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7 August 2014

In this issue
  • New car share trial for Fremantle
  • Have you received your rates notice?
  • Remembering Fremantle's 849
  • Port city revitalisation efforts showcased
  • Leisure centre wins international environmental award
  • Fremantle Volunteer Service recognised
  • The Meeting Place term 3 winter program
  • Sayonara (goodbye) from Fremantle!
  • Djilba program
  • Bulk waste bins available this weekend
  • Mayors declare peace with Gingko Biloba seeds
  • Council adopts dog exercise area policy
  • New look Valley Park opens today!
  • The 'lost' Skinner Street cemetery revival
  • New round of exhibitions at Fremantle Arts Centre
  • An evening with Bob Brown
  • Author talk with Lynne Leonhardt
  • Upcoming meetings

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Car Share

Car share trial for Fremantle

Council has approved an initial two year car share trial to promote an increase in the uptake of car sharing options and facilitation of car share operators across the city. The City will now undertake work to enable a fleet of at least 50 viable car share vehicles in the area by 2020.
Visit the from the council chambers enewsletter.

Have you received your rates notice?

A reminder that the full payment or first instalment of your 2014–15 rates notice is due by 3.00 pm, Monday 25 August. Please contact the City on 08 9432 9999 or if you have not received your rates notice yet.

Visit e–services to pay your rates notice online.

Anzac Remembering Fremantle's 849

As part of the City of Fremantle 849 Project to remember the 849 soldiers who died during WWI, a dedicated website will be launched on Monday 11 August to commemorate the ANZAC centenary. The website will list the City's centenary events as well as include the names of the 849 soldiers and registration details for relatives/volunteers to get involved.

Visit (note: website will be available from Monday 11 August).

Photo: WWI troop ship. The P&O ship Ballarat I was launched on 23 September 1911 and made her maiden voyage to Australia 1 November 1911. In 1914 the ship was requisitioned for troops from India and the Australian Expeditionary Forces.

Fremantle Library History Centre No. 3398

Port city revitalisation efforts showcased

The City's urban renewal and revitalisation initiatives have taken centre stage again during the recent Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) state conference which included Fremantle as part of its walking tours.

The tour, which was hosted by the City, showcased the city's distinctive character to conference delegates and took them to various key sites including Kings Square, Arthur's Head, Fremantle Youth Plaza, and the rooftop of the National Hotel.

The conference theme was 'from spaces to places', and the inclusion of Fremantle in the conference walking tours is further evidence that the City's revitalisation efforts are on the right track. The City also recently received recognition from industry peers at the PIA organised Australian Awards for Urban Design. Visit the PIA website.

Leisure centre wins international environmental award

Well done to the team behind the Fremantle Leisure Centre major upgrade who won the Most Environmental Friendly Project award at the 4th annual SPLASH! Environmental Awards. The awards are only one of two international environmental awards for the swimming pool industry.

The upgrade was recognised for its groundbreaking heating project (the first of its kind in Australia), which combines a geothermal heat pump and cogeneration system to warm the pools' water. The new heating system is anticipated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 250 tonnes each year – a reduction of about 25%.

Fremantle Volunteer Service recognised

Congratulations goes out to Emmaline (right of photo) and her team at the Fremantle Volunteer Service for their Certificate of Appreciation from Lifeline. The service was presented with the award for their continual support in facilitating volunteers to join the 13 11 14 service.

The Meeting Place term 3 winter program

Enrolments for term 3 are still open at The Meeting Place. This term's course focus is on the environment but also offers courses on languages (French, Italian and Spanish), painting and creative courses and cake decorating classes and demonstrations.

Download the full course program from The Meeting Place page.

Student exchange

Sayonara (goodbye) from Fremantle!

After two weeks immersing themselves with what it's like to be a student in Fremantle, Japanese exchange students Manami Kashiwagi and Natsumi Matsui will say 'sayonara, mate' and fly back to their home in Yokosuka, Japan today.

The girls were over as part of the City's Sister City program which included a collection of survey responses on residential waste management which they will use for their studies. The exchange student program between Fremantle and our Sister City, Yokosuka (Japan) is now in its fifth year. The program aims to give these lucky students a unique education and cultural experience.

Aboriganal flag

Djilba program

Throughout Djilba (the Nyoongar season between August and September) the Aboriginal Cultural Centre (ACC) at 12 Captain's Lane, Arthur's Head will be running a series of free activities.

Some of the activities include: Aboriginal art and artefact exhibition, Manjaree Trail guided tours, rhythm and beats for over 55s and cultural culinary tour.

Visit the ACC page.

Fremantle Story

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


  • The Fremantle Comedy Factory
  • The Newport Hotel Record Club


Bulk waste Bulk waste bins available this weekend

Bulk waste bins will be available to residents on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm at the Montreal Street depot. The service is restricted to the equivalent of one 6x4 trailer load per domestic property. Waste from commercial/industrial properties or building material will not be accepted.

Visit the bulk and green waste collection page.

Ginko seeds

Mayors declare peace with Gingko Biloba seeds

As part of the Mayors for Peace program, Hiroshima Mayor, Tadatoshi Akiba has presented the City of Fremantle with 20 Gingko biloba seeds from the mother tree that was burnt but survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima during WWII. The seeds were presented as a symbol for our hope and the courage to live in a world free of nuclear weapons with the realisation of eternal world peace.

The City of Fremantle will now partner with the City of South Perth Nursery and another nursery to grow the seeds for at least two years until they are large enough to be planted at Peace Grove (located at Dick Lawrence Reserve, Beaconsfield). Peace Grove was established during the International Year of Peace in 1986 to commemorate the City participating in World Nuclear Free Zone Day.

Gingko biloba is considered the oldest living tree on the planet, dating back to prehistoric dinosaur times and survived the Ice Age when most living creatures perished.


Council adopts dog exercise area policy

Council has adopted the City of Fremantle Dog Exercise and Prohibited Areas Policy which reaffirms the City's exercise and dog prohibited areas as listed in the City of Fremantle Local Law Relating to Dogs. The only change is how the City manages the dog areas internally and does not affect the local law or how the public uses the existing dog exercise areas.

Visit the policies page.


New look Valley Park opens today!

The City has finished putting the final touches on the Valley Park upgrade (located in White Gum Valley) with the fences coming down today, ready for the weekend!

One of the original artists who worked on the park 20 years ago returned to repair and add extra mosaics to the wishing well and fixed the Valley Park sign. The upgrade also included a facelift to the 'sunrise wall' BBQ involving new paint, new timber seating (with an additional seat), and a limestone sitting wall to extend the BBQ area.

Upgrade also included: a replacement wobbly bridge, new limestone swing pit with safety fall mulch and shade sails (removed for now to protect them from winter but back in September), facelift for the six-way swing, refurbished slide with new white sand pit and finally, the gazebo, birdbath and bridge have been repaired and painted.

Cemetery revial The 'lost' Skinner Street cemetery revival

Well done to the Friends of the Eastern Gates Volunteers for their work in restoring the cemetery which had been buried since 1937. Without their tireless efforts, the cemetery would lie forever beneath John Curtin College Oval, unremarked and forgotten with Fremantle's 2 000 early settlers with them. A morning tea recognising the volunteer efforts was held at the City of Fremantle on Monday 28 July.

View the media release.

Fremantle Art Centre

New round of exhibitions at Fremantle Arts Centre

Fremantle Arts Centre's (FAC) next round of exhibitions open on Saturday 9 August and futures an incredibly broad range of art forms from robust, wood–fired ceramics to delicate hand–wrought textiles, colour–saturated paintings, contemporary installation of hundreds of Emu Export cans. Exhibition is open daily at FAC from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm and will run until Saturday 20 September.


What's on at the library

Fremantle City Library in association with Dymocks Garden City presents these two exciting author talks. Bookings are essential for both events:

Bob Brown

An evening with Bob Brown

Former Greens senator, Bob Brown will speak about his novel Optimism: reflections on a life of action on Tuesday 12 August, from 6.30 pm at Fremantle Town Hall. Tickets are only $30 or $50 to include a signed copy of his book. Book online at

Lynne Leonhardt

Author talk with Lynne Leonhardt

Margaret River Press author, Lynne Leonhardt will speak about her novel Finding Jasper on Thursday 4 September, 12.00 noon–1.00 pm at the Fremantle City Library. Book online at Event Brite

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.

**New council and committee meetings structure**

A new council and committee meetings structure begins August. The updated schedule of meetings for 2014 is available on the  agenda and minutes page.

Audit and risk management committee
Tuesday 12 August, 5.30 pm in the council chambers 

Library advisory committee
Wednesday 13 August, 5.30 pm in the committee room

Special projects committee
Wednesday 13 August

Strategic and general services committee
Wednesday 20 August

Ordinary meeting of council
Wednesday 27 August

Planning services committee
Wednesday 16 July

Planning services committee meeting

Wednesday 3 September

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