Archive from October, 2011
Oct 17, 2011 - News    4 Comments

Thank you Freo

I am honoured to have been elected to represent the City Ward on Fremantle Council.

I look forward to working hard over the next four years with the community as Fremantle goes through this important and exciting time of growth and change. I would like to express my deepest thanks to everyone who put their faith in me. Read more »

Oct 14, 2011 - News    3 Comments

Reflections before E-Day

sunset from bathers beach

Well, tomorrow Freo decides.

The extraordinary journey of the campaign has not been what I expected. It has been so much better.

I have been challenged, touched and inspired by the experience and come out the other end more ambitious and determined  than ever before!

Not for my own personal benefit or recognition, but by what we, as a community can achieve together. I have met so many extraordinary people doing great things in our city who want to be part of its improvement. Read more »

Oct 11, 2011 - Ideas, News    7 Comments

Creating so much more than art…

Deborah Bonar, Rod Collard, Tim Winmar and I with one of Rod's gorgeous paintings

I was privileged to be invited to Kidogo Arthouse this morning to meet with some of the local Aboriginal contemporary artists who work from there.

I listened to Deborah Bonar, Rod Collard, Tim Winmar (pictured) and Wendy Hayden talk about the important role that the City of Fremantle could play towards reconciliation, and creating a productive and positive future for Aboriginal people in Fremantle.

They told me about how Kidogo’s art course had helped people get out of a rut, drinking in parks and gave them some hope, opportunities to learn and share their stories. It gave them pride and respect.

Kidogo also helps connect contemporary Aboriginal artists with professional opportunities; Deborah and Wendy are both currently working on major commissioned artworks for public buildings in Perth. Read more »

Oct 10, 2011 - Development, News    Comments Off on Future Public Transport for Freo

Future Public Transport for Freo

An artists impression of what the Fremantle tram could look like

Last week, as part of my work on transport issues with (Greens) Senator Scott Ludlam, I conducted four public forums seeking community feedback on the State Government’s 20 year public transport plan for Perth (www.transport.wa.gov.au/ABOUT_P_PT_Plan2031.pdf).

On Thursday the final session was in Fremantle, with about 40 people participating. The key issues raised by participants were:

  • better intergration with bicycles
  • approaches to train stations be more pedestrian friendly
  • prioritise rail over roads
  • light rail rather than bus rapid transit for Fremantle region by 2020 (particularly to cope with Murdoch Activity Centre and Cockburn Coast) Read more »
Oct 8, 2011 - Ideas, News    3 Comments

Creative King

David Engwicht and I in Kings Square

On Friday I was thrilled to spend the day with about 50 community members, City of Fremantle staff and councillors and one of my favourite creative thinkers; David Engwicht. Together we developed a range of inexpensive, immediate ways to make Kings Square more vibrant, safe, inviting and successful.

It was a great day with lots of innovative and realistic ideas raised. With a budget and resources available and people agreeing to take responsibility for implementing proposals – it was a rare moment of opportunity to be siezed!  Read more »

Oct 4, 2011 - Ideas, News    4 Comments

The art of the matter

Sydney Art Exhibition 2011Freo is known for its vibrant arts scene, we are home to a wealth of creative individuals, organisations and industries. It is one of the character traits of our collective identity and a feature that sets us apart from other urban centres.

As such, I believe the arts sector should be represented in the long term planning for Fremantle. The Fremantle Union has been established to: “provide an efficient, non–bureaucratic vehicle for facilitating the delivery of aspects of the City’s economic development strategy, leading to Fremantle reclaiming the title of Perth’s second city” (http://bit.ly/ntoZ4M). Read more »