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Freo Today. 7 May 2021. Giving in to the urge and entering the coffee shop and ordering the coffee can be dangerous. The sixth today? No, I shouldn’t. But then you look up and see all this. All these ‘port’ related pics of local artist Sarah Abbott at Ootong & Lincoln. Wow! It was worth it. (Deanna Shanahan succumbed and took this great snap.)

Places I Love: Margaret River – Surfer’s Point in Life, Law & Culture
Last week I was down in Margs, no not surfing! But I love to stand and watch the powerful swells…
What’s Happening Here – A Restaurant? in Architecture + Urban Design
CORRECTION Since posting this story earlier today, 5 May 2021, the strange street numbering in Wray Avenue has come to…
Noongar/WA Treaty Achieves Lift-Off in Life, Law & Culture
Big news to hand on progress with the implementation of the historic Noongar People/State of Western Australia Native Title Settlement…

New High-Powered CEO Appointed To Head Fremantle Ports

Fremantle Ports today announced Michael Parker as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr Parker was formerly Business Unit President and Managing Director/Chairman of Alcoa Alumina and Alcoa of Australia between 2015 and 2019. Fremantle Ports Chair Ross Love said the board was delighted to have selected, from a very strong field of applicants, a candidate of Mr Parker’s calibre to lead the organisation through its next phase of development, planning and sustainable operations. Mr Love said - “Fremantle Ports has built a strong reputation over decades for not only driving the WA economy through…
Another Adventure for a BO in the Swinging 60s – A Woman on the Wharf in Shipping News
Customs and Excise had always been a male domain. Except for the typing pool that is. In the 60s, there…
Rest Easy – You Can Blame Your (Good) Genes For Your Coffee Habit! in Life, Law & Culture
Here’s some interesting research just out from the University of South Australia that will be of great interest to many…
Recommend_Ted – The NFT Phenomenon in Life, Law & Culture
Artists have used whatever technology is available to them to extend their practice and make a living. During the Renaissance,…
Friday On My Mind – Chewing Gum, Walking, and Citizenship in Life, Law & Culture
I can’t help but think we Australians can chew gum and walk at the same time. As widely reported, next…
‘All I Ever Am’. Powerful, Visceral, Cathartic. Be There! in Life, Law & Culture
kdmindustries (who have relocated from Sydney to Fremantle) return with their latest and greatest sonic and visual deconstruction ‘All I…
So, Will You Say ‘No’? in Life, Law & Culture
Apple's new 'app tracking transparency' has angered Facebook. How does it work, what's all the fuss about, and should you…

Freo Submerged in Smoke

The pall of smoke over the Metropolitan Region of Perth, including Fremantle today, caused by prescribed burns in the hills and beyond, is horrendous. Among other things it has sparked a public health warning from the Department of Health.. At Fremantle Port you can hardly make out the vessels on the other side of Victoria Quay. Deanna Shanahan, our head photographer, took this sequence of images earlier.
What’s Happening Here? – The Woolstores in Architecture + Urban Design
We notice there are a couple planning and related applications in over the Woolstores on Cantonment Street, Fremantle. It is…
The Joy of Walking – Walking For Fun in Life, Law & Culture
The small island of Wadjemup was once connected to Walyalup by a land-bridge. Some 7000 years ago the seas rose,…
Boo Park – It Just Gets Better & Better! in Architecture + Urban Design
At the last meeting of the Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation (FPOL) Committee, Councillors Hannah Fitzhardinge and Jenny Archibald moved…

Places I Love – Leighton Gun Battery and WW2 Tunnels

On ANZAC Day, I looked across the Indian Ocean towards Rottnest Island from the Leighton Gun Battery, high on Buckland Hill. From 1935 to the end of World War 2, there were no tourists on Rottnest Island as Australia prepared against impending air and sea raids. It was decided to make Rottnest the site of the main link in a series of gun emplacements called Fremantle Fortress. There were 2,500 army personnel on the island during those years, including 250 women. Over the ANZAC Day long weekend just gone, tourists were evacuated from Rottnest Island for a very different reason…

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