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CLIMATE CHANGE DANGER TO FREO’s HERITAGE AND COFFEE

Posted in city of fremantle, climate change, environment, global warming, western australia by freoview on August 30, 2016

A report on Channel Nine TV last night by Jane Grljusich painted a wet future for the west end of Fremantle where rising sea levels due to global warming will see many coastal properties disappear in the Indian Ocean unless seawalls are being built.

Grljusich talked about flooded cellars in the west of Fremantle that already require 24/7 pumping by the building owners.

The predicted higher ocean levels would see the Roundhouse become an island and even flooding of the Esplanade, so the state and federal governments need to become pro-active in making plans on how to protect Fremantle’s coast line and significant heritage area.

There is a Cockburn Sound Coastal Alliance where the cities of Fremantle, Cockburn, Kwinana and Rockingham work together and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt told the TV reporter a plan will be released in a few weeks.

I have wondered for a long time why governments still allow so much development very close to the coast, as at Coogee for example, and wonder if insurance companies are still willing to insure properties in locations where rising seawater levels will create flooding and damage.

Are people naive or just don’t care that their expensive houses might get flooded or destroyed in 15-20 years from now, and what responsibility do governments have when releasing coastal land for development?

And to add insult too injury and make life even worse for us is a report from Brazil that climate change will cut coffee production by 50%, which no doubt will mean much higher prices for coffee in caffeine-mad Freo in the future.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Mark said, on August 30, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    On the coffee issue, Strangely in Brazil the reports are that they could see the crop beat the all-time high of 50.8m bags achieved in 2012.
    As the weather this year has been very favourable indeed for coffee production.

    Hence they are reviewing the need for any prices rises this year

    Amazing one forecast doom an gloom, the facts on track for best year ever.

  2. Round House Heritage Guides said, on August 30, 2016 at 11:49 am

    The Fanny Samson Cottage Museum runs a pump 24/7 to stop damage being caused by the rising water table to the foundations of the building in Cliff Street.

  3. freoview said, on August 30, 2016 at 11:29 am

    They did ask the Mayor, James, but I have heard for many years about flooded cellars in the West End of Freo.

    Roel

  4. James said, on August 30, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Roel the tv piece was a beat up. I live right there. Nothing’s changed in 100 years. They should have asked the locals.


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