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7 March 2014

In this issue
  • Council enters into J Shed lease
  • Track your building applications online
  • Hat–trick to leisure centre
  • Fremantle heating up for chilli festival
  • Upcoming road closures
  • Fremantle's even friendlier future for bicycles
  • An art-felt Autumn around Fremantle
  • 2014 great cocky count
  • Come and Try free activity for over 55s
    All things techno
  • Grand opening of the Fremantle Aboriginal Cultural Centre

  • Restoration of Union Stores Building
  • Activities at the Samson Recreation Centre
  • Upcoming meetings

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J Shed Council enters into J Shed lease

Fremantle council agreed to enter into a 21–year lease with Sunset Events to develop the J Shed area at Fremantle's Arthur Head during last week's council meeting (26 February).

The lease will allow up to 400 patrons during normal operation with an allowance of up to 850 under council discretion. Provisions have also been set to allow up to 1 500 patrons for a maximum of 12 ticketed events per year.

The lease agreement will pave the way for the underutilised area to be transformed into an arts and cultural attractor in keeping with council's vision for Arthur Head as an arts and culture precinct. View the media release.

Computer screen Track your building applications online

Follow up on the status of your building or planning application online with the City's new online application tracking function. Simply visit the tracking page and either enter your application ID number. If you've forgotten your application ID number or want to view the status of any other application in Fremantle, you can by using the search fields.

Visit the online application tracking page.

Hat–trick to leisure centre

Congratulations to the Fremantle Leisure Centre lifeguards, after bringing home gold for the third year in a row last month at the Royal Life Saving Society and Leisure Institute of Western Australia  2014 Pool Lifeguard Challenge.  

The team battled 13 other lifeguard teams at four  events testing their aquatic rescue, resuscitation and decision making skills. Mellissa Ray, Stephanie Coote, Jack Collier and Harry Collier formed the winning team, ably coached by duty manager James Annetts. A reminder that the leisure centre pools will re–open following extensive renovations on Monday 7 April
Chilli Festival Fremantle heating up for chilli festival

The LiveLighter Araluen's Fremantle Chilli Festival is on again, running on Satuday 8 and Sunday 9 March at Esplanade Reserve. Festival includes food, beverages and entertainment. Entry is $18 (free for people under 17 and accompanied by an adult). Festival will be open between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm each day. Visit the chilli festival website.

Road closed sign

Upcoming road closures

  • Marine Terrace will be closed between Cliff and Collie Streets from Friday 7 to Monday 10 March
Bicycle sign on road

Fremantle's even friendlier future for bicycles

Read up on what's next for the future of cycling in Fremantle with the City's Local Bicycle Plan 2014–18. The plan examines the current cycling environment and identifies the current facilities that the City has for cyclists and key areas for improvement.

The plan focuses on three approaches to a safe, well–connected Fremantle bicycle network: everyone with access to a bike, hard infrastructure (i.e. cycle routes) and soft infrastructure (i.e. education programs). Visit the strategic and key documents page.

Art felt An art-felt Autumn around Fremantle

Fremantle will be transformed over the coming months by some interesting art instalments bringing life and colour to the city. If you stumble across a pile of cardboard and cable ties in King's Square this April, don't be alarmed – it's not rubbish, it's art. An innovative structure, set to host a myriad of community based events, will be built by Feast Your Eyes artist team, Ari Pallassis and Sarah Blangiardo. Fondly named "The Hollow”, the sculptural structure will hold book launches, be a part of the Street Arts Festival and is even available for wedding ceremonies. 

A creative design by renowned Japanese artist, Nami Osaki, has also been chosen to adorn The Cantonment Hill mural project, aiming to acknowledge the site's importance to Australian Aboriginals, combat a constant barrage of graffiti and provide a striking artwork visible from the coastal plain below.

Great cocky 2014 great cocky count

Every April, the great cocky count (GCC) counts as many Carnaby's Black-Cockatoos in one night as possible across WA. This year, the GCC is on Sunday 6 April at sunset. Being involved is very easy – volunteers go to a specified location and count all the cockatoos flying into their night-time roosting trees. The survey only takes an hour, starting 30 minutes before sunset. 

Visit the Birdlife Australia website  or contact Hugh Finn: 08 9287 2251 or 0400 177 615 or at

Elder couple holding IPad Come and Try free activity for over 55s
All things techno

Want to know how to use your new lap top, iPod , iPad or mobile phone? Would you like to learn to facebook or Skype?   Bring along your charged item with cords and instruction booklet to the workshop on Wednesday 12, 19 or 26 March between 3.30 and 4.30 pm at the One Stop Shop, Kings Square. Bookings are essential: contact 08 9432 9812. Visit the Come and Try page.

People walking with R sign flag

Grand opening of the Fremantle Aboriginal Cultural Centre

The Fremantle Aboriginal Cultural Centre opens with a bang next week as The Journey for Recognition, an epic relay that's walking, cycling, paddling and driving its way across Australia, reaches Fremantle. 

The Fremantle and wider community are invited to join a community walk with the Journey for Recognition, culminating in the grand opening of the Fremantle Aboriginal Cultural Centre on Monday 10 March from 10.00 am to 12 noon at Bathers Beach (outside Kidogo Arthouse), Mews Road, Fremantle.

Recognise is the people's movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia's Constitution, and remove the racially discriminatory section from it. RSVP to or visit the Recognise website.

Union building

Restoration of Union Stores Building

The facade and roof of the Union Stores Building at the corner of Henry Street and High Street will be getting a facelift to restore the heritage building to its former glory between March and July. 

Works include paint and concrete removal, lime and mortar restoration as well as maintenance to the street frontage. Pedestrian traffic management will be in place during the works.

Girls playing netball

Activities at the Samson Recreation Centre

Get your body moving with these exciting activities at the Samson Recreation Centre:

  • netball (Monday and Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings (crèche available)
  • seniors badminton (Monday and Wednesday, 12.30–2.30 pm)
  • yoga (Thursday 12 noon–1.30 pm) 
  • hire out a tennis court (contact 08 9432 9533).

Visit the Samson Recreation Centre page.

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 King's 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 council meeting
Wednesday 12 March
Agenda: Local Government Advisory Board 

Strategic and general services committee
Wednesday 12 March, 6.30 pm

Audit committee
Monday 17 March, 5.00 pm at the council chambers.
Agenda: risk management procedures, compliance audit return 2013 and an amendment to the audit committee terms of reference.

Planning services committee
Wednesday 19 March

Ordinary council
Wednesday 26 March

Planning services committee
Wednesday 2 April

Strategic and general services
Wednesday 9 April

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