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6 February 2015

In this issue
  • Local government reform update
  • High Street Mall upgrade
  • Labour Day operating hours
  • Have your say
  • Fremantle train line closure
  • Fremantle Hospital emergency department now closed
  • Bunuru program begins
  • Upcoming road closures
  • Whats's on at Fremantle Arts centre
  • Buster the Fun Bus is back
  • What's on at the library
  • Heritage Festival applications open
  • Fremantle Arts Centre upgrade
  • New Come and Try program
  • Upcoming meetings

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Local government reform update

Local government reform update

On Wednesday 22 October 2014 the state government announced a new model for local governments in the Perth Metropolitan area. The effect is that from Wednesday 1 July 2015 the City of Fremantle will:

  • amalgamate with the Town of East Fremantle
  • expand to include Bicton and Palmyra (currently City of Melville), Hamilton Hill and part of North Coogee (currently City of Cockburn) and Rottnest Island
  • cede parts of O'Connor and Samson (east of Stock Road) to the City of Melville. 

Community polls asking ratepayers if they support amalgamations have been called in some areas that are affected by amalgamation (including the Town of East Fremantle and City of Cockburn) which will close this Saturday 7 February.

Following the results of these polls, the next steps of local government reform may be affected. We will continue to provide as much information and updates as it comes in on our local government reform page.

Freo Royale – Fringe in Fremantle Freo Royale – Fringe in Fremantle

Welcome the best of caberet, theatre, comedy, music and art during Freo Royale which is running until Sunday 15 February. 

The jewel in Freo Royale's crown is Kings Square Common, which is the hub of the festival complete with a pop–up bar, delicious food and markets (Be quick – it's only running until Sunday 8 February!). Find out more.

High Street Mall upgrade High Street Mall upgrade

As part of the High Street Mall revitalisation strategy, Fremantle Council has approved a $275k upgrade of the High Street Mall which will include new seats, bike racks, shading, bins, feature lighting and other improvements. 

The strategy is a collaborative effort between the City of Fremantle and local property owners to reinstate the mall as Fremantle's major shopping destination. Find out more.

Labour Day operating hours Labour Day public holiday operating hours

All City of Fremantle services will be closed on the Labour Day public holiday on Monday 4 March except for:

  • CBD Patrol & Liaison Officers (operating 9.00 am–5.00 pm)
  • Fremantle Arts Centre (open 10.00 am–5.00 pm)
  • Fremantle Leisure Centre (open 7.00 am–7.00 pm)
  • Fremantle Visitor Centre (open 10.00 am–4.00 pm)
  • waste will be collected as usual if your bins are normally collected on a Monday.
Have your say Have your say

The City is seeking public comments on the below: 

South Beach Basketball court
As part of our aim of improving its major play spaces, we are inviting comments on what you think about a basketball court at South Beach. Comments close Monday 9 February 2015. Find out more

Draft alfresco dining local law (no. 2) 2014
The proposed draft local law aims to regulate, control and manage alfresco dining areas in any public space within the district. Comments Close Wednesday 18 March 2015. Find out more

118 Stirling Highway, North Fremantle
The development application (DA0690/14) is proposing two story additions and alterations to existing single house and three storey mixed use development (office and multiple dwellings). Comments close Thursday 26 February 2015. Find out more

33 and 35 Snook Crescent and 40 Oldham Crescent, Hilton
The development application (DA0674/14) is proposing a residential building (19 units). Comments close Thursday 19 February 2015. Find out more

Economic development strategy 2015–29
We are currently developing a new economic development strategy for 2015 - 2029 that will build on the achievements of our award winning 2011–2015 strategy.

If you live or work in Fremantle, own or operate a business in Fremantle or represent a business organisation, you are an important stakeholder in the development of the economic development strategy 2015–2019 and we would like to hear your thoughts on the strategy. Comments close Monday 16 February 2015. Find out more.

Fremantle train line closure Fremantle train line closure

Fremantle Train line will be cancelled between Perth and Fremantle Stations from the evening of Friday 6 February until the last service Saturday 7 February 2015 for line works. The last services on Friday night will be:

  • departing Perth: 7.00 pm
  • departing Fremantle 7.31 pm. 

Train replacement bus Route 906 will operate while train services are cancelled. Services will resume with the start of timetabled services on Sunday 8 February 2015. Find out more.

Fremantle Hospital emergency department now closed Fremantle Hospital emergency department now closed

A reminder that Fiona Stanley Hospital's emergency department has now opened and Fremantle Hospital's emergency department has closed. 

Fremantle Hospital will continue to operate as a specialist hospital however your nearest emergency hospital department is Fiona Stanley Hospital. Find out more.

Bunuru program begins Bunuru program begins

The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre's Bunuru (February–March) program is now open for bookings. The popular cross cultural workshop is back and a new 'Walyalup Wander' has been added. You can also check out the Across Cultures Art and Nyoongar language classes. 

All workshops/classes are free however booking is essential. Contact the centre on 08 9430 7906, 08 9432 9680 or email Find out more.

Upcoming road closures Upcoming road closures

St Jerome's Laneway Festival
These roads will be closed from 5.00 pm Saturday 7 February until 6.00 am Monday 9 February. 

  • Marine Terrace (between Henry and Cliff Streets)
  • Mouat Street (between High Street and Marine Terrace)
  • Croke Street (between Henry and Cliff Streets). 

Contact Sunset Events on 08 9336 2837 or for more information. 

Market Street Piazza weekend closure trial
As part of a trial to transform Market Street into a 'pedestrians only zone' Market Street will be closed off to vehicular traffic every Friday at 5.00 pm to Sunday at 11.00 pm for these five consecutive weeks: 

  • Friday 27 March–Sunday 29 March
  • Friday 3 April–Sunday 6 April
  • Friday 10 April–Sunday12 April
  • Friday 17 April–Sunday 19 April
  • Friday 24 April–Sunday 26 April 

Find out more.

Fremantle Story

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  • Fringe Festival: Freo Royale
  • St. Jerome's Laneway Festival


Fremantle Arts centre What's on at Fremantle Arts centre

Soft Soft Loud featuring Tuomo Prättälä & Felix Zenger
Soft Soft Loud returns with an exclusive performance blending pop, soul and jazz with the finest classical virtuosity on Friday 27 February at Fremantle Arts Centre. Doors open 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start at the Inner Courtyard. Find out more

Ragnar Kjartansson's The End
Celebrated Icelandic contemporary artist Ragnar Kjartansson and his work will visit Australia for the first time as part of the 2015 Perth International Arts Festival. The exhibition opening night is Friday 13 February from 6.30 pm followed by the exhibition running from Saturday 14 February to Monday 6 April (open daily 10.00 am–5.00 pm). Find out more.

Buster the Fun Bus is back Buster the Fun Bus is back

Buster the Fun Bus is back for term 1, which runs every Tuesday–Friday until Thursday 2 April. 

Buster is a free parenting support service which operates throughout the Cities of Fremantle and Melville offering support, information and resources for young families. Find out more.

What_s on at the library

What's on at the library

Ray Glickman – Reality
Author, Ray Glickman will present his darkly entertaining first novel, Reality on Thursday 26 February from 12.30 to 1.30 pm at the Fremantle City Library. Refreshments provided. Bookings are essential. Find out more

Book and toy sale
Toy sale on Thursday 26 February, 10.00 am–12 noon at Hilton Community Centre (1/34 Paget Street, Hilton). Ex–toys from the toy library include: baby toys, bikes, ride–ons, puzzles, games and more. 

Book sale on Saturday 28 February, 9.30 am–4.30 pm at Fremantle City Library (8 William Street, Fremantle). Books include fiction, non–fiction, childrens' books, DVDs, large print and other languages.

Heritage Festival applications open

Heritage Festival applications open

Registrations are now open for the 2015 Heritage Festival and we already have some fantastic events in the pipeline! 

Whether you've been an event holder in the past or this is your first time being involved in the festival we would love to include events that celebrate Fremantle and/or heritage. Find out more.

Fremantle Arts Centre upgrade Fremantle Arts Centre upgrade

The City is embarking on an exciting project to heat and cool part of the Fremantle Arts Centre's galleries through a sustainable tri-generation system. The upgrade was made possible with funding from the Australian Government as part of the Community Energy Efficiency Program. 

Note: The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for any information or advise herein.

New Come and Try program New Come and Try program

The February/March program is now available featuring a series of free activities for over 55's including yoga, pottery, knitting and ipad/laptop classes. 

Bookings essential unless otherwise stated: contact 08 9432 9725 or email out more.

Meeting view 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 the Friday prior to the meeting date on the agenda and minutes page.

Library advisory committee
Wednesday 11 February in the committee room.

Special projects committee
Wednesday 11 February.

Strategic and general services committee
Wednesday 18 February. 

Ordinary council
Wednesday 25 February.

Planning services committee
Wednesday 4 March.

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