community news

Big crowds at Twilight Fair and Hilton Harvest leads on community inclusion

Once again the Twilight Fair was a huge success with hundreds of people gathering for another great evening of entertainment, activities and community connections. Some of the musicians were really outstanding. But as always the greatest credit and thanks must go to all the Hilton Harvest volunteers who put in such a huge effort to make the event a success. What an asset to our community this project has become.

The real issues in the Stop Lynas campaign

Australian mining company Lynas wants to export thorium and other rare earths from their Mt Weld mine through Fremantle and refine the ore at a processing plant at Kuantan on the east coast of peninsula Malaysia. The Stop Lynas campaign is not opposed to the mining of this ore. But Lynas wants to store the radioactive spoil in holding ponds situated in a low-lying coastal community that depends on fishing for its survival. The locals don't want it.

Sunday Session at FERN

Annie Allgood and Brett Percy
The Dream Tree Collective
Cyclone Tess

Hilton Harvest Community Garden

Saturday 31st March

Twilight Fair & Earth Hour

Plastic-free Event

* A packed entertainment program - all by local performers * Kids' activities from 4.30 til dark * Scarecrow competition * Variety of stalls – jams, home made soap, seedlings, second hand books and more * Lots of food for sale, including burgers, sausage sizzle,crepes, cakes and drinks

Bring a candle and stay for Earth Hour... Starts at 8.30pm

Hilton Harvest Community Garden - Rennie Crescent South
(Next to Hilton Pre-Primary)

PCYC programs under threat

A looming staffing problem in WA's twenty-six Police and Community Youth Centres is exposing the Barnett Liberal government's disregard for youth services and the complete hypocrisy of the "law and order" rhetoric that crops up at every state election.

The PCYCs are formally independent non-profit organisations, although supported by the state through the provision of police officers as full-time centre managers.

The Fremantle PCYC based in Hilton sees a staggering 38,000 visits per year and hosts a vast array of activities from the traditional sports through to guitar lessons and its award winning Noongar Healthy Lifestyle program. There is also a computer room and drop in centre, used by up to 40 young people per day; mostly from the local Noongar community.

Help launch the new Fremantle Activist Centre

We're writing to invite you to come along to the opening of the new Fremantle Activist Centre.

Like the Perth Activist Centre, the new Fremantle Centre promises to be a valuable asset for both the socialist and broader progressive movements.

We'd love you to drop in for a few drinks and nibbles to help celebrate the big day:

Wishing you a safe and Happy New Year

Here's wishing you a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year. It's been a privilege to work with so many passionate, dynamic and community-minded people on a big range of important campaigns and community initiatives this year. These include:

The precinct groups (Hilton, Samson & O'Connor), new club rooms and light towers at the Dick Lawrence Oval, the Hilton Harvest community gardens, the Road 2 Rail campaign, reducing speed limits on South St, the City's Climate Change Working Group, the establishment of the Freo Bicycle User Group, the 40th anniversary of the Warrawee women's refuge and much more.

Workers Club reopens!

Contrary to reports in the media the Workers Club will not be closing after all. New President Don Whittington asked me to pass on the good news and invites you to become a member. It’s only $20 to June 30th 2012.See you at 9 Henry St Fremantle.

Freo fights Buswell's "Freeway Madness"

The article below was written by Fremantle Road to Rail activist Barry Healy:

Fremantle is emerging as a key battle ground between between a Liberal-National state government committed building freeways at any cost; and a community that wants to see better public transport and the return of freight on rail.

Container movements at Fremantle Port are predicted to double by 2020, yet the percentage being carried to port by train has declined from 17% in 2007 to 11% in 2011 and is predicted to dwindle down to 8.5% by 2012.

Freo Road to Rail rally

to Troy Buswell’s truck plans!

End the Road Building Madness !
Freight on Rail for a Sustainable Future!