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MISTY FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, pollution, Uncategorized by freoview on June 1, 2017

 

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I got up unusually late today but there was still a lot of fog around mid morning, so I went to take this photo of Fremantle port.

The pollution is due to controlled burning in the hills near Darlington, so the sea breeze will be blowing it away this afternoon.

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ILLEGAL DUMP REMOVED FAST

Posted in city of fremantle, pollution, rubbish by freoview on May 25, 2017

 

 

My Freo’s View blog might not change the world but it does make a difference sometimes in Fremantle.

The illegal rubbish dump on the corner of Suffolk Street and South Terrace, that I reported about on Tuesday morning, is already being cleaned up. Three skip bins were being filled with the waste yesterday.

That is an amazingly fast response from the City of Fremantle and I thank the officers involved and the elected members who took the issue on. Well done all!

And thank you also to resident Kim D’Alton who made me aware of the issue.

 

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SMOKE HAZE BLANKETS FREMANTLE

Posted in fire, fremantle, fremantle port, pollution by freoview on November 27, 2016

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The smoke haze over Fremantle was not a very pretty sight at all until the Fremantle Doctor blew it away after midday. It was quite smelly and unpleasant as well, so no wonder I’ve got a headache.

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HOW WE CAN HANDLE WASTE BETTER

Posted in environment, fremantle, pollution, WASTE by freoview on February 16, 2015

“International zero waste experts, Professor Emeritus, Paul Connett, St Lawrence University, Canton New York and Professor Steffen Lehman, Head of Architecture and the School of the Built Environment at Curtin University, a zero waste and planning expert, will together with Mr lee Bell, heavy metals expert to the International Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Elimination Network (IPEN) and National Toxics Network (NTN) will be participating in a panel discussion, taking questions from the public about the four incinerators recently approved by the WA EPA and alternative solutions.

This is an incredible opportunity to hear from some of the worlds leading experts on the dangers of incineration and the pathways towards sustainable zero waste solutions for Western Australia.

The south metro region has been targeted for two massive incinerators making this an environmental health and justice issue for all south metro regional councils, their constituents and the environment.

As such all WA local governments are under pressure from regional councils to commit to long term waste management contracts to secure the vast waste streams needed to fuel the waste to energy incinerators planned for WA. With four incinerators approved in WA now, this pressure is set to increase. To understand how this dirty energy industry is being promoted, this article may be of interest to you.
http://www.energyjustice.net/content/zero-waste-landfill-how-incinerators-get-promoted

Don’t miss this great opportunity. Tuesday 17th Feb 2015, 6pm, Lotteries House, 2 Delhi St, West Perth. (on the Freo train line City West train stop)

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BUSH FIRE SMOKE BLANKETS FREMANTLE

Posted in fire, fremantle, pollution, smoke by freoview on February 11, 2015

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Not sure we should be too worried about passive smoking in Fremantle when the bush fire smoke blankets our city far too often. Some morons set fire near Kwinana yesterday and one could barely see the Freo Townhall from the Roundhouse in the afternoon.

This is what it looked like at Bathers Beach.

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SMOKE HAZE GIVES FREO A SOFT LOOK

Posted in fremantle, pollution by freoview on February 10, 2015

The smoke haze over Fremantle continues and gives it a lovely soft look in the early morning as these photos show.

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FIREWORKS POLLUTION NOT VERY FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, fireworks, pollution by freoview on January 26, 2015

I don’t want to be a party pooper, but when you watch the Australia Day fireworks today live in Fremantle or Perth, or on the TV from around the nation, think about how much better we could have spent the money instead of blowing up explosives in the sky. How often do we hear local governments tell us they don’t have funding for maintenance or new infrastructure and whilst acknowledging the history of the beginning of British settlement is appropriate, I wonder if we are not getting over the top with it and should use the money we spend on fireworks on something more worthwhile, e.g. a memorial on Rottnest Island for the indigenous people who were inhumanely treated there with hundreds of them dying on the island.

It is quite amazing that the carbon neutral, One Planet and ever so environmentally conscious City of Fremantle would organise fireworks because it creates pollution in the ocean and in the air we breath, and it scares the hell out of dogs.

Fireworks, according to experts, create smoke and dust that contains heavy metals, sulphur-coal and compounds and noxious chemicals. Barium creates intense green colours but is poisonous and radioactive, copper gives the brilliant blue colours but contains dioxin which is linked to cancer.

Cadmium, lithium,antimony,rubidum,strontium,lead,potassium nitrate are also commonly used for different fireworks effects.

I wonder what amount the City of Fremantle spent on today’s fireworks and the Council party they always have on the waterfront. Happy Australia Day!

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