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Brewery plan for Fremantle substation


A microbrewery has been submitted for approval as part of a five-floor redevelopment of the defunct SEC electricity substation in Fremantle.

Plans for the microbrewery and a 40-apartment, five-floor block have been lodged by landowner Match Property Group for the site, at 12 Parry Street.

Fremantle microbreweryIf eventually approved, the micro brewery will occupy the back of the art deco substation building, and a restaurant the front. The apartment block will rise behind.

Al fresco dining is proposed for the footpath that verges Parry Street.

Fremantle microbreweryThe state heritage-listed building was erected in 1933. From 1989 to 2008 the building was an energy museum.

An information session will be held on the plans on June 25 between 5.30 and 6.00pm in the City of Fremantle Committee Room on the first floor of the council offices at 8 William Street.

Renders: Cameron Chisholm & Nicol (WA) Pty Ltd

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Maddington, Hilton ALDIs hit blank wall


EXCLUSIVE: ALDI fans, prepare to be double disappointed – for now, at least.

Fresh from this week’s revelation that Fremantle council planners have recommended an ALDI at Hilton be refused because the supermarket would have a blank wall facing South Street, the City of Gosnells is using a similar reason to withhold its support for an ALDI at Maddington. has learned that ALDI wants to erect the pictured $4 million supermarket and an ALDI grog shop on the corner of Albany Highway and Burslem Drive.

ALDI MaddingtonBut the City of Gosnells is proving to be a fly in ALDI’s generic brand ointment, recommending that a state assessment panel refuse the German retail giant’s Maddington supermarket.

The main reason the city gives for not endorsing the ALDI is that it would present an “inactive frontage (in the form of a generally blank wall) to Herbert Street” which is not fully built yet.

One objection (complaining about a potential increase in traffic) and two submissions of support were received on the ALDI during the council’s obligatory consultation phase.

In addition, the Department of Health chimed in with a concern over the “normalisation” of the viewing of alcohol by young people if it were available in supermarkets, and a contention that the sale of alcohol in supermarkets increases consumption and hence health issues.

An existing concrete and iron retail building would need to be demolished to make way for the ALDI.

The state panel is set to consider the city’s recommended refusal on June 10.

Plan: Modus Blueprint Pty Ltd

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Fremantle ALDI rebuffed



Fremantle city planners have recommended that a planned ALDI discount supermarket within its borders be refused, contending it does nothing for the vibe of busy South Street.

Last month, revealed plans for an ALDI on South Street in the outer Fremantle suburb of Hilton.

Now, has learned that port city planners have recommended a state planning panel refuse the $4.2 million ALDI, which has earned the ire of 500-odd Hilton locals.

The planners contend that the planned ALDI, pictured, fails to engage sufficiently with South Street.

During its obligatory advertising period, the ALDI received 59 objections, and 23 letters of support. And a petition opposing the ALDI was signed by 462 people.

Fremantle’s planners have sided with the objectors, expressing concerns that the ALDI’s storage and delivery areas, rather than entryway, front South Street.

The recommended refusal is slated to be debated by a port city planning committee on Wednesday night.

Generally speaking, the Dozen or so ALDIs already approved around metropolitan Perth have been welcomed with open arms by their local municipalities. There was some community opposition to the ALDI planned for leafy Mundaring, but Mundaring Shire recommended that ALDI for state approval, and a state assessment panel complied.

For first news on more ALDI plans, check back here regularly. We’ve brought you first plans of ALDIs at KwinanaMandurahInnaloo, Mundaring, Kwinana, Cannington and Southern RiverSo you know it makes sense.

Render: I:IPH Architects

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‘Cindy Crawford’s freckle’ to go


A heritage-listed Art Deco landmark that in recent years has blighted the best street in the Fremantle suburb of Beaconsfield is being groomed for a date with the wrecking ball.

Dubbed ‘Cindy Crawford’s freckle‘ by a port city wit who pens graffiti a bit, the house (pictured above, right) is the only major blemish on urbane Edmund Street – which has panoramic views over the Indian Ocean and in the last 10 years has become home to several of Fremantle’s rich and semi-famous.

Until the mid-1990s the house was the jewel in the crown of Edmund Street, having been converted by an Italian immigrant family from a 1901-built limestone cottage to an Art Deco delight in the mid-1950s.


The Freckle, in fine fettle, in 1993.

The Freckle, in fine fettle, in 1993.

The house was added to Fremantle council’s heritage list in 2000, and in early 2007 a city heritage report said it was “a very fine example of the application of the Inter-War Art Deco detailing to a c1900 stone cottage”.

“The interior is a highly authentic and intact example of the Art Deco style,” the report enthused.

But that was then.

These days, according to a new heritage report prepared for Hocking Heritage Studio on behalf of Freckle owner Peter Zoric of an outfit called Zoric + Construction, “the property now forms a landmark of a completely different nature and for all the wrong reasons”.

Once dubbed ‘Hillinook’, and known as Beaconsfield’s ‘icecream house’, the bungalow morphed into a malignant freckle from 2005 when its owner, Hannah Smith, died.


In February 2006 then new owners Peter and Georgie Zoric unsuccessfully applied to erect a two-storey house on the site, and in 2007 applied to have the council’s refusal of their plans overturned in the State Administrative Tribunal.

The Freckle, as recently as 2007.

The Freckle, as recently as 2007.

That the SAT did, and in late 2007 the roof, floors and 1950s alterations were demolished.

With The Freckle mired in red tape and inactivity ever since, the council has received many queries and complaints about the state of the structure.

The Zorics have now applied to demolish the rest of the once wonderful house, and Fremantle council planners have recommended they be allowed to do so.

The Freckle’s fate is slated to be debated at a council planning committee meeting on May 6.

Moves to excise the heritage-listed freckle from the face of Fremantle come as the historic port city gears up to host its annual heritage festival from May 8 to 17.

1993 photo: City of Fremantle Library: Fremantle History Centre via Zoric/Hocking Heritage Studio heritage assessment.

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Hilton ALDI plans revealed


First plans have emerged of the latest in a string of ALDI shops planned for metropolitan Perth, this time in the Fremantle suburb of Hilton.

ALDI plans to erect the pictured supermarket and 77 car bays between Victor and Ethelwyn Street, opposite South Street from an existing IGA.

The planned ALDI is now with the City of Fremantle which has been charged with making a recommendation on the project to a state assessment panel.

If eventually approved by the state panel, the Hilton ALDI will be built on the site of an existing local shopping centre that until recently housed the Hilton Fresh fruit and vegetable emporium, which ceased trading on February 22.

The shops also house a butcher store, hairdresser, newsagency, post office, King of Soul key cutter and cobbler, and the Sweet Ginger cafe which on weekends hosts a modern jazz band

Hilton ALDIAll that diversity will go if the set-plan ALDI gets up, as the project involves demolition of the existing shops.

ALDI claims its planned store will “add to the mix of retail offerings” in the area.

In eastern Australia, ALDI offers a more limited range of products (mostly under its own private label) than its Woolworths and Coles competitors.

Hilton ALDIThe company claims to have the cheapest prices for staple groceries in Australia, and to lower the prices of groceries in markets that they enter.

The Hilton ALDI would have 1020sqm of floor space.

Anticipated opening times are 8am to 8pm weekdays, 8am to 5pm Saturdays and 11am to 5pm Sunday.

You can check out, and comment on, the planned Hilton ALDI here until May 15.

For first news on more ALDI plans, check back here on a regular basis. We’ve brought you first plans of ALDIs at Kwinana, MandurahInnaloo, Mundaring, Kwinana, Cannington and Southern RiverSo you know it makes sense.

Renders: I:IPH Architects

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Hyatt hotel for Leighton Beach


EXCLUSIVE: An ugly hole in the ground that has blighted North Fremantle‘s Leighton Beach for half a decade since the end of the last big property boom is set to be partly filled by a five-floor Hyatt Place hotel.

If eventually approved by a state assessment panel, the 100-room Hyatt Place will rise at the northeast corner of  Mirvac’s levelled but vacant block across Curtin Avenue from North Fremantle train station.

Hyatt Hotel Leighton Beach FremantleA rooftop function space with views over the beach, and a swimming pool, are also on the drawing board for the pictured hotel.

A bar, take-away food outlet, herb garden, and shuttle bus from the airport, are also planned.

The building would have a rootop photovoltaic system big enough to meet 20 per cent of the hotel’s energy requirements.

Renders: Campion Design Group

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Flamingo flies again


A yacht that’s mast was all that could be seen above water after it sunk at East Fremantle has been salvaged from The Swan and advertised for sale by the State Government.

The Flamingo, pictured here before and after its salvage, is now at the Department of Transport’s recreational boat pen at Woodman Point.

The yacht is 6.96-metres long, and custom built of timber.

If you want to check the Flamingo out before the sale tender closes on April 17 , give Sam Carello a buzz on 9431 1025.

And tell him oneperth sent you.

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Paint job for flaking red dingo


The state heritage listed Dingo Flour dingo that peers out over Stirling Highway at North Fremantle is being primed for a much-needed paint job.

In recent years, the red paint that separates the dingo from its white background has peeled, giving the canis familiaris a decidedly shabby look.

But the dingo’s owner, Allied Mills – which has long operated the flour mill that made the dingo famous – has told Fremantle council it wants to replace the jaded canine with a fresh one.

Allied Mills reports that the metal sheeting on which the dingo is superimposed needs replacing due to the “extreme marine environment” of the mill which is not far from Leighton Beach.

As part of a $3.1 million overhaul of its mill, the company wants to paint a fresh dingo on the new metal sheeting it plans to instal.

Allied Mills also wants to remove steel bulk wheat storage silos, and conveyors, both installed in 1982.

The works are aimed at ensuring the ongoing, viable use of the place as a flour mill.

The State Heritage Office has no qualms with the plans, telling Fremantle council the mill: “is rare as the only large early mill continuing in operation in the metropolitan area“.

The council’s planners agree, recommending that the city tell the ultimate approval authority, a state assessment panel, that it supports the dingo’s facelift.

The dingo gained statewide recognition in the 1980s via a story that bigtime Fremantle entrepreneur Alan Bond, who in his younger days owned a painting company, used to touch it up. That yarn has never been verified.

News of the dingo’s pending paint job has prompted to break into verse:

The dignified dingo patrols the blue seas,

and motors along on his red dingo skis.

Truly excellent photo of the dingo by Bryn Jones, Wikimedia Commons.

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Puma servo for clucked-out Kentucky


A defunct KFC restaurant at the southeastern gateway to Fremantle is set to morph into a 24/7 Puma service station and convenience store.

Two years ago, the Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet at the corner of Carrington Street and Clontarf Road in Hamilton Hill went the way of the dodo. Ever since, the derelict KFC (pictured) has been a magnet for vandals and graffiti guys.

Now, can reveal that Puma Energy – which has launched a major expansion into Western Australia – is planning a service station with eight refuelling bays for the site.

puma fuel stationThe planned servo (pictured, left) is not without its detractors, with four objections received by the City of Cockburn.

Octagenarian, G. Pruiti, who lives two doors down from the planned Puma on residential Clontarf Road, says the service station is not needed and would increase traffic and noise, pollute the air, and devalue residential property in the area.

“The smell and fumes from the petrol and diesel will adversely affect my health and detrimentally affect my day-to-day life,” G. Pruiti’s written objection laments.

“I am in my 80s and already have health issues.

“The last business to operate on this site was a KFC store, and I then often was able to smell the odour associated with cooking chicken.

“It is highly likely that the fumes associated with petrol and diesel filling would be greater, more offensive and constant all day and night without reprieve.”

The nearest service station to the planned Puma is a United one, just 100 metres away, on Winterfold Road. The former KFC languishes at the end a row of shops situated on the last block of land on the left of Carrington Street as motorists enter Fremantle from Cockburn.

Cockburn city planners have recommended the 24-hour, seven-day a-week Puma be approved. Their political masters are scheduled to vote on the recommendation when they pow-wow on Thursday night.

Render of Puma fuel station: Hindley & Associates P/L

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Camp Australia loses a child


EXCLUSIVE: Serial offending Camp Australia – which runs 400 care centres for 50,000 children nationwide – has been fined $8000 after failing to report in a timely fashion the disappearance of a boy who, unsupervised, walked 1.4 kilometres home across busy Perth roads.

Orders published today by State Administrative Tribunal president Jeremy Curthoys compel the Victorian-based daycare company to pay Western Australia’s Department of Local Government and Communities a penalty of $8000 and $1000 for the department’s legal costs.

On the afternoon of August 6 last year, at the Camp Australia daycare outlet at Richmond Primary School in East Fremantle, a boy, 8, left the centre and walked 1.4 kilometres home on his own.

On the walk home the boy crossed major roads.

His absence was not noted for 15 minutes, and he remained absent from Camp Australia until his mother called to say her son had unexpectedly shown up.

She then returned the boy to Camp Australia.

Before Justice Curthoys, the company admitted it had breached a national law by failing to ensure that all children being educated and cared for were adequately supervised at all times. 

Camp Australia did not tell the department about the boy’s disappearance until August 11, five days after the incident.

In so doing, the company again breached the national law by failing to tell authorities within 24 hours that a serious incident had occurred.

The boy’s disappearance is not the first time Camp Australia’s Western Australian operations have come under legal fire.

In 2012, revealed the company had been fined $52,500 for inadequately supervising minors at seven schools in Perth’s western, southern and northern suburbs.

After his disappearance and re-emergence the boy remained enrolled with Camp Australia.

Camp Australia removed a staff member from Richmond Primary School and reallocated her to another site more suited to her skill set.

The company retrained its service staff, and has since used the boy’s disappearance as a case study for national training.

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Dan Murphy’s waters down liquor signs


Woolworths-owned national liquor giant Dan Murphy’s will have to refrain from advertising the cheapest alcohol in town on the outside of its new booze barn at South Fremantle.

After a tortuous site selection and approvals process that has dragged on since 2010, a Dan Murphy’s grog shop opened late last year at the South Fremantle market Place shops.

But there was one more sting in the bureaucratic tail of Fremantle counci.

In response to Dan Murphy’s request to approve the pictured sign, the council insisted that: “in consideration of the city’s alcohol management policy and the considerable negative and dangerous socail and community impact of alcohol consumption, the text “lowest price liquor guaranteed” or any equivalent claim shall not form part of the approved signage”.

At first, Woolworths owned Dan Murphy’s resisted the council’s order in the powerful State Administration.

Dan Murphy's South FremantleNow, can reveal that in a confidential mediation session with the city council on December 11 last year, the national liquor giant agreed to remove the lowest price liquor guarantee from its signs.

In a bid to get the signs approved for once and for all, Dan Murphy’s has also backed down on the size of the placards, a la the pictured elevations (above, left) commissioned by the liquor giant,

Whether Dan Murphy’s finally gets its booze barn totally approved is up to Fremantle’s planning services committee which on January 14 will debate a recommendation that the signs be approved.

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‘Multanova operator sprayed in face’


A multanova operator was allegedly sprayed in the face with aerosol paint by the driver of a high performance Holden Commodore at Bicton yesterday.

Police inspector Brett Ranford said that about 10.30am a police multanova operator was stationed on Preston Point Road when he saw an orange Holden Commodore SS sedan drive slowly past his location before allegedly accelerating heavily down the road, spinning his wheels.

About half an hour later, the male driver of the Commodore returned, parking his car in a nearby street.

Allegedly wearing a gas mask and hat to conceal his identity, the man approached the multanova operator’s vehicle from behind.

Inspector Ranford said the man then used a screwdriver to remove the rear registration plate.

Alerted to the noise from removing the plate, the multanova operator confronted the man who allegedly sprayed him in the face with aerosol paint before running off.

The multanova operator chased the man, apprehending him a short distance away before calling police vehicles to his location. The man was arrested without further incident.

The multanova operator was not injured.

A 21-year-old East Fremantle man was arrested and charged with causing excessive noise.

His Commodore was seized and impounded for 28 days.

The man was also charged with being disguised to commit an offence, stealing, unlawful damage and assaulting a public officer.

The man was bailed to appear in Fremantle Magistrates Court on January 27.

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Mondo Doro chorizo salmonella scare


Fremantle smallgoods maker Mondo Doro is recalling its hot and mild chorizo that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

O’Connor-based Mondo Doro is urging shoppers to return the chorizo, sold to them in 300-gram vacuum-sealed packs, and with a use by date of May 3, 2015.

Mondo Doro says the recall is due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may cause illness if consumed, and Mondo Doro is advising customers concerned about their health to see a doctor.

The suspect sausages were sold only in Western Australia at independent outlets including IGA supermarkets and local delicatessens.

Mondo Doro says customers should throw the chorizo out or return it to the place of purchase for a cash refund.

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Fremantle has state’s best architecture


Fremantle is Western Australia’s undisputed capital of fine architecture for 2014.

At last month’s national architecture awards in Darwin, the inaugural Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions) was presented to Beaconsfield-based architects Philip Stejskal Architecture for its renovation rescue of a heritage-listed house at Bellevue Terrace in Fremantle.

Awards juror Virginia Kerridge said the house (pictured, left) made “you really felt like you were in your own little world”.

“This beautiful sense of exuberance and playfulness, [the jurors] just sat there and didn’t want to leave,” Ms Kerridge said.

“I think that’s the mark of a really good building.

“It was just that sense of delightfulness and that sense of effortlessness and to me.

“It was also the fact that it was a very small budget that just achieved a huge amount and really deserves a big reward.”

And lauded twice at the national awards was Fremantle’s Bread in Common restaurant project (pictured right, and above, right), the emergence of which was revealed here last year amid objections to the innovative project by disgruntled locals.

The high-end restaurant project that gave a clapped-out warehouse a new lease on life won the Commercial Architecture and Interior Architecture awards.

In all, four Perth buildings were nominated as finalists for the awards across five categories.

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