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Xmas Spirit
16 December 2013

In this issue
  • Merry Christmas from everyone at the City of Fremantle!
  • The future of Kings Square is revealed
  • Christmas holiday operating hours (and bin days)
  • Busting the myths of local government reform
  • Fremantle parking app now available
  • Fremantle Leisure Centre redevelopment update
  • Enjoy movies under the stars this summer!
  • Progress photo of Fremantle's world-class Esplanade Youth Plaza
  • Fremantle to get 'parklets'
  • A good news story to end the year!
  • Carols at the Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Upcoming meetings

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Santa Merry Christmas from everyone at the City of Fremantle!

City of Fremantle staff and elected members wish you and your family a safe and wonderful Christmas and new year. Thanks for your support in 2013. We look forward to a huge 2014 as Fremantle's revitalisation continues!

Kings Square

View of Verandah from Balcony

View of Library Water Court

The future of Kings Square is revealed

It's official. The winner of the Kings Square Architectural Competition is Kerry Hill Architects. The innovative design for a $45m, community, civic and retail hub in the centre of Fremantle got the nod over two other finalists from an expert independent jury.

The new facilities include civic and administration buildings along with a larger and better equipped library and visitor centre, community meeting rooms and newly designed public spaces. The centrepiece is a feature 'city lawn' which slopes gently upwards towards the heart of the new building.

The development will form part of the broader $220m Kings Square Project, one of the biggest new developments in Fremantle's history.

The design features of the winning concept, along with the two other shortlisted concepts, will be on public display at the former Myer building for the next two weeks. There will also be a public presentation by the architect this Thursday, 5.00 pm at the council chamber.

For more information view the media release.

City's administration building

Christmas holiday operating hours (and bin days)

reminder that all City services will be closed on Christmas Day (Wednesday 25 December), Boxing Day (Thursday 26 December) and New Years Day (Wednesday 1 January 2014) public holidays.

The City's administration building will close on Tuesday 24 December at 3.00 pm and reopen on Thursday 2 January 2014 at 8.00 am. The Fremantle City Library next to the administration building will be open in between the Christmas Day and New Years Day public holidays.

For changes to waste collection days and more visit Christmas holiday operating hours.


Busting the myths of local government reform

What will it really mean for you if your suburb moves into the City of Fremantle as a result of council boundary changes? You've probably heard the myths, rumours and wild speculation surrounding this process – the City is now setting about to set the record straight and give you some facts, you might have already seen the newspaper ads?

Visit local government reform for more information.

Parking App Fremantle parking app now available

You can now find the best parking spots in Fremantle with the simple and easy to use Fremantle parking app for iPhone.

The app shows you where to find major car parks as well as on-street/off-street parking in the CBD, hourly rates, opening hours and photos of each location.
The car park locator tool will help you find the car park with the most bays or cheapest rates nearest you and give you directions to the car park.

Download it from the Apple app store today.

Leisure Centre Fremantle Leisure Centre redevelopment update

The question everyone wants to know is – when will the Fremantle Leisure Centre be re-opening.? At this stage we can't provide you with a firm date, however it is looking like sometime in March.

The swimming pool upgrade had a couple of unexpected issues but the access ramps for both pools have now been installed. The 25 metre and playground pools have passed the hydrostatic testing to ensure there are no leaks and tiling has recently commenced on the 25 metre and playground pools.

A reminder the leisure centre gym is still in operation and South Fremantle pool is open for community use. The pool is located in Anne Street, Beaconsfield.

For more information visit Leisure Centre news.

Enjoy movies under the stars this summer!

Bring the entire family down to Kings Square in Fremantle to enjoy family-friendly movies while the weather is beautiful and warm. Pack a picnic, bring rugs, bean bags, low lying chairs or cushions to sit on.

The next movie is Oz the Great and Powerful on Saturday 18 January 2014.

For a list of movies on offer this summer visit movies in the square or call 9432 9999.

Esplanade Youth Plaza Progress photo of Fremantle's world-class Esplanade Youth Plaza

Work is progressing on schedule for Freo's multi-purpose Esplanade Youth Plaza.

It will be much more than just WA's premier skate park with features including a leafy promenade style footpath linking to Fishing Boat Harbour, BBQ facilities, ping pong tables, enhanced lighting and 2,500sqm of landscaping including over 30 new trees. It will even be home to WA's first outdoor parkour park!

Over the Christmas break construction at the site will halt from 20 December and will recommence on January 2014. The site fences will be temporarily shifted to open up 30–35 additional car bays at the Esplanade car park. View the photos on the City's Facebook page.

Parklet Fremantle to get 'parklets'

Council has adopted a parklet policy as a way of enhancing the amenity of the city and to encourage temporary, well designed and functional parklets in public spaces.

Parklets extend the sidewalk for the length of the parklet and can include elements such as benches, tables and chairs, trees, greenery, umbrellas, bike racks, art and other elements that reflect the unique character of the neighbourhood. They can also be used for alfresco dining!

Kity A good news story to end the year!

This cute little ball of fur was found alone and scared by City of Fremantle Rangers Teigan and Andrea at South Beach a few weeks ago.

They rescued 'Southie', who is currently living with Andrea.

Andrea has told us that Southie has started on solid foods after being bottle fed since he/she was found. (It's too early to determine Southie's sex yet). Southie also has a new home to go to when he/she gets a bit bigger and stronger

As Christmas approaches it's a timely reminder that pets are for life. Every year countless unwanted cats and dogs are abandoned, this peaks after Christmas.

Many of these abandoned animals are found by City of Fremantle Rangers. They are alone, scared and hungry.  If you're thinking of getting or giving a pet as a gift for Christmas, please remember that owning a pet is a long-term responsibility

Well done to Teigan and Andrea for rescuing Southie. Our rangers often go above and beyond and this is just one example of that!


Carols at Fremantle Arts Centre

City of Fremantle presents a spirited Christmas celebration for the whole family at Fremantle Arts Centre. WA's best loved jazz outfit, the Libby Hammer Quintet, returns with Arcadian Voices to lead you through a Christmas carols sing-along spectacular.

For more information visit candlelight carols.

Meeting Upcoming meetings

All below meetings begin at 6.00 pm at the council chambers unless otherwise stated. To access the meeting after hours, take the curved staircase opposite the old Myer building near the children's playground in Kings Square.

For special access needs phone 08 9432 9830 during office hours. Agenda will be available closer to the meeting date on the agenda and minutes page.

Ordinary council meeting
Wednesday 18 December

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