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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


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




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


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.



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


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

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



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



Posted in city of fremantle, ecoburbia, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on January 4, 2018


Ecoburbia concert Jan 6


ECOBURBIA is having a house concert in Beaconsfield this Saturday.

The BELLE MINERS will be performing from 7pm at 16 Livingstone Street.

Tickets are $20 and can be booked at.

Bring you own drinks and nibblies.




Posted in city of fremantle, environment, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2017


My mates Shani and Tim are Ecoburbia and Living Smart, so here info about their North Fremantle course:

Living Smart is a 7-week course (plus an additional field trip) that will inspire you to make sustainable changes in your own home with your family.

The course is designed with the needs of participants in mind and includes topic such as Waste, Living Simply, Power, Water, Gardening . . . and more. This course is brought to you by the City of Fremantle and will be facilitated by Shani Graham and Tim Darby, the most experienced Living Smart facilitators in Australia.

The next course starts on October 19 at the North Fremantle Community Hall and will run on Thursdays.

The cost for this course is $80 which includes Living Smart membership. Concession price ($40) available for eligible card holders. For more information call Shani on 0417 941 991 or email her at

The Living Smart program is now coordinated by Be Living Smart Inc. For more about Living Smart courses see



Posted in city of fremantle, climate change, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on October 6, 2017


Fremantle’s recycling centre in Montreal Street has doubled in size, with more capacity for recycling metal, batteries, clothes and e-waste like TVs, computers and monitors.

The recycling centre will now be open to the public from midday to 4 pm on Fridays and from 8am to 4 pm on weekends.

The City of Fremantle has also started a home collection service for people over 65 years of age, where the City will collect white goods, e-waste and mattresses from the doorstep.

This will also start in late October. Check the CoF website:


Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!



Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on September 22, 2017


Fremantle City  is working together with Mosman Park on how to preserve and protect our local beaches and are seeking community input on a draft plan.

The two councils are investigating together on how to manage coastal erosion and identifying potential risks, such as those caused by storm surges and flooding along Port, Leighton and Mosman Beaches.

Seawalls, dune stabilisation and revegetation, revised coastal management strategies, community awareness campaigns and additional ongoing monitoring programs are part of the draft accommodations. It would cost of around $34m over the next 50 years.

Local residents and visitors to our Freo/Mosman beaches are encouraged to  download the draft Coastal Hazard Risk Management Adaption Plan by visiting:


Roel Loopers


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