the Fremantle Herald.

Candidates for the seat of Fremantle at the state election will be scrutinised with questions from the public and the organisors. Former ABC political reporter Peter Kennedy will be the MC.

Turn up in droves and grill those who want to represent us in state parliament!

Roel Loopers