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Save Kulunga - No education cuts

Kulunga Kindergarten in Hilton is threatened with closure. The Education Department, tasked with finding cuts to satisfy the Barnett government claims that there were insufficient enrolments by the end of July to justify a 2014 class. However many parents were unaware of the new earlier deadline and the kindergarten which has been running for five decades. See below a message from Hilton Primary School P&C:

For those of you who don't know The Kulunga Kindergarten in Hilton provides a vital preschool program for 3 and 4 year old children from Aboriginal families in the surrounding area - and a transport service to ensure children's regular attendance. For over 25 years the trust and confidence the kindy and its committed staff have established among the community has meant numerous children (many from disadvantaged and often disengaged families) have enjoyed the benefits of a dedicated, culturally respectful pre-school learning environment.

The kindy has also provided children with the necessary and appropriate resources and skills to enable them (and their families) to make a successful transition to the primary school environment. How can benefits the Kulunga Kindy provides - to the community, to the children and to the schools that receive these children once they start primary school - be so easily discounted? The State government claims it is redirecting funds to where they are most needed, but how is this is not a necessary service?

Refugee bashing takes an ugly turn for the worse

The bi-partisan contest in refugee bashing has hit new lows. This is a real kick in the guts coming so soon after the great Refugee Welcome Walk & Fiesta in Fremantle.

See here my speech at the July 22 refugee rights rally in Perth:

If you want to put an end to this destructive scapegoating then get along to the National Day of Action 1pm Saturday 24 August Murray St Mall Perth, organised by the great activists in the Refugee Rights Action Network.

Road to Rail presents forum on transport and health

Public forum featuring:
Diesel particulates Dr George Crisp (Doctors for the Environment)

Noise pollution Shane Chambers (Acoustic Physicist UWA)

Road Trauma Barry Healy (Fremantle Road2Rail)

A panel of politicians including Scott Ludlam, Sam Wainwright and Alannah MacTiernan will respond to the speakers

MC: Mayor Brad Pettitt

Sat 17 Aug 4 - 6 pm

Victoria Hall 179 High St – Fremantle

Organised by Fremantle Road2Rail and hosted by the City of Fremantle. Sponsored by Save Beeliar Wetlands, Lynn MacLaren MLC, Simone McGurk MLA, Melissa Parke MP, Senator Scott Ludlum, C.U.S.P. and the Town of East Fremantle.

Contact Annolies or 9433 6946 or Pam 0414 966 489

Increasing truck traffic is costing us our health

Fremantle rally against gas fracking

Frack Free WA Rally

August 17

@1pm, Kings Square Fremantle

August 17th is the start of the national week of action against unconventional gas (fracking). We have plenty of reason to protest in WA. 15 wells have already been fracked in this state, and the industry is gearing up for full scale commercial production. Gas companies are planning to frack the Kimberley, the Midwest, and the Pilbara. They intend to try underbalanced drilling (a related technology) in the Southwest. They have exploration leases covering Gingin, Rockingham and Mandurah. So look out for your tap water!

There is still time to stop them before fracking takes off on a large scale in WA. So come to this protest and bring everyone you know!

Organised by No Fracking WAy. Attend on FaceBook here.

Winter Wetlands Fiesta

Save Beeliar Wetlands Winter Wetland Fiesta is on Saturday July 27 at 6pm at the Hilton Bowling Club, Shepherd Street Hilton. Warm the cockles of your heart in an evening of celebration of our wonderful Beeliar Wetlands with bands, dj’s, poetry, raffles, soup, cake and chai. Bands include Sugar Child, The Damsel Flies West, Isabella Jennings and Isabella’ Garden, the Kiss List, and Lady Luck, with Beats from DJ Checkers.

The evening is a fundraiser to help us continue with the work of protecting North and Bibra Lakes from the proposed Roe 8 highway extension. The cost is only $15 which includes soup and bread!

For bookings or enquiries please contact Danna on 0457 120 676 or by email

Better things to do - renewables not uranium

Better Things To Do

a breakfast to discuss a transition into renewable energy production and jobs

Wed 17 July
8-10am - Free event

Victoria Hall, 179 High Street, Fremantle

Speakers include:
Scott Ludlam (Greens Senator)
Brad Pettitt (Fremantle Mayor)
Industry speakers

World Refugee Day and Refugee Fiesta

Street Theatre at refugee fiestaFurther on refugee rights, I attended the World Refugee Day rally in Perth on June 16 (see video from Green Left TV below) and also successfully moved for Fremantle Council to actively support the Refugee Fiesta and Walk Together held in Fremantle on June 22.

Photos by Desire Mallet from the Refugee Fiesta are available here.

(Photo to left by Alex Bainbridge.)

Refugee welcome fiesta and Walk Together

Refugee Welcome Fiesta and Walk Together

Sat 22 June

11am - 3pm, Fremantle Esplanade
1pm, Walk Together through the streets of Fremantle

A free fun community event: entertainment, global food and fair trade stalls, arts and crafts activities.

Come and celebrate the diversity of our cultures, bring a picnic blanket, enjoy the world music and join in the drumming circle with didgeridoo players at 11am.

Attend on FaceBook:

PTA slashes NightRider service

June 15 saw the last NightRider bus service from Fremantle. In their advice to the City the PTA said that, "...the already low patronage has continued to decline to an average of less than ten passengers. The significant cost of providing this service can no longer be justified on such low patronage." The decision was made without any consultation with the council, CBD businesses or wider community; or a full benefit-cost ratio analysis including the social costs and consequences of cancelling the service.

The PTA might have considered that the $5 dollar flat fare is expensive and that the dedicated buses they use for the service are the older high-floor non-disability accessible ones. The same resources might be better put into extending the regular bus services. The two NightRider routes essentially follow the path of the eastbound 99 (Circle Route/South St) and 106 (Canning Highway) services. The money spent on the eight individual scheduled NightRider services could instead be used to make both the 99 and 106 run half-hourly through to 1:30am. I've asked the Mayor and CEO to try to get the PTA to the table.

Big thanks to Erica Lewin

I'd like to extend a big thanks to Erica Lewin who recently stepped down from the role of Samson Precinct Convenor. Erica is really diligent and professional and did a great job, putting in many hours of her own time in the service of the local community.

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