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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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MISTY FREMANTLE PORT

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

 

fog 2

 

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.

Roel Loopers

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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.

 

Roel Loopers

SMOKE HAZE BLANKETS FREMANTLE

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

port-haze

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.

Roel Loopers

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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

smoke 1 smoke 2

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.

Roel Loopers

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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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