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Freo Today. 10 October 2021. Almost summer. Well, nearly. And here’s a sunset to prove it, snapped last evening by Deanna Shanahan. She of ships, seagulls and sunsets. You simply can’t beat a Freo sunset!

Health Matters ~ A Different Perspective – THE “LOWDOWN” ON CHOLESTEROL AND STATINS in Life, Law & Culture
In our last Health Matters we looked at the evidence showing that a moderate level of dietary saturated fat intake…
Places I Love : Opening Day at Fremantle Swan Dragon Boat Club in Life, Law & Culture
The Fremantle Swan Dragon Boat Club at East Fremantle’s Swan Yacht Club is the oldest dragon boat club in Australia…
Big Wins for Sitting Councillors in Freo Elections in Life, Law & Culture
Apart from the landslide success of Hannah Fitzhardinge in being elected Mayor of Fremantle with 46.14% of the vote in…

Hannah Fitzhardinge Romps Home As Freo’s Next Mayor!

After a keenly contested Mayoral election, a good voter turnout, and then a delayed and long count ending around 10 pm on Saturday night, 16 October 2021, Hannah Fitzhardinge was the runaway winner of the 5-way contest for Fremantle’s next Mayor following the retirement from local government politics of long serving Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt. Ms Fitzhardinge convincingly saw off her main challengers Marija Vujcic and Adele Carles, winning 46.14% of the vote - a landslide in a first past the post voting system. She won every Ward count by a strong margin. Here’s the WA Electoral Commission’s formal vote…
MV Stolt Sakura Leaves At Last – Our Last Update in Shipping News
The outbreak on the vessel MV Stolt Sakura has been declared over. The ship left Fremantle Port with a new…
Vote Today, Don’t Complain Later! in Life, Law & Culture
Hi Folks! The  last day for voting in the City of Fremantle local government elections for a new Mayor and…
High Court answers ‘No’ to all questions raised by Clive Palmer over WA Act affecting his arbitration rights in Life, Law & Culture
Today the High Court unanimously answered questions stated in two special cases concerning whether the Iron Ore Processing (Mineralogy Pty…
Interview with David Spencer, Abstract Artist in Life, Law & Culture
Abstract visual artist David Spencer has got his 16th solo exhibition “Residence” happening at Old Customs House, Fremantle from 16-19…
Old Fremantle. 29-31 Arundel Street. FOR SALE! in Architecture + Urban Design
They don’t come that much older around Freo, or with the heritage significance and integrity, and documented history that this…
The Top 20 – Famous ships to have graced our port in Shipping News
In responding to the Shipping News’ challenge to produce a ‘Top 20’ list of ships that have graced the port of…

Places I Love – Fremantle’s Memorial to USS Bullhead

Fremantle was second only to Pearl Harbour as an allied submarine base during World War II. Fremantle was identified as a vital shipping port and eventually became the allied submarine base for the Indian Ocean. The port accommodated more than 170 submarines between 1942 and 1945. Recently, on 6 August 2021, a new memorial was unveiled outside the Maritime Museum at Fremantle’s inner harbour honouring the American Navy WW II submarine USS Bullhead (SS-332) Seventy-six years ago, on 31 July 1945, the USS Bullhead departed Fremantle on its third patrol, after a brief re-fitting and the replacement of its five-inch gun.…
Open Letter To New Mayor & Councillors – Don’t Forget The Waterfront! in Life, Law & Culture
To the prospective Mayor and Councillors of Fremantle. Fremantle is alive but not very well. Like many suburban and regional…
The Poetry Wars! You’ve Got To Love ‘Em, Poets! The Old Or The New Bridge? in Life, Law & Culture
Well, Freo Folk all, no sooner had we received and published today a pome from Anon extolling the virtues of…
A Bridge By Any Other Name Would Be The Same – But Rita? in Life, Law & Culture
Poets and their poetry have contributed to the winning of many great causes. Byron and Greece immediately comes to mind.…

12 Days To Vote – Even For Boat Pen Holders At Fremantle Sailing Club?

Well, the Freo elections for a new Mayor and six Councillors is hotting up. No doubt the candidates are canvassing far and wide for support in he last 12 days before voting closes at 6 pm on 16 October. Local government elections are notoriously less well suppprted than State and Federal elections. Which is of course no surprise as unlike those others, it’s not compulsory. You don’t get fined for not voting. So voters have to be self starters, or encouraged by candidates to do the right thing by them. The battle is to get people who perhaps don’t usually…

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