The CASTAWAY Sculpture Awards are on again from Saturday October 22 to 30 on the beach at Rockingham next to the lovely boardwalk with the many cafes.
The artworks are made from recycled materials and always great fun. Several Fremantle J Shed artists are participating such as Greg James, Janet Nixon, Lesley Barrett and David Johanson, so make your way to Rocky on the hot weekend.
The show is curated by Fremantle based Lyn DiCiero who is the owner/editor of the Artist Chronicle magazine.
The discussion last evening at the Strategic and Planning Committee of the City of Fremantle about a trial of grey water recycling at Leighton Beach was interesting, with Councillor Rachel Pemberton passionately wanting to go against the officers’ recommendation and continue with what she called a feasibility study which would make Fremantle a leader.
The proposed collaboration on this with the imminent hotel development is not going ahead as the developers pulled out of taking part in the trial, and there are many unknowns and issues that in my opinion warrant caution.
The treated grey water should not come in contact with humans, so how is one going to prevent that near a public beach? Water from sprinklers will be blown all over the place and footpaths by the wind, so can we take that risk? How safe is treated grey water for birds, insects and other wildlife?
Why does a trial like that have to be near a beach, with Councillor Dave Hume repeating it would be better at South Beach. But it needs a substantial new development to make it work and there is none happening at South Beach.
Should the small City of Fremantle really spend many tens of thousands of dollars on trying unproven new technology when no one else seems to want to give it a try? These kinds of projects should be run by state and federal governments but not by a small local government with little resources and income that is often struggling to find money for basic maintenance in our city.
Fremantle needs to go back to governing for local people and stop pretending it is a state government, and that it needs to be a front runner and try out things we can’t really afford. Let’s do the practical and basic things first and well to look after our environment. Let’s protect mature trees, plant heaps of mature and semi-mature trees more, look after our reserves, parks, gardens, make laws that require all new development to have solar power and rainwater tanks, suggest solar awnings and blinds on buildings, etc. etc. There are so many more achievable things we can do as a small city instead of wasting money on an untried technology that the CSIRO should be testing.
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Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Stre. Beaconsfield 6162.