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PETER NEWMAN WA SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR

Posted in city of fremantle, perth freight link, roe 8 highway, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on August 16, 2018

 

Fremantle Professor Peter Newman was awarded the WA Premier’s Award of Scientist of the Year 2018 on Wednesday night.

Newman heads the Curtin University of Sustainable Policy-CUSP and is renowned as a sustainable cities advocate. He also strongly opposed the Roe 8 and Perth Freight Link.

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FREMANTLE SMART CITIES PROJECT

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, solar, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on May 2, 2018

 

nexus

 

RENeW Nexus is the recently announced Smart Cities Project that will be running in Fremantle supported by Curtin Uni, Murdoch Uni, Synergy, Landcorp, Powerledger, Western Power,  the City of Fremantle, and the Australian Government through the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

RENeW Nexus is seeking City of Fremantle Residents Expression of Interest in  the project and is after residents who:

Have solar PV and/or a rainwater tank, want to better understand their energy and water consumption and generation, are interested in the future of smart cities.

For more information, and to register your interest now, follow the link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/renewnexus

A drop-in information session will be held on Friday 18th May 2018 between 14.30 and 18.30, location to be announced. EOI close on 25th May 2018

Contact: renew.nexus@curtin.edu.au

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FREO DEPOT SITE FOR SALE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, local government, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on April 11, 2018

 

Depot site

 

In a surprise move the City of Fremantle has invited tenders for the sale of its Knutsford Street depot.

The 25,316m2 site is in a prime location opposite the Fremantle Public Golf Course and Fremantle City had been in negotiations with LandCorp for a long time to develop the site. LandCorp was however reluctant because of the high Green sustainability rating Fremantle Council wanted for the site, as it believed it would deter potential buyers and developers.

The Knutsford Street East Structure Plan was amended in 2017 to allow for increased height and density and  identifies the depot as a prime redevelopment site in Fremantle.

The City’s strategic plan specifically nominates the Knutsford East precinct as an area for development, while the One Planet Fremantle Strategy highlights the Knutsford depot site redevelopment as one of the City’s top five corporate actions.

The request for tender is for redevelopment of the site as a medium/high density mixed residential development incorporating leading edge environmental sustainability performance.

The City may be prepared to negotiate the sale of a portion of the site rather than the whole site, with the remaining area retained by the City as an industrial/mixed use operations centre.

Potential buyers can register interest at http://www.tenderlink.com/fremantle.

A decision to build a new depot or reconfigure a portion of the Knutsford Street site will be made once tenders have closed and the council is able to evaluate the best option based on the income generated and the preferences of the preferred tenderer.

The City of Fremantle has purchased a property in O’Connor for the new depot site.

Roel Loopers

IT’S APRIL FOOLS FREO!

Posted in april fools, city of fremantle, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on April 1, 2018

 

I published two Roel’s APRIL FOOLS today, but one went unnoticed.

The Quokka story was clearly a hoax but so was the solar panels on Fremantle roads article.

It’s always a challenge to try to fool my unbelievably clever, wise, and sceptical readers, and I did not ask for assistance from the Australian cricket team.

I hope you are all having a great Easter weekend!

 

Roel Loopers

INNOVATIVE SOLAR ROAD TRIAL FOR FREMANTLE

 

railless tram

Railless tram with road sensors

Solar Farm

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and Councillors Ingrid Waltham and Adin Lang with South Fremantle Solar Farm proponents

 

Fremantle is more and more becoming a leader in sustainability! Fremantle Council will from July this year start a trial of solar power collection through panels glued onto the road surface.

Stage One of the One Planet trial will be the panels installed along South Terrace including Market Street all the way to the new Solar Farm which will be constructed on the former South Fremantle tip site.

If the first six months are successful the trial area will be expanded to include Carrington and Hampton roads and South Street and Marine Terrace, with further expansion of the solar collection area likely.

The trial will use new wireless Internet of Everything(IoE) technology similar to the railless tram sensors, but instead of supplying energy the large Fremantle panels will collect it. The collected solar power will feed into the new Solar Farm and will supply part of the city’s energy.

Fremantle has been proudly showing its environmental awareness with its carbon neutral credentials for years and is building on that. The new civic centre at Kings Square will have an eight star green rating and the new Cappuccino Strip carpark that just opened on Thursday has solar lights, run off water collection and charging points for electric cars. The solar panels on road surfaces is another brilliant and innovative way of caring for our planet.

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FREO FOCUS AT URBAN DESIGN DAY

 

It is URBAN DESIGN DAY today so I went to an event at the Fremantle Library this morning where CUSP professor Peter Newman, Dr Annie Matan and Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt gave interesting presentations.

Peter Newman started with The theory of urban fabrics and Fremantle stating that there are three cities within cities; the walking city, the transit city and the car based city.

It is important to recognise the fabric of a city, respect that fabric and rejuvenate the fabric to ensure the city has what it needs.

Walking cities such as Fremantle need to be dense, mixed land zoning, narrow streets, pedestrian priority and minimal parking, with minimal setbacks at medium density development.

My question to Newman after his presentation if medium/high density did not demand setback to create public open space received the reply “parklets I assume” when all those people living in small apartments probably would like to relax in decent parks, not tiny parklets.

Fremantle has the highest concentration of heritage buildings in Australia and the tram used to drive here from 1905-1952 and according to Newman the future is ring rail with light rail and rapid bus transport and the new railless lightrail that drives along sensors built in the road.

Newman said that I was thinking like a transport planner and that it works in other cities when I asked if the reality of lightrail for Fremantle was not a chicken and the egg scenario where we simply do not have the population numbers that would convince private operators to invest in lightrail. I thought my question was more about economic reality and that so called triple bottom line. Yes, it works in other cities which have ten times more residents than Fremantle.

Lightrail in Freo will in my opinion only happen because of and when we collaborate with Cockburn, Murdoch and even Curtin where huge development is happening in Coogee, etc. and thousands of people will move to

Dr Annie Matan talked about placemaking which is all about creating opportunities and engaging with the community very early, so that they get what they want and take ownership of projects, such as the lovely Wray Avenue parklet.

Because of the way we live we no longer get the accidental interaction we used to get on the streets, but we need public spaces for our mental health and happiness and we should improve our streets as places where people meet and connect.

It is important to prioritise human experience over design Matan said. There is a lack of connection and a lot of isolation.

Reinventing community planning would also be desirable so that people are involved from the very start and work together with planning experts. We need to make our cities work for 8 year olds and 80 year olds, because they are the most vulnerable groups in our society, so we need to plan for those groups.

Injecting fun in public spaces is also very important and telling the story of our citizens.

Mayor Brad Pettitt talked about Urban Density and Design for Sustainability in Fremantle which include allowing higher density in the CBD and beyond and sustainable transport.

After nearly forty years of development stagnation Fremantle is finally seeing substantial development with plans to have 5,000 more residents within walking distance of the train station.

We need to stop the unsustainable car dependent urban sprawl and Fremantle is helping with that with the creation of 1,679 new dwellings, 38,697 square metres of new retail and hospitality space, 44,061 sqm of office floor pace and 727 new hotel rooms, while also improving the public realm at Kings Square and Princess May Park.

It was a really interesting morning and I am glad I attended!

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE URBAN DESIGN DAY

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on March 21, 2018

 

urban-design-invitation

 

Is urban design for sustainability a pipedream or is it something that can be realised, and if so how?

Professor Peter Newman and Annie Matan of the Curtin University of Sustainable Policy-CUSP and Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt will address all this at the Urban Design Day next Monday March 26 at the Fremantle Library.

It starts at 9am and finishes at 3.30pm.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE SOLAR FARM RAISES MANY QUESTIONS

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, local government, solar, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on March 2, 2018

 

Around sixty people attended the Townhall information session by the City of Fremantle and EPURON about the proposed solar farm in South Fremantle on Thursday evening.

EPURON plans to put a solar farm on 6.5 hectare of the former waste disposal site that is heavily contaminated and registered under the Contaminated Sites Act 2003.

The EPURON spokes person said that contamination remediation would be required and monitoring of gas and groundwater levels, but that the company planned minimum disturbance of the soil and the ground surface would be sealed off.

EPURON has been building and operating large and medium solar and wind farms since 2003 and has six new projects under way in six states. It operates five solar farms in Australia at present.

They want to develop, construct, own and operate the ground-mounted solar farm that will be made of pre-fabricated  modular blocks on concrete strips plus one or two inverters of up to three metres high.

Construction of the site would only be four months and substantial setbacks from Fremantle Village and roads and paths would be implemented.

There was concern raised by some members of the public and some questions were taken on notice, such as the monitoring of radiation and noise levels, so the community will expect more answers before it will feel comfortable that the site is not going to create health hazards for anyone nearby or wherever the prevailing winds might carry dust that could be toxic.

What is ‘minimum disturbance of the soil? How will levelling of the soil happen without disturbance? Will toxic soil be removed from the site, if so how and where to?

Most people in Fremantle would no doubt be happy to see a solar farm and the site used but there must be water tight guarantees about public health first.

Roel Loopers

LIVING SMART IN NORTH FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2017

 

My mates Shani and Tim are Ecoburbia and Living Smart, so here info about their North Fremantle course:

Living Smart is a 7-week course (plus an additional field trip) that will inspire you to make sustainable changes in your own home with your family.

The course is designed with the needs of participants in mind and includes topic such as Waste, Living Simply, Power, Water, Gardening . . . and more. This course is brought to you by the City of Fremantle and will be facilitated by Shani Graham and Tim Darby, the most experienced Living Smart facilitators in Australia.

The next course starts on October 19 at the North Fremantle Community Hall and will run on Thursdays.

The cost for this course is $80 which includes Living Smart membership. Concession price ($40) available for eligible card holders. For more information call Shani on 0417 941 991 or email her at ecoburbia@gmail.com

The Living Smart program is now coordinated by Be Living Smart Inc. For more about Living Smart courses see http://www.livingsmart.org.au

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CARNEGY WAVE ENERGY GOES SOLAR

Posted in energy, environment, fremantle, solar, sustainability, technology by freoview on October 27, 2016

Fremantle based Carnegy Wave Energy has acquired 100% of the Australian Energy Made Clean solar company, adding 65% of the shares to the 35% they already had.

AEMC are specialists in the design, construction and operation of microgrids and large-scale commercial solar projects and storage systems.

Carnegie managing director Michael Ottaviano said that “The potential for the global microgrid market is estimated at US$40 billion by 2020. This acquisition unlocks Carnegie’s ability to deliver a unique, in-house capability to capitalize on a rapidly growing segment of the renewable energy market globally.

“Microgrids are increasingly a major part of the renewable energy market as they can deliver cost competitive, clean power and energy security.”

 

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