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Freo Today. 15 April 2024. AUSTAL, at Henderson, is a big builder of boats, including for Australia’s Defence. The boats they build at Henderson include the Guardian Class Patrol Boat – pictured here courtesy of AUSTAL. Today, Aitana, one of these Patrol Boats, will be doing trials in Cockburn Sound after she leaves AUSTAL’s fit out pier around 2 pm. Her next stop looks like being Dili, Timor-Leste. Timor-Leste is to receive Aitana and a second Guardian Class Patrol Boat, Laline, later this year as part of Australia’s regional Maritime Security Program with Timor-Leste. The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Timor-Leste Defence Force (F-FDTL) naval component have partnered together to prepare the NRDTL Aitana and Laline crews for the patrol boat handovers.

Judge finds Bruce Lehrmann raped Brittany Higgins and dismisses defamation case v Network Ten. How did it play out? in Life, Law & Culture
Bruce Lehrmann today lost his defamation case against Channel Ten and journalist Lisa Wilkinson after the media defendants proved, on…
Globas, World’s 1,831st largest Superyacht, sails into Freo in Shipping News
Globas, the 1,831st largest superyacht in the world, sailed into Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour at 11.30am this morning. She’s in…
P&O Cruises injecting $29m into WA this year in Shipping News
Fremantle is the current homeport for P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Explorer with seven cruises departing from Fremantle over the next…

The Teachers’ Lounge – Movie Review

The Teachers’ Lounge is a German movie with English subtitles. It was a big winner at the recent German Film awards, and was nominated to represent Germany in the best international feature category at the 2024 Oscars. It comes to Luna Cinemas on 25 April 2024. It’s a raw and gripping movie, a little bit of a slow burner and perhaps a tad too long, but I really enjoyed it. The movie covers several issues — rebellion, conformity, racism and intergenerational mistrust. It took me back to my own school days: the boredom, fidgeting and gazing through the windows to…
After the Game v Port Adelaide Rd 5, 2024 – With Snaps Truly in Life, Law & Culture
What a test of character last Saturday was - not just for Jordo “I didn’t say anything Miss” Clark and…
Don’t shut off 120 years of South Mole access – Letter to the Editor in Life, Law & Culture
Dear Editor, You are spot on. It’s again time to remind the Port of Fremantle that it is part of…
Interview with Gemma Farrell – Jazz saxophonist, bandleader, and composer in Fremantle People
Gemma Farrell, another Fremantle connected creative, is a talented, and busy, musician, bandleader and composer. And to prove it, she,…
View from the Round House with Martin Drum – Money in Politics in Life, Law & Culture
Welcome back to our politics podcast, View From The Round House With Martin Drum. In this podcast, the Shipping News’…
South Mole -When will We the People see her again? in Architecture + Urban Design
This Sunday, 14 April, it will have been 4 weeks since Fremantle Ports closed South Mole to campers. And it’s…
Rarely a dull moment – Arts, Culture, Creativity & Council in Life, Law & Culture
Well, there was a nice short agenda for the fortnightly Ordinary Council Meeting last night, 10 April 2024, but with…

Virgin’s Maiden Voyage leaves Fremantle stirred not shaken – and other Cruise News!

Resilient Lady, Virgin Voyages’ Cruise Ship made her maiden voyage into Fremantle last week. Her visit created quite a stir, but life goes on in good old Freo Town. Made me think of the catchphrase – ‘stirred, not shaken’ versus ‘shaken, not stirred’ in the James Bond movie Casino Royale in which Bond, after losing millions of dollars at a poker game, is asked if he wants his martini shaken or stirred and he snaps, ‘Do I look like I give a damn?’ The Lady was one of the largest…
The 1927 Elders Wool Stores – Future & Present in Architecture + Urban Design
Two years ago this coming July, the Adrian Fini led Hesperia announced its latest urban redevelopment challenge - to breathe…
Fremantle flags in Life, Law & Culture
Fremantle needs more flags. As a cyclist and former boat owner, I am always interested in the wind. So are…
Seen In Freo – Skateboarding at Woolies in Seen in Freo
Did you know that Fremantle is home to one of the most well-known skateboarding spots on the planet? Well, it’s…

Freud’s Last Session – Film Review

I enjoyed this movie for much of the first half. Then, I don’t know, it sort of descended into the late night, thespian style debate about whether there is a god/God, especially of the Christian conception, that I recall engaging in some years ago when in my mid twenties. Perhaps I should be encouraged younger folk are still being invited to engage in the debate and making movies about it. I must confess I found it all a little tiresome. As I left the theatre after the showing, I was reminded the film is based on the play that was…