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6 September 2013

In this issue
  • Fremantle Forever fighting for sensible council reform
  • Leisure centre redevelopment update
  • Go Dockers!
  • Junk and whitegoods collection starts next week
  • Kings Square design competition now open
  • Customer service centre now open Saturdays
  • Students build nest boxes for wildlife
  • East Street traffic calming proposal
  • Josh's House open day this Sunday
  • Fremantle War Memorial – we need your help
  • At the library this month
  • Wildflower walk at Samson Park
  • Booyeembara Park playground unveiled
  • What's on at The Meeting Place (TMP)
  • Australia's biggest garage sale
  • Upcoming meetings

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Fremantle Forever Fremantle Forever fighting for sensible council reform

A large crowd of about 1100 people turned out last Sunday at Fremantle Arts Centre to say no to the compulsory merger between the Cities of Fremantle and Melville and yes to sensible council reform. 

The free event–which included a concert by local artists Lucky Oceans and the Big Old Bears–was organised by community group, Fremantle Forever, who are working with the City to bring about sensible council reform. 

The City now has until Friday 4 October 2013 to respond to the decision by the state government to merge Fremantle and East Fremantle with Melville and to put in its preferred boundary submission. 

For more information and how you can have your say visit the Fremantle Forever web page.

You can also view and like the Fremantle Forever Facebook page.

Leisure centr Leisure centre redevelopment update

Construction of a geothermal bore at the Fremantle Leisure Centre has been completed on schedule, with the results exceeding expectations in terms of water temperature and therefore in the amount of geothermal heat energy recoverable.

The installation forms part of a broader $5m project to upgrade the Fremantle Leisure Centre. New disability access ramps, pool re-tiling and a new concourse are some of the other important upgrades being made to the pools and adjacent areas.

The project remains on schedule for completion by early 2014.

View the latest media release.

Go Dockers Go Dockers!

Congratulations to our all-conquering AFL footy team, the Fremantle Dockers, who have had a great season and will be part of the AFL finals starting this weekend.

As a show of support, the City of Fremantle and the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce have teamed up with local businesses to paint the town purple!

Is this the year the AFL premiership cup can be paraded down South Terrace?  We certainly hope so!

Junk and Whitegoods Junk and whitegoods collection starts next week

Area A (Fremantle, North Fremantle, O'Connor and White Gum Valley) will be collected from Monday 9 September and Area B (Beaconsfield, South Fremantle, Hilton and Samson) collected from Monday 23 September.

For more information visit household waste and recycling.

Tawn Hall Kings Square design competition now open

The City's Kings Square project has hit an exciting new milestone with the official launch of the Kings Square architectural design competition. 

The competition is open to Australian-registered architects who are invited to submit design concepts for assessment by an expert panel. The winning architect will be commissioned to work with the City and developers to construct $70m worth of new facilities in Kings Square.

Some of the new public facilities will include:

  • a new public library
  • an urban room
  • new visitor centre
  • café and specialty retail
  • redesigned public open place within Kings Square and surrounding areas.

For more information visit the Kings Square competition website.

Customer Service Customer service centre now open Saturdays

You've told us you wanted it, so as a trial starting Saturday 14 September, the City will be opening the customer service centre (Town Hall Admin building) on Saturday mornings.

The centre will open from 9.30 am until 12.30 pm and will provide a full cashier service, animal registration and acceptance of development applications and building permit applications. The trial will continue until Saturday 30 November 2013 after which a decision will be made whether to continue on a more permanent basis.

Students build nest boxes for wildlife

Students build nest boxes for wildlife

Congratulations to the Samson Primary School students who constructed nest boxes for native wildlife during a two–day workshop at Sir Fredrick Samson Park. 

Simon Cherriman and Gill Basnett as well as the Conservation Volunteers of Australia facilitated the workshops held in July.

East Freo East Street traffic calming proposal

The City of Fremantle and the Town of East Fremantle have been working together on a proposal to change the appearance of East Street for traffic calming purposes. With the help of the local community, the two neighbouring councils have prepared a concept to gauge community feedback on the proposal. 

To view the proposal, visit East Street traffic calming proposal.

Josh's House Josh's House open day this Sunday

As part of the national Sustainable House Day program, well-known media identity and Fremantle local, Josh Byrne, will be throwing open the doors to his 10 star sustainable house for people to see the project first hand.

Starting at 10.00 am this Sunday 8 September at Grigg Place, Hilton, the community is invited to take a self-guided tour of Josh's brand new House. Throughout the day there will be expert talks, information stalls, as well as food, drinks and entertainment.

For more information visit Josh's house.

Fremantle War Memorial Fremantle War Memorial – we need your help

The City is commemorating Fremantle's fallen soldiers from WWI with a new war memorial to be unveiled at the ANZAC centenary commemorations in 2015.

We are now asking our community to check the list of names to ensure your loved ones are included on the memorial. Check the list online or in person at the customer service centre.

Visit Fremantle War Memorial for details.

Michael Robotham At the library this month

Acclaimed Australian author Michael Robotham will be in conversation with William Yeoman on Wednesday 11 September, 6.30 pm for a 7.00 pm start at the Fremantle Town Hall. 

Michael has been shortlisted for the UK Steel Dagger and has twice won the Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel. If you would like to attend call 9432 9766 or email Fremantle City Library.

Wildflower Wildflower walk at Samson Park

It's now spring which means its Western Australia's wildflower season!

On Sunday 15 September, from 10.00 am, come and join the Wildflower Society on a free guided walk of Samson park to seek out Swan River Myrtle, Catspaws, Cowslip Orchids,  Native Wisteria, Old Man's Beard and more.

Meeting point is at the northern end near the noticeboard on Sellenger Avenue, Samson.

Booyeembara Park Booyeembara Park playground unveiled

The City and the Booyeembara Park Working Group are delighted to present the new Booyeembara Park playground which was unveiled last month. The unique playground design includes a five–way swing, 'tubano drums' and 'eye chimes'. 

For more information visit the news and media page.

Meeting Place What's on at The Meeting Place (TMP)

The TMP Hive

Ditch isolation and enjoy the benefits of collaboration at TMP Hive! The Meeting Place will be opening its doors to all those Fremantle entrepreneurs wanting to work alone, together, for a collaborative co-working session in term 3, 13 September 2013, from 12.30–5.00 pm.

For more information and to enrol visit The Meeting Place page on the City's website

Garage sale Australia's biggest garage sale

The City of Fremantle is proudly supporting Garage Sale Trail, a national community program which promotes positive community connections and provides a novel way for residents to reduce waste, make money and fundraise. 

Whether you're looking for some retro bargains, want to de-clutter, or just to get to know the neighbours, Garage Sale Trail is for you. 

This year's Garage Sale Trail will take place on Saturday 26 October 2013 and registrations are now open, and completely free. 

For more information and to register your interest visit Garage Sail Trail.

Upcoming meetings 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 King's 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.

Strategic and general services committee
Wednesday 11 September

Special council meeting to discuss local government reform 
Monday 16 September
From 7.30 pm at the council chambers

Planning services committee
Wednesday 18 September

Ordinary council meeting
Wednesday 25 September

Planning services committee (final prior to election)
Wednesday 2 October

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