December 2009: In my experience there is a real shortage of affordable spaces in central Fremantle available for hire by community groups who want to hold meetings, functions, workshops and other activities. When we think of the Fremantle Central Business District we should take this to include community business, not just commercial business.
With the closure of the Stan Reilly Centre and some of the clubs that provided a low cost place for people to eat, drink and socialise; I’m particularly concerned that groups and activities that involve mostly older residents are being forced out. The other councillors supported a resolution of mine on the issue for which I thank them.
Council officers will provide a briefing paper to inform the strategic planning process that explores the needs of seniors and the elderly including the level of need for seniors activity space within the CBD and the options and costs in providing such spaces. If you feel that there needs to be such facilities then raise your voice and let council know.
Secondly it asked council officers to investigate the range of meeting and function room facilities already available in the CBD for general community use [This part of the process has been done and I expect it will be made publicly available as a community resource, thanks to the council officers for getting this done so quickly].