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THREE BINS FOG(O) FOR FREMANTLE

 

Three bins CoF

 

The City of Fremantle is moving towards the introduction of a new three bin system for household waste and recycling.

If introduced the new three bin system will include:

Weekly collection of a new 240 litre FOGO bin (with a lime green lid)

Fortnightly collection of the existing 240 litre co-mingled recycling bin (yellow lid)

Fortnightly collection of a new 140 litre general waste bin (red lid)

The City of Fremantle is part of the larger Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC), where local governments in southern Perth work together to provide waste and recycling services for our residents.

Since 2016 CoF have been working closely with the other member councils to assess the merits of the three bin system, including a trial with 7000 homes in the City of Melville.

The results from the trial so far have been better than expected, with the bins being used correctly and less contamination of the FOGO bins than anticipated.

Subject to final approval, the three bin system will be introduced to more than 13,000 residential households in Fremantle in July and August next year.

The roll-out will include high-profile education program to let people know what to put in each bin and how the system will work.

Because of issues with access and space the roll-out will not include high-density areas like the city centre and some town houses, commercial properties or residential complexes with more than four units, although this will be subject to review over time.

The new system will mean the City will need to carry out an additional 400,000 bin lifts per year.

The capital cost of setting up the system – including purchasing the new bins – will be around $1.2 million, while additional ongoing operational costs will be between $250,000 and $350,000 per year.

GREENING SAMSON COMMUNITY EVENT

 

Greening Samson

Come down to Sir Frederick Samson Park (near the playground) for free hands-on activities such as revegetation planting in Samson Park bushland (volunteers welcome please register at 9am) on Saturday May 12.

Buster the Fun Bus and children’s activities.
Plus:
– Expert advice on greening your property and information on the Greening Samson Project
– Free native plant giveaways to get you started (City of Fremantle residents – please bring proof of ID)
– Samson Primary P&C cake stall and fundraising
– News on the Samson playground renewal
– Bring your household batteries, car batteries, fluorescent lights, mobiles phones and ink cartridges for the City’s Resource Recovery Team to take away.
– ‘Let’s Talk Rubbish!’ – helpful info on the City’s new recycling centre, FOGO and the State Government plastic bag ban

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SMOG HAZE OVER FREMANTLE

Posted in bushfire, city of fremantle, environment, fremantle port, health, Uncategorized by freoview on May 4, 2018

 

smog 1

smog 2

That was a rather strange day in Fremantle with the smog all over the city most of the day. I had itchy and runny eyes and a headache all day, so that was very annoying.

There could well be an amazing orange sunset tonight but I won’t be photographing it.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE SMART CITIES PROJECT

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, solar, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on May 2, 2018

 

nexus

 

RENeW Nexus is the recently announced Smart Cities Project that will be running in Fremantle supported by Curtin Uni, Murdoch Uni, Synergy, Landcorp, Powerledger, Western Power,  the City of Fremantle, and the Australian Government through the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

RENeW Nexus is seeking City of Fremantle Residents Expression of Interest in  the project and is after residents who:

Have solar PV and/or a rainwater tank, want to better understand their energy and water consumption and generation, are interested in the future of smart cities.

For more information, and to register your interest now, follow the link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/renewnexus

A drop-in information session will be held on Friday 18th May 2018 between 14.30 and 18.30, location to be announced. EOI close on 25th May 2018

Contact: renew.nexus@curtin.edu.au

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FREMANTLE SOLAR FARM RAISES MANY QUESTIONS

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, local government, solar, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on March 2, 2018

 

Around sixty people attended the Townhall information session by the City of Fremantle and EPURON about the proposed solar farm in South Fremantle on Thursday evening.

EPURON plans to put a solar farm on 6.5 hectare of the former waste disposal site that is heavily contaminated and registered under the Contaminated Sites Act 2003.

The EPURON spokes person said that contamination remediation would be required and monitoring of gas and groundwater levels, but that the company planned minimum disturbance of the soil and the ground surface would be sealed off.

EPURON has been building and operating large and medium solar and wind farms since 2003 and has six new projects under way in six states. It operates five solar farms in Australia at present.

They want to develop, construct, own and operate the ground-mounted solar farm that will be made of pre-fabricated  modular blocks on concrete strips plus one or two inverters of up to three metres high.

Construction of the site would only be four months and substantial setbacks from Fremantle Village and roads and paths would be implemented.

There was concern raised by some members of the public and some questions were taken on notice, such as the monitoring of radiation and noise levels, so the community will expect more answers before it will feel comfortable that the site is not going to create health hazards for anyone nearby or wherever the prevailing winds might carry dust that could be toxic.

What is ‘minimum disturbance of the soil? How will levelling of the soil happen without disturbance? Will toxic soil be removed from the site, if so how and where to?

Most people in Fremantle would no doubt be happy to see a solar farm and the site used but there must be water tight guarantees about public health first.

Roel Loopers

WHY USE DANGEROUS CHEMICALS IN FREMANTLE PARKS?

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, health, Uncategorized by freoview on February 28, 2018

 

Poison

 

North Fremantle architect Murray Slavin, who lives near Fremantle Park, is worried about the City of Fremantle’s use of Glyphosates spray to eradicate weeds.

He says that he has contacted a number of councillors from the Mayor down to find out why we’re still using Glyphosates in our parks which are widely used – including by children and dogs, but that he has never had a response.

Murray says “Glyphosates are considered hazardous in many areas of the world now. The hypocrisy here is that we have tokenised weed control by using steam where it’s visible to the public but Glyphosates where it’s less visible. I think the practice should be stopped.”

This photo taken by Murray Slavin was taken within 20m of a children’s playground and in an area where dogs are walked regularly, sports are played, and picnics enjoyed on the grass.

Slavin says “This photo was taken adjacent to Fremantle Park but similar signs regularly appear in other recreation areas, including South Beach.”

So, City of Fremantle, so keen to promote itself as environmentally friendly, why are you still using the dangerous chemicals?

Roel Loopers

SAVE NINGALOO REEF(AGAIN)

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, nature, Uncategorized by freoview on February 24, 2018

 

Come to South Fremantle’s The Local hotel on March 1 from 5-7pm. and find out more about the campaign to save Exmouth Gulf and Ningaloo Reef and protect the beauty and value of one of Western Australia’s most iconic places!

There will be speakers and lots of info available on the night. The Ningaloo Reef World Heritage Area is renowned for its beauty and biodiversity but its under threat from the oil and gas industry with a pipeline fabrication and towing facility now under consideration by the EPA.

Now we need to raise public awareness about Protect Ningaloo and why saving Exmouth Gulf is so important.

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SOLAR FARM PLANS FOR SOUTH FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, energy, environment, local government, solar, Uncategorized by freoview on February 20, 2018

 

A development application has been submitted to the City of Fremantle by Australian energy renewal company EPURON to build a solar farm on the former South Fremantle landfill site.

The proposed solar farm will cover approximately 8 hectares of the 19.4 hectare landfill site on Cockburn Road and produce up to 4.9 megawatts of power.

The CoF has been looking at what to do with the site since 1985 but because it is a contaminated site it is very limited what can be done there.

Previous interest to build a solar farm on the site were abandoned after the companies did their financial due diligence. If Fremantle Council approves the application it will be the first urban solar farm of this scale in Australia.

The former landfill site is owned by the City of Fremantle and will be leased to Epuron to develop the project.

Epuron has been developing large scale wind energy projects since 2003 and solar photovoltaic facilities since 2010, including a 3.1 MW project in Alice Springs and a 2 MW project at Yulara in the Northern Territory.

The development application is open for public comment until 30 March 2018 and a community information session will be held at the Fremantle Town Hall on 1 March 2018, starting at 6pm.

Roel Loopers

AROUND THE WORLD IN AN ELECTRIC CAR

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, electricity, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on February 11, 2018

 

Dutchman Wiebke Wakker will soon be crossing from Indonesia to Australia and will hopefully also visit Fremantle on his epic journey.

Wakker, which means awake, has been on the road for 687 days in an electric car, visited 31 countries and has driven 60,000 kilometres without having to fill up at a petrol station.

His Plug Me In project gets him to ask people to allow him to recharge the car batteries and he has been welcomed everywhere. See more on http://www.plugmeinproject.com

The always innovative and change embracing Dutch have a target of 200,000 electric vehicles on the road in the Netherlands by 2020. That’s a whole lot more than the meagre few hundred on Australian roads.

Roel Loopers

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GREENING SAMSON PRIORITY FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, local government, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on February 5, 2018

Recent media reports on the decline of tree canopy in the Perth metropolitan area are a real worry, so it is good that Fremantle is setting out on an increase of our urban forest.

The City of Fremantle is giving Samson residents the chance to choose the type of tree they would like planted on their verge.

The recently adopted Urban Forest Plan sets a target of increasing the number of trees in Fremantle from 13,000 to 23,000 by 2027, while the City’s 2017/18 budget provided additional funding to increase the number of trees planted this year from 500 to 900.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said the Greening Samson project was a high priority for the City’s tree planting program and that mapping had identified that Samson has some of the lowest canopy coverage in Fremantle.

The Mayor said that contributes to the urban heat island effect, which means that on average Samson is two degrees hotter than nearby suburbs, and one way to combat this effect is to provide more shade through increased canopy cover.

Samson residents will soon be receiving a letter advising them of the type of tree the City of Fremantle considers to be most suitable for their verge, but also giving the option of a different species.

The City will plant, water and maintain the tree at no cost to residents.

People wishing to choose the alternative species, or opt out of the program entirely, can do so by calling 9432 9999 or completing the online form.

All requests must be received by 21 February, with planting to begin this winter.

For more information on Greening Samson visit the Greening Samson page on the My Say Freo webs

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