Freo's View

REPORT THE FREO FACTS

 

 

It would be nice if the West Australian would get their stories about Fremantle right.

Yesterday they published a lament by Silverleaf Investments about the Woolstores shopping centre development, with a photo that was supposed to be the new development, but isn’t.

Today they report about angry locals who are upset by the removal of the Moreton Bay fig tree- Christmas tree, and claim it will be replaced with a London Plane tree, when in fact it will be replaced with another mature and healthy Moreton Bay fig.

There was lengthy community consultation about this, and it did not at all come out of the blue that the two last fig trees, which were removed yesterday, were very sick and a danger to public safety, so there is really no need for a beat-up story in our only daily newspaper.

Please facts over fiction, West Australian, you are journalists, not politicians!

Roel Loopers

USE CARBON OFFSETS TO PLANT TREES IN FREMANTLE

Posted in carbon, city of fremantle, environment, local government, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on July 28, 2018

 

I have in principle nothing against the City of Fremantle paying carbon offsets to remain carbon neutral, but I question why the $ 50,000 allocated for it in the budget can’t be spent on planting new mature trees in Fremantle and increase the canopy in our own city.

Can someone at the City of Fremantle explain this to me please. Thank you!

Roel Loopers

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WHY WET IS WONDERFUL FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Posted in art, city of fremantle, photography, rain, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on July 21, 2018

 

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Wet weather creates its own art, with reflections in puddles, photos through windows full of raindrops, and raindrops on tables, cars, etc.

Every day is a good day for photographers who have the eye and are observant enough to see the beauty in the ordinary.

I took this photo at the Fremantle Arts Centre this morning.

Happy winter shooting!

Roel Loopers

LIGHTER NEW LOOK KINGS SQUARE

 

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I know I’ll get kicked in the bum, slapped around the face and abused on social media, but I quite like the much lighter look of Kings Square with the London plane trees.

The Jean Hobson playground is now all demolished in a heap and the public toilets closed, but replaced with large portable loos that are accessible for disabled people.

Freo is on the move and a lot of good things are happening, but patience is required as it will take considerable time for the retail and hospitality economy to turn around in our little city.

Roel Loopers

 

TWO MORE FIG TREES REMOVED FROM KINGS SQUARE

 

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The City of Fremantle will remove two more ailing Moreton Bay fig trees from Kings Square and replace them with other mature trees.

After community consultation 73% of ¬†participants were for the removal of the so called Christmas tree and 69% for the removal of tree No.5 just east of St John’s church.

It makes sense to me not to wait for limbs to break off and take a public safety risk, especially with the Christmas tree that is adjacent to the planned new children’s playground.

Tree No.5 will immediately be replaced with a mature London plane tree to create a nice line of those trees north of the Townhall and civic centre, while City staff will be sourcing, purchasing and preparing a mature Moreton Bay fig tree to replace the Christmas tree.

Interesting to see today all the construction workers at Kings Square on a Sunday. Probuild clearly wants to keep on schedule and get the job done. The sooner the better, as far as I am concerned.

Roel Loopers

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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

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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

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