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4 July 2014

In this issue
  • Council adopts 2014–15 budget
  • Hidden Treasures in July
  • Celebrate NAIDOC Week
  • Local government reform update
  • We are opening Saturdays!
  • New netball season
  • Leighton Beach planning proposal
  • New look Grigg Park opens!
  • Green waste collection and bulk waste
  • What's on at Fremantle Arts Centre
  • New urban art in Beaconsfield
  • What's on at the library
  • Upcoming meetings

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Council adopts 2014–15 budget Council adopts 2014–15 budget

Fremantle council has adopted its 2014–15 budget which balances maintaining high levels of service to the community with delivering key strategic projects to further Fremantle's revitalisation.

The budget totals $97.3m (with $100k surplus) with a general rate increase of 5.9% (inclusive of rates and waste costs). Some of the key projects include:

  • $8.5m for new community facilities / upgrade of existing buildings (including heritage building restoration)
  • $2.8m to upgrade community amenities at parks and reserves
  • $4.5 million on infrastructure projects including $1m for bike infrastructure
  • $7.8 million purchase of new council operations centre (depot) in O'Connor
  • $100k community arts program
  • $350k improve Fremantle CBD lighting.
View the media release for a full list of the key projects.

Hidden Treasures in July Hidden Treasures in July

The Hidden Treasures Winter Music Series continues in the West End every Thursday in July (10, 17, 24 and 31 July) featuring a line–up who have one thing in common – Fremantle. Download the music program from the Hidden Treasures page.

Celebrate NAIDOC Week Celebrate NAIDOC Week

Join us for the NAIDOC Week grand opening on Monday 7 July from 12 noon at the Aboriginal Cultural Centre (12 Captain's Lane, Arthur's Head). Bev Headland will provide the welcoming followed by a performance by Dadajarl and a tour of the centre.

This year's celebration honours all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of country. NAIDOC Week at the centre runs until Friday 11 July featuring trail tours, art classes, exhibitions, traditional food and more. Visit the NAIDOC Week page.

Local government reform update

Local government reform update

It's hard to believe but we've just passed the one year mark until new council boundaries will come into place. This will result in the most significant change to local government in Perth in the last 100 years.

The City is expecting an announcement from the state government in August and we are working very hard behind the scenes to make sure Fremantle is ready with as little impact to our community services.

Keep an eye on the  local government reform page for background information and updates.

We are opening Saturdays!

We are opening Saturdays!

We understand that weekdays can get a little busy which is why we're opening our customer service centre every Saturday morning to give you the extra flexibility.

Beginning Saturday 26 July, the customer service centre will be open between 9.00 am and 12 noon offering you all the same services you receive during the regular weekdays including payments, applications and any other general queries. 

Make a request online

Next time you need a service from the City, why not jump the phone queues and request it online using our eRequest online portal. Some of the services you can request include: footpaths, parking, replacement bins, tree pruning, verges and waste collections.

Once you've hit submit you will receive a 'request track number' that you can reference if you want to contact the City later for a progress update. Visit

New netball season

New netball season

The new season is just about to start so grab your family and friends, form a team and show the competition what you're made of! Games are Monday and Wednesday from 6.00 pm and Thursday mornings (crèche available).

Other sports available: senior's badminton (Monday and Wednesday, 12.30–2.30 pm) and yoga (Thursday, 12 noon–1.30 pm. School term only). Tennis courts are also available for hire (call the centre or 08 9432 9549 to book. Phone payment required).

Visit the Samson Recreation Centre page or call 08 9331 8040.

Leighton Beach planning proposal

Leighton Beach planning proposal

The City is seeking comments on a development assessment panel application to develop 29 Leighton Beach Boulevard, North Fremantle.  Proposal includes: 4x five storey (208 apartments total), multiple dwelling development and three commercial tenancies.

Visit the community engagement page.

New look Grigg Park opens!

New look Grigg Park opens!

The final upgrades to Grigg Park in Hilton have finished and the new–look park is now open!

Work includes new solar lights and upgrades to existing lighting, new basketball poles and marking areas, new edging around the playground area, a new pathway and a new BBQ.

Green waste collection and bulk waste

Green waste collection and bulk waste

Area A (Fremantle, North Fremantle, O'Connor and White Gum Valley) green waste will be collected on Monday 4 August and Area B (Beaconsfield, Hilton, Samson and South Fremantle) collected on Monday 11 August.

Bulk waste bins will be available on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August at the Montreal Street depot. For more information visit the bulk and green waste collection page.

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  • Winter Holiday Program 2014
  • NAIDOC Week
  • Hidden Treasures


FAC kids holiday enrolments What's on at Fremantle Arts Centre

Fremantle Arts Centre kids holiday and adult course enrolments now open

Take time out for yourself this winter with a Fremantle Arts Centre day, evening or weekend art course. Hurry, kids holiday courses start on Monday 7 July and run until Friday 18 July. Adult courses begin Monday 4 August. Visit

FAC temporary closure in late July

From Monday 21 July–Friday 1 August Fremantle Arts Centre will be shut down for a major electrical upgrade. Course enrolments and ticket sales are still available from General enquiries and course bookings can also be made on 08 9432 9555.

New urban art in Beaconsfield

New urban art in Beaconsfield

Young artists have given a bus stop at South Street, Beaconsfield (near the Nannine Avenue intersection) new life with an urban art makeover. 

The bus stop was painted by local young people as part of a joint partnership between the City of Fremantle youth and library services and Challenger Institute of Technology. 

The City regularly partners with local schools to revitalise bus stops, buildings and other areas. Be sure to check it out.

What's on at the library

What's on at the library

Free July holiday fun!

There are plenty of fun activities at the library for the young ones these holidays including:

  • NAIDOC Week boomerang fun (Wednesday 9 July, 1.30 pm. 6–12 year olds)
  • Pirate activities with special guest 'Pirateman' (Tuesday 15 July, 10.00 –11.00 am and 11.00 am–12 noon. 6–12 year olds)
  • Lego fun (Wednesday 9 July, 10.30–11.15 am, Friday 11 July, 2.00–2.45 pm, Wednesday 16 July 10.30–11.15 am and Friday 18 July, 2.00–2.45 pm. 6–12 year olds)
  • Storytime (every Thursday at 10.00 am. 2–5 year olds).

Bookings required for all activities except storytime. View the full program of events.

Robert Schofield

Author talk

Author Robert Schofield will be speaking about his new novel, Marble Bar on Thursday 10 July, 6.30 pm for a 7.00 pm start at the library. Refreshments provided. Visit the online Fremantle City Library event registration to book.

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.

Strategic and general services committee
Wednesday 9 July

Planning services committee
Wednesday 16 July

Ordinary council **new time**
Wednesday 23 July 6.30 pm

Planning services committee meeting
Wednesday 6 August

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