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Freo Today. 26 February 2024. Love this Judith Forrest sculptures – on Victoria Quay between B and C sheds. This one is Jean Hudson’s favourites. Keep an eye out for the other five nearby. For some reason, they just make you feel good! Nice pic Jean.

No wonder folk are wary of Colesworth in Life, Law & Culture
Coles and Woolworths, the supermarket chains that together control almost two-thirds of the Australian grocery market, are facing unprecedented scrutiny.…
View from the Round House with Martin Drum – ‘Navy’s enhanced lethality surface combatant fleet’ in Life, Law & Culture
Welcome back to our politics podcast, View From The Round House With Martin Drum. In this podcast, the Shipping News’…
High wire fencing, chainsaws buzzing, bobcats rat-a-tat-tatting in Architecture + Urban Design
What on earth was happening? Well, late last week and during this week Freo residents on and near Ellen Street…

Hard To See the Forest for the (lack of) Trees

Recently, in the wake of yet another 40 degree C heat wave and the disappointing decision of John Carey, the Planning Minister , to refuse Nedlands' and South Perth's efforts to upgrade their planning schemes to protect large trees on private property, the State Government asked ‘Do you know what urban heat island effect is?’. This mildly condescending question forms part of a broad survey released to help inform the draft State Perth and Peel Urban Greening Strategy. We don't quite know what will be in that Strategy, but it sounds like it won't include measures to stop clearing trees…
Anatomy of an Arrival – Island Princess in Shipping News
The island hopping Island Princess arrived in Freo this morning around 7 am. Fremantle Shipping News were there following her…
Henderson to help deliver ‘enhanced lethality’ naval fleet in Shipping News
Under the large banner heading, ‘Australia’s defence industrial base expanded to deliver Navy’s enhanced lethality* surface combatant fleet’, Richard Marles,…
BOM & Freo’s weather forecasts in Life, Law & Culture
I’m totally confused. It’s just after 8.30 on a day it’s tipped to be around the max 34 deg mark…
Another Double Cruise Ship Alert – Two more coming! in Shipping News
Fremantle Ports have hardly had time to draw breath this week. After having both Volendam and QM2 cruise ships in…
The latest: Jawan nears Aqaba, Al Messilah for Kuwait, Bahijah returning to Freo soon! in Shipping News
While the saga surrounding the Bahijah earlier in February was stretching out endlessly and endlessly, the Jawan, another livestock carrier…
QM2 flees the Freo heat in dead of night! in Shipping News
While Freo folk lined Victoria Quay Saturday night to catch a glimpse of the Queen as she paraded in the…

Fox on the run

The elusive Leighton fox was among those rushing for the ocean during the hot spell, taking a late night stroll along the water’s edge after sundown on weekday evenings. Relaxed and confident as it perambulated along, barely turning its head as it happily walked past bathers. It looked right at home and for good reason. The Leighton fox has been around for at least a few years now, making sporadic appearances and eluding efforts to eradicate feral animals. And by observation, the Leighton fox is far from wild, happily approaching humans and more resembling a family dog than a notorious…
View from the Round House with Martin Drum – The end of days? in Life, Law & Culture
Welcome back to our politics podcast, View From The Round House With Martin Drum. This episode is our first for…
Update on MV Bahijah & other livestock vessels in Shipping News
On Wednesday just gone, 14 February 2024, the Federal Ag Department issued what we suspect will be its final statement…
A Take On Minimalism Exhibition – Interview with Sarah Jenkins in Life, Law & Culture
We here at the Shipping News are very please to share the news that Air Bare is holding their first…

The Tale of Monument East or Farewell to Bona Fide Postmodern Industrial Grit

With the State Government's recent announcement of the long awaited Medium Density Codes to come into effect by Easter, how timely that we should get to see the latest iteration of the so-called Monument East redevelopment at the corner of Amherst Street and Stack Streets, Fremantle. This is an interesting spot situated within the gritty but friendly "Fremantle Industrial Arts Quarter" between Monument Hill and Booyembarra Park. One of the increasingly scarce examples of warehousing close to urbanity that is undergoing urban renewal. Think ‘Pickle District’ in West Perth, Claisebrook Cove in East Perth, and South…