Nov 29, 2017 - News    No Comments

Aboriginal Culture on the Swan?

image by koolangkaskreate.com

image by koolangkaskreate.com

Last month, the Fremantle Council voted to fund a feasibility study into hosting WA’s premier Aboriginal Cultural Centre at South Quay in Fremantle.

The feasibility study will include consultation with Aboriginal community, elders, Traditional Owners and organisations.

We see great potential for an iconic multi-functional facility that shares and celebrates Aboriginal culture in Fremantle. The future facility could include: Read more »

Oct 31, 2017 - News    2 Comments

Public comment on innovative housing sought

contemporary-exterior tiny homeThe Freo Council wants to hear your views on our innovative plan to create more sustainable, affordable housing in existing suburbs, while maintaining or enhancing the character of the neighbourhoods we love.

The “Freo Alternative” was a community conversation that generated a shared vision on the future of housing in Fremantle. The Second stage of the Freo Alternative is how we realise that vision through planning policy. Read more »

Jun 5, 2017 - News    3 Comments

A step closer to small and diverse housing in Fremantle

dwelle-prefab-dwelleings-13The Freo Alternative has reached an important milestone. A draft scheme amendment and local planning policy for small infill housing will be considered by the Planning Committee on 7 June and Council on 28 June. This is the first step in the process for the next phase of community engagement.  Read more »

Feb 23, 2017 - News    Comments Off on Culturally sensitive approach to cultural centre needed

Culturally sensitive approach to cultural centre needed

21 Beach St

21 Beach St

Understandably, the prospect of the former DADAA building at 21 Beach Street becoming available has attracted quite a bit of interest and attention. Fremantle has a number of properties available for community purposes, which are always highly sought after.

How we decide who gets these prized low-cost rental opportunities must be fair transparent and accountable. But we can also seek to meet strategic aims in how these properties are used. What local need is not currently being met? What use would create the greatest community benefit locally?

When I was first elected to council, one gapping hole in community facilities was an Aboriginal cultural centre. Local Elders would often ask, you have an Italian Club, a Croatian Club, a Navy Club but why is there no Aboriginal Club? Read more »

Feb 14, 2017 - News    2 Comments

Different ways of living tiny

There are two events coming up for those who are interested in small and diverse housing options.

DIFFERENT WAYS OF LIVING TINY – TALK
6pm on Thursday 2 March, Fremantle Library  (free)

A presentation and panel discussion of local examples pioneering a new phase of modest housing in Fremantle.

Featuring Meriam Salama from the Henry Project, who is looking at retrofitting existing homes for co-housing; Leanne McKenzie, who is creating compact affordable housing, with a particular focus on older single women; and Isabella Streckhardt, who is building her own tiny home and is involved in the local tiny house movement.

UPDATE: Here are the slides from the four speakers:

Different ways of living tiny

Timber and Teal – Tiny house – March 2017

Live Little – March 2017

The Henry Project – March 2017

EXPLORING SMALL AND DIVERSE DWELLINGS BY BIKE
9.30am – 11.30am Sunday 12 March 

Meet at The Meeting Place (245 South Tce Fremantle) to depart at 9.30am sharp (free)

Celebrate Bike Week and explore local examples of small and diverse housing options providing different ways to live well with less. On the tour, we’ll see a tiny house under construction, multi generational co-housing and the newly built Generation Y home.

Book here

 

Feb 3, 2017 - News    2 Comments

Barnett must stop the destruction and let voters decide

Wendy Swift, a small business owner from South Fremantle and I handcuffed after trespassing to stop Roe 8 works

Wendy Swift, a small business owner from South Fremantle, handcuffed to me after trespassing to stop Roe 8 works

This week I was arrested for the first time in my life.

Together with 37 others aged 16 to 69 from all walks of life; an artist, a small business owner, a hairdresser, a teacher and a grandmother among them. Far from being “professional protestors”, these are ordinary people driven to extraordinary measures by a government that has shown blatant disregard for due process, public health and safety and good planning.

Colin Barnett says we are criminals, but many people feel what he is doing is criminal. Read more »

Dec 17, 2016 - News    Comments Off on Implementing the South Beach swimming zone

Implementing the South Beach swimming zone

south-beach-pontoonThe South Beach Swimming Zone has been gazzetted and is now in force.

The revised South Metro Boating Guide for the region identifies the swimming zone the full length of South Beach (and little dog beach), so motorized vessels are no longer permitted within 125m of the shoreline.

The Department of Transport has been increasing awareness of the new swimming zone through social media and their education activities. They will also be doing regular patrols of the area.

Today I saw boats parked a safe distance off South Beach, they seemed to be respecting the new rule.

It can be hard to work out what is 125m from shore (especially with the tide going in and out) but as a general rule, you should be able to swim groyne to groyne (and go a little off course) without the fear of running into a boat or being hit by one. Sadly, there were a few jet skis zooming around within the swimming zone today.

Here’s what you can do if a motorized vessel is within the swimming zone: Read more »

Dec 14, 2016 - News    Comments Off on A conversation worth having

A conversation worth having

my friend Ron

my friend Ron

I was a teenager when the Mabo and Wik decisions were handed down in the 1990s. There was a growing movement aimed at achieving land rights and reconciliation for Aboriginal Australians. There was finally recognition that the land, now known as Australia, was already inhabited when the first fleet arrived and claimed it for the British Commonwealth.

I know I am in no way responsible for what occurred in 1788, or the generations of trauma, discrimination and disadvantage that followed. But I also know I want to be a part of trying to heal the wounds and finding a more equitable and united way forward.

I always felt uneasy on Australia Day. It was a day I felt signified the beginning of intergenerational trauma and dispossession of one of the oldest cultures on earth. Was it really appropriate to have a party?

To me it was a bit like celebrating Krystal Naucht or Nagasaki.

Certainly it is a day to be remembered, but with reflection rather than celebration.

The Fremantle Council felt that same unease about celebrating Australia Day as I did. But we are not alone. There is a growing national debate about these issues. It is a conversation our nation can have in a thoughtful and respectful manner. Read more »

Dec 9, 2016 - News    Comments Off on Waterfront renewal

Waterfront renewal

cop-waterfrontA recent visit to Copenhagen led me to unexpected lessons in urban redevelopment of an inner city Port.
A friendly local told me about how 15 years ago the City of Copenhagen decided it wanted to make the waterfront the ‘living room of the city’.
The day I was there, thousands of people flooded to the precinct to enjoy markets, entertainment, water activities and food.
 
 

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Oct 28, 2016 - News    Comments Off on Lessons from Europe and feedback on Perth’s Transport Plan

Lessons from Europe and feedback on Perth’s Transport Plan

A beautiful bike path in central Barcelona

A beautiful bike path in central Barcelona

I recently had the pleasure of cycling through some of Europes most marvellous cities including Barcelona, Berlin and Copenhagen. There were many innovations that could be useful here in Perth and Fremantle.

I have drawn from this experience to offer feedback on the cycling component of the Perth Transport Plan at 3.5m and Beyond, which is attached.

a-submisison-on-cycling-in-the-perth-transport-plan-by-rachel-pemberton

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