Small homes now an option with the Freo Alternative

After five years of hard work and extensive community discussion, the Freo Alternative is now officially part of Fremantle’s Planning Scheme!

This radical evolution of the existing planning system will deliver big changes for smaller housing. It addresses changing demographics and housing needs in our community, while protecting what we love about our existing neighbourhoods.

The Freo Alternative will initially be applied to specific locations within the City of Fremantle – in sections of White Gum Valley, Hilton, O’Connor, Beaconsfield and Fremantle – that meet certain criteria regarding proximity to public transport, existing lot size and housing stock and heritage streetscapes. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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.  Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Aboriginal Culture on the Swan?

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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: Continue reading