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East Fremantle council lays down the law to errant WAFL side.

Sharks told to stop work on supporter shop

CHRIS THOMSON

The East Fremantle Sharks have been told to stop work on an allegedly unauthorised merchandise shop they were planning to build out of a sea container.

The Sharks had planned to sell merchandise from the shop, beside the Lyn Latham Pavilion, during home games this year.

But, after a site inspection by Town of East Fremantle planning manager Jamie Douglas, the Sharks were ordered to immediately stop the pictured work and seek council approval.

East Fremantle Sharks Football ClubA report by Mr Douglas opines that the works are “not temporary in nature, are not visually attractive and may well be inappropriately sited when redevelopment of facilities occurs”.

Sharks CEO Todd Shimmon has apologised to the council for not going through the correct approvals process.

The sea container shop, budgeted to cost $5000, was to be air-conditioned, insulated and painted in the Sharks’ locally-famous blue and white livery.

Rather presumptuously, Mr Shimmon has told Mr Douglas that the site has been cleaned up and safety signs erected “until approval is given”.

But the approval aint gonna happen if Mr Douglas gets his way.

The council planning manager has recommended to his political masters that the Sharks be given 21 days to remove the work done so far, and make good the site lest legal action be taken by the town.

The council is slated to debate Mr Douglas’ recommendation on March 15.

Lyn Latham was a former town clerk at East Fremantle council. He died in 1963.

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'Mr Scarborough' moves on from his role in drunken quokka shocker.

Wallabies star plans Scarbs beach bar

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: Australian rugby international Richard Brown has moved on from his role in the infamous ‘quokka shocker’ incident at a drunken Rottnest Island bonding session a decade ago to launch a beach bar at Scarborough.

Brown, who rose to rugby fame as a foundation player with The Western Force, and played 23 games for The Wallabies, is now a qualified bouncer.

He was pretty handy around the paddock, but played his last Test in 2010 after suffering serious shoulder injuries. He left The Western Force in 2013.

Now Brown is one of three directors of the planned Sunset Boulevard Beach Club, the rocky approval process of which has been progressively revealed by oneperth.com.au.

After being kicked into touch by the City of Stirling and then by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, scaled back plans for the beach bar were thrown back into the planning field of play and approved by the MRA for a 12-month trial.

That was in May last year.

Now Brown, another partner Guy Hodgson, and the brains behind the operation, budding entertainment entrepreneur Robert Redmond, AKA Rob Stoykovski, have lodged a liquor licence application.

The licence application claims Brown, pictured above in his prime, is known locally as “Mr Scarborough”.

Brown and Co. do not mention that, in 2007, the Queensland-bred back-rower was reportedly fined $5000 by The Western Force for mistreating protected quokkas on Rottnest Island during a drunken team bonding session.

At the time, Brown reportedly said he had learned from the quokka shocker and would not make the same mistake again.

The Sunset Boulevard Beach Club is planned for a disused multi-storey car park, pictured, at 1 Manning Street.

Photo of Richard Brown: Cropped from an image by ‘Hamedog’, Wikimedia Commons, under Creative Commons attribution-sharealike 3.0 unported  licence.

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Six new apparatus to put Perth gym junkies through their paces.

Workout equipment fit for Bruce Lee

CHRIS THOMSON

Bruce Lee Reserve in the Fremantle suburb of Beaconsfield is set to get six new apparatus to put al fresco gym junkies through their paces.

Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 2The new gear is scheduled to be installed this year, and Fremantle council is inviting feedback on its plans to:

  • instal two lots of fitness equipment around the perimeter of the park on its eastern and northern sides;
  • create a small new play area on the eastern of the reserve that includes relocating and replacing an existing swing;
  • add a new path to provide universal access to the planned play area; and
  • lay a combination of mulch and rubber soft fall under the play and fitness equipment.

The equipment on the north side of the park will comprise step-up, chin-up and push-up bars (as pictured at rear, left) and something called an ‘oblique pivot’ (pictured, front).

On the east side, a leg press, shoulder press and butterfly press are planned, as partially pictured above, right.

While amusing the odd motorist who zooms by the reserve on busy South Street, the Bruce Lee Reserve sign has nothing to do with the late, great Kung Fu master from Hong Kong.

The park was named after another late Bruce Lee, a onetime journalist with the defunct Daily News, and a long-serving Fremantle city councillor from 1940 to 1967.

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A tad more than Fanta on the way for cool new licensed eatery.

‘Australia’s first ice-rink restaurant’

CHRIS THOMSON

The new ice rink at Bibra Lake in Perth’s south will be the first in Australia to have a restaurant, and a licensed one at that, if the state liquor watchdog gives the eatery the nod.

Having recently received the City of Cockburn planning approval for the restaurant, Cockburn Ice Arena directors Tom and Calandra Barrett have one more compulsory routine to perform – this time for the state liquor licensing director.

The Barretts’ liquor licence application, seen by oneperth.com.au, reveals that Cabin 401 Bar and Grill will be the restaurant’s name, and serving lunch and dinner to up to 190 diners will be its game

The couple wishes to serve alcohol to spectators at the rink, or to complement a meal.

The Barretts say that no other ice rink in Australia has a restaurant.

And down the track, they hope to open either Cabin 401, or the existing Frostbite café, for breakfast, as they reckon Bibra Lake “is crying out for such a service”.

The ice rink had been operating at Barrington Street since 1995, but in October 2015 moved to shiny new premises beside the azure waters of Bibra Lake.

Cabin 401 awaits its liquor licence.

Cabin 401 awaits its liquor licence.

Cabin 401 is planned to be “North-American style” with American Western Red Cedar timber panelling mixed with some white stone to fit in with the ice sports feel.

Wall paper of copper trees and pears is likely to line some walls and “reinforce the cabin feel”. The ceiling would be angled with a bulkhead over the bar area.

Four televisions are planned for the restaurant, featuring “all manner of ice sports coverage from NHL hockey games, figure skating, to snow sports, Red Bull Crashed Ice events, and depending on the clientele, local sports coverage”.

For diners there for a meal rather than the television, large windows run the length of the restaurant, separating it from the rink.

“Customers can watch skaters on the rink from the restaurant,” the Barretts foresee.

“This is very important for spectators.

“A single window overlooks Bibra Lake’s sparkling blue waters, surrounded by lounge seating.”

Hockey memorabilia is being installed including signed jerseys. And a 2.4-metre fireplace has been installed on a feature wall which to be surrounded by lounges and low tables.

The Barretts plan to open the restaurant seven days a week until 11pm.

When fully developed, the ice arena will be the second largest in the southern hemisphere, behind the venue formerly known as The Ice House in Melbourne’s CBD.

The national figure skating championships are tentatively booked for 2017 in the lead up to the Winter Olympic Games.

The Barretts assert it is in the public’s interest that the licence be granted. Have your say here.

Photos: From the Barretts’ licence application.

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Socceroo captain set to unveil bronze effigy of late Perth football star at World Cup qualifier on Sept 3.

Dylan Tombides statue for Perth Oval

CHRIS THOMSON

AUGUST 25 ADDENDUM: VINCENT COUNCIL TONIGHT UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE DYLAN TOMBIDES STATUE.

EXCLUSIVE: A bronze statue of late Perth soccer star Dylan Tombides is set to be unveiled at Perth Oval by Socceroo captain Mile Jedinak in conjunction with the World Cup qualifying match between Australia and Bangaldesh on September 3.

City of Vincent councillors are tonight considering an urgent recommendation from city CEO Len Kosova that the pictured statue be approved, without public consultation, contrary to council policy.

VenuesWest, which runs Perth Oval AKA nib Stadium, has asked the council to approve the statue on behalf of the DT38 Foundation, a charity set up in Tombides’ honour to raise awareness of testicular cancer, which he died of in 2014 at the age of 20.

Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak has written to Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett expressing a desire to unveil the bronze statue in nine days’ time – at Australia’s World Cup qualifying game against Bangladesh at Perth Oval on September 3.

dylan tombides statue nib stadium perthPerth sculptor Robert Hitchcock, well known for his statue of Noongar freedom fighter Yagan at Heirrison Island, is the artist behind the 2.1-metre high Tombides statue.

The sculpture is an interactive one that will have a button at its base that can be pressed to light up a shin pad pad that will say: “Happy birthday, Mum”.

With public art proposals perennially contentious in the inner-city hamlet of Vincent, statues normally require public consultation.

A report from Mr Kosova to his political masters contends that consultation has not been possible due to “time constraints and the nature of the request (with a high profile sports-related public unveiling)”.

“Further, the proposed statue will raise awareness of a charitable cause and will honour a young man who died of testicular cancer and spent time as a player at Perth Soccer Club in the City of Vincent, before going on to play for English Premier League team West Ham United and the Australian Socceroos,” Mr Kosova opines.

Mr Kosova has recommended the statue be installed beside Perth Oval’s Gate 4, behind the new eastern grandstand.

His recommended statue approval is set to be voted upon by the city’s councillors tonight.

Photos of Hitchcock’s statue of Dylan Tombides, DT38 Foundation.

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Ranger enters half marathon to help beat the blues.

Running depression ragged

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A City of Nedlands ranger who has lived with depression is running a half marathon in this year’s City to Surf to combat depression and raise money for the mental health charity Beyond Blue.

Ranger Daniel Sharples knew he had a problem when dramatic mood swings and uncontrollable tremors started to impact his life every single day.

He finally sought the advice of his GP, who diagnosed him with depression. The doctor prescribed anti-depressants, developed a mental health care plan and referred him to a psychologist.

Mr Sharples said that consulting his GP in the first place was the most difficult step – but the most important.

“I’ve got two kids to think about and I wanted to make sure they had a father who will be there for them and give them the love they deserve,” he said.

He realised he had been living with depression all through his adult life.

“Winston Churchill said, ‘When you’re going through hell, keep going” – that says it all for me – in running and in dealing with depression,” Mr Sharples said.

“The good news with something like depression is that, just like physical illnesses, depression and anxiety can be treated.

“The sooner you seek help, the sooner you can recover.”

 

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1100 commemorative licence plates to be minted if local AFL team wins the flag.

Dockers, Eagles grand final car plates auction

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: Up to 1100 vehicle licence plates will be auctioned online to celebrate either a Fremantle Dockers or West Coast Eagles grand final victory should that magnificent eventuality play out in the first week of October.

oneperth.com.au can reveal that from the final siren at the MCG on October 3, or no later than 9am the next day, the licence plates will go on auction for four weeks should the Dockers or Eagles win the flag.

The online public auction of no more than 1100 commemorative Dockers or Eagles plates will be promoted nationwide.

If the Dockers or Eagles lose on grand final day, the auction will be canned.

If a grand final replay is required, and either WA side wins, the Department of Transport will set a new start date for the auction, and fans will have a fortnight to place their bids.

Artwork for a Dockers and an Eagles win will be completed no later than one week before the grand final. In the event of a Dockers victory, the Eagles artwork will be trashed, and vice versa.

Assuming one of the Perth-based teams wins, fans will have the ability to view all plates and their reserve price online.

The plates would be available to successful bidders about a month after the closing date of the auction.

Photo: ‘Donaldytong’, Wikimedia Commons

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A cool 12 grand likely to secure a slice of racing infamy.

Fine Cotton memorabilia up for grabs

STAFF REPORTER

Original documents related to Australian horse racing’s most infamous  ring-in scandal are set to go under the hammer in Melbourne.

In the mid-1980s the Fine Cotton affair became the greatest ring-in scandal Australian horse racing has ever seen, when 

A company called Mossgreen is planning to auction a set of documents, photographs and press clippings.

Included in the cache are the original racing registration papers for Fine Cotton (pictured).

Breathtaking incompetence was a feature of the scandal, with ring-in, Bold Personality, a different colour to Fine Cotton and lacking some of his markings.

To compensate, handlers applied Clairol to his body and white paint to his hind legs, which smudged and ran as he was led back to the scales after a race.

The archive was assembled by a man who was close to the police investigation and who had access to information that was not available to racing authorities or the media at the time.

“Fine Cotton died in 2009, 25 years after the scandal that cemented his place in the history books,” said Max Williamson, a sporting and historical memorabilia specialist with Mossgreen.

“There’s no doubt that he would have preferred to be in the record books, but his poor performance on the track meant that he was never meant for bigger things.”

Mossgreen has slapped a pre-sale estimate of $8000 to $12,000 on the Fine Cotton memorabilia.

The lot will be offered at auction by Mossgreen in Melbourne on Monday, September 7 at 2.00pm.

The story remains part of racing folklore, with a footnote penned late last year when Racing Queensland lifted a lifetime racecourse ban on Fine Cotton trainer Hayden Haitana who served a jail term in the wake of the scandal.

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Parent told to 'piss off', and student umpire, 16, brought to the point of tears.

Deputy principal demoted after softball outburst

CHRIS THOMSON

A deputy principal at High Wycombe Primary School has been demoted, transferred and had her pay docked after speaking aggressively to a volunteer student umpire and telling a parent to “piss off” at an inter-school softball match.

On May 28 last year, when she attended an inter-school sports carnival at Maida Vale Reserve, Trudi Watts had been Deputy Principal at High Wycombe Primary School since 2010.

A decision published this month by Western Australian industrial commissioner Pamela Scott reveals that while supervising a Year Six and Seven girls’ B-grade softball team Ms Watts spoke aggressively and in an inappropriate tone to a student umpire who was 16 years old.

She also directed a parent to “piss off”.

‘RUDE, OVERBEARING, AGGRESSIVE’

The outburst arose over Ms Watts’ wish to have the student umpire, who was from Darling Range Sports College, score the game as well as officiate.

In her published decision, Acting Senior Commissioner Scott noted Ms Watts had been “rude, overbearing and aggressive” toward the volunteer student umpire.

“When he indicated to her that some of the parents had offered to do the scoring while he did the umpiring, she was not happy with this response and demanded that he score,” Ms Scott added.

“She did so in a tone and manner that was aggressive and inappropriate for a teacher, in the presence of all of the people at the event.

“Whether he cried as a response to her behaviour, as reported by a number of the other witnesses, is not so significant to me.

“He denies that he cried and I can understand why, if he had cried, he might now deny it.

“However, he was at least upset, bewildered and looking for assistance and support from others in response to Ms Watts’s behaviour towards him.”

PANIC ATTACK

Ms Scott found that Ms Watts’ attitude on the day toward a female teacher from her school was “rude and aggressive”.

“[The teacher] was so shocked and distraught by the attack by Ms Watts that she had a panic attack and dropped to the ground to catch her breath, and recover herself,” Ms Scott noted.

“Witnesses described her distress and that she was crying.

“In any event, it is quite clear that Ms Watts was in a state of high dudgeon and was abusive towards anyone who crossed her path or took a different view to hers that morning …”

DEMOTED

Ms Scott was busted back to teacher level, docked a day’s pay of $446.81, and transferred from High Wycombe Primary.

In his Term 2 newsletter earlier this year, High Wycombe Primary School principal Rick Walters said Ms Watts had “left our school as of the start of Term 2 after being transferred to a new position within the Department”.

“I would like to thank Mrs Watts for her contribution to our school community and wish her all the best for the future,” Mr Walters wrote.

Photo: ‘THOR’, Wikimedia Commons

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Swannies’ scoreboard structurally unsound

CHRIS THOMSON

The distinctive scoreboard at Bassendean Oval which has kept tally of Swan Districts Football Club games since at least 1978 has been recommended for demolition due to fears it may be unsafe.

A report by McDowell Affleck engineers advises that the rust-ridden scoreboard (pictured) is structurally unsound, with significant damage to the supporting columns and footings.

Bassendean Oval scoreboardBased on its March 10 inspection of the scoreboard, McDowall Affleck has told the Town of Bassendean that refurbishment would be unlikely to return the scoreboard to its original condition.

A Bassendean-based company called Edenfab Pty Ltd has quoted the council $43,296 to demolish the existing scoreboard and erect a new one.

The town’s insurer, LGIS, has told council officials that should the town fail to act on recommendations of the engineers’ report it may be exposed to “liability in the event of an associated incident resulting in harm or damage”.

A local Bassendean business has advised that the clock beside the scoreboard needs urgent attention to ensure it is structurally sound. This work was scheduled for May 20 at a cost of $2,920.50.

Bassendean Oval scoreboardAn officers’ report to Bassendean council says the company also “believed the scoreboard’s steel infrastructure would be safe until at least the end of the season, but were not prepared to put this in writing”.

The State Heritage Office does not consider the scoreboard, which has been in its current position since 1978, a significant part of Bassendean’s history.

Town officials have recommended that the council budgets $45,000 to demolish and replace the scoreboard and clock some time in 2015/16.

Bassendean’s town councillors are slated to debate the recommendation on May 26.

Photos: McDowall Affleck report to Bassendean council.

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Residents vs Jacob’s Ladder joggers

CHRIS THOMSON

EXCLUSIVE: Joggers using Jacob’s Ladder have been slammed by West Perth residents who accuse them of a raft of “antisocial behaviour” including spitting, vomiting, public urination, and verbal abuse.

oneperth.com.au can reveal that at a meeting convened by the City of Perth last year residents of Mount and Cliff streets accused joggers of antisocial behaviour, making noise in the early morning and late evening, and creating a danger to themselves and traffic in the area.

In a subsequent survey of residents the council floated, among other ideas, closing Jacob’s Ladder, and removing a stretching station at the base of the well-worn stairway.

VOMITING

Several of the 190 residents who completed the survey complained about a purported “lack of respect” by joggers, including spitting, vomiting, public urination, verbal abuse of residents, and running on the road with minimal regard for passing traffic.

Residents were evenly split on a possible closure of the ladder late at night and early in the morning. One said the ladder should be closed at all times.

Fifty-four per cent of the polled residents said fitness groups should be banned from the ladder – which the council later did, including banishing a WA Football League Club to another, less challenging jog elsewhere in Perth.

However, several residents supported healthy and active living in West Perth, and opposed any restrictions on joggers.

BAN ON FITNESS GROUPS

Now, in a report to their political masters, council officials advise that: “the City of Perth’s local laws do not adequately address the issues created by these activities, which include antisocial behaviour and the use of the road by persons who are exercising”.

“The city’s rangers have limited capacity to prevent people from being active and exercising on the street,” the report continues.

“These are matters that are under the jurisdiction of the police and can only be enforced by the police.”

Despite lacking jurisdiction to prevent people being active and exercising on the street, the council has introduced rules to restrict the hours of operation of commercial fitness groups.

‘CONSIDER RESIDENTS’

Signs have also been installed telling joggers to be considerate of residents.

Nevertheless, the city continues to receive complaints about joggers by residents of Mount and Cliff streets.

The council staff have recommended that the ladder not be closed, the stretching station remain, but that the ban on exercise groups remain.

On March 24, a city committee will debate whether or not to endorse the recommendations ahead of consideration at a later council meeting.

Photo: Amanda Slater, flickr.

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Indoor skydiving coming to Perth

CHRIS THOMSON

It’s indoor skydiving in a 14-foot diameter vertical glass wind tunnel – and it’s coming to Perth.

iFLY, owned by an Australian Stock Exchange listed company called Indoor Skydive Australia (ISA) Group Limited, opened its first indoor skydiving centre in Penrith, NSW last year.

Now iFLY is spreading its wings to the inner eastern Perth suburb of Rivervale.

If approved by a state planning panel on March 18, as recommended by the City of Belmont, the $6.5 million, four-storey premises (pictured) will host daredevils from the general public from 9am to 11pm, and provide a training venue for military personnel from midnight to 8am.

iFLY indoor skydiving PerthThe centre itself would have a frequent flyers club, VIP room, and operate 24/7.

ISA wants its Rivervale iFLY operating by mid-2016 at the corner of Great Eastern Highway and Belmont Avenue.

The company is building another iFLY in Surfers Paradise which it plans to open in mid-2015.

iFLYs are also planned for Adelaide and Melbourne.

In order to build the Perth iFLY, an existing showroom on the prominent Rivervale site will need to be demolished.

Renders: Gresley Abas Architects

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Heritage push for hallowed Subiaco turf

CHRIS THOMSON

The turf playing surface of Subiaco Oval could be added to the state heritage register under a plan set to be considered by Subiaco city councillors .

At a city committee meeting on March 10 Councillor Mark Burns will move that the council “take all measures necessary and with the utmost haste” to ask the WA Heritage Council to have the oval’s playing field placed on the state heritage register.

If requested by the city then approved by the state, heritage listing of the verdant playing surface will throw a spanner in the works for any real estate developer salivating over the prospect of converting the grassy expanse into a block of flats after elite football shifts from Subiaco to the new Perth Stadium in 2018.

In 2004 the Heritage Council told the city that the oval, including the playing field, warranted consideration for state heritage listing.

The Subiaco Oval reserve was gazetted in 1904 and has been the state’s home of football since the mid 1930s.

The oval’s gates were added to the state heritage register in 2000.

Cr Burns’ planned motion will explain that putting the playing surface on the state heritage register will not necessarily preclude redevelopment of the surrounding Subiaco stadium complex.

In a political manifesto published before the last council elections, Cr Burns said he had a “strong ability to control and when necessary limit developments, always keeping in mind the desires of Subiaco’s residents”.

Photo of the big Pav, ‘Rulesfan’, Wikimedia Commons.

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Subiaco Oval gates crashed

STAFF REPORTER

The historic gates of Western Australia’s home of football are today unstable after an altercation with an allegedly stolen Hyundai early this morning.

Police spokeswoman Susan Usher said that at 1:20am her colleagues saw an allegedly stolen Hyundai Santa Fe at the intersection of Coghlan and Roberts Roads in Subiaco.

Ms Usher said that as the police activated their car lights and siren, the Hyundai was allegedly driven off.

Ms Usher said that “within moments” police were told the Hyundai had crashed through the historic limestone entrance to Subiaco Oval (pictured) off Haydn Bunton Drive.

The structure is now unstable and State Emergency Service volunteers were called to help secure the structure.

Ms Usher said the female driver and a male passenger allegedly fled the scene with the male being apprehended a short distance away.

Police inquiries are continuing in regard to the female driver.

A 37-year-old Girrawheen man will appear in Perth Magistrates Court today charged with an outstanding warrant, and stealing a motor vehicle.

The limestone and brick gates were erected in 1935.

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