Jul 8, 2019 - News    No Comments

Fremantle’s Economic Development position and strategy

FomoFreo – coming soon…

A very interesting agenda item is coming to the FPOL committee this week. The Economic Development Strategy, developed in 2015, is coming to an end and it is an opportunity to review and reset the strategy.

Below is an interesting excerpt from the report, which outlines the wider economic climate, and the specific conditions, successes and challenges in Fremantle.

I have been thinking for some time about what new employment opportunities and economic drivers are growth opportunities for Fremantle? Hospitality and tourism are obvious. Arts, culture, education and the creative / knowledge sectors as well as the maritime industry are also a natural fit. Do you have any other ideas?

Take a look at the background information below and feel free to leave a comment with your economic development ideas for Fremantle. And while you’re at it, make sure you shop local and support our local economy during these challenging times.  Read more »

Jul 1, 2019 - News    No Comments

Budget snapshot for City Ward

The 2019/20 budget was approved by Council last week, with major investment in CBD renewal while managing to keep rate rises low.

Total budget expenditure is $130.1 million, including $56.6 million in capital expenditure and a small cash surplus of $30,000.

The 1.8 per cent rate increase is the second lowest rate increase since 2000 and aligns with the Local Government Cost Index prepared by the WA Local Government Association, which takes into account CPI and more specific costs like electricity and street lighting, which have gone up by 5.8 per cent in the past year.

The budget includes the following projects in City Ward: Read more »

Jun 27, 2019 - News    Comments Off on It’s a WRAP!

It’s a WRAP!

Members of the WRAP reference group

After months of discussion, reflection and consultation among Fremantle’s Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community, the Council signed off on the Walyalup Reconciliation Action Plan (WRAP).

Reconciliation Australia encouraged us to undertake a stretch RAP because of the degree to which the Fremantle has engaged with reconciliation issues over the past 30 years.

Below is a summary of Fremantle’s reconciliation journey so far, taken from the WRAP: Read more »

Jun 24, 2019 - News    Comments Off on Releasing balloons prohibited

Releasing balloons prohibited

The City of Fremantle passed a local law this month, that will prohibit the release of balloons.

This local law effectively reinforces the fact that letting balloons escape into the environment is effectively littering and will attract a fine. The local law will now go to the WA parliament for final approval.

Balloons that are released are very harmful to our wildlife, marine life and our ecosystem.
Here’s a conversation I had with Jenni Seaton on Curtin Radio about it:

More information about the balloon local law is here 

 

May 27, 2019 - News    Comments Off on 10 years to turn around a city

10 years to turn around a city

Beaufort Street shuts up shop as Five Bar becomes latest Mt Lawley casualty (ABC News)

There is little doubt that high streets in our urban centres are struggling at present.

High rents, competition from online shopping and suburban shopping centres, Uber Eats and paid parking are often blamed. But this challenge is not unique to Fremantle, it can be seen in Mt Lawley, Subiaco and parts of Perth too. In fact, it is a global crisis.

Experts from around the world have been tackling these issues in cities across the globe and we can learn a lot from them. For example, this story which described the transformation of the city of Mullhouse in France. Read more »

Feb 12, 2019 - News    4 Comments

Small homes now an option with the Freo Alternative

After five years of hard work and extensive community discussion, the Freo Alternative is now officially part of Fremantle’s Planning Scheme!

This radical evolution of the existing planning system will deliver big changes for smaller housing. It addresses changing demographics and housing needs in our community, while protecting what we love about our existing neighbourhoods.

The Freo Alternative will initially be applied to specific locations within the City of Fremantle – in sections of White Gum Valley, Hilton, O’Connor, Beaconsfield and Fremantle – that meet certain criteria regarding proximity to public transport, existing lot size and housing stock and heritage streetscapes. Read more »

Dec 11, 2018 - News    Comments Off on This Christmas, give presence

This Christmas, give presence

In recent days I’ve heard many people comment about the stress they feel regarding Christmas shopping. Christmas can lead to financial stress, has huge environmental impact and can cause distress trying to find the “right” gift.

So this year, why not try giving the gift of your presence?

A few years ago I developed a game that is carefully designed to be fun and reflect the true meaning of Christmas – that is sharing time and feelings with loved ones; reminiscing, feeling love and loved and having fun and creating new memories to be cherished. Read more »

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