Town Hall was packed on January 31 as transport becomes the hottest issue of the state election. Transport Minister Troy Buswell declined to attend or send anyone in his place. Perhaps not surprising since his government has given the greater Fremantle area next to nothing in its public transport and bicycle plans.
Over the last few months I've been meeting with the Maritime Union of Australia executive and activists with the Fremantle Community Wind Farm project. In some really great news, the union and its members have come behind the project. See their press release below:
Maritime workers declare support for Fremantle Community Wind Farm
Over 700 give it their backing in unanimous vote-Tuesday 27 November
"The WA branch of the Maritime Union of Australia is proud to declare its support for the proposed Fremantle Community Wind Farm." said MUA Assistant Branch Secretary Will Tracey. He said that the union and it's members had given the matter careful consideration.
Congratulations to the organisers of this year's Reclaim the Night rally. The backdrop was of course the shocking assault and murder of Jill Meagher, the recent failure of restraining orders to prevent the murders of domestic violence victims in WA and the sexist ramblings of some well known boof-heads in parliament and the media. Over 400 women and their male supporters poured through the centre of Fremantle demanding an end to violence against women.
The article below first appeared as a comment piece in Fremantle Herald. It was written by Barry Healy on behalf of the Road 2 Rail group.
On June 13 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organisation, confirmed that diesel engine exhaust is a Category 1 carcinogen - in the same hazard category as asbestos and cigarette smoke.
It once again poses the question of how the Fremantle Port freight task is to be achieved: by truck or by train?
What is more, with state and federal elections coming in 2013 we have the right to demand of all political parties and responsible authorities a direct answer to the question: what are you going to do to reduce the particulate burden on Fremantle?
Hamilton Hill resident Amanda Joy was woken by chainsaws at 7am. Horrified, she saw contractors cutting down a much loved mature tuart tree on the BP oil pipeline easment. Decisive action was called for. Amanda stood under the tree, refused to budge and hit the phone. Within the hour friends and residents had rallied to the cause. We parked our cars around the base of the tree to protect it. By midday the team from Forest Rescue had someone on a platform in the tree.
This tuart is 150 to 200 years old. Big mature trees that pre-date white settlement are both rare and vital. They should never be removed without good cause. You can read more about this issue at: www.saveourtrees.net
Growing Change: a journey inside Venezuela's Food Revolution is a documentary that looks at one of the most exciting experiments in the world to grow a fair and sustainable food system.
This film will be screened in Hilton on:
Saturday 9 June
Family Celebration and Dance
The hall epitomises a new look at Heritage and reflects the way the community experiences and manages Heritage. Retaining the best from the past whilstinnovating for the future is the way forward.
Bring your family, friends and neighbours in community celebration. Hiltonians shared food and drinks and danced the night away at their hall. So bring a plate and drinks to share in that spirit. There will be entertainment and music. Food stalls will be provided by community groups.
Saturday, 2nd June, 2012
Hilton Community Centre
Its Party Fancy Dress Time!! Get your cossie on, bring your flags & banners and come down:
THURSDAY 26th APRIL, 2012 (CHERNOBYL DAY ANNIVERSARY)
FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE 5.30PM - 8PM
The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the City of Fremantle, City of Perth, Fremantle Ports and Tourism WA are hosting a "Welcome Party" to the visiting American Naval Ships at the The Fremantle Arts Centre Thursday, 26 April 2012 6–8pm.
Nuclear Powered USS Carl Vinson and USS Bunker Hill will be in port next week - both carry weapons of mass destruction. Come down & show your opposition to the visits of the warships to the Port of Fremantle. We cannot condone nuclear powered, and possibly nuclear armed warships, bringing their military might into our jurisdiction!
Sat 12 May 2012
2 Kwong Alley, North Fremantle
The evening begins with a cocktail and drinks hour. We have an extensive cocktails menu, wine, beer, and other drinks will be available for purchase.
While the state government is pushing ahead with their plans to withdraw police officers from the PCYCs, community outrage has forced a partial back-down. Originally they planned to leave the centres to find and fund replacement coordinators, meaning they would have to slash their activities and many would just shut down. But according to the PCYC's March newsletter: