Promoting Parks

Sunday Times Apologises for Defamation

The Fremantle Society is very keen on parks and on promoting them.

When Peter Newman defamed the Fremantle Society in the Sunday Times about Esplanade Park as detailed in our last Mailchimp, we sought a retraction and apology from the newspaper. That was published last week.

Council blogger Roel Loopers vented a nasty personal blog defending Mayor Pettitt's close ally Peter Newman, in a tirade described by a senior Western Australian journalist as "disgraceful."

The Fremantle Society will continue to advocate for council to actually implement the expensive Master Plans and Conservation Plans it produces for places like Esplanade Park and Arthur Head instead of ignoring them and not allocating the budget they need.

We will also be producing a vision for Pioneer Park opposite the train station, to be launched soon, a gateway to the town with a poorly maintained heritage building, incongruous sculpture, disintegrating wishing well, and no revelation of its archaeological past. Instead it could be a fabulous welcoming place to Fremantle with something to do and see.

We will also continue advocating for Mayor's Park, Fremantle's smallest and unknown park opposite Princess May Park, as featured this week in the Herald (above).

John Dowson
The Fremantle Society

23 July, 2020


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