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FOR THE GRETA GOOD AT COOGEE BEACH

Posted in city of cockburn, city of fremantle, climate change, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2019

 

For the Greta Good

 

Great idea, or should that be Greta idea, to put these challenging words in the sand at Coogee Beach.

It is a real shame, and a clear indication that there is a lack of maturity in the debate  about global warming, that it has become political ping pong, and that is very disappointing.

I picked this photo up from Facebook, so no idea who took it, so please let me know and I’ll credit the photographer and the people who put the words in the sand!

Roel Loopers

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FUTURE FOCUS FORUM THIS WEDNESDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, climate change, development, living, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on August 20, 2019

 

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt just put this on his blog, so it is rather short notice as the event is TOMORROW, Wednesday August 21.

The evening will include a panel session on ‘planning for positive transformational change in a time of climate emergency’, a presentation on One Planet Living by Suzette Jackson, networking and refreshments.

Join us at our Future Focus Forum to:

  • learn about one planet living impacts
  • join the panel discussion on ‘planning for positive transformational change’
  • network with like-minded colleagues

Wed 21 August 2019, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location –  Liv Apartments, 51 Queen Victoria Street Fremantle, WA 6160

Greg Ryan, Sustainability Manager, LandCorp

Sheldon Day, Yolk Property Group

Brad Pettitt, Mayor -City of Fremantle

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/our-future-focus-perth-tickets-64226597482

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MORE WEST AUSTRALIAN ATTACKS ON FREMANTLE MAYOR

 

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt is being attacked again by columnist Paul Murray in today’s West Australian in regard to the City of Fremantle’s claim of carbon neutrality.

While I believe it is unfair to attack the Mayor instead of all the elected members who make decisions for Fremantle, there are valid points in Murray’s column and the City of Fremantle needs to do much better in responding to them.

Here on Freo’s View Murdoch University master student of sustainability and renewable energy Martin Lee has asked pertinent questions, which Brad Pettitt promised to respond to in detail, but he has now decided he won’t be doing that and leave Lee’s questions unanswered. That is not good transparency and public relations.

Murray’s attack on what Brad Pettitt earns should be part of a much bigger picture where some local council CEOs and directors earn as much or more as the Premier of Western Australia. That is ridiculous. Are Mayors also overpaid when they are part of a team of elected members and the others receive less than $40,000 a year while the Freo Mayor gets around $ 160,000? That is something the Minister for Local Government might want to look at.

But transparency is the important issue here and that reminds me that some weeks ago the convenor of the South Fremantle Precinct asked the City of Fremantle for a copy of the consultant engineer’s report on the bad state of repair of the former Civic Centre. This report was quoted on many times as the reason why it was essential for Fremantle to demolish the old building and build a new one at Kings Square, but convenor Sean Hefferon was told that the consultant report could not be found. That is unacceptable!

If the report exists is must have been added as an attachment to council and committee meetings and all elected members must have received one, so surely the report must have been archived. All reports should be kept for future audits, for transparency,  accountability and integrity, so please make it public and available CoF.

So things are not going well in the PR stakes for Fremantle, and the entire Council and administration is to blame for that. It is not right that the other elected members and CEO Phil StJohn are happy for the Mayor to receive all the criticism while they remain silent.

Roel Loopers

HOW CARBON NEUTRAL IS FREMANTLE?

 

I reported about Paul Murray’s attack on the City of Fremantle in the West Australian last week,  and the City’s claim of carbon neutrality, so it is fair to also publish the response from Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt here:

Our first carbon neutral claim was for FY 2009-2010 (1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010) using the Carbon Neutral standard outlined by the “International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives Oceania – Local Governments for Sustainability Oceania (ICLEI Oceania).”
The National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) and Carbon Neutral Program were launched by the Australian Government in 2010 – after we had already started this process.
• “Perenia Carbon”, a consulting group from Sydney, were appointed to verify the City’s carbon neutral status. They provided a verification report in late 2010 which covered the 2009/10 financial year. The verification was at a materiality threshold of 5% (which is a standard practice for a verification report but is not an ‘audit’). This means that only sources of emissions that would account for 5% or more of total emissions are examined (excluding very small sources of emissions which are difficult to account for).

The verification report concluded that: ‘In our opinion, the City of Fremantle have reported GHG emissions, identified GHG emissions mitigation options, and sourced acceptable emission reductions to offset residual emissions in accordance with the ICLEI Oceania’s Carbon Neutrality Framework for Local Government guideline requirements.’

• “Carbon Neutral” is not a term that is restricted to NCOS or any other organisation – therefore self-assessment is perfectly valid and very common.
The City has never claimed to be NCOS certified, and has been very transparent about this. The Council has chosen not to seek formal NCOS certification (which is a relatively expensive process) but rather to spend the equivalent amount of money on other carbon reduction/sustainability actions which provide more direct and practical outcomes.
We have used NCOS standard as a basis for determining our emissions calculations for FY 2017/18 which has confirmed that our self-assessment is in line with best practice.

 

Roel Loopers

PORT BEACH CLIMATE WAR ZONE TOO BIG FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, climate change, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 13, 2019

 

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The City of Fremantle is not big enough to win the war against climate change at Port Beach on its own. The erosion is happening every winter and is getting worse, to the point where the owners of the COAST restaurant must be getting worried about the investment they made in the building.

An earth moving machine was fighting a lonely, and not winnable, battle this morning, but a proper seawall should be the responsibility of the State Government.

Roel Loopers

WINTER SPRINKLER BAN STARTS SATURDAY!

Posted in city of fremantle, climate change, rain, state government, Uncategorized, water by freoview on May 29, 2019

 

Winter sprinklers off!

 

The last week of autumn promises warm days in the mid twenties, but do not forget that the winter sprinkler ban will start this weekend, so adjust your timers to make sure that our precious water is not wasted.

Roel Loopers

 

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LINEAR PARK IDEA HAS MERIT FOR FREMANTLE

 

Landcorp has come with the interesting proposal to the City of Fremantle of creating a ‘Linear Park’ between Montreal and Wood streets as part of the residential development that is being built there.

The Linear Park would be created on the road reserve verge along Knutsford Street from Wood Street to Montreal Street in White Gum Valley, instead of Landcorp having to pay Fremantle City $ 404,075 cash in lieu.

I am not sure how wide the ‘park’ would be and if it would replace pocket parks throughout the development.

The proximity of Booyeembara Park makes it questionable if  a narrow stretch of ‘park’ is a good idea in that location.

Here is what City of Fremantle officers recommend to the Councillors at Wednesday’s Strategic Planning and Transport Committee:

OFFICER’S RECOMMENDATION
Council :
1. Approve the acceptance by the City of Fremantle of a sum of $404,075 (exc GST) as cash in lieu of the provision of public open space as the means of complying with a condition of approval of the subdivision of land at lot 1819 Blinco Street, Fremantle.
2. Support the future expenditure of the cash in lieu payment referred to in 1 above (when received) on public open space improvement works to Booyeembara Park consistent with acceptable uses of cash in lieu funds specified in WAPC Policy DC 2.3 (subject to formal budget approval at the appropriate time), and authorise officers to request the approval of the Minster of Planning for this use of the cash in lieu payment, in accordance with the requirements of section 154(2)(c) of the Planning and Development Act 2005.
3. Advise LandCorp of Council’s resolution in relation to items 1 and 2 above, and also acknowledge the merits of the concept design for a high specification landscaping treatment of part of the Knutsford Street road reserve verge adjoining lot 1819 Blinco Street.

Roel Loopers

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SCHOOL STUDENTS CLIMATE STRIKE ON FRIDAY

 

school strike

 

It is THEIR FUTURE and they have every right to tell procrastinating politicians who are in denial about global warming that they demand more and immediate action!

So high school students will strike for a safe climate this coming Friday March 15 to get together for a march from St George’s cathedral in Perth from 11am to 1pm.

Non students are of course welcome to join the protest march.

Roel Loopers

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CLIMATE CHANGE THREAT PANEL DISCUSSION AT NATIONAL HOTEL

 

There will be a very interesting panel discussion about climate change at the Fremantle National Hotel on this coming Wednesday, March 6 from 6.30pm.

While our politicians quarrel and procrastinate about global warming, scientists all over the world believe the future of planet earth is under serious threat and immediate action is required.

“Humanity is changing the Earth in ways never seen before. The oceans are acidifying, the climate is changing, and world is awash in plastic. Scientists are telling us that we have pushed the Earth into an entirely new state, one dominated by human activity. 
Welcome to the Anthropocene: the era of humankind.
If we have the power to shape the deep future of the Earth and all living things upon it, then how should we think, act and feel in this decisive moment?

Come explore the science of human-caused planetary change from some of Western Australia’s leading scientific voices. Here, we reveal the science of our extraordinary planetary ecological crisis, and ask how science can be used to deliver a better world. Panel presentation and public Q&A.”

The panel members will be Prof. Petra Tschakert from UWA, Dr Bill Hare of Cimate Analysis, Dr Joe Fontaine of Curtin University and Dr Neville Ellis of UWA.

There is also a staircase photo exhibition about climate change at the National Hotel until May 20, so go and have a look and attend the panel discussion.

Roel Loopers

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BAN ON BOTTLED WATER AT FREMANTLE EVENTS

 

The Fremantle Sustainable Events Policy was given a lot of attention at Wednesday’s Ordinary Council meeting with Councillor Rachel Pemberton saying that Council has a clear obligation to do something about plastic water bottles.

We have to make a stand and sell to the community that not using plastic bottles can be done, and it has already been implemented by other councils in Australia and the USA, Pemberton said.

“Let us make a conscious decision that at our council events we don’t sell plastic water bottles.”

Pemberton claimed that bottled water can be bad for our health and that 93 per cent of plastic water bottles have plastic contamination in them.

Councillor Andrew Sullivan said it was complete stupidity that people bought bottled water but then chucked them in the bin still half full.

CEO Phil StJohn pointed out that Council does not have the power to prevent bottled water from being sold at private events, but it could be made a condition of getting Council approval to run an event on Council property.

Of course nothing stops private operators from not selling water and soft drinks in plastic bottles, as they do at the Glen Cowans photo gallery at the Roundhouse, where they stopped selling canned soft drinks, and water is only for sale in glass bottles. Every trader at public events, and in our cafes, can make a difference and stop selling bottled water!

Roel Loopers

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