Queen Victoria, Adelaide and Parry Street plan

If you have ever tried to cross the rood on foot here, you will know it is nearly impossible to do safely. Cyclists entering the city also run the gauntlet sharing the road with cars and buses as they negotiate the asymmetrical intersection, often at speed. It is also an important gateway into the CBD and the slower traffic environment. As more residents move into the eastern end of the CBD, along Queen Victoria Street, they need a safe way to be able walk and ride to the centre of Fremantle, the train and bus station. Continue reading

Local investment in the arts

This Week, the Australian Local Government Association released a statement that said¬†“Local Government contributes more than a quarter of total national expenditure on Australian arts and cultural activities…¬†Demonstrating the increased importance of art and culture to local communities, the 26.2 percent local government proportion was up from 22.4 percent a decade earlier, The Big Picture report said.”

The City of Fremantle will invest $4 million into local arts, culture and events this financial year.

This includes funding for the hugely successful and popular Fremantle Arts Centre, Festivals including the Heritage Festival, 10 Nights in Port, Hidden Treasures and the Fremantle Street Arts Festival, as well as the Moores Gallery and Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Fremantle Biennale, and community arts grants (which are now open for applications). We also have an extensive Public Art program and a policy that requires 1% of major development costs to go towards public art.

These initiatives provide employment opportunities for local artists as well as enriching the lives of local people and attracting visitors to our city. It benefits the local economy and community wellbeing. Continue reading

What Freo Council is doing about Homelessness

While door knocking this weekend, a few people raised concerns about what was being done to address homelessness in Fremantle.

It was refreshing that the residents I spoke to emphasised the need to help people experiencing homelessness rather than simply moving them on, and it reminded me what a compassionate community we live in.

I thought I would provide a summary about the ways in which Fremantle Council is working to improve this complex issue. Continue reading