NEWS CLIPS 31.8.13

FOUL-MOUTHED funnyman Austen Tayshus performs at the Hilton Bowling Club tonight (7.30pm, Saturday, August 31). Best known for Australiana (still this country’s biggest selling single) he reckons he has “developed into a controversial and highly political comedian”. For tix etc call 9337 2897.

THE Atwell Arcade is being sold for the first time in almost 100 years. The arcade off the High Street Mall has been in the Atwell family since the late 1890s and is expected to fetch a cool $10 million. For the first time in 10 years the arcade is fully tenanted with more than 20 shops. Agent Miles Rowe from Savills Australia says it’s very rare for property of this size to come on the market in Fremantle. The first floor has offices and professional suites. Total building area is approximately 2678 sqm.  Savills is running an expression of interest campaign, closing October 3.

FROM the street you’d never know the two houses on Grigg Place, Hilton are anything but your average new home. But this pair is revolutionary in terms of sustainability. Costing no more than an ordinary home they have whoppingly awesome 10-star energy ratings. Which means a savings of around 90 per cent on energy costs and green house emissions of other homes says owner Josh Byrne. “[And] it will use only one-third of scheme water and will lead to savings of around $3500 a year in energy, water and grocery bills.” He’s throwing a street party, with stalls and music, as he opens the doors (and garden) for Sustainability Day, Sunday September 8, 10am–4pm. Entry $5, kids free.

THE harrowing experience of being trapped in pack ice in the freezing waters of Antarctica, and the exhilaration of tracking, finding and harassing the Japanese whaling fleet were just in a day’s work for Sea Shepherd’s Jeff Hansen. Now Australian director of the worldwide activist group, his role is more land-based but his passion is undiminished, as is his belief that “direct action” by the “whale’s navy” is the best way to ensure the aquatic giants’ future. Mr Hansen will talk about whales, whalers and Sea Shepherd at Hill Lecture Theatre, Murdoch Uni, Friday, Sept 6, 1.45pm. Entry $10. Tix at

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