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1 April 2015

In this issue
  • Happy Easter everyone!
  • Fremantle Street Arts Festival
  • ANZAC Centenary
  • City outraged with decision to create 'super councils'
  • Help keep our pathways clear
  • Special membership deal at leisure centre
  • New bike path along Carrington Street
  • What's on
  • Fremantle ocean pool petition
  • Happy birthday Esplanade Youth Plaza!
  • Mobile Muster Awards
  • Freo old boy gets facelift
  • Future of parking
  • Free late–night trains
  • North Fremantle bike study
  • Upcoming road closures
  • Upcoming meetings

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Freo_s bold 15 year vision released Happy Easter everyone!

The Mayor, councillors and staff at the City of Fremantle wish you all a safe and happy Easter. 

City services operating hours

All City of Fremantle services will be closed on the Good Friday (Friday 3 April) and Easter Monday (Monday 6 April) public holidays except for:

  • Fremantle Arts Centre (open Monday 6 April: 10.00 am–5.00 pm).
  • Fremantle Leisure Centre (open Monday 6 April: pools 7.00 am–5.00 pm, gym 7.00 am–6.00 pm. All group fitness classes cancelled. Crèche closed).
  • Fremantle Visitor Centre (open Monday 6 April: 10.00 am–4.00 pm).
  • Moore's Building (open Monday 6 April: gallery 10.00 am–4.00 pm/café 8.00 am–4.00 pm).
  • Residential waste will be collected as usual on the Easter Monday public holiday (Monday 6 April) if your bins are normally collected on a Monday.

Find out more.

Street art festival Fremantle Street Arts Festival

Australia's biggest and best street arts festival returns in full force to Fremantle this Easter long weekend from Saturday 4 to Monday 6 April. The festival showcases the world of busking, street theatre, comedy, circus, cabaret and lots more. 

Road closures
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) and Essex Street (between Norfolk Lane and South Terrace). 

These roads will be closed on Saturday 4 (7.30am) until Monday 6 April (7.00 pm):

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

Traffic is expected to be heavy so we recommend using public transport, walking or riding a bike into Freo over the long weekend. For those  driving, we advise using these roads through the city centre: Parry Street, Norfolk Street, Marine Terrace and Phillimore Street. 

Find out more.

ANZAC Centenary ANZAC Centenary

In honour of the 100 years that have passed since Australia entered World War One a special ANZAC Centenary service will be held on Saturday 25 April: 

Dawn Service
Fremantle War Memorial, Monument Hill at 5.50 am. 

Gunfire Breakfast
A free hot meal for the first 800 visitors to Kings Square from 8.00 am.

North Fremantle Service
Fallen Soldiers' Memorial (corner Queen Victoria Street and Harvest Road) at 9.30 am.. 

Parade and closing ceremony
Stepping off at Esplanade Reserve at 11.00 am. 

Commemorate exhibition
View the unique and private collections at the Fremantle Town Hall Atrium, 10.00 am–2.00 pm. 

Road closures
Road closures will be in effect around the march route in the CBD from about 10.00 am until about 1.00 pm. Download the map from the ANZAC Fremantle website

Find out more.

Map City outraged with decision to create 'supercouncils'

The City is shocked and outraged by today's (Wednesday 1 April) state government announcement that it has secretly passed legislation that will see many metropolitan councils, including Fremantle, merge into larger 'super councils'.

The plans will see Fremantle merge with Cockburn, East Fremantle and Melville to become the City of South Swan. Councils have been given until the end of the year to finalise the arrangements, with the changeover happening on Friday 1 January 2016*. Find out more.

Help keep our pathways clear Help keep our pathways clear

We all need to play our part in keeping our public areas clear by remembering to prune any trees or plants on your property which may encroach onto public areas like footpaths.

It's especially important to prune them over the next couple of weeks before winter hits because the overgrown shrubs are more likely to get weighed down from the winter rains and hang over pathways, obstructing walkers and cyclists from passing safely by.

Special membership deal at leisure centre Special membership deal at leisure centre

Purchase or renew your Fremantle Leisure Centre membership during April and receive up to two extra months FREE! Terms and conditions apply. Find out more.

New cycling path along Carrington Street New bike path along Carrington Street

The new cycling path along Carrington Street is now finished and ready to go so grab your bikes and take it out for a test ride!

Whats on What's on

Fremantle Arts Centre

  • Gallipoli 'the beautiful city'. Opening Friday 10 April, 6.30 pm. Exhibition runs until Sunday 24 May. Find out more.
  • Pasaje: A Story of Cuban Music with Traditional Band El Son Entero. Saturday 4 April. Doors open 7.00 pm. 
    Find out more. 

Fremantle City Library

  • In Love and War – Nursing Heroes by Liz Byrski book launch Wednesday 25 April, doors open 6.00 pm for a 6.30 pm start. Find out more.
  • April 2015 school holiday program out now. Find out more.

Fremantle Leisure Centre

One Stop Shop
The April/May Come and Try program is out now featuring free activities for over 55s. Find out more.

Samson Recreation Centre
Seniors badminton, yoga, ladies netball and tennis courts available. Find out more. 

The Meeting Place

  • Big Day Out at PCYC for young people over 13 on Thursday 9 and 16 April:
    Streetball (9.30–11.00 am).
    CirQuest Circus School (9.30–11.00 am).
    Music Rocks (11.00 am–12.30 pm).
    Deadly Tucker (12.30–2.00 pm).
    Find out more.

  • The Meeting Place autumn program out now with this term's focus 'bringing magic to life'. Find out more.

Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre
The Djeran program is out now featuring various activities and workshops over April and May. Find out more

Fremantle ocean pool petition Fremantle ocean pool petition

Show your support by signing the petition for Fremantle local and building designer, Sam Martin's ocean pool proposal at Bathers Beach. Find out more.

Happy bday Esplanade Youth Plaza! Happy birthday Esplanade Youth Plaza!

It's hard to believe but the Esplanade Youth Plaza is turning one and we are inviting you to its big birthday festival on Sunday 12 April.

Come down to the youth plaza from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm and enjoy the bday festivities including: DJs, skate clinics, bubble soccer, live art, basketball dunking, food, stalls and much more. Find out more.

Mobile Muster Awards Mobile Muster Awards

Well done everyone! With your help Fremantle is one of the top five local governments in WA for mobile phone recycling. We are now in the running for this year's Mobile Muster State and National Top Collector Awards! 

To increase Freo's chances of being the state and national phone recycling champions we need your help. To play your part, rally your family and friends, rummage through your house and drop off your old mobile phones to the Fremantle Town Hall before Wednesday 15 April. Find out more.

Freo Old boy gets facelift Freo old boy gets facelift

Conservation works being undertaken by the City at one of Fremantle's oldest heritage buildings, the 160 year old Fremantle Boys' School, are progressing well with stage one works due for completion this month (April). 

The former school building is highly valued for its cultural heritage significance, but given its age, required substantial conservation work to ensure it survives for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations. Find out more.

Fremantle Story

The best website to discover what's happening in Fremantle


  • ANZAC Centenary
  • Fremantle Street Arts Festival


Future of parking Future of parking

Parking tickets for all street and open-air paid parking bays managed by the City of Fremantle, can now be paid through the CellOPark smartphone application. Find out more.

Free late–night trains

Free late–night trains

Don't forget you can travel for free on all trains including the Fremantle Train Line between 12.30 am and 3.00 am every Friday and Saturday night (technically it's Saturday and Sunday morning). Find out more.

North Fremantle cycle routes study

North Fremantle bike study

Complete our online survey and have your say on Fremantle's cycling network and how it can be improved to make cycling safer and more attractive to riders of all ages and confidence levels.

The survey is part of a City-engaged study by sustainable transport consultants, Cardno. Hard copies of the survey are also available at local bicycle shops, Fremantle Town Hall and various businesses in North Fremantle. 

Community consultation workshop
The City and Cardno will be hosting a workshop on Tuesday 14 April, 7.00 pm at the North Fremantle Community Centre. To RSVP or make a suggestion on what you would like to see included in the workshop contact the City on 08 9432 9999.

Find out more.

Upcoming road closures Upcoming road closures

Market Street Piazza weekend closure trial
As part of a trial to transform a section of Market Street into a 'pedestrians only zone' Market Street (the area just behind Gino's Café) will continue to be closed off to vehicular traffic every Friday at 5.00 pm until Sunday at 11.00 pm for these weekends: 

  • Friday 3 April–Monday 6 April (extended for the public holiday!)
  • Friday 10 April–Sunday 12 April
  • Friday 17 April–Sunday 19 April
  • Friday 24 April–Sunday 26 April.
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 **CANCELLED**
The Wednesday 8 April has been cancelled. 

Strategic and general services committee
Wednesday 15 April

Ordinary council
Wednesday 22 April

Planning services committee
Wednesday 6 May

*The City outraged with decision to create 'supercouncils' story is a joke. Check today's date.

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