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KIMBERLEY COMES TO NORTH FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, nature, trees by freoview on October 14, 2016

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There is a bit of competition at Stirling Highway in North Fremantle for the delightful Bruce Abbott of REPLANTS in Wray Avenue, with a new company selling boabs, grasstrees, zamias, kingias and even christmas trees.

Bruce of course has been recycling grasstrees for many years and is a real expert in that particular species.

Buy your XMas tree or boabs on-line at: http://www.margaretrivergrasstrees.com

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE’S GROWING GREEN LUNGS

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, environment, nature, trees, western australia by freoview on August 1, 2016

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The wet and cold weather did not deter a committed group of Fremantle volunteers, including Mayor Brad Pettitt, COF staff and MP Josh Wilson from planting trees on Sunday at South Beach, Bathers Beach and Wilson Park for the Planet Ark National Tree Day.

It is interesting to note in that context the call by Sue Murphy, the chief executive of the WA Water Corporation, for more appropriate verges and to get away from grassed verges to conserve water.

This will not please those who believe we have a right to the Great Australian Dream of houses with large front and back gardens and grass verges. As Sue Murphy said this is not appropriate for our Perth climate and we have to become more realistic about it and plant more trees and shrubs and minimise so-called heat islands in the suburbs.

I believe any new residential development should also be required to install rainwater tanks, as the fast increasing population is a severe threat to our water supply. I hope local and state governments will legislate for that soon.

Roel Loopers

ARTY FREMANTLE WINTER PHOTO

Posted in art, fremantle, photography, trees, western autralia, winter by freoview on June 29, 2016

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A tree reflected in a big puddle after heavy rain, with a single leave floating on the surface. An arty impression of a winter day in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

HELP TREE PLANTING AT BOOYEEMBARA PARK

Posted in community, environment, fremantle, trees, western australia by freoview on June 24, 2016

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It is nice and crisp in winter and it is very inviting weather to walk around town or do some community work, so why not join the tree planting at Booyeembara Park in White Gum Valley tomorrow, Saturday June 25.

Do some physical work, beautify the area and connect with your community and have a bit of fun. The kids and dogs can run around while you are help planting the future green lungs of Fremantle.

It is on from 9 am till noon.

Also on Saturday from 12 to 2.30 is FREO SAFE HAVEN, help the refugees rally and walk, so join in after the tree planting. It is at Pioneer Park opposite the railway station!

Roel Loopers

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THOUSANDS OF TREES PLANTED AT FREO HOLLIS PARK

Posted in community, environment, fremantle, nature, trees, western australia by freoview on May 28, 2016

FRIENDS OF HOLLIS PARK in South Fremantle got together this Saturday morning to plant another 1,000 trees, to add to the 5,300 they have already planted over the last few years.

It is a great community initiative that will be rewarded with a beautiful local park in the near future just east of South Beach.

Lovely Kate Davis, Greens candidate for the Federal seat of Fremantle also got her hands dirty, and this paparazzi suggested she takes on a large tree to show no issue will be too big for her should she get to Canberra. She is in the photo with organiser Adin Lang.

Roel Loopers

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PLANTING MORE TREES AT HOLLIS PARK

Posted in environment, fremantle, nature, trees, western australia by freoview on May 26, 2016

The Friends of Hollis Park are meeting again on Saturday from 10am till midday to plant more trees in the South Fremantle park.

The aim is to plant 1,000 trees and add to the already planted 5,053 trees there.

The Combi Coffee van will be on site to sell hot coffee and Gage Roads has donated beer to have a drink after the planting.

Green lungs in urban environments are essential for our physical and mental health, so come along with the family and help plant more trees!

Roel Loopers

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LET’S JOIN THE URBAN FOREST STRATEGY

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, trees by freoview on March 8, 2016

The City of Stirling, one of Perth’s largest councils, is in the process of implementing an Urban Forest Strategy to ensure the tree canopy in Stirling will significantly increase over the next years, as the benefits to the community are considered to be high.

I believe there are some very good suggestions that the City of Fremantle should also consider. One of them is that developers would have to replace the trees they remove from sites by planting new ones on public land and verges adjacent to the development sites.

Other suggestions are that developers would have to plant one tree per 500 square metres on development sites, and that Council should give incentives to retain existing trees and also start an education program.

A disturbing fact is that two third of trees removed are removed from residential land.

I don’t believe the word tree alone is good enough and that trees planted by developers have to be mature trees of a minimum age, not just tiny saplings.

On a different note, the City of Stirling has joined the City of Vincent, City of Bayswater and the Town of Mosman Park to lobby State Government to abolish the undemocratic DAPs, or significantly change the process that ignores the wishes of the community. Why has the City of Fremantle not spoken out against the Development Assessment Panels? Might it be because it is convenient to blame the DAPs for inappropriate buildings in Fremantle and Council can wash its hands off it that way?

Roel Loopers

TREE PRESERVATION ESSENTIAL FOR GOOD CITIES

Posted in fremantle, trees by freoview on September 16, 2015

There is an interesting article on WA Today on-line by reporter Emma Young on the tree canopies of our cities and what they mean to keep temperatures down in our suburbs.

WA Today reports that five Perth Councils engaged Dr Paul Barber of Arbor Carbon, who is also an adjunct professor at Murdoch University, to do a study.

It shows we are not doing very well in the planning department with the modern trend toward smaller blocks with bigger houses and often granny flats, where in the past we had bigger blocks with smaller houses and more green and trees in our gardens.

It is also a worry we cut down mature trees when developing and replace them with younger ones, but that is not the same according to Dr Barber. He said that a mature large tree has a canopy cover of 100 square metres but replacing it with three small trees would provide only 3 metres of cover.

In 2014 evidence collected by the Sydney University of Technology, that ranked Australia’s Councils’ tree canopy, found that the Fremantle, Belmont and Canning areas scored the lowest in Perth for tree cover with around only 10 per cent each.

With Councils failing to take heat islands and the preservation and management of our green spaces serious, and not planning substantially more small green public open spaces, it is no wonder that URBAN TREE NETWORKS are being formed by communities all over Perth.

We just have to become smarter about our urban design and the City of Fremantle need to make the retention of mature trees in new development part of their planning policy.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers. 5 Maxwell Street. Beaconsfield 6162.

LET’S PUT A MONEY VALUE ON OUR TREES!

Posted in city of fremantle, development, trees by freoview on September 8, 2015

I am all for good modern residential and commercial development but believe we need to do better looking after our established trees and green open spaces. Developers too often clear fell the entire development area and once it is finished they plant tiny new trees that will take forever to mature and don’t provide the shade and green lungs we need in our urban environment. The Kim Beazley site on Stevens Street in White Gum Valley is for example one where I would have liked to see more of the mature trees retained.

WA State agency Landcorp does have the power to enforce the retention of mature trees on new land releases and that should be done as a matter of course, but maybe local councils like Fremantle could create their own by-laws as City of Bayswater Councillor Chris Cornish suggests. He wants to put a value on our trees between $ 10,000 and $ 50,000 so that anyone who want to cut down trees will have to pay for killing them. I think that is a brilliant idea that I would support if I get elected on council.

Global warming demands we look after our green lungs and increase the tree canopy in our cities. I miss the many tree-lined streets of European cities, where one can walk in the shade and where there is shade for bikes and cars to park underneath.

If Fremantle is serious about being an environmentally friendly city it needs to concentrate more on doing these basic things right. We have to look after our green public spaces better and retain more of our mature trees. Planting tiny new ones is good but not enough.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers. 5 Maxwell Street. Beaconsfield 6162. 0410 850981

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TREES IN WEST END HELP REDUCE NOISE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, trees by freoview on July 17, 2015

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Good to see more trees being planted in Fremantle and increase the tree canopy and green lung of our city. Little High Street can do with a bit of softening and the trees might also help to reduce the noise of the container freight trains to the port.

By the way, the noise reduction spray has not been working for days again and the wheel squeal is very bad again, so urgent repairs should be done to get the water spray working again. It’s no good to want more freight on rail when the noise levels of the trains are unacceptable to local residents along the line in the west end.

Roel Loopers

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