Dr Brad Pettitt, Fremantle’s current Mayor,
Fremantle prides itself on being WA’s first Carbon Neutral Council. They have earned this title through projects such as the Geothermal Power for the leisure centre’s pool, the Light House Project or Off the Grid Living, Banning non-recyclable plastic bags, and creating Green Spaces for the community. Fremantle’s mission, to remain a carbon neutral city.
The city of Fremantle is well known for its heritage buildings and tourist attractions, such as the Fremantle Prison, the Shipping Harbour, and the Markets. Mayor Brad Pettitt and the Council of Fremantle are in the process of discussing and implementing new initiatives to enhance Fremantle’s liveability, and increase the amount of residents in the city by at least 2000 people, all while remaining an environmentally friendly city. One of the initiatives is the construction of smaller, more affordable apartments, to cater for people of all monetary classes. This is called the Small Dwellings Scheme, allowing for more people to live in the city, thus improving Fremantle’s economy. One specific example of this scheme is the refurbishment of the old Dalgety Wool Shed, into a complex of small, affordable units.
Design is a major component in ensuring a happy city and happy residents. “Art making holds the possibility to transform that which is painful into something eventually positive” (Dr. Cathy Malchiodi, 2011). This proves the point that the use of art and Design does improve societies happiness levels and willingness to stay in a given area. The levels of design implemented can be anything as small as the colour of a building, to as large as its design. In the case of Fremantle, the design of the abundance of of new infrastructure is a vital component in maintaining Fremantle’s artistic reputation within the community. Fremantle is known for its festivals, and arts, so the use of design techniques throughout the city, is of vital importance in maintaining Fremantle’s identity.
Like any functioning city, Fremantle faces many challenges in creating and maintaining a happy city. I have explored the city through the point of view of an International backpacker. I wondered around the city in the search for a cheap Backpackers to stay at, cheap food, and fun activities to do throughout the days of staying in Freo. I was pleased to find multiple Backpackers, but they were quiet difficult to find, and I would not have if I didn’t stumble upon them. After I found accommodation, I proceeded to find a Supermarket to cheaply purchase my groceries from. I could not find a single one. I believe, as a backpacker in the City, that way finding is a major issue that needs to be addressed.
The art of reflections.
Do people find reflections so entertaining?
I know I do! Especially those waves ones! But why? What makes people so happy about reflections? Maybe it’s only the warped ones, maybe people like seeing themselves, or maybe something else all together…. happinessproject