Restarting Freo after COVID-19

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Following the state government’s easing of COVID-19 outbreak restrictions, we’re excited to have opened a number of facilities and services with more planned in the near future.

Physical distancing restrictions are still in effect and facilities may only be open in a limited capacity and/or offer reduced services, subject to health and safety requirements.

 City of Fremantle services - status update

City facilities to re-open

We’re very happy to say that today’s WA Government’s announcement further easing COVID-19 restrictions means we now have definite plans to re-open facilities including the Fremantle Leisure Centre, Visitors Centre and Fremantle Arts Centre.

Staff will be busy over the next week or so putting social distancing and hygiene measures in place as well as preparing safety plans to ensure our facilities are safe for the community and employees.

Playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment and skate parks will also be available for public use from Saturday 6 June 2020.

We will provide full details next week as our re-opening plans are finalised. For a full rundown on today’s announcement, read the Premier’s media statement here.

Check out our Restarting Freo after COVID-19 blog and our Restart Freo roadmap for more details on the recent re-openings.

Playspaces, skateparks and public facilities

  • All playspaces and skateparks will re-open from Saturday 6 June 2020
  • All public toilets are open. An enhanced cleaning regime is now in place
  • All public showers are open. An enhanced cleaning regime is now in place
  • All barbecues are open. An enhanced cleaning regime is now in place
  • All picnic shelters are open
  • All water fountains are open. An enhanced cleaning regime is now in place
  • The South Beach pontoon has been removed for winter

Arts and culture

  • Fremantle International Street Arts Festival - Cancelled until further notice
  • Fremantle Heritage Festival - Cancelled until further notice
  • Fremantle Festival: 10 Nights in Port - Cancelled until further notice
  • Moores Building of Contemporary Art Galleries - Re-opening Monday 29 June 2020
  • Moore and Moore Cafe - Now open
  • Fremantle Arts Centre - Re-opening Monday 15 June 2020
  • Fremantle Arts Centre Learning Courses - Cancelled until further notice. A July Kids’ School Holiday Program will be available, with a full term 3 Adults’ Program to follow. The classes, dates and booking information will be announced as they become available
  • FOUND (shop) at Fremantle Arts Centre - Re-opening Monday 15 June 2020. FOUND online is open for business 24/7
  • Sunday Music Series - Cancelled until further notice
  • Revealed Art Market - Cancelled until further notice
  • South Lawn Concerts - Postponed

Community facilities

  • Fremantle Leisure Centre - Re-opening on Thursday 18 June 2020
  • Samson Recreation Centre - Re-opening on Thursday 18 June 2020. Monday evening netball will recommence Monday 22 June and Wednesday evening 24 June 2020. Day time netball season will recommence for term 3 on Thursday 23 July 2020.
  • Volunteering - Business as usual. Neighbour to Neighbour initiative launched to help those in need during the COVID-19 crisis 
  • Health and wellbeing - Supporting State Sporting Associations announcements
  • Walyalup Aboriginal Community Centre - Re-opening Monday 15 June 2020
  • Youth Climate Change Conference - Cancelled until further notice
  • Beach wheelchair - Not available for hire until further notice

Council meetings

  • Council and committee meetings will return to North Fremantle Community Centre and be open to the public from Wednesday 1 July 2020. The Wednesday 10 and Wednesday 24 June council meetings are being held by electronic means. Questions and statements can be submitted to agendasminutes@fremantle.wa.gov.au before 4pm on the day of the meeting. Visit the agendas and minutes page.

Customer service

  • Administration building - The customer service centre is open. Opening times will be 8am–5pm to answer queries, process applications and permits and accept EFTPOS payments. You can also continue to send requests online via our request a service portal, email at info@fremantle.wa.gov.au and over the phone on 1300 MY FREO (1300 693 736).

    For the safety of staff and customers temporary sneeze screens have been installed and hand sanitisers are in place at the front counter and by the visitor sign-in kiosk. Staff and customers will also be asked to maintain physical distancing. 

Development approvals

  • All in person duty appointments - Cancelled until further notice
  • Community Information sessions (for significant DA’s) - Cancelled until further notice
  • Design Advisory Committee - Cancelled until further notice. Contact the City of Fremantle
  • Residential pool inspections – May be operating at limited capacity. We encourage pool owners to read the Rules for Pools and Spas – a simple checklist to help you self-assess and reduce the risk of drownings.

Economic development and marketing

  • Business Support Program - Offering advice to local businesses on how they can take advantage of state and federal COVID-19 support measures
  • Marketing - supporting businesses continuing to trade with promotion through visit Fremantle platforms including visitfremantle.com.au, @visitfremantle social media accounts and enewsletter. 

Events

  • ANZAC Day - The 2020 traditional services were replaced with Anzac Day Driveways at Dawn 2020.
  • Pioneer’s Luncheon - Cancelled until further notice
  • NAIDOC Opening Event and all week activities - Cancelled until further notice

Facility bookings

Field services

  • Community Safety - Business as usual
  • Compliance - Business as usual
  • Parking services - Decrease in number of staff until further notice
  • Environmental health - Monitoring State Health advice and briefing stakeholders 

Fremantle Community Legal Centre

  • Fremantle Community Legal Centre - Open. Opening hours are 9am–4pm

Fremantle Visitor Centre

  • Fremantle Visitor Centre - Re-opening Monday 15 June 2020
  • Cruise ship shuttle service - Cancelled until further notice

Lifelong Learning and library

  • Fremantle Library - Open. Opening times are from 10am–5pm Monday to Friday, 9am–1pm on Saturday and 11am–3pm on Sundays. The library will extend its weekday opening hours to 9am-5pm from Monday 15 June, and the number of patrons allowed in at one time will increase.
  • Fremantle Toy Library - Closed until further notice
  • Wanjoo Lounge - Re-opening Monday 15 June 2020
  • Fremantle History Centre - Open
  • LibraryCraft - Running as usual 
  • Fremantle Toy Library Nature Play - Cancelled until further notice
  • Storytime/Rhymetime - Cancelled until further notice
  • Buster It’s All About Play – Cancelled until further notice
  • CoderDojo – Cancelled until further notice
  • FreoPlays – Cancelled until further notice
  • Justice of the Peace - Cancelled until further notice
  • Book Clubs – Cancelled until further notice
  • Computer classes – Cancelled until further notice
  • Social groups – Cancelled until further notice
  • Come and Try Over 55s – Cancelled until further notice
  • All other Over 55s groups - Cancelled until further notice

Strategic planning

  • Strategic planning services - Normal operating hours
  • Heritage services - Normal operating hours
  • Community engagement services - Normal operating hours: full review of current and planned engagements
  • Strategic projects services - Normal operating hours
  • Community engagement events: various - Defer engagement on new projects. Most current engagements proceeding with caution (primarily digitally) if urgent, face to face events cancelled, working groups changed to online and subject to further monitoring and review.  Check the My Say Freo website for details.
  • Precinct groups - Subject to the decision of each group but must follow Department of Health guidelines

The Meeting Place

  • The Meeting Place - Re-opening Monday 15 June 2020
  • Languages classes and groups – Cancelled until further notice
  • Social groups – Cancelled until further notice
  • Around the Kitchen Tables – Cancelled until further notice
  • Walyalup Kannajil Choir – Cancelled until further notice
  • Community led programs – Call The Meeting Place for more information

Waste and recycling

  • Fremantle Recycling Centre - Open Wednesday to Saturday for a revised interim Recycling Drive-thru Drop Off. The recycling centre will open from 12noon on Friday 12 June and operate normal hours thereafter. The re-opening of the Reuse shop is yet to be finalised
  • Fremantle depot - Closed to the public until further notice. Contractors and couriers are requested to ring the bell for assistance
  • Reuse Shop - Closed until further notice
  • Waste collection - Business as usual.

What is City of Fremantle doing in response to COVID-19?

The City is in daily contact with the Department of Health and we are basing our decisions on their advice. For the latest information, visit the Department of Health website.

Our greatest priority at this time is the health and safety of our community and as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, we’re taking steps to minimise the risk of exposure in our local communities.

NullStop the spread

The Western Australian Government has declared a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency. As a community, there are things we can do to minimise the risks and look after each other:

  • stay home and do not go outside unless it is essential (such as groceries)
  • avoid close contact with others. If you must meet​, keep at least 1.5 metres away
  • wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds using soap and water or alcohol gel
  • cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze and cough using a tissue or a flexed elbow

If you’re feeling unwell

If you suspect you may have COVID-19 symptoms or may have had close contact with a person who has COVID-19, you should:

  • book an appointment with your your GP (phone ahead)
  • visit the Emergency Department (advise staff immediately on arrival)
  • phone the coronavirus Health Information line on 1800 020 080.

NullNeighbour to Neighbour project  

We are providing assistance to members of the community facing unprecedented challenges and increasing isolation due to COVID-19. Our Neighbour to Neighbour project aims to support communities at high risk of being impacted by the threats of COVID-19, including seniors, people with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and Indigenous people.

Local residents can sign up and volunteer to help vulnerable people in their community with simple errands, including grocery shopping, dog walking, posting mail or simply checking in with a friendly phone call. To sign up as a volunteer, or request assistance, visit fremantle.wa.gov.au/n2n

Best sources of information

These websites have the most up-to-date and official information relating to the questions you may have:

Government of Western Australia - Department of Health updates:

Support for businesses

The City’s business support team has collected and collated a range of information relating to the support being made available by local, state and federal governments for businesses.

Visit the COVID-19 information for businesses page to find out what support is available.