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Save the Wall

It seems that Twiggy Forrest's first foray into Fremantle development will be his demolition of a significant piece of Fremantle's heritage.

 The 23 metre long 3 metre high heritage limestone wall on the Spicer site on Henderson Street in the heart of our heritage town is about to go, along with the much loved Numbat painting ratepayers paid $20,000 for in 2011.

There is a council requirement to turn the heritage wall into an art piece onsite within 18 months- a rather second rate option.

Because Council's own documents state: "Limestone wall should be substantially retained and conserved and integrated into a future development."

Instead of making the developer integrate the heritage wall into a future development, council staff decided  to support: "on-balance decision to demolish the wall for the greater benefit that the new development and artwork would provide for the surrounding heritage buildings and cityscape once they come forward."

But will the 6 storey hotel plans for the site, widely panned by numerous experts, benefit the surrounding heritage buildings and cityscape?

Mayor Fitzhardinge and the planning committee voted to allow the demolition, and have not required the archaeological investigation and interpretation for the Pine Warehouse site before it will be turned into a temporary carpark. Yet the site is in the heart of the historic town, and the limestone wall is at least 100 years old.

Twiggy Forrest's namesake Sir John Forrest did such good works in Fremantle, Fremantle council voted in 1901 to erect a memorial gate and fountain outside Fremantle Oval just 100 metres away from the Spicer site in his honour. Mind you, council still havent built it. 

What will Twiggy Forrest's legacy be in Fremantle with all the properties he has bought here - hopefully worth at least a fountain.

John Dowson
The Fremantle Society
5 August 2022


In the last Mailchimp mention was made of  those who secured the government workers for Kings Square. Omitted was mention of the work done by local member Adele Carles whose advocacy was central in convincing the Liberal government to relocate over 1200 government workers to Fremantle.

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