Welcome function

6.00pm Thursday 1 October • Poolside, Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle


Get Together For Dinner

Friday 7.00pm October 2, 2009 • Victoria Hall, 179 High Street, Fremantle

The ACAL 2009 conference dinner will be something to remember. Don’t expect the usual conference dinner! Enjoy old-fashioned Western Australian hospitality in a relaxed informal event that will allow further opportunities to make new friends and to share a good time with old friends.

The recently renovated historic Victoria Hall is the venue for the dinner. The buffet dinner will offer a wide range of delectable dishes with an Italian-Australian flavour. From Mango Prawns to Pavlova, there will be dishes to please everyone, with a strong emphasis on light, modern vegetarian dishes but enough meat dishes to satisfy the taste buds of those inclined. Western Australian wines will be offered and a range of beers will also be offered.



Popular Freo band Zydecats will play after dinner until 10.00 pm and those still with energy to burn will find plenty of activity in Fremantle afterwards.

The Zydecats play a potent mixture of Blues, Zydeco, Rockabilly, Louisiana Music and Western Swing with the emphasis on dance beats. Boasting some of Perth's most accomplished performers, Zydecats have firmly established a large and loyal following.


Zydecats Current Lineup

LUCKY OCEANS - Pedal Steel Guitar, National Steel Guitar, Accordions and Vocals

BILL ROGERS - Saxophone, Harmonica, Rub-Board, Keyboards and Vocals

KENT HUGHES - Guitars and Vocals

GRAEME BELL - Bass Guitar, Double Bass and Vocals



Free Walking Tours

Walk 1. Get the lowdown from a local!

Thursday October 1 2009 3pm – 5pm.

If you are interested in the quirky, the fabulous and the fashionable, join a Fremantle local for a walk around the very special shops we have in the streets of central Fremantle!

The walk will take you to look at what Fremantle has to offer in the way of shopping! Get your bearings in this old port city and find the best places - you can go back for serious shopping later on!

We can take a look at local designer clothes and jewellery, shoes, the second hand bookshops - even what we call Op Shop Central if there’s time!

We can even stop to refresh ourselves with coffee, cake and conversation if you like.


Walk 2. The view from Monument Hill (~ 60 minutes)

Would you like to get an idea of where you are in this wonderful part of the world? If you come with me on the Friday morning walk to Monument Hill you will be rewarded by an almost 360 degrees view! North to the “Western Suburbs” and beaches, easterly to find Perth city and the Stirling Ranges in the distance, and then westerly for the Indian Ocean, Rottnest, Carnac and Garden Islands. Right at your feet will be Fremantle and its working port on the Swan River.

The walk leaves the Esplanade at 7.15 am, Friday October 2, 2009.

If we don’t dawdle there should be plenty of time for a coffee on the cappuccino strip in Market Street on the way back!

Your guide is Mary Nixon, a recent resident of Fremantle and loves the time she has spent there and she is most enthusiastic to show it off to you – so you don’t go home wondering what was beyond the walls of the conference room!

She suggests you read the tourist brochures (not when you get back home!) and take a couple of walks – they will be good for your body and your mind! Try to find the time to do the orange CAT bus loop – it’s free and the trip will give you an idea of where things are in Fremantle – go with your map in hand. And don’t just go to the one watering hole – Market Street is wall to wall eating and drinking!

If you would like to come to one or both walks, contact Sheila Rod on



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