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FREMANTLE FIGHTING BEACH EROSION AT PORT BEACH

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, climate change, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 10, 2020

 

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Works to construct a temporary rock wall to protect coastal assets at Freo’s Port Beach from erosion are underway.

In December last year Fremantle Council approved the construction of a rock wall as the preferred interim measure to protect facilities including the change rooms, surf club annex and the Coast Port Beach restaurant from coastal erosion.

A state government commitment of $200,000 towards the project was announced in January.

The wall will adjoin the existing rock wall in front of the change rooms and extend for about 100 metres to the north in front of the Coast restaurant.

The works will involve digging into the existing dune, installation of a geotextile membrane and construction of the rock wall, and the restoration of the dune in front and on top of the wall to maximise beach area.

The project is expected to be completed in early April, ahead of the first winter storms that generally cause the most significant erosion damage.

The rock wall is a short term measure to provide immediate protection to assets at the beach while longer term options are being investigated.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said “The City of Fremantle has been working with Fremantle Ports and other government agencies for a number of years to assess the risk and come up with appropriate ways to manage erosion at Port Beach,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“Last year the council received a report from coastal engineering experts that provided a number of potential management options ranging from depositing large quantities of sand onto the beach through to engineering solutions like groynes, headlands and seawalls.

“Ultimately though, for beyond 2040 the council has adopted managed retreat as its preferred long-term strategy, in which all City assets such as the car parks and change rooms will eventually be removed from the erosion risk zone.”

The state government’s Assessment of Coastal Erosion Hotspots in Western Australia released in August last year identified Port Beach as one of the two hotspots in WA at the most imminent risk from erosion.  

The COAST restaurant and bar remain open!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION IN PIONEER PARK

Posted in city of fremantle, climate change, community, environment by freoview on February 22, 2020

 

 

I fear that the climate, as in the hot and very humid weather today, and the fact that the Fremantle Dockers women were playing Collingwood at Fremantle Oval, kept the numbers down for the Fremantle Climate Change Action in Pioneer Park.

During the hottest period of the day just over one hundred people attended the event, including Nyoongar elders, Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt,  Fremantle Councillors Sam Wainwright and  Bryn Jones, and Fremantle Foundation CEO  Dylan Smith, with wife Julia and children.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE CLIMATE ACTION ON TODAY!

Posted in city of fremantle, climate change, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on February 22, 2020

 

There is a CLIMATE ACTION event on in Fremantle this afternoon. It starts at 3pm in Pioneer Park, opposite the train station, and at 4.15pm they will march through the city.

 

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MORE FREO FIRE FUND BUSHFIRE EVENTS

Posted in bushfires, city of fremantle, climate change, community, fundraising, Uncategorized by freoview on January 16, 2020

 

All kinds of fundraisers are happening and planned in Fremantle, so the best way to keep track of them is to check the FREO FIRE FUND Facebook page and website.

Jan 19 Fire Relief

The Mostly Sometimes Cafe in South Fremantle is doing a fundraiser for the eastern states bushfire victims this Sunday January 19 fro 11am to 3pm.

On Wednesday the 22nd of January the Artists for the Earth are holding an art exhibition and concert at Gypsy Tapas in Queen Street from 5-7pm with following artists.

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Support all the Freo fundraising events for this good cause!

Roel Loopers

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ELIZA SCULPTURE CLIMATE PROTEST

Posted in city of fremantle, climate change, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on December 10, 2019

 

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I do realise that now is not the time to talk about taking action on climate change, or the future of planet earth, but I thought to share this photo with you anyway, that the RED REBELS put on Facebook today, since it is the Eliza sculpture in the Swan river by East Fremantle artist Tony Jones.

While Australia is burning, supposedly intelligent and mature people are denigrating a Swedish schoolgirl, who is passionate about her future and the planet she lives on.

Praying to an imaginary god has replaced leadership in this country.

 

Roel Loopers

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

 

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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

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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

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