Restarting Freo after COVID-19

Page last updated: 10.36am, Monday 3 August 2020. We will continue to update this page as information emerges, so please check back regularly.

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 City of Fremantle services - status update

The City of Fremantle is excited to continue opening more of its services and facilities in line with the state government's Covid-19 roadmap.

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:

Playspaces, skateparks and public facilities

  • All playspaces and skateparks are open
  • 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
  • Hidden Treasures – Fremantle’s music series - begins Thursday 3 September 2020
  • Moores Building of Contemporary Art Galleries - Open
  • Moore and Moore Cafe - Open
  • Fremantle Arts Centre - Open
  • Fremantle Arts Centre Learning Courses - Member and public enrolments are now open
  • FOUND (shop) at Fremantle Arts Centre - Open. FOUND online is also open for business 24/7
  • Sunday Music Series - Cancelled until further notice
  • Revealed Art Market - Cancelled until further notice
  • South Lawn Concerts - Postponed until further notice
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Community facilities

  • Fremantle Leisure Centre - Open
  • Samson Recreation Centre - Open. Monday evening netball and day time netball has recommenced for term 3.
  • 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 - Open
  • Youth Climate Change Conference - Cancelled until further notice
  • Beach wheelchair - Not available for hire until further notice

Council meetings

  • Council and committee meetings have returned to the North Fremantle Community Centre and are now open to the public. 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 - Open
  • Cruise ship shuttle service - Cancelled until further notice

Lifelong Learning and library

  • Fremantle Library - Open. Opening times are from 9am–5pm Monday to Friday, 9am–1pm on Saturday and 11am–3pm on Sundays. The library has increased the number of patrons allowed in at one time.

    The temporary library item returns at Fremantle Recycling Centre is no longer available. Library members can return their items direct to the library as usual. Members who are still self-isolating or in a vulnerable category, can contact the library (9432 9766) to collect them from their homes
  • Fremantle Toy Library - Now open including item borrowing
  • Wanjoo Lounge - Open. Tech Help Wednesdays has resumed. Every Wednesday, 9.30–11.30am at Fremantle Library. 
  • 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 – Now resumed for term 3. The service is operating on a reduced timetable.
  • CoderDojo – Cancelled until further notice
  • FreoPlays – Cancelled until further notice
  • Justice of the Peace - Now open
  • 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 - Open
  • 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 - Normal operating hours. The reopening 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

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

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.