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Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on September 4, 2015

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Hundreds of metres of new grass are being laid at the Fremantle Esplanade Park  and making the surface look great again just in time for summer.

There is no doubt for me that the Esplanade needs to be better managed by the City of Fremantle and that events there have to be limited as the surface simply can’t cope with thousands of feet trampling on it, heavy vehicles driving on it and stages being built on many weekends in summer.

Fremantle City needs to be more clever and rotate events around the city. Smaller events could go to Pioneer Park, Princess May Park, Kings Square and South Beach, and larger ones could be accommodated at Fremantle Park. There might also be scope for a few more daytime events at the Fremantle Art Centre on the southern big lawn.

The Esplanade needs to be treated with more consideration as it is not acceptable that it looks a total mess for many months a year. Common sense needs to prevail here and it is Council’s responsibility to implement and manage that!

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  1. Chris Grisewood said, on September 6, 2015 at 10:04 am

    I have asked our City Ward Councillor for the cost of the present renovation works. I agree with your comments,
    Big ticketed and fenced events should be banned from our Premier Reserve in future.


  2. Jayne said, on September 6, 2015 at 6:21 am

    I wonder what is the annual cost to ratepayers to keep restoring and/or replacing turf so select people can make a profit there. We counted 16 men working on the damaged area this week alongside “Lovegrove Turf” trucks and council vehicles, mountains of turf and imported soil and sand. And it’s not just the financial cost. Many residents are complaining that half the park cannot be used for many weeks a year and the other half of the park is covered by an increasing number of permanent structures. Many people want to simply enjoy the big trees, have a picnic on the grass, cool off in summer, walk their dog, read a book, get away from crowds and the noise of the city – this “escape” is important when so many people here live in apartments, units and share houses! The Council does not seem to care what its residents want.


  3. Suzanne said, on September 5, 2015 at 8:24 am

    One should consider investing in a Turf Farm.
    Bit of spare land; seed it up;
    Get the Freo Council contract for re-grassing The Esplanade every three months.
    Rollin’ in clover mate.


  4. freoishome said, on September 5, 2015 at 7:29 am

    I suggested here many months ago, that for events where the CoF is asked to provide a discount, subsidy, etc, there should be an open accounting process. If the event makes a profit then the subsidy should be repaid. In retrospect, likewise also expenses such as these.
    At that time our Mayor responded saying this was definitely an idea worth progressing. I wonder if the staff have followed that up?


  5. mark said, on September 4, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Great just planted for the new events to come and trash it again. Lets hope we don’t have a hot spell as that may need some water.
    Love to see the total bill for this one.
    We wonder why we have such rate rises?


  6. freoview said, on September 4, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    I agree with you Chis. The Esplanade Reserve has been blatantly mismanaged by allowing far too many events there each summer and that needs to be changed NOW. It would be mind-blowing to have to resurface the area again in one or two years because of the damage done to it by the events. That is unacceptable!



  7. freoview said, on September 4, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Yes I would like to know the cost of laying 13,000 square metres of grass and who is paying for it. Unfortunately some of the major events did get five years contracts so will be on the Esplanade for another three or four years and kill the grass yet again. Pretty stupid management of our major park hey.



  8. Steve said, on September 4, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    The new grass looks great – but what’s the event plan for spring/summer? With all the events lined up for the next 6 months it’s likely to be in the same position at the end of summer that it was in last week – dead. How ‘green’ is it to kill and re-plant grass year after year? How ‘green’ is it to host an ice skating rink driven off diesel generators in a hot, desert country? Speaking of green ($), did that event even turn a profit? If it did, was the cost of re-grassing the esplanade covered by the private event hosts or by the people of freo via rates? How many locals actually went to the ice skating rink?

    Wasn’t the reason for keeping the dustbowl that the council didn’t want to have more grass in freo? Had they not allowed the grass on the esplanade to be killed off with an unnecessary diesel-powered ice skating rink, they could have used the new esplanade grass to cover the useless dustbowl and immediately gain another few hundred square metres of grassed area. At the minimum, this would offset the basketball pet project which will further reduce green space in freo, to the benefit of all of ~20 residents (and 1 councillor) fighting for the basketball court.


  9. Chris Grisewood said, on September 4, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    At last some common sense about the Reserve (it’s not a park) there is a huge difference. Naysayers should
    Take the time to read the Esplanade Reserve Conservation plan 2013, Executive Summary quote “The Conservation Plan is designed to guide the future conservation, master planning and management of the
    Esplanade to ensure its long term future and to allow it to continue and flourish as a PASSIVE recreation reserve”etc. this has been blatantly ignored, with the resulting damage,which we will probably have to subsidise
    as the bond won’t cover it.


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