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FREO INFO SESSION ON KINGS SQUARE FIG TREES

 

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There will be an information session about the health of the Fremantle Moreton Bay fig trees at Kings Square next Thursday June 21, at 6pm in the Fremantle Townhall.

It has been suggested by tree experts that two more fig trees will have to be removed because of bad health and public safety concerns, so if you are passionate about the trees make sure to get all the relevant information about their future, and if they can be saved or not.

Mature replacement trees could cost up to $ 14,000 each, so that would be a considerable cost to ratepayers.

Roel Loopers

SHOULD FREO KEEP UNHEALTHY FIG TREES AT KINGS SQUARE?

 

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The City of Fremantle is conducting community consultation about the possible removal of two old ailing Moreton Bay fig trees from Kings Square and replace them. It is possible to replace them with two healthy mature Moreton Bay figs or native trees, at approximately $ 14,000 per new tree.

The removal of the old trees would no doubt cause an emotive reaction from many in our community, but if the trees are in fact a public health hazard that would be a great concern for the redevelopment of Kings Square and the planned children’s playground adjacent to the so-called Christmas tree.

Here the info from Freo City:

Help us decide on the future of two Moreton Bay figs in Kings Square.

The trees are an important part of the Kings Square Renewal public space upgrades, but a rapid decline in health and increased public safety risks means a decision now needs to be made about their future.

Council will need to decide whether to retain and manage them until the end of their life, or remove and replace them with two healthy mature trees.

To find out more and have your say visit https://mysay.fremantle.wa.gov.au/figtrees

You can also listen to Mayor Pettitt talk about the trees in the video below.

For a full summary of the key items from the latest council meeting visit http://bit.ly/2J30bFW

REJUVENATION OF FREMANTLE’S KINGS SQUARE

 

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Contractors have started to put fences around the unattractive Fremantle civic centre next to the historic Townhall, so that the DELTA demolition experts can start with the removal of asbestos and the demolition, to make way for the new civic centre, which was designed by Freo architects Kerry Hill.

The removal of two old Moreton Bay fig trees will go through community consultation. Fremantle Council also wants to be absolutely sure that the trees are a public health hazard and won’t survive much longer before removing them.

But if the trees are kept, with ugly fencing around them, it could mean that the new children’s playground at Kings Square won’t be built for another five years.

There is the option of transplanting a mature Moreton Bay fig to replace the so called Christmas Tree but that could cost up to $ 40,000.

I love the Moreton Bay figs, which are the whales of the earth for me, but I do like the new look with the relocated London Plane trees as well, so a combination of those is a good compromise in my opinion.

If the old trees endanger public safety the community needs to be pragmatic and realistic about them and accept that everything that is born will also die.

In a couple of weeks we will see popping up the prefabricated walls of the new building that will replace the now fully demolished Queensgate building,

Roel Loopers

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TREE RELOCATION AT KINGS SQUARE

 

 

Three London Plane trees have now been relocated to the north of the Townhall and two more will move west of the St John’s church on Monday.

It is disappointing that four of the Moreton Bay fig trees will have to be removed-two already have, because of poor health and public safety concerns, but it is not the ‘distressing news and unprecedented carnage’ the always negative Fremantle Society president calls it.

Good news in fact is that Council might decide to transplant two new Moreton Bay fig trees at Kings Square as that was successfully done some 50 years ago on the corner of Cantonment and Market streets.

The London Plane trees look good and will provide much needed shade when public events are held at the new modernised Kings Square in a couple of years.

Roel Loopers

 

TREERIFIC KINGS SQUARE!

 

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The relocation of the London Plane trees at Fremantle’s Kings Square started this morning. It is a major and impressive operation, so it was fun to watch and photograph.

The trees are being relocated to the north of the Townhall to make way for the construction of the new civic centre as part of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

The other London Plane trees will be moved tomorrow, Friday and next week on Monday, so be aware that  traffic through that part of Adelaide and William Street and parking will be restricted.

Roel Loopers

CHRISTMAS TREE REMOVED FROM KINGS SQUARE

 

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If Fremantle Council and the Heritage Council approve it two more Moreton Bay fig trees will be removed from Kings Square due to very poor health and public safety concerns. One of the trees is known as the Christmas Tree, estimated to be between 120-140 years old. Two Moreton Bay fig trees were already removed this week.

Independent arborists, including from the Eastern States, have assessed the trees and found them in very poor health with little hope of recovery.

A large 250mm diametre limb broke off in March last year and it was lucky that no one got injured.

As part of the Kings Square public realm concept Fremantle City is going to plant an urban forrest and relocate the plane trees south of the civic centre to the north of the Townhall.

It will take 18-24 months to source, prepare and transplant appropriate mature trees and the costs for it will be extensive. Council staff is investigating it but at present the cost are estimated to be between $ 15,000-40,000 per tree!

It will be sad to see the gorgeous old trees go, because they have been a real feature on Kings Square.

Roel Loopers

SICK KINGS SQUARE TREES REMOVED

 

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The removal of two sick Moreton Bay fig trees south west of St John’s church at Fremantle’s Kings Square started this morning, while preparation also commenced for the relocation of Plane trees from the south of the civic centre to the north of the Townhall.

The Queensgate building is now demolished so we should be seeing building activities and hundreds of workers pretty soon.

Roel Loopers

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NO GRASS TREES FOR FREO KINGS SQUARE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, kings square, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on March 1, 2018

 

Councillor Jon Strachan was unsuccessful with his motion at Fremantle Council last night to include in the Kings Square Public Realm Concept Design the planting of Balga and/or other native trees to acknowledge Whadjuk Noongar culture.

His fellow councillors believed the Kings Square plans are too far advanced to make significant changes and that grass trees would be more appropriate in other locations in the inner city.

Councillor David Hume suggested Balga trees could be planted when the new railway station forecourt will be designed, but since that project has been planned for some 15 years I believe it would be better if the City planted a circle of grass trees at Pioneer Park as an entry feature for those arriving by train, bus and boat.

 

Roel Loopers

GREENING SAMSON PRIORITY FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, local government, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on February 5, 2018

Recent media reports on the decline of tree canopy in the Perth metropolitan area are a real worry, so it is good that Fremantle is setting out on an increase of our urban forest.

The City of Fremantle is giving Samson residents the chance to choose the type of tree they would like planted on their verge.

The recently adopted Urban Forest Plan sets a target of increasing the number of trees in Fremantle from 13,000 to 23,000 by 2027, while the City’s 2017/18 budget provided additional funding to increase the number of trees planted this year from 500 to 900.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said the Greening Samson project was a high priority for the City’s tree planting program and that mapping had identified that Samson has some of the lowest canopy coverage in Fremantle.

The Mayor said that contributes to the urban heat island effect, which means that on average Samson is two degrees hotter than nearby suburbs, and one way to combat this effect is to provide more shade through increased canopy cover.

Samson residents will soon be receiving a letter advising them of the type of tree the City of Fremantle considers to be most suitable for their verge, but also giving the option of a different species.

The City will plant, water and maintain the tree at no cost to residents.

People wishing to choose the alternative species, or opt out of the program entirely, can do so by calling 9432 9999 or completing the online form.

All requests must be received by 21 February, with planting to begin this winter.

For more information on Greening Samson visit the Greening Samson page on the My Say Freo webs

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BY GEORGE- THOSE JACARANDAS!

Posted in city of fremantle, east fremantle, nature, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on November 22, 2017

 

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I love the wildflower season of native trees and shrubs in Western Australia, but also love it when the Jacaranda trees blossom at this time of the year. They are an amazing colourful sight.

Applecross has a Jacaranda Festival each year, but you don’t have to go that far as there are quite a few of the beautiful trees in George Street, East Fremantle.

Have a look this weekend or wait till the annual George Street Festival is on at the start of December.

Jacaranda trees are native to Central and South America, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica and the Bahamas.

I took these photos yesterday afternoon.

By the way, the new Cook&Mason restaurant there got a very good food review from Rob Broadfield in the West Australian, so try them out.

Roel Loopers

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