I have been shaking my head in pure bewilderment since I noticed that some of the planter boxes have been returned to the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip. When I asked on this blog some months ago why they had not been put back there after the festival season was over, Mayor Brad Pettitt replied that an artist would be painting the boxes while they were at the carpark near the Shipwreck Museum and that it would make little sense moving them back and forth. I agree!
But the planters returned to the Strip have not been painted, and if the Freo Dockers should get into the grand final we will no doubt have another great live telecast spectacle on the Cappuccino Strip in two weeks, and that would mean moving the boxes again to make way for the mega screens and thousands of spectators..
It’s no wonder Fremantle residents often criticise the administration for not doing the basic stuff, because this seems a futile exercise, or do the officers responsible for the planters’ journey hope the Dockers won’t make the big day?
It is good that the City of Fremantle encourages residents to beautify their verges with the offer of subsidised native plants, to help save water and increase biodiversity, but it is disappointing that Fremantle residents can’t go and buy these plants on Sunday and Saturday afternoon. That’s going to make it hard for families where children have to attend sport on Saturday morning and parents work on week days.
The plants are just $ 1.50 per tube at the APACE Nursery during the month of May. Maximum of 20 tubes per person and for Freo residents only. Bring ID!
This is the mission statement from the Australia-wide 202020 Vision movement:
Our cities need more plants and trees.
They’re good for our health and productivity, keep cities cool and reduce pollution. People even heal faster when they’re around them. Yet, so often, plants and trees are overlooked when plans are drawn and concrete poured.
The 202020 Vision is a national campaign to change this, by increasing our urban green space by 20% by 2020.
I am wondering what the carbon-neutral City of Fremantle council attitude is toward this, as the community proposal, of adding grass to the front of Kidogo at Bathers Beach, was partly rejected because of global warming. At the same time a substantial green area has been removed from the Esplanade reserve to make way for the skate park, and the City’s grassed areas look worse for wear. The J Shed proposal also requires the removal of bushes and trees to make space for outdoor concerts.
Does Fremantle council have a policy on adding green spaces and trees in the city, and are there any requirements for new developments in regard to public green spaces and not removing existing trees?
Have you noticed the very Freo cute mobile planter boxes, made from recycled timber, popping up all around the Fremantle CBD? They are another initiative by the very active BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT(BID) people, who are trying their very best to support Freo traders. They are available for free to retailers, so I hope there are some fans of Holland who will create a few with tulips in them, just for me. But I love red roses as well. ; >)
While I should be giving you the big news regarding an action I took this morning I have decided to leave it to the Fremantle Herald, so go get your paper early on Friday!
Pot plants have little to do with my decision, although they are about place making, so maybe they are a bit relevant after all. They look good and it is nice to finish a day like today with something positive.
It must be Christmas at Fremantle council. After having resurfaced the road and put new light and banner posts along the Cappuccino Strip, they have just started installing new colourful square planter boxes on the medium strip. They are a lot more attractive than the ugly purple ones near the Fremantle Market, so I hope those will be replaced with the new ones.
The hanging wall garden at the Fremantle Town Hall is taking shape. I assume this is only the start of it and that it will expand up and out to make it more substantial and impressive, but it is a good start.
The idea came from a community placemaking workshop with David Engwicht, so it is nice to see one of the ideas come into fruition. I hope the Framing Fremantle project artworks by J Shed artist Greg James will also be installed at Kings Square soon, as they came from the same workshop. The City of Fremantle has had them now for five weeks, so the delay in installing them is disappointing.
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New potted trees have been installed at Kings Square next to the Fremantle Town Hall. New umbrellas will be put there soon as well. That is all positive, but why the pots have to be this boring colour, instead of something that compliments the funky colourful new furniture, I don’t understand. Fremantle is desperate for more colour on buildings, pavement, posts, etc.
Those in charge at the City of Fremantle need to become more daring. Bland is not what Fremantle needs. Can we get the pots painted please. Grazie!
While the potted trees trial along the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip is a welcome sight, I was wondering if we could not make them look more arty Fremantle style, and assign artists, like ceramic and steel artists to create plant pots in the form of different coffee cups. Sounds a bit kitchy, but it would enhance the strip’s identity as the place for coffee, and would be fun to look at.
I have no idea of course how one would create Freo’s favourite coffee, the weak, low caffeine, organic, holistic, vegan, soy latte, etc. as a creative tree pot. *>) but I do have faith in the creativity of our local artists.
Only metres away from one another Fremantle shows all sides of life; the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The big pots with trees as part of the Streetscape Enhancement Trial are a great idea and an immediate improvement.
But the ugly banners hanging between the posts of the just renovated Fremantle Markets at Jus Burgers should be removed. How many signs does it take to sell burgers and chips?
To make it worse we also have the fenced off heritage listed Warders Cottages in Henderson Street. A really ugly sight that state government should address with urgency!