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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
People have questioned my sanity in claiming there is one single urinal only in the new $ 1.3 million facilities at Leighton Beach, that also include a new kiosk/cafe.
Very functional design to get men out fast, so you can wash your hands while having a wee.
So I went back again, double checked again and took this photo to show I haven’t gone all senile yet.