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Freo Today. 5 July 2022. Rain. At last. All a bit quiet on the western front. At the port that is.

Abortion is no longer a crime in Australia. So why is it still so hard to access? in Life, Law & Culture
Abortion is a common, essential health service. About 88,800 people have an abortion in Australia each year. Between one quarter…
A Sense of Spirit in Life, Law & Culture
Release of the 2021 Australian census data has drawn a flurry of commentary around the sharp rise in those who…
For Sale – 1st time on the market in 38 years in Life, Law & Culture
3 Agnes Street Beaconsfield has been a family home for over 38 years and the current owners are hoping to…

From Here To Eternity – Via The Nullarbor With Evie #3

What is this that roareth thus? Can it be a Motor Bus? Yes, the smell and hideous hum Denotes a motor bus! Alfred Denis Godley, 1914 There is no odious fume, nor the visceral grumble of the engine as your electric car glides over the well-maintained surface of the thousand miles of Eyre Highway from the empty eastern end of Western Australia to Port Augusta in South Australia. Your car is perfectly silent or filled with your favourite music. The white noise hum from the rubber on the road might put you to sleep but for the bone-rattling thunder of…
After The Game With Gerry ‘Gero’ Robertson – #8 Vs Port in Life, Law & Culture
4th on the ladder beats 13th - just. Freo by 8 points. Port came like a freight train. Dead lucky!…
Making Freo Even More Bicycle Friendly- Are we ready for 30 kph speed limit? in Architecture + Urban Design
When driving near a cycle lane, do you speed up or slow down? Where you’re from may influence your answer? Here’s…
The flotsandjets Gallery #7 in Shipping News
Winter kept pretending around the Port this week. Not that the famous Instagram duo @flotsamandjetsam6162 minded one bit. Their shutters…
View from the Round House with Martin Drum – #10 Anyone for tennis? in Life, Law & Culture
Welcome back to our politics podcast, View From The Round House With Martin Drum. Seems like every political leader worth…
Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free . . . in Life, Law & Culture
A couple of weeks ago I was loitering in Hilton’s hipster haven, Charlie’s Coffee Bar, reading James Joyce’s Ulysses (not…
So, are we who we think we are? in Fremantle People
The latest Census info on Freo is down. [caption id="attachment_27404" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Credit Australian Bureau of Statistics and OpenStreetMaps and…

FIVEIGHT SUBMITS PLANS FOR LANDMARK LIFESTYLE HOTEL ON HISTORIC SPICERS SITE

Fiveight, a wholly owned company of Tattarang, companies associated with Andrew and Nicole Forrest and Minderooo Foundation, has submitted its development plan for the former Spicers Building site in the heart of Fremantle, with a vision to build a premium lifestyle hotel ‘where culture, commerce and the arts come alive’. The 2,834 square metre site on the corner of William and Henderson Street, adjacent to the Fremantle Markets, is currently used as a car park but was once home to the famous Spicer & Detmold building which was demolished in the 1970s. The site also includes…
The ‘Dampier’ Drama in Shipping News
“She’d roll on a wet lawn,” I was told when assigned to duty on the 13-metre Fisheries patrol vessel, Dampier.…
What’s happening here – A bomb site? in Architecture + Urban Design
Looks a bit, well, a lot like a bomb site. And in Upper South Freo. My goodness! Is it about…
War & Peace – Lessons to be learned from history in Life, Law & Culture
Should Australia join the United States in a war against China to prevent China taking the US’s place as the…

Maritime Movements – ShoreTension & Other Things

TENSION INCREASES SAFETY IN WILDER WEATHER Do you recall when the RORO, Grand Pioneer and the general cargo ship, AAL Fremantle were involved in a collision with the Fremantle Rail Bridge on August 17 2014? I’ll bet some of you do! Winds were forecast at 28 to 33 knots but at the time the lines broke at 2200, a 55-knot wind gust blew. All the stern and mooring lines payed out on both the 190 metre car carrier and the 140 metre general cargo ship, berthed astern. It took eight minutes between breakaway to contact and five hours for tugs,…

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