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Oct 4, 2012 - Ideas, News    6 Comments

Bus-Free Cappuccino Strip over summer?

I have proposed that council supports a trial to keep all buses – except the CAT – off the cappuccino strip over summer. What do you think?

Below is the Notice of Motion that will be debated on Wednesday 10 October:

That the Council requests that the Public Transport Authority continues the current service deviation of bus routes 98, 99, 511, 513, 520, 530, 531, 532, 825, 920 in place due to road works underway on the “Cappuccino Strip” (Market Street and the northern end of South Terrace) as a trial over summer.

The CAT bus will resume its route along the cappuccino strip as soon as possible.

The buses – Routes 98, 99, 511, 513, 520, 530, 531, 532, 825, 920 – will to continue to divert along Parry Street, Elder Street and Phillimore Street (as outlined on the PTA website and copied below) from the beginning of the Fremantle Festival (Sunday 28 October) until the end of the Street Arts Festival (Easter Monday 2013). 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 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 »

Sep 25, 2011 - Ideas, News    1 Comment

Anti-social behaiour

Anti-social behaviour problems in Fremantle stem from a range of sources and will not be fixed simply.

Firstly there is the alcohol-fueled stupidity and destruction from patrons attending some of Fremantle’s nightspots. Then there’s the often intimidating behaviour or just plain loud intoxicated disregard shown from those on our streets in the daytime. In both cases the problem is often intoxication – perhaps we need a sobering up centre in town? Read more »

Sep 25, 2011 - History, Ideas, News    1 Comment

Homelessness in Fremantle

An inner city doctor wrote to me about the problem he is experiencing with people sleeping and defecating in the verandah of his office, asking me what I would do to help if I was elected to council.

Here is my response:

Homelessness (and associated anti-social behaviour) is a complex problem and not something that council cannot fix alone. Read more »

Sep 16, 2011 - History, Ideas    4 Comments

Promises or proof?

Launching the Cappuccino Strip Street Club earlier this year

Launching the Cappuccino Strip Street Club in January this year

Having worked in local government, I know what can actually be delivered and what is an empty election promise. 

I also know how to get things done. I  believe council should facilitate the community’s goal and aspirations rather than hinder them. I succeeded in cutting through the bureaucracy of council in order to achieve great results for the community. I tend to see opportunities and get the right people together to make good things happen. 

This occurred last year when I invited placemaker David Engwicht  to Fremantle, convinced the Council would apply some of his creative ideas for public places if they saw him in action. The result was the formation of the community-led street party known as the “Cappuccino Strip Street Club” (see  CSSC April 2 Herald ) and we developed a creative and practical use to make the dirty dead space in Westgate Mall more safe and pleasant (stay tunned for an announcement very soon…) Read more »

Sep 9, 2011 - Ideas    4 Comments

Bikes make dollars & cents!

As an avid cyclist and member of the Fremantle Bicycle Users Group, I appreciate the recent improvements to cycling facilities in Fremantle, but there is still work to do.

South Terrace, from the markets to Wray Avenue, is a death trap for cyclists. I witnessed one cyclist get hit by a bus at the lights and my colleague was hit by a bus outside the hospital. I ride the same stretch of road everyday and regularly feel at risk, especially from busses. Read more »