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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!

Roel Loopers

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.

Roel Loopers

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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.

 

Roel Loopers

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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.

Roel Loopers

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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!

Roel Loopers

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BAN ON BOTTLED WATER AT FREMANTLE EVENTS

 

The Fremantle Sustainable Events Policy was given a lot of attention at Wednesday’s Ordinary Council meeting with Councillor Rachel Pemberton saying that Council has a clear obligation to do something about plastic water bottles.

We have to make a stand and sell to the community that not using plastic bottles can be done, and it has already been implemented by other councils in Australia and the USA, Pemberton said.

“Let us make a conscious decision that at our council events we don’t sell plastic water bottles.”

Pemberton claimed that bottled water can be bad for our health and that 93 per cent of plastic water bottles have plastic contamination in them.

Councillor Andrew Sullivan said it was complete stupidity that people bought bottled water but then chucked them in the bin still half full.

CEO Phil StJohn pointed out that Council does not have the power to prevent bottled water from being sold at private events, but it could be made a condition of getting Council approval to run an event on Council property.

Of course nothing stops private operators from not selling water and soft drinks in plastic bottles, as they do at the Glen Cowans photo gallery at the Roundhouse, where they stopped selling canned soft drinks, and water is only for sale in glass bottles. Every trader at public events, and in our cafes, can make a difference and stop selling bottled water!

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

MORE FROM THE FREMANTLE PLANNING COMMITTEE

 

More from the Fremantle Council Planning Committee:

  • A small bar and deli for 29 Leighton Beach Boulevard in North Fremantle was approved by the City of Fremantle Planning Committee last night after many people spoke for and against it.

One of the main concerns was noise from the alfresco area rising up to the balconies of residents because of the hard surface below.

It is a fair concern that could be addressed if council insisted on noise control, such as carpeting the alfresco area and putting a soft noise reducing top over it and plants around it, but a small amendment only addressed the area of alfresco activity and that it could not expand.

  • The development proposal for a cafe/restaurant next to Frank’s the butcher in Wray Avenue came back to the Planning Committee, after the proponent had taken the plans to the State Administrative Tribunal after they were rejected by council. The committee last night was adamant. that not enough changes had been made and that parking in the very popular hub was already and issue that could not cope with another cafe, so the proposal was rejected again.
  • The Solar Farm on the former tip site in South Fremantle was approved. Concerns about contaminated dust were deemed unnecessary as the site will be monitored while it is largely without control now.

It is a bit of a surprise that people now are concerned about contaminated dust when a solar farm will be built over the surface and no doubt acts as dust reduction and the site will be professionally managed. A very good outcome I believe.

  • Bad acoustics in the North Fremantle Hall is still an issue and the large public gallery which included twenty Curtin University students had to move chairs to the sides to get closer to be able to hear the Councillors and staff. Unacceptable.
  • A rather farcical situation at the start of the meeting when chair Jon Strachan ruled that all public submissions would be heard before the committee deliberated, but he was overruled by his colleagues who wanted the procedure to remain as it is and that the public speaks before each item which is then debated by committee. It means that people who are not interested in other items on the agenda don’t have to sit through the entire meeting, so it is a basic courtesy to the community.

Roel Loopers

 

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SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST RUBBISH

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, pollution, rubbish, Uncategorized by freoview on July 29, 2017

 

Students of Fremantle John Curtin College spent one hour on cleaning up Port Beach recently and were amazed at what they found in such a short time in winter.

Cigarette butts 166, Cigarette lighters 3, Straws 20, confection sticks and cups 50,Lids and tops 27, Plastic drink bottles 13, Plastic food packaging 38, Cylume glow sticks (mini) – recreational fishing 6, Recreational fishing items 15, Rope and net scraps less than a metre 17, Rope in metres 3 and Plastic bits and pieces hard and solid 162.
Others: Foam buoys 3, Earplugs 8, Glass beer stubbies 4, Broken glass 20, Cloth 9, Aluminium cans 5, Metal bottle caps 29, Paper and cardboard packaging 136, Rubber balls 1 and Rubber remnants 12.

One has to wonder how much other rubbish ended up in the ocean before the students collected it.

It is disgraceful that so many people believe someone else will clean up after them and leave their rubbish behind.

 

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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