I look forward to working hard over the next four years with the community as Fremantle goes through this important and exciting time of growth and change. I would like to express my deepest thanks to everyone who put their faith in me. Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Freo 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 »
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 »
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 »
I thought I would share this broadly – my response to questions posed by the Road To Rail campaign
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 »
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 »