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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

 

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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

THE ART OF MENTAL HEALTH

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, health, mental health, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2018

 

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There is an interesting new mural artwork in Fremantle on the corner of Queen Victoria and Parry streets.

The Share Your Headspace work was done by artist Rene Brink in collaboration with Freo student Kate Gunnel and is about mental health awareness.

Roel Loopers

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SOLAR FARM COMMUNITY HEALTH CONCERNS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, family, health, local government, pollution, solar, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2018

 

The public gallery at the Ordinary Council meeting in North Fremantle last night was packed full with people, many of them families and children with placards.

They were there for the Solar Farm Business Plan item on the agenda, that deals with the proposal for the solar farm on the former heavily contaminated South Fremantle tip site.

Most speakers supported the Solar  Farm but were very worried about possible health implications for the community if the contaminated soil gets disturbed. They wanted to be assured that all possible safeguards would be in place to make sure that the health of their children would not be affected by any work on the site.

One man in his ignorance claimed that Council had underhandedly sneaked the Solar Farm through without public consultation, when in fact this has been on the public record for nearly a decade and the public consultation process will start with the planning application, since that is a legal requirement. Last night’s item was only about starting a business plan.

The unsuccessful recent South Fremantle election candidate thundered “Shame on you council!” for ignoring the consultation process, but that is factually wrong. She must have forgotten that she attended the community consultation meeting in the Townhall organised by the solar farm proponents and she should also know how due process at local government works and that every box has to be ticked under the local government act, and that the Solar Farm proposal was widely reported in the local media.

It is very frustrating to time and time again hear members of the community complain they did not know anything about planning proposals and blame council for their own ignorance, when these plans have been announced on the City’s weekly page in the Herald and reported in the Fremantle Herald, Fremantle Gazette, on Freo’s View, on the CoF website, Facebook and other social media platforms.

To claim that Councillors try to sneak a planning proposal past the community without them noticing it is insulting and laughable, as it would be in contradiction to the Local Government Act. Our elected members are not crooks who do sinister deals the community is left in the dark about!

Mayor Brad Pettitt assured the public gallery that Council would only approve the proposal if it was safe for the community.

The community needs to take ownership and has the onus to inform itself as one cannot realistically expect to receive a letter in the mail for every new plan in the city.

Health issues are extremely important for the Solar Farm proposal and under the Contaminated Sites Register and EPA laws stringent environmental guidelines will have to be adhered to if any soil disturbance is to occur, and we all will make sure that it will be monitored daily! I too live not far from the site and the southerly wind could easily blow contaminated dust here where there is also a primary school.

Roel Loopers

WORK SUSPENDED AT FREMANTLE WORKERS CLUB

Posted in children, city of fremantle, health, health&safety, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 4, 2018

 

I want to keep you all updated about the asbestos scare at the former Fremantle Workers Club in Henry Street, so here the media release from the City of Fremantle:

The demolition of the former Workers Club on Henry Street in Fremantle will remain suspended after testing revealed asbestos was present on the site.

The City of Fremantle ordered the suspension of the works yesterday following community concerns about the demolition practices on the site and its proximity to the Lance Holt Primary School.

Testing conducted yesterday showed there was no asbestos present in samples of dust and materials taken from the school.

However, City of Fremantle Chief Executive Officer Phillip St John said testing of samples taken from the demolition site showed some asbestos was present.

“We took four solid samples of rubble from the site, of which two were positive for asbestos and two were negative. Soil samples from the site were also negative,” Mr St John said.

“The demolition permit issued to the developers by the City of Fremantle includes specific conditions around dust suppression and the safe removal of asbestos.

“Work on the site will remain suspended until the City is satisfied those conditions are being met.”

The material is contained to the site and poses no risk to the general public.

 

Roel Loopers

ASBESTOS FOUND IN WORKERS CLUB SOIL

 

Late yesterday afternoon the test results by ENVIROLAB came back that the soil at the Fremantle Workers Club in Henry Street contains asbestos.

Earlier in the day the City of Fremantle notified residents that no asbestos had been found in samples from the Lance Holt School which is opposite the former club.

It is advisable for parents who drop off their children on foot or bike today to enter Henry Street from Phillimore Street so that they don’t have to walk past the development site. Better to be sure than to be sorry!

It is remarkable that the developers, who have shown documentation that they did asbestos checks in January, have not taken more care and that the asbestos was only discovered now because the community went public on social media with it. Everyone knows that older buildings in Fremantle are very likely to contain asbestos, so why not take extreme care, especially opposite a primary school, and double check.

Questions we would like to see answered: Why were soil samples not taken before? How much of the soil has been disturbed and for how long? Will the City of Fremantle take legal action against the developers?

Roel Loopers

NO ASBESTOS AT WORKERS CLUB

Posted in city of fremantle, development, health, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 3, 2018

 

Tests show no asbestos at school

Testing has shown there is no asbestos in samples of dust and materials taken from Fremantle’s Lance Holt Primary School.

City of Fremantle Chief Executive Officer Philip St John said independent analysis of nine samples taken from locations around the school earlier today found no trace of asbestos.

The City has advised the school of the findings and will continue to liaise  with Lance Holt staff and parents and closely monitor the demolition works on the site of the former Workers Club at 7 Henry Street.

The City took action to instruct the demolition contractor to cease works until further notice while testing could be undertaken in response to concerns about dust emissions from the site.

Mr St John said the City was yet to receive results of the soil tests taken from the demolition site which was closed and contained this morning.

“Our immediate priority was to clarify the situation regarding Lance Holt Primary School. Now that the tests conducted at the school have come back negative, we will focus our attention back on the demolition site.

“As soon as we receive the results back from the laboratory where they were sent for testing, we will determine any further action.”

UPDATE at 18.17 hours: Testing has revealed asbestos at the former Workers Club site but not at the Lance Holt School opposite the demolition site!

FREO WORKERS CLUB ASBESTOS SCARE?

Posted in city of fremantle, development, health, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 3, 2018

 

Workers Club

 

The City of Fremantle has taken action to stop demolition works on the site of the former Workers Club at 7 Henry Street, Fremantle, pending tests to see whether dust emanating from the site contains asbestos.

Responding to community concerns about the demolition practices at the site and its proximity to the Lance Holt Primary School, the City today instructed the demolition contractor to cease works until further notice.

“Field services officers were on site this morning taking samples of material both at the site and at the school. We will have those samples urgently tested today and will notify both the demolition contractor and the school of the outcome,” City of Fremantle Chief Executive Officer Philip St John said.

“We have been in touch with the school principal over the weekend and again today to advise of the action taken and we will continue to remain in contact throughout this process. It is hoped we will have the results of the testing back as soon as possible.”

Mr St John said the demolition site, in Fremantle’s historic West End, was contained and the City would determine any further action once it receives the results of the tests.

Roel Loopers

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GO FRENCH AT THE FREO FOODTRUCKS TONIGHT!

Posted in city of fremantle, food, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on April 2, 2018

 

 

It’s a beautiful warm final day of the long weekend, so after the street arts don’t forget to go to the Under the Bridge Fremantle Foodtrucks at the East Street jetty from 5pm today.

Great food, great sunset at the river and port and also the very important fundraiser for EAT NO EVIL co-owner Ben French who had a horrible life threatening accidents in Thailand and needs our financial help.

Roel Loopers

 

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BULLIES ARE COWARDS!

 

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It’s the National Day Against Bullying and Violence  and that should be a reminder that we all need to stand against bullying in our society.

Bullying unfortunately has become the norm on social media, in schools, the workplace and basically everywhere else and has driven people to suicide.

If you witness bulling speak out! If you are the victim of bullying speak out! All together we can change this despicable attitude of the morons who engage in it. Do it now!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE WEED SPRAY NO RISK TO HUMANS

Posted in city of fremantle, health, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 1, 2018

 

The City of Fremantle has responded to yesterday’s blog post about the use of Glyphosate for weed control in parks. Here it is:

The APVMA (Australian Government Regulator of Pesticides) has completed an assessment of the IARC report and other recent assessments of glyphosate and has concluded that the use of glyphosate in Australia does not pose a cancer risk to humans. http://apvma.gov.au/node/13891

Even so, the City of Fremantle is aiming to reduce its year on year use of glyphosate and chemicals generally.

To achieve this we have expanded our steam weeding program and increased the verge mowing program which has reduced chemical application. We are also looking at spray practices to minimise contact with the public, such as avoiding school holidays and adjusting the time of day we spray.

The City’s current practices in weed management are as outlined in the item that was tabled at Council in April 2016.

The City undertakes an integrated management approach to control weeds. This includes a range of measures including mechanical means, steam control and the use of glyphosate, in parklands, streets and bushland in the City of Fremantle. We are continually reviewing weed management to ensure best practice.

Currently, the City controls weeds on:

· Non-permeable surfaces such as roads, kerbs and footpaths with steam weeding. We have extended this to include Playgrounds in the most recent contract. Steam weeding is effective but more expensive than other methods, although technology is rapidly improving in this method.

· Permeable surfaces such as verges, turf and natural areas using mechanical methods (mowing, manual removal etc.) and chemical application (glyphosate and other target species chemicals).

For footpaths, roads and verges, steam control is undertaken six times per year in the town centre, six times per year on main arterial roads and four times per year in the suburban areas.

For verges and reserves, there are two forms of glyphosate used depending on the environmental characteristics of the site – one being approved for use near aquatic environments. Verges are also maintained through mechanical (mowing) control. This level of service was expanded last year into some residential areas.

For all turfed areas, including grassed areas within parks and all playing fields, selective herbicides, insecticides and fungicides are used when determined necessary. Mechanical control is used where this can be practically achieved.

For all natural areas (bushland, coastal dunes, riverine bushland), spot/paint application of a range of herbicides appropriate to the weed being controlled and the surrounding environment are used, along with mechanical removal where it is appropriate and desirable as a control method.

I also this morning posted a ruling by the World Health Organisation as a comment under yesterday’s article, so that we have balance.

Roel Loopers

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