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16 November 2023
Pete Stone appointed as Director of Creative Arts and Community

The City of Fremantle is pleased to announce the appointment of Pete Stone to the position of Director Creative Arts and Community.

The role is responsible for the following areas:

  • Customer Experience and Learning, including Walyalup Civic Centre, the Fremantle Visitor Centre, the Meeting Place and Library.
  • Community Development programmes, as well as the Fremantle Community Legal Centre, the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Fremantle Leisure Centre.
  • Arts and Culture, including the Fremantle Arts Centre, public art and festivals.

Mr Stone has previously worked at the City of Fremantle in the roles of Manager Arts and Culture (2015-18) and General Manager at the Fremantle Arts Centre (2010-15).

For the past three years he has been working at the City of Melville as Creative Producer, helping to expand and evolve their arts program and identity as a cultural hub.

Mr Stone is also the Chair of the Fremantle Biennale Board, which presents a site responsive festival of contemporary art every two years in Freo.

Previously, he worked at Perth Festival, producing the 'Highway to Hell' event in 2020.

City of Fremantle CEO Glen Dougall said that Mr Stone had acted in the role for the past two months and during that time had demonstrated the leadership and commitment required to enable the creativity and community engagement to flourish in Fremantle.

“We are delighted that Pete has joined the City of Fremantle permanently.  He brings a wealth of experience and passion to the job and has made a positive impact already,” Mr Dougall said.

“His leadership during the interim period has been outstanding and we have full confidence in his ability to drive forward our vision of a culturally rich and engaged community.”

Mr Stone said he was honoured to become a permanent appointment in the role.

“I am a long-time Freo resident with a professional and personal commitment to this city and I'm excited about the opportunities ahead. 

“In the two months since returning to the City of Fremantle, I've enjoyed renewing old acquaintances and making new connections.

“I am acutely aware of the incredible talent and passion that exists within our city and I am eager to work collaboratively with the Fremantle and wider state community to further enhance the cultural landscape and sense of belonging.”

Mr Stone will oversee the development and implementation of initiatives that promote the local creative arts scene in Fremantle while fostering a sense of community belonging and collaboration.

He joins Matt Hammond (Director City Business), Graham Tattersall (Director Infrastructure) and Russell Kingdom (Director Planning, Place and Urban Development) in the City of Fremantle’s Executive Leadership Team.