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10 March 2015

In this issue
  • Freo's bold 15 year vision released
  • Solar farm approved for Freo
  • Beach Street Reserve public artwork
  • Fly by Night remains in heart of Freo
  • Evan Davies Building expression of interest
  • Strategic plan update
  • Upcoming road closures
  • Ngala Maya Festival
  • Upcoming public information sessions
  • Harvey Beach river wall repair
  • Leighton Beach kiosk and changeroom upgrade
  • New developments in Freo
  • Keep it Real premiere
  • Late night trains to continue
  • Free passes to museum for over 55s
  • Bike Week 2015
  • What's on at the library
  • Concerts at Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Ecological electroswing at The Meeting Place
  • 2014–15 rates fourth instalment due
  • New security lighting at Davis Park
  • Upcoming meetings

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Freo_s bold 15 year vision released Freo's bold 15 year vision released

Details of a bold new vision for Fremantle have been released. Freo 2029 Transformational Moves captures five key 'transformational moves' set to shape the city's future direction and affirm Fremantle's status as WA's undisputed second city. 

Drawing on extensive feedback gained from the Fremantle 2029 Community Visioning Project, some of the projects include: 

  • a new public square outside the Fremantle Rail Station
  • major redevelopment of Victoria Quay
  • an expansion of Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour
  • a light rail system to link Fremantle and surrounding areas
  • utilising the heritage-listed Fremantle Traffic Bridge as a pedestrian/bicycle bridge with a new traffic bridge built for vehicles
  • a new high-density residential development on Queen Victoria Street
  • extensive redevelopment of the Fremantle Oval precinct including the provision of high quality affordable housing
  • implementation of the $220m Kings Square Project to transform the city centre. 

Public presentation

Tuesday 10 March, 7.30–9.00 pm in the City of Fremantle Reception Room. 

Find out more.

Solar farm approved for Freo Solar farm approved for Freo

Fremantle Council has approved a 12 month exclusivity period to leading global renewable energy company First Solar, whose proposal to construct and operate a large scale solar farm at the former South Fremantle landfill site was selected from ten submissions received by the City.

First Solar will now work on regulatory approval matters and seek a customer(s) for a power purchasing agreement. The City will continue to work and provide support for First Solar throughout the period. Find out more.

Beach Street Reserve public artwork Beach Street Reserve public artwork

We're looking for tender submissions for a permanent high quality artwork at Beach Street Reserve. Proposed artwork should be innovative in form or content and highlight Fremantle as a creative city. Tender closes 2.00 pm Friday 13 March 2015. Find out more

Fly by Night remains in heart of Freo Fly by Night remains in heart of Freo

Iconic Fremantle institution, the Fly by Night Club will continue to serve the local music scene after the City of Fremantle Strategic and General Services Committee unanimously supported a short–term lease to the club at the city-owned Victoria Hall.

The lease agreement will enable the 'Fly' to continue its 28 year tenancy in Fremantle until at least 2017. Find out more.

Evan Davies Building expression of interest Evan Davies Building expression of interest

The City is seeking proposals for the commercial lease of the iconic Evan Davies Building (Level 1, 13 South Terrace, Fremantle). The building sits in the heart of the cappuccino strip and includes a bar, stage, DJ box, open function space, office, male/female toilets, kitchen and a large balcony. 

Proposals should include how it will add value to Fremantle and the community as well as demonstrate strong financial viability and a solid business plan. Proposals close Wednesday 8 April. Find out more.

Strategic plan update Strategic plan update

There have been a lot of things happening around Fremantle such as the High Street Mall revitalisation plan, former Kim Beazley School site development, plastic bag local law and the parking review which you can read in our strategic plan update 2010–15 half–year update.

The strategic plan is our overall vision for 'Fremantle to be recognised as a unique city of cultural and economic significance' and provides the groundwork for the next step of the city's revitalisation identified in the Freo 2029 Transformational Moves document. Find out more.

Upcoming road closures Upcoming road closures

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 until 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.

2015 Street Arts Festival

These roads will be closed on Saturday 4 (7.30 am–7.00 pm), Sunday 5 (7.30 am–10.00 pm) and Monday 6 April (7.30 am–7.00 pm):

  • South Terrace (between Market and Norfolk Street)
  • Market Street (between Nairn and Cantonment Street)
  • Bannister Street (between Pakenham and Market Street)
  • Essex Street (between Norfolk Lane and South Terrace)

These roads will be closed on Monday 6 April (7.30 am–7.00 pm):

  • High Street (between Market and Pakenham Street)
  • High Street (between Pakenham and Henry Street as well as Henry and Mouat Street).

We recommend people to use public or alternative transport however for those driving in we advise using these carriageways through the city centre:

  • Parry Street
  • Norfolk Street
  • Marine Terrace
  • Phillimore Street

Find out more.

Sets on the Beach

Motorists will have limited access to the car park south of Salt on the Beach and Port Beach from Friday 20 to Tuesday 24 March.

Woodside Tour De Perth

Various roads in the CBD will be closed during the race on Thursday 26 March from 12 noon to 10.00 pm. Download the map.

Corporate Sports Triathlon

Marine Terrace from Cliff Street to Douro Road will below closed from 5.00 to 10.00 am on Sunday 29 March.

Ngala Maya Festival Ngala Maya Festival

Bring your family and friends down to Booyeembara Park on Sunday 15 March to celebrate and rediscover this fantastic park. The festival runs from 4.00 to 8.00 pm and features traditional dances, food stalls, mini golf, cultural cookup and cool tunes from Spinafex. This is an alcohol–free event. Find out more.

Upcoming public information sessions
Green plan community forum

Green plan community forum

You're invited to contribute your feedback and ideas for a new green plan for Fremantle at an interactive forum on Monday 23 March, from 6.00 to 8.00 pm in the City of Fremantle Reception Room (8 William Street. Enter via the white staircase near the playground in Kings Square).

Find out more.

Proposed Cantonment Hill lease

The City is holding a public information session on Tuesday 24 March for the proposed lease between the City of Fremantle and Fremantle Volunteer Sea rescue. The session runs from 5.30 to 7.00 pm in the council chambers (8 William Street. Enter via the white staircase near the playground in Kings Square).

Harvey Beach River wall repair Harvey Beach river wall repair

Works have begun to repair the wall at Harvey Beach and is expected to be completed by the end of March. Harvey Beach will be closed to the public while the works are carried out.

Leighton Beach kiosk and changeroom upgrade Leighton Beach kiosk and changeroom upgrade

CPD Group has been appointed (via tender) to build the new Leighton Beach change rooms and kiosk for a total cost of ~$1.8m.

The project is the next stage of the redevelopment that commenced in 2010 to renew and revitalise the facilities at Leighton Beach.

The works begin this week and are expected to be completed within eight months. Portable toilets and showers are available for the duration of the works. Find out more.

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New developments in Freo New developments in Freo

The trucks (and soon the cranes) have rolled into Pakenham Street as the construction of Sirona Capital's new $30m Fremantle Quest Apartment Hotel begins. The hotel is expected to open early 2016.

Also on the hotel front, the land for the new Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at Point Street has been cleared with construction to begin soon. The hotel is expected to open in 2017.

In the east end, the QV11 apartments located at 11 Queen Victoria Street are on track for completion mid–2015. Find out more.

Keep it real Keep it Real premiere

The premiere of the music video 'Keep it Real' will be launched this Wednesday 11 March, 12.30–1.00 pm at Winterfold Primary School Library. The premiere forms part of a series of film and hip hop workshops for young Aboriginal people living in Fremantle.

The City of Fremantle project is one of 17 consultations undertaken in late 2014 throughout the state on behalf of the Commissioner for Children and Young People with the music video capturing the responses to many of the issues explored throughout the workshops. The responses were then articulated into a message for the commissioner. Find out more.

Late night trains to continue

Late night trains to continue

Transport Minister, Dean Nalder has reversed the decision to cancel late night train services which would have affected those using the Fremantle Train Line. Check the Transperth website for the late night train schedule. Find out more.

Free passes to museum for over 55s

Free passes to museum for over 55s

The City's Come and Try program for over 55s has some free passes up for grabs to the Army Museum of Western Australia!  The museum has five galleries and a static display of vehicles and other military hardware.

The free passes are for Thursday 26 November between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm. The museum is located at the Artillery Barracks, Burt Street Fremantle. Find out more.

Bike Week 2015 Bike Week 2015

Bike related fun for all ages and style of riders will be running throughout Bike Week from Saturday 14 and Sunday 22 March including:

  • Smart(er) Rider (Saturday 14–Saturday 28 March),
  • Pimp Your Ride (Saturday 14 March),
  • Ride to Work Breakfast (Tuesday 17 March),
  • The Ride–ins (Saturday 21 March) and Freo Art Ride (Saturday 21 March).

Find out more.

What's on at the library
What_s on at the library

Author talk: Dr Helen Street

Find out how you can help your children develop a lifelong love of learning at Dr Helen Street's author talk on Tuesday 31 March between 11.30 am and 1.00 pm at the Fremantle City Library. Dr Street is a consultant psychologist, honourary research fellow at UWA, director of Wellbeing Australia and co–creator of the National Australian Positive Schools initiative.  Find out more.

Fremantle History Centre photographic collection

The Fremantle History Centre's (FHC) photographic collection is now available to view through the National Library of Australia. The FHC 's photographs provide a historical snapshot of the development of a 19th century port city in Australia across 180 years including the architectural, social and economic history. Find out more.

Concerts at Fremantle Arts Centre
Concerts at Fremantle Arts Centre

Mathas, Rokwell & Groom, Joni in the Moon, Catlips & Live Percussion

Four of WA's leading electronic and hip hop performers are bringing the beats to Fremantle Arts Centre Inner Courtyard  on Saturday 21 March from 6.00 to 10.00 pm. Find out more.

WAAPA Direct: Music Theatre & Big Band

WAAPA Direct returns for a special one–off performance on Friday 27 March at Fremantle Arts Centre front garden. Doors open 6.00 pm for a 7.00 pm performance. Find out more.

Ecological electroswing at The Meeting Place Ecological electroswing at The Meeting Place

Join the open door event with Charlie Mgee of the Formidable Vegetable Sound System on Sunday 22 March from 4.30 to 6.30 pm at The Meeting Place (245 South Terrace, South Fremantle). Hot off a world tour, Charlie will be performing songs on ukulele from his critically acclaimed album, Permaculture: A Rhymer's Manual. BYO picnic. Find out more.

2013–15 rates fourth instalment due 2014–15 rates fourth instalment due

The fourth instalment of the 2014–15 rate assessment is due Thursday 19 March 2015 if you have elected this option. Payment should be made via any of the methods stated on the previously issued fourth instalment reminder notice. Find out more.

New security lighting at Davis Park New security lighting at Davis Park

The City has been successful in its application for a $20k grant from the Western Australia Police Crime Prevention fund which will go towards the installation of laneway lighting around Davis Park, Beaconsfield.

Davis Park is one of the priority projects for the South West Metropolitan Partnership Forum (SWMPF) and the City is an active partner in this project. The installation of the lights will begin in the next couple of weeks. Find 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.

Special projects committee
Wednesday 11 March 

Strategic and general services committee
Wednesday 18 March

Ordinary council
Wednesday 25 March

Planning services committee
Wednesday 1 April

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