Freo's View

COLLECTING RAIN IS COMMON SENSE

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, rain, Uncategorized, winter by freoview on August 9, 2017

 

When it rains as heavily, and heavenly, as last night I always regret the many tens of thousands of litres of water that run down the streets, into the drains and into the ocean in the metropolitan area, because it is such a waste of precious water in our state.

We have already reached the average for August and there is more heavy rain expected today and tomorrow morning, so why don’t we try to catch that rain at our homes.

Why is it not compulsory to build rainwater tanks at new houses, when it would make a dramatic difference when hundreds of thousands of homes collected rainwater. The demand on our water supply and stressed aquifers would be substantially less.

Instead of doing that W.A. will now start recycling sewage at the Beenyup wastewater treatment plant, after health-regulators have given the all clear for it.   Treated sewage will be pumped into the Gnangara aquifer and through the process this will later become our drinking water.

I’d prefer compulsory rainwater catchment at homes over treated sewage anytime.

 

Roel Loopers

SOUTH BEACH WINTER WORRIES

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

 

south beach

 

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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FREMANTLE NETWORK ON ENERGY AND MATES

Posted in city of fremantle, electricity, energy, environment, fremantle network, Uncategorized by freoview on July 24, 2017

 

The monthly Fremantle Network events are always interesting, and for those inclined so, they are also good opportunities to meet new people and network.

This evening Monday July 24 at 6 pm, upstairs at the National Hotel will have two speakers.

FUTURE ENERGY NETWORKS
James Eggleston is undertaking groundbreaking research in the renewable energy sector, working on a pilot project at the WGV development that seeks to enable strata developments Australia wide to the benefits of solar PV and battery storage.

James is a PhD Researcher at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute on an Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) scholarship.

Game changing transition to a more sustainable energy future is happening right here in Fremantle, come along to find out how.

MATES IN CONSTRUCTION
Godfrey Baronie is a Freo local and the CEO of Mates in Construction, a non profit organization that works to reduce the extremely high rate of suicide among construction workers

Incredibly, 190 Australians working in the construction industry take their own lives every year, this means we lose a construction worker every second day to suicide.

Construction workers are six times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work. For our young workers, the facts are that they are well over two times more likely to take their own lives than other young Australian men.

Godfrey’s joyful manner and lust for life is a shining light for people experiencing dark times.

Bar and kitchen will be open, so stay on for a bit, have dinner and support the National Hotel!

Roel Loopers

NOTHING FANTASTIC ABOUT PLASTIC!

Posted in environment, fremantle, pollution, Uncategorized by freoview on June 26, 2017

 

The monthly FREMANTLE NETWORK event is on tomorrow and it’s all about reducing waste and protecting the environment.

It is at 6 pm upstairs at the National Hotel on Tuesday June 27 and the bar and kitchen are open so stay on for dinner!

Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it. Initiated in 2011 by Freo local Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and the Earth Carers, there are now more than a million people from 130 countries world-wide in making a difference.

As Freo works towards banning plastic bags (again!), local farmers market manager Kylie Wheatley has created ‘Fremantle Boomerang Bags’. Volunteers from all walks of life get together to make re-useable ‘boomerang bags’ using recycled materials, as a means to provide a sustainable alternative to plastic bags. This excellent community initiative is been launched at the Growers Green Markets at South Fremantle High School, just in time for Plastic Free July.

And it’s not just the community but local businesses are getting on board too. Heath and Emma from the Raw Kitchen in Freo have taken on the challenge to reduce plastics and other waste with gusto and are bringing commitment, solutions and innovation to reduce waste in their restaurant, both for their customers and in the kitchen.

Are you part of the War on Waste?

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BOOMERANG BAGS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Posted in environment, fremantle, growers green markets, recycling, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2017

 

Boomerang Bags

 

The Fremantle Growers Green Farmers Market have taken on the challenge of banning plastic bags in the market and will join the Boomerang Bags project this Sunday. 

Boomerang Bags is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to reduce the use of plastic bags by engaging local communities to make re-usable (or boomerang) bags out of recycled material. It was only launched 3 years ago, and already 85,953+ Boomerang Bags have been made which has reduced plastic bag use by around 47 Million!

There are already 273+ Boomerang Bags Communities underway with Fremantle now joining the cause.

Growers Green  have been trying to educate the stallholders, and most are on board but plastic continues to come into the market. This is mostly due to lack of planning, forgetting to bring your own bags for shopping, or spontaneously deciding to buy a few things. 

The organisers aim is to make 1000 Boomerang Bags for Fremantle to really make an impact and be as handy and accessible as the plastic bag. The important thing is they are free for the shop and free for the customer. Shoppers will be offered free-to-borrow, re-usable bags made by volunteers.

It has been reported that Australian consumers use about 3.92 billion plastic bags per year, and it’s up to all of us to make a difference for the health of our environment and the animal life we impact.

Boomerang Bags Fremantle are hoping that sewing groups, social groups, students and community members can help with this wonderful initiative and join on Sundays  for bag making; or create their own bags to donate. All bags must be made from recycled fabric and there is a silk screen available for branding the bags.

The market is on every Sunday from 8 am to midday at Annie Street in Beaconsfield.

 

FREMANTLE COUNTING ITS TREES

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, nature, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on June 14, 2017

A City of Fremantle officer has been walking the nature beat for several weeks to record every tree in the city.

I had seen her around the CBD for the last few days so asked her this morning what she was doing.

It’s a pretty big task but a very good idea and the next step has to be to protect trees from being killed when new development happens.

The plane trees at Kings Square will be relocated when the development there starts and have been prepared by arborists so that they will survive the journey.

Roel Loopers

MAY DAY AND SEA SHEPHERD

Posted in community, environment, fremantle, unions by freoview on May 7, 2017

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The MAY DAY event is being held by the unions on the Fremantle Esplanade today from 10 am to 2 pm with stalls and music and of course the noisy parade through town at midday.

Not far from there in the Fishing Boat Harbour there will be free tours of the new Sea Shepherd vessel Ocean Warrior, so take the kids there and show them how important it is to be engaged and that people power makes a huge difference.

It’s no good to whinge that THEY should be doing something about things when WE can make all the difference!

Roel Loopers

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OCEAN WARRIOR IN FREMANTLE HARBOUR

Posted in environment, fremantle, nature, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2017

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Sea Shepherd‘s impressive new vessel Ocean Warrior is in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and open to the public, so take advantage of it.

The Sea Shepherd group does incredibly important work on the oceans to stop the Japanese from slaughtering whales, so they need and deserve our support.

Roel Loopers

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FREO BAN THE BAG IS BACK

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on April 27, 2017

Fremantle Council decided last night to ban the use of plastic shopping bags. This is the third time in five years Council is giving it a try as the previous W.A. Liberal/National government rejected the proposal in 2012 and 2015, but the new Labor government have indicated they would support local councils banning non-degradable plastic shopping bags.

Already other councils have started the same process and Councillor Doug Thompson said that a survey showed that 32 councils support banning the environment-damaging bags.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton pointed out that it was about the material of the bags and that degradable bags could still be supplied to customers.

Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge said Council should campaign for the general reduction of the use of plastic as it was extensively used. She is right. Single pieces of fruit and vegetables are offered on trays wrapped in plastic by supermarkets, which is not only wasteful but also damaging to the environment.

Roel Loopers

NUMBAT ART NEEDS ENDANGERED SPECIES INFO

Posted in animals, art, environment, fremantle, nature by freoview on April 9, 2017

 

I love good mural art and the Numbat one by artist Roa in the Henderson Street mall is one of my favourites, together with the stunning one on the former Myer building at Kings Square.

But the lack of information at the Numbat mural is an opportunity lost I feel because many visitors to Fremantle do not know the animal is a numbat and might think it is a mythical figure.

It is also important to show that the numbat is a very endangered species, so why not put some words next to it to explain that all to overseas, interstate and local visitors.

Roel Loopers

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