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SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST RUBBISH

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, pollution, rubbish, Uncategorized by freoview on July 29, 2017

 

Students of Fremantle John Curtin College spent one hour on cleaning up Port Beach recently and were amazed at what they found in such a short time in winter.

Cigarette butts 166, Cigarette lighters 3, Straws 20, confection sticks and cups 50,Lids and tops 27, Plastic drink bottles 13, Plastic food packaging 38, Cylume glow sticks (mini) – recreational fishing 6, Recreational fishing items 15, Rope and net scraps less than a metre 17, Rope in metres 3 and Plastic bits and pieces hard and solid 162.
Others: Foam buoys 3, Earplugs 8, Glass beer stubbies 4, Broken glass 20, Cloth 9, Aluminium cans 5, Metal bottle caps 29, Paper and cardboard packaging 136, Rubber balls 1 and Rubber remnants 12.

One has to wonder how much other rubbish ended up in the ocean before the students collected it.

It is disgraceful that so many people believe someone else will clean up after them and leave their rubbish behind.

 

Roel Loopers

 

SOUTH BEACH WINTER WORRIES

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on July 24, 2017

 

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Beach erosion is always a problem during the winter season, so it is good to see that serious dune rehabilitation work is happening at Fremantle’s South Beach.

 

Roel Loopers

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ALL ABOUT BATHERS AT BATHERS ON BATHERS

Posted in bathers beach, bathers beach house, beaches, fashion, fremantle by freoview on November 27, 2016

It was all about bathers at the Bathers Beach House on Fremantle’s Bathers Beach this Sunday late afternoon with a fashion show of swimwear for the bold and beautiful.

Roel Loopers

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SHARK NET FOR FREO’S BATHERS BEACH?

Posted in bathers beach, beaches, city of fremantle, environment, tourism by freoview on October 25, 2016

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The Fremantle grapevine is abuzz with the rumour that the Fishing Boat Harbour traders want a shark net installed at Bathers Beach.

I have never heard of a shark being spotted at Bathers Bay and the community protest against the plans for a shark net at Cottesloe were huge, so no doubt many in Fremantle will strongly oppose a shark net at the inner city beach, as I do as well. I have little doubt Fremantle Council would not be in favour of it either.

Bathers Beach is hardly a well-visited beach, unlike Leighton, Port, Cottesloe, Swanbourne, etc. beaches further north, and that is not because of fear of sharks but because of lack of facilities and lack of proper promotion of the CBD beach. A shark net would be a waste of money.

Roel Loopers

THE COAST IS FINE

Posted in beaches, food, fremantle, hospitality by freoview on October 19, 2016

The new COAST restaurant at Fremantle’s Port Beach looks very impressive and will officially open in a few weeks, but I noticed the cafe was already serving coffee this morning, so check it out.

It looks like the building is done in three parts, one more upmarket for fine dining, a bar, and a beach-style family venue at the western end of it.

It feels a whole lot better than the outlet that was there before, but I could not see any alfresco.

Roel Loopers

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THANK YOU TO VOLUNTEER BEACH CLEANERS!

Posted in beaches, environment, fremantle, rubbish by freoview on October 16, 2016

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Thank you, thank you, thank you! to all those dedicated volunteers who regularly clean up our beaches from the rubbish people leave behind or throw into the Indian Ocean.

It is an utter disgrace that there are so many people who believe others will clean up after them, as we see also at markets, festivals, concerts etc. where people simply walk away and leave food and drink containers as if it is none of their business to dispose of it properly in amply supplied rubbish bins.

I spotted a small group of Tangaroa Blue Conservation Volunteers at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach this Sunday morning. Well done!

Roel Loopers

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SAD CLOSURE OF POPULAR FREO CAFE

Posted in beaches, cafe, fremantle, hospitality, western australia by freoview on August 1, 2016

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It is a shame to see the closure of what I thought was the very popular Pickled Fig Cafe at South Beach. They were packing up today and I don’t know if someone will take that prime beach location over from them.

At Port Beach Salt on the Beach closed mid June but they are developing the site, however what it is going to be is shrouded in secrecy. Someone even came out today asking why I was taking photos and told me they would not disclose yet what they are doing with the site. I hear it might be a bar/restaurant, so time will tell.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE’S GROWING GREEN LUNGS

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, environment, nature, trees, western australia by freoview on August 1, 2016

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The wet and cold weather did not deter a committed group of Fremantle volunteers, including Mayor Brad Pettitt, COF staff and MP Josh Wilson from planting trees on Sunday at South Beach, Bathers Beach and Wilson Park for the Planet Ark National Tree Day.

It is interesting to note in that context the call by Sue Murphy, the chief executive of the WA Water Corporation, for more appropriate verges and to get away from grassed verges to conserve water.

This will not please those who believe we have a right to the Great Australian Dream of houses with large front and back gardens and grass verges. As Sue Murphy said this is not appropriate for our Perth climate and we have to become more realistic about it and plant more trees and shrubs and minimise so-called heat islands in the suburbs.

I believe any new residential development should also be required to install rainwater tanks, as the fast increasing population is a severe threat to our water supply. I hope local and state governments will legislate for that soon.

Roel Loopers

COASTAL ADAPTATION PLAN FOR FREO MOSMAN BEACHES

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, environment, western australia by freoview on July 20, 2016

Have your say this Sunday July 24 on a new coastal adaptation plan that the City of Fremantle and Town of Mosman Park are working on for the Port, Leighton and Mosman beaches. Coastal Adaptation Plan teams will be at the three beaches between 9 am and 1 pm to answer questions and record your suggestions.

I copied the below from the City of Fremantle website, where there is more information about the project.

The coast has always been a dynamic, changing environment. As we have settled on the coast, continued changing of the coast line presents risk and impacts to our coastal assets – including social, environmental, and economic assets and values.

Adaptation planning is about being ready to manage the risks and impacts of changes to our coast line, by planning for the most appropriate decisions and options to implement over time.

The overall objective of the Our Coastal Futures project is to identify coastal hazard risks and to properly plan for adaptive land use and development along the Port, Leighton and Mosman Beach coast in light of a changing coastal environment.

The project is a five phase study approach.

There are four key coastal adaptation options available when making decisions about managing coastal risks. These are:

  • –  Avoid development in the area of risk
  • –  Retreat (relocate) assets and development away from the risk
  • –  Accommodate the risks (e.g. occasional flooding) through retrofitting
  • –  Protect the assets through coastal engineering works

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RUNNING TOILETS AT $ 1.3 MILLION FREO TOILET BLOCK TOO COSTLY

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, local government, western australia by freoview on May 28, 2016

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It is good to see that the Fremantle Herald on-line has taken up my blog story on the lonely single urinal within the $ 1.3 million new toilet block and kiosk development at Fremantle’s Leighton Beach.

I was only yesterday stopped by a Council employee who told me how ridiculous it was and that when his son and fellow nippers came out of the ocean they had the queue to either use the urinal or one of the two other toilets within the 150 sqm male section. Yes, you read this correctly. The City of Fremantle is supplying three toilets only for men in the new complex at one of the most crowded beaches!!

According to Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt Leighton Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Perth, but the City of Fremantle decided just the one urinal would be enough, and you know why? COF assets manager Samual Bryce told the Herald that “The maintenance of sanitary fixtures is a high-cost item in terms of water use, cleaning, and repair so a decision was made to have two male and two female toilets in addition to two unisex/family bathrooms.”

Oh wow! Toilets use water, so let’s not put toilets in the toilet block, but there are heaps of showers which use a lot more water than toilets do. What a ridiculous argument. It is akin to building a restaurant but then not serving food because paying kitchen staff is too costly.

As I said to the Herald reporter, this could be an episode straight from the satirical ABC series Utopia where government officials waste a lot of money.

Roel Loopers

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