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9 May 2014

In this issue
  • Historic Fremantle Warders' Cottages to be restored
  • History making Heritage Festival
  • Ever wanted to change Freo? Here's your chance
  • What should a council website look like?
  • Changes to Fremantle's parking policy
  • New play area at Bruce Lee Reserve
  • Proposed plastic bag reduction local law 2014
  • Jones Street business plan – new council depot
  • Toddler tales at the library
  • What's on at the Fremantle Aboriginal Cultural Centre
  • Too Dark for The Light Horse exhibition
  • Aboriginal heritage site tour exhibition
  • Seen the new recycling bins around town?
  • Green your garden with subsidised plants
  • The Meeting Place term 2 enrolments open
  • New Samson Park fitness equipment
  • Free Wheeling Fremantle bikes arrive
  • Free legal advice in May
  • Upcoming road closures in the CBD
  • WA Day public holiday operating hours
  • Upcoming meetings

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Cottages Historic Fremantle Warders' Cottages to be restored

The City has welcomed the state government's announcement this week which will result in Fremantle's 150 year old Henderson Street Warders' Cottages benefiting from conservation and maintenance work after remaining unused and derelict since 2011.

The revitalisation will be funded by a $4m state government Heritage Revolving Fund, of which $2m has been allocated specifically to the cottages' restoration. View the media release.

Heritage Festival History making Heritage Festival

Quirky and feisty, intriguing and surprising. The Fremantle Heritage Festival delves into the past to explore all the colour and intrigue that makes Fremantle so special.

Running from Friday 9 to Sunday 18 May, the festival offers a variety of exhibitions, tours and performances including a vintage motorcycle display, antique treasure show, tours of the Fremantle Prison, Fremantle Arts Centre and Aboriginal Heritage sites; Fremantle club crawl, afternoon tea dance, Eisteddfod, history quiz night and much more!

View the program at Fremantle Story.

Ever wanted to change Freo? Here's your chance

Don't let your thoughts go unheard. Have your say on the community engagement page and help Freo become the city you want it to be. Some of the current initiatives open for comment include:

Council website

What should a council website look like?

The City is developing a new website (www.fremantle.wa.gov.au) and we want you to tell us what features and information you think it should have to make it practical and easy for you to use.

Even if you've never been to the current website you can still provide us with valuable information to build the new one. Just a few minutes of your time filling in the survey will help us create a website that works for you. Complete the survey now.

Parking

Changes to Fremantle's parking policy

We're planning to make some changes to our parking policy and want some feedback from residents, business owners, workers and visitors of Fremantle.

The policy will be available for comment soon but you can register your email now and receive notification when it opens. Visit the parking policy page.

Bruce Lee Recerve

New play area at Bruce Lee Reserve

A new playground is on the cards and we'd like to hear your ideas for creating something new and exciting for the community at Bruce Lee Reserve. Visit the Bruce Lee Reserve page.

Plastic bags

Proposed plastic bag reduction local law 2014

The City is proposing a new local law that will help reduce the use of plastic shopping bags and we want to hear what you think. The local law will prohibit retailers from providing single use, non-biodegradable plastic shopping bags. Comments close Friday 23 May 2014. Visit the plastic bag local law page.

Jones street

Jones Street business plan – new council depot

The City is looking for comments on our proposal to purchase 2 Jones Street, O'Connor from Tarwarri Holdings PTY Ltd. The draft business plan on the proposal will allow us to redevelop and relocate the City of Fremantle depot to the site. Comments close Friday 23 May 2014, 5.00 pm. Visit the Jones Street business plan page.

Fremantle Story

The best website to discover what's happening in Fremantle.

Upcoming:

  • 2014 Fremantle Heritage Festival
  • Arthur Grady Day
  • Fresh of the press

Visit www.fremantlestory.com.au.

Toddlers library Toddler tales at the library

Let their imaginations run wild as the story time program for children ages 18 to 30 months continues this month at the library.

Spaces are still available for the program which runs for nine weeks during term 2, on Monday and Tuesdays from 9.30 am. Bring your toddlers down for finger rhymes, songs and intriguing stories. Booking essential – call 08 9432 9766.   

What's on at the Fremantle Aboriginal Cultural Centre

The centre is now open running a series of courses, workshops and exhibitions including learning the local lingo at Nyoongar language classes, art classes, crafting Aboriginal mosaic classes and stimulating thinking on health and wellbeing through art creation. Check out these upcoming events:

Too Dark for The Light Horse exhibition

Explore the contribution made by Aboriginal Australians during the First and Second World Wars as the Djeran program continues at the Fremantle Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

Aboriginal heritage site tour exhibition

Hop on the bus and enjoy a free tour of Fremantle's Aboriginal heritage sites in the company of Aboriginal guides and elders on Saturday 10 May between 8.30 am and 3.00 pm. The tour will visit sites at Port Coogee, Point Walter and the Fremantle Aboriginal Cultural Centre as part of Reconciliation Week. Pick-ups are from Melville, Fremantle and Cockburn. Bookings are essential – contact 08 9432 9999. View more information on the Fremantle Aboriginal Cultural Centre on the Arthur's Head page.

Bin

Seen the new recycling bins around town?

You may have noticed brand new bins popping up around the city, but don't worry, you're eyes aren't playing tricks on you.......they are the new public place recycling bins!

The new bins, part of the City's public place recycling program, are designed to take 'recycling only' waste including glass, paper and cardboard, plastic, metal tins and aluminium cans. Still unsure what waste to put in the bins? Just check the colourful stickers on the side of the bins to see if it belongs! Visit the one planet – zero waste page.

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Plants

Green your garden with subsidised plants

As part of the City's commitment to saving water, increasing biodiversity and verge beautification, the City and APACE Nursery are offering City of Fremantle residents native plants for their private property at the subsidised price of $1.50 per tube. 

Simply visit the green your garden page, print off the voucher and bring it in to APACE Nursery at 1 Johannah Street, North Fremantle.

The Meeting Place

The Meeting Place term 2 enrolments open

Term 2 enrolments are now open for a range of exciting courses and classes. Enroll to be a part of Fremantle Hospital plan talks, free hearing checks, unlocking Fremantle's history and understanding your child's pain. Non–members can enroll from 30 April and enrolments close Friday 9 May. Download the term 2 program from The Meeting Place page.

Fitness equipment New Samson Park fitness equipment

Want to get fit but sweaty gyms not for you? Then why not come down to Samson Park and check out your new permanent fitness equipment!

Bike Free Wheeling Fremantle bikes arrive

A new shipment of vintage–style bicycles have arrived at the Fremantle Visitor Centre, ready to be taken for a ride around the port city! Bicycles are free to hire but some conditions apply. View the Free–wheeling Fremantle bike free bike hire brochure.

Legal advice Free legal advice in May

The Fremantle Community Legal Centre along with local lawyers are offering FREE one–on–one legal advice on Wednesday 14 May between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm at Kings Square.

Areas covered include family law (children and property settlements), tenancy, debts, consumer law, VROs and minor civil matters. First come first serve, however we encourage you to register beforehand by calling 08 9432 9790.
Visit the Fremantle Community Legal Centre page.

Road works

Upcoming road closures in the CBD

Road closures in some parts of the CBD will be in effect on Tuesday May 13 from 8.00 pm during the annual Portuguese Procession.

The parade will exit St Patrick's Basilica and make its way in a circle back to the church through Adelaide Street, Point Street, Cantonment Street, Queen Street, High Street and Josephson Street.

Long weekend

WA Day public holiday operating hours

All City of Fremantle services will be closed on the Western Australia Day public holiday on Monday 2 June except for:

  • Fremantle Arts Centre (open 10.00 am–5.00 pm)
  • Fremantle Leisure Centre (open 7.00 am–5.00 pm)
  • Fremantle Visitor Centre (open 10.00 am–4.00 pm)
  • residential waste will be collected as usual if your bins are normally collected on a Monday.
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 14 May, 5.30 pm at the committee room

Strategic and general services committee
Wednesday 14 May

Planning services committee
Wednesday 21 May

Ordinary council
Wednesday 28 May

Planning services committee meeting
Wednesday 4 June

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