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Dec 11, 2018 - News    No Comments

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 »

Oct 8, 2018 - News    1 Comment

Can big homes become better communities?

This home could potentially become three or four independent dwellings with some clever renovations under The Freo Alternative scheme amendment.

By moving a few walls, the spacious (200m2) family home could become two 2 bed apartments, or perhaps 3 smaller apartments. Each with its own outdoor area thanks to the large 842m2 block. The powered brick shed could be converted into another apartment, also with its own garden / courtyard.  Read more »

Sep 25, 2018 - News    Comments Off on A frank assessment of One Planet Community developments in Fremantle

A frank assessment of One Planet Community developments in Fremantle

Josh Byrne hosts a discussion on One Planet Commuities

As the dust from construction settles and residents prepare to move in to Australia’s first three ‘One Planet Community’ developments, the City of Fremantle and Property Council invited the proponents of each project to participate in a frank discussion about their experience.

The event, facilitated by Josh Byrne as part of the Freo Sustainable Home Expo, was attended by almost 200 people including representatives from the state’s leading planning and development authorities, local government, the development industry and local community – all keen to hear about the developers’ assessment of utilising the One Planet Living framework for their large-scale, multi-residential developments. Read more »

Jul 8, 2018 - News    Comments Off on Fremantle Council formally supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart

Fremantle Council formally supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart

Last month, just in time for NAIDOC week, the Fremantle Council voted unanimously to formally support the  “Uluru Statement from the Heart”. 

The Uluru Statement From the Heart

The Uluru Statement From the Heart

The Uluru Statement from the Heart represents the largest ever consensus of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on a proposal for substantive recognition. However, it was immediately rejected by Prime Minister Turnbull.

Thankfully, a Parliamentary Inquiry into the Uluru Statement was subsequently established, co-chaired by Senator Pat Dodson and MP Julian Leeser, submissions are currently open and it will produce an interim report by 30 July.

The Council also requested that a submission supporting the Uluru Statement be made on behalf of the Council to the Inquiry. Read more »

Nov 29, 2017 - News    Comments Off on Aboriginal Culture on the Swan?

Aboriginal Culture on the Swan?

image by koolangkaskreate.com

image by koolangkaskreate.com

Last month, the Fremantle Council voted to fund a feasibility study into hosting WA’s premier Aboriginal Cultural Centre at South Quay in Fremantle.

The feasibility study will include consultation with Aboriginal community, elders, Traditional Owners and organisations.

We see great potential for an iconic multi-functional facility that shares and celebrates Aboriginal culture in Fremantle. The future facility could include: Read more »

Oct 31, 2017 - News    2 Comments

Public comment on innovative housing sought

contemporary-exterior tiny homeThe Freo Council wants to hear your views on our innovative plan to create more sustainable, affordable housing in existing suburbs, while maintaining or enhancing the character of the neighbourhoods we love.

The “Freo Alternative” was a community conversation that generated a shared vision on the future of housing in Fremantle. The Second stage of the Freo Alternative is how we realise that vision through planning policy. Read more »

Jun 5, 2017 - News    3 Comments

A step closer to small and diverse housing in Fremantle

dwelle-prefab-dwelleings-13The Freo Alternative has reached an important milestone. A draft scheme amendment and local planning policy for small infill housing will be considered by the Planning Committee on 7 June and Council on 28 June. This is the first step in the process for the next phase of community engagement.  Read more »

Feb 23, 2017 - News    Comments Off on Culturally sensitive approach to cultural centre needed

Culturally sensitive approach to cultural centre needed

21 Beach St

21 Beach St

Understandably, the prospect of the former DADAA building at 21 Beach Street becoming available has attracted quite a bit of interest and attention. Fremantle has a number of properties available for community purposes, which are always highly sought after.

How we decide who gets these prized low-cost rental opportunities must be fair transparent and accountable. But we can also seek to meet strategic aims in how these properties are used. What local need is not currently being met? What use would create the greatest community benefit locally?

When I was first elected to council, one gapping hole in community facilities was an Aboriginal cultural centre. Local Elders would often ask, you have an Italian Club, a Croatian Club, a Navy Club but why is there no Aboriginal Club? Read more »

Feb 14, 2017 - News    2 Comments

Different ways of living tiny

There are two events coming up for those who are interested in small and diverse housing options.

DIFFERENT WAYS OF LIVING TINY – TALK
6pm on Thursday 2 March, Fremantle Library  (free)

A presentation and panel discussion of local examples pioneering a new phase of modest housing in Fremantle.

Featuring Meriam Salama from the Henry Project, who is looking at retrofitting existing homes for co-housing; Leanne McKenzie, who is creating compact affordable housing, with a particular focus on older single women; and Isabella Streckhardt, who is building her own tiny home and is involved in the local tiny house movement.

UPDATE: Here are the slides from the four speakers:

Different ways of living tiny

Timber and Teal – Tiny house – March 2017

Live Little – March 2017

The Henry Project – March 2017

EXPLORING SMALL AND DIVERSE DWELLINGS BY BIKE
9.30am – 11.30am Sunday 12 March 

Meet at The Meeting Place (245 South Tce Fremantle) to depart at 9.30am sharp (free)

Celebrate Bike Week and explore local examples of small and diverse housing options providing different ways to live well with less. On the tour, we’ll see a tiny house under construction, multi generational co-housing and the newly built Generation Y home.

Book here

 

Feb 3, 2017 - News    2 Comments

Barnett must stop the destruction and let voters decide

Wendy Swift, a small business owner from South Fremantle and I handcuffed after trespassing to stop Roe 8 works

Wendy Swift, a small business owner from South Fremantle, handcuffed to me after trespassing to stop Roe 8 works

This week I was arrested for the first time in my life.

Together with 37 others aged 16 to 69 from all walks of life; an artist, a small business owner, a hairdresser, a teacher and a grandmother among them. Far from being “professional protestors”, these are ordinary people driven to extraordinary measures by a government that has shown blatant disregard for due process, public health and safety and good planning.

Colin Barnett says we are criminals, but many people feel what he is doing is criminal. Read more »

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