Oct 14, 2011 - News    3 Comments

Reflections before E-Day

sunset from bathers beach

Well, tomorrow Freo decides.

The extraordinary journey of the campaign has not been what I expected. It has been so much better.

I have been challenged, touched and inspired by the experience and come out the other end more ambitious and determined  than ever before!

Not for my own personal benefit or recognition, but by what we, as a community can achieve together. I have met so many extraordinary people doing great things in our city who want to be part of its improvement. 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 10, 2011 - Development, News    Comments Off on Future Public Transport for Freo

Future Public Transport for Freo

An artists impression of what the Fremantle tram could look like

Last week, as part of my work on transport issues with (Greens) Senator Scott Ludlam, I conducted four public forums seeking community feedback on the State Government’s 20 year public transport plan for Perth (www.transport.wa.gov.au/ABOUT_P_PT_Plan2031.pdf).

On Thursday the final session was in Fremantle, with about 40 people participating. The key issues raised by participants were:

  • better intergration with bicycles
  • approaches to train stations be more pedestrian friendly
  • prioritise rail over roads
  • light rail rather than bus rapid transit for Fremantle region by 2020 (particularly to cope with Murdoch Activity Centre and Cockburn Coast) 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 22, 2011 - News    4 Comments

Fremantle Road to Rail Campaign – candidate survey

I thought I would share this broadly – my response to questions posed by the Road To Rail campaign

Hello,

I am writing to you on behalf of the Fremantle Road to Rail Campaign as part of our survey of local government candidates on the subject of increasing the percentage of freight that goes to Fremantle Port by rail.

Can you please tell us:

1. Are you concerned that the percentage of freight going to Fremantle Port by rail has decreased from 17% in 2007 to 11% in 2011 and is projected to be 8.5% in 2011-12? Read more »

Sep 22, 2011 - History    Comments Off on There’s no place like home

There’s no place like home

What makes a home?

For me it is history; memories embodied everywhere. Familiar faces, current friends or people from the distant past, knowing every shop, every street, every crevice – it all makes me feel like I belong.

I have been relishing this sense of home while on the campaign trail. It has been an unexpected treat to be knocking on the doors of neighbours whose children I once babysat, ‘adopted’ aunts and uncles, former teachers, friends of my parents, familiar names and faces. The support and enthusiasm I have received has filled me with renewed warmth and commitment to my community – that this is worth my time, my energy and the public scrutiny – to contribute further and serve the community that I love. Read more »

Sep 20, 2011 - News    3 Comments

BID for better business?

As a founding member of the Business Improvement Group of Northbridge (BIG N), participating on behalf of a local business, I have experience and a word of caution regarding the proposed Business Improvement District (BID).

The current pool of funds (approx $300,000) raised through the differential rate is a substantial amount of money available to invest in growing local business – I have run successful national marketing campaigns with less. However, as soon as you start talking about employing staff, setting up an office and so on, that money quickly disappears with nothing actually happening. Read more »

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