Archive from December, 2016
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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