GRASS roots and non-commercial, Hilton Harvest Community Garden’s upcoming fair is an old-fashioned get-together where even the left-overs get fed to the chooks. Organiser Sarah Rule says the Twilight Fair will have stalls (all non-profit organisations), food, kids entertainment and prizes. It’s on Saturday March 28 from 4—9.30pm at the Rennie Crescent garden, and everyone’s encouraged to leave the car at home, but bring along some cutlery.

ST PAT’S Starlight Hotel choir releases its second CD Hear Me this week (it’s Friday March 13, 6pm at the Fremantle Arts Centre if you’ve got an early Herald). The 15 songs were written by choir members, looking at resilience, survival, despair and love. Lois Olney and Donna Simpson from the Waifs will be supporting the release. “Coming together to sing provides real mental health benefits for many of our members,” says choir director Dave Johnson.

JULIAN BURNSIDE says our detention centres have brought disgrace to the country. Commenting on a UN report last week that found Australia had breached international torture conventions with its treatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island, the 2014 Sydney Peace Prize winner says people are “shamed by our government’s disreputable conduct”. Mr Burnside will deliver his We Are Better Than This lecture at UWA’s Octagon Theatre on Sat March 21 at 4pm. Federal Fremantle Labor MP Melissa Parke says her office says she gets so many calls about the issue she thought locals might be interested.

THE section of Market Street behind Gino’s will close to vehicles between 5pm Friday and Sunday 11pm for five weeks from March 27 as part of a trial into transforming it into a mall.

THE Spooky Men of the West will hold a charity concert at St Paul’s church, Beaconsfield on Friday March 27, 7.30pm. Money will go towards Platform Kids, which helps kids who eke out a living beside train stations in India.

WORKS have started on the new $30 million Quest Apartment Hotel on Pakenham Street. The land for the new Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at Point Street has been cleared with construction to begin soon. The hotel is expected to open in 2017.

FREMANTLE city council will spend $20,000 on laneway lighting around Davis Park in Beaconsfield. Work will start in the next two weeks.

WORKS have begun to repair the wall at Harvey Beach and are expected to be completed by the end of March. Harvey Beach will be closed to the public while the works are carried out.

SUBDIVISION plans for Fremantle dating from 1903 are up for sale as the Royal WA Historical Society holds its annual secondhand book sale and silent auction. Fifteen rare books of WA stuff are also up for grabs at the auction, held on March 27 and 28. For more information see

MT PLEASANT resident Bianca O’Neill’s off to Nepal, but she’s not just checking out the scenery, as she’s also volunteering at a local orphanage. The 22-year-old, who works for a home improvement company, is fundraising to get some books, stationery and toys for the orphans. You can find her fundraising page at

EVERY road in Melville will be assessed for cracked or rough asphalt in the next month as the city determines its five-yearly road-building program. Council staff will drive around during the day checking the surfaces.

FREMANTLE city council is seeking a new tenant for the space above Dome cafe in the iconic Evan Davies building on South Terrace. Formerly home to Kulcha it includes a bar, stage, DJ box, function area, office, toilets, kitchen and a large balcony.

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