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MAYORS WANT CLEANER FREMANTLE PORT FREIGHT

 

The mayors of Fremantle, Melville and East Fremantle have put their collective support behind cleaner freight initiatives that will enable more efficient use of the road network by capping freight volumes and placing stricter controls on the types of trucks allowed to transport freight.

The mayors are calling for:

  • A new Fremantle Port accreditation system that will bring in cleaner and quieter trucks and over time ban older dirtier trucks.

  • State government incentives for clean, quieter trucks and ultimately a zero emissions truck fleet based on hydrogen and electric vehicles.

  • Government to work with industry to incentivise these quieter trucks to run outside of business and especially peak hours.

The intent is to reduce the effects of noise and diesel pollution on local residents by ensuring only cleaner and quieter trucks can access the port.

The three mayors said they would ideally like to see a working group comprising Fremantle Ports, Main Roads, the Freight Logistics Council, Western Roads Federation, Transport Workers Union, and local councils form a working party that can make recommendations to State Government on the best approach.

A key focus would be encouraging freight operators to upgrade to cleaner, more modern trucks included Euro 6 trucks and ultimately electric and hydrogen vehicles.

Possible options to achieve cleaner freight outcomes include:

  • Requirements for all trucks to have emissions control technology, such as exhaust gas recirculation.

  • Limiting truck movements during peak commute times and smoother freight runs encouraged through green light coordination on Leach Highway.

  • Roadworks to remediate areas of high risk and noise, such as the pending upgrade of the intersection of High Street and Stirling Highway with potential for other improvements along other sections of Stirling and Leach Hwy.

  • Increasing day time rail freight via a dedicated line on the pending new Fremantle Traffic Bridge and exploration of coastal shipping – the ‘blue highway’ – are other options.

 

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SMOKE HAZE OVER FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, health, pollution, smoke, Uncategorized by freoview on May 14, 2020

 

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I woke up to the smell of smoke early this morning and noticed there is quite a bit of haze over Fremantle, as the photo I took of of Fremantle Port shows.

We have had some amazing sunsets lately, so take advantage of the stunning weather because it will be changing after the weekend with a cold front coming in.

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SMOKE HAZE MAKES FREO SMELLING LIKE A BBQ

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, leeuwin foundation, pollution, smoke, Uncategorized by freoview on April 27, 2020

 

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It smells in Fremantle this morning as if a huge BBQ is going on somewhere, but it is smoke haze from down south, that also makes it quite hazy.

It made for a lovely photo of the SS Leeuwin II at Victoria Quay, with port cranes at North Quay in the background.

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VISUAL ART PROMOTION POLLUTION

Posted in advertising, art, city of fremantle, local government, pollution, Uncategorized by freoview on February 26, 2020

 

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If every business in Fremantle started advertising on the pavement our footpaths would be huge cluttered billboards, so who gave the Artisan Store in High Street permission to do it I wonder?

This stencil is near the railway crossing at the Roundhouse, so well away from the retail shop.

Visual pollution is awful in our cities, with far too many signs all over the place, and that needs to be better controlled by our councils.

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GLYPHOSATE SPRAYING TO CONTINUE IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, health, local government, pollution, Uncategorized by freoview on November 10, 2019

 

It does not look as if the City of Fremantle will abandon spraying parks and reserves with glyphosate, which is reportedly dangerous for the health of humans and animals.

This below from the agenda of the FPLO Committee of Fremantle Council which wel meet this Wednesday:

SUMMARY:

The purpose of this report is for Council to consider the petition on the use of glyphosate and the City’s current integrated weed management program. The City is responsible for managing land inclusive of parks, gardens, foreshore reserves, bushland reserves, road reserves, drainage sumps and City owned or managed land. The majority of City managed land requires vegetation and weed management and glyphosate is currently used in the weed management program.

This report recommends that the Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation committee acting under delegation 1.1:

  1. Note the petition received from Mr De Villiers requesting Council:
    1. Ban the spraying of glyphosate in the City of Fremantle parklands and

      public spaces.

    2. Develop and research less toxic and environmentally friendly

      alternatives to the use of glyphosate in parklands and public spaces in

      the City of Fremantle.

    3. Increase the steam weeding to reduce the City of Fremantle’s chemical

      use.

  2. Request officers continue with the City’s current integrated weed management program, noting the management controls to mitigate the risk to staff, contractors and the public for the use of herbicide, including Glyphosate, and within existing operational resources and budgets.
  3. Request officers continue with the trials of alternative weed control practices and management and implement the effective trials within existing operational resources and budgets where possible.
  4. Request officers submit details of the proposed herbicide reduction program and management practices and/or service level amendments through the annual budget cycle for consideration.

For the entire agenda item and Officer’s Recommendation click on Agendas and Minutes on the City of Fremantle website.

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A-SIGN TSUNAMI IN HIGH STREET

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, hospitality, pollution, sign, Uncategorized by freoview on May 17, 2019

 

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Is this A-sign tsunami at Bar Orient in Fremantle’s historic High Street really necessary?

Four signs haphazardly placed on the footpath for just the one business is well over the top and pretty inconvenient for pedestrians. It’s overkill!

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HAZY FREMANTLE MORNING

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, pollution, Uncategorized by freoview on May 13, 2019

 

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It’s a bit of a hazy morning in good old Freo so the perfect location to take some photos of the fog is Fremantle Port of course.

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PLASTIC FREE FISH AND SIPS A FIRST FOR FREMANTLE

 

The Fish and Sips festival at  the Coast Port Beach this weekend will be the first Fremantle festival that will be single-use plastic free.

Fremantle Council adopted the sustainable events policy in November last year. The policy excludes the provision, use, distribution or sale of single-use plastics including straws, cutlery, bottles, cups, plates, containers, bags and cling-wrap at all events produced by the City of Fremantle.

Although single-use plastics are not banned from third party events in Fremantle, the policy does encourage event organisers not to use them.  Fish and Sips wants to support that, so they’ve purchased 15,000 reusable polycarbonate and melamine cups specifically for the festival.

Coast is very aware of the beach environment they are operating in and for the Cuban club event recently they served 35,000 drinks in a day with no single-use plastic, and in this Fish and Sips event they’ll be doing similar numbers over the weekend – all of this in reusable cups.

The venue management believe it’s essential to the survival of Coast Port Beach that they’re able to use the beach and the beautiful ocean backdrop, so they are doing their part to preserve this and also blazing a trail by being the first event to do this on a large scale

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said “The impact of plastic in our environment is well documented, with some studies suggesting that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.  The fact that you can put on a large event like Fish and Sips and not use single-use plastic demonstrates there are cost effective alternatives available.”

The Fish and Sips festival is on from Friday 29 March until Sunday 31 March.

For more information visit the Coast Port Beach website.

 

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CLIMATE CHANGE THREAT PANEL DISCUSSION AT NATIONAL HOTEL

 

There will be a very interesting panel discussion about climate change at the Fremantle National Hotel on this coming Wednesday, March 6 from 6.30pm.

While our politicians quarrel and procrastinate about global warming, scientists all over the world believe the future of planet earth is under serious threat and immediate action is required.

“Humanity is changing the Earth in ways never seen before. The oceans are acidifying, the climate is changing, and world is awash in plastic. Scientists are telling us that we have pushed the Earth into an entirely new state, one dominated by human activity. 
Welcome to the Anthropocene: the era of humankind.
If we have the power to shape the deep future of the Earth and all living things upon it, then how should we think, act and feel in this decisive moment?

Come explore the science of human-caused planetary change from some of Western Australia’s leading scientific voices. Here, we reveal the science of our extraordinary planetary ecological crisis, and ask how science can be used to deliver a better world. Panel presentation and public Q&A.”

The panel members will be Prof. Petra Tschakert from UWA, Dr Bill Hare of Cimate Analysis, Dr Joe Fontaine of Curtin University and Dr Neville Ellis of UWA.

There is also a staircase photo exhibition about climate change at the National Hotel until May 20, so go and have a look and attend the panel discussion.

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IS AUSTRALIA GROWING TOO FAST?

Posted in city of fremantle, community, fremantle network, pollution, Uncategorized by freoview on February 25, 2019

 

The question Is Australia Growing Too Fast? is the topic of the next Politics in the Pub by the Fremantle Network this Tuesday February 26.

The meeting starts at 7pm sharp at the Local hotel in South Fremantle, so come early and have a pre-drink and meet the other participants.

A two-men panel will address the topic; Julian Bolleter, the deputy director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre at UWA and Colin Scott, the WA candidate for the Sustainable Australia Party will speak and answer questions from the floor.

I have not been impressed with the patronising new format of the Fremantle Network, so will give it one last try tomorrow. See you at the Local!

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