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ROCKY SWIM AT PORT BEACH

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2020

 

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Swimmers at Fremantle’s Port Beach are not happy-again-about the large number of small rocks at water’s edge.

The temporary rock wall to protect the COAST restaurant/bar and car park looks good, but hundreds of rocks on the beach make for an unpleasant entering and leaving the ocean.

Roel Loopers

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PORT BEACH ROCK WALL COMPLETED

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 14, 2020

 

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The construction of a temporary rock wall to protect coastal assets at Port Beach from erosion has been completed by the City of Fremantle.

In December last year Fremantle Council approved the construction of a temporary rock wall as the preferred interim measure to protect facilities including the change rooms, surf club annex and the Coast Port Beach restaurant from coastal erosion.

The state government committed $200,000 towards the project.

The works involved digging into the existing dune, installing a geotextile membrane, construction of the wall, and the restoration of the dune in front and on top of the wall to maximise beach area.

The restored dune has been covered with hessian matting to prevent sand from blowing away in the short term. Work to revegetate the dune will be carried out in May and June.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said it was good to have the erosion defences in place ahead of the first winter storms.

“The first big storm of the winter is generally the one that causes the most erosion damage so it was really important to get this work done to avoid a repeat of last year, when assets like the change rooms and Coast restaurant were at serious risk,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“Now that these protection measures are in place we can continue to work with Fremantle Ports and other government agencies to examine options for managing erosion at Port Beach for the next 20 years or so.

For beyond 2040 the council has adopted managed retreat as its preferred long-term strategy, in which all City assets such as the car parks and change rooms will eventually be removed from the erosion risk zone and set further back.

The state government’s Assessment of Coastal Erosion Hotspots in Western Australia released in August last year identified Port Beach as one of the two hotspots in WA at the most imminent risk from erosion.

In May 2018 a severe erosion incident undermined the southern car park at the beach, while in June last year another serious erosion incident threatened facilities like the change rooms, surf club annex and the Coast restaurant.

A report by coastal engineering experts received by Fremantle Council last year provided a number of potential management options which are now being reviewed and developed by officers, consultants and key stakeholders.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE FIGHTING BEACH EROSION AT PORT BEACH

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, climate change, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 10, 2020

 

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Works to construct a temporary rock wall to protect coastal assets at Freo’s Port Beach from erosion are underway.

In December last year Fremantle Council approved the construction of a rock wall as the preferred interim measure to protect facilities including the change rooms, surf club annex and the Coast Port Beach restaurant from coastal erosion.

A state government commitment of $200,000 towards the project was announced in January.

The wall will adjoin the existing rock wall in front of the change rooms and extend for about 100 metres to the north in front of the Coast restaurant.

The works will involve digging into the existing dune, installation of a geotextile membrane and construction of the rock wall, and the restoration of the dune in front and on top of the wall to maximise beach area.

The project is expected to be completed in early April, ahead of the first winter storms that generally cause the most significant erosion damage.

The rock wall is a short term measure to provide immediate protection to assets at the beach while longer term options are being investigated.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said “The City of Fremantle has been working with Fremantle Ports and other government agencies for a number of years to assess the risk and come up with appropriate ways to manage erosion at Port Beach,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“Last year the council received a report from coastal engineering experts that provided a number of potential management options ranging from depositing large quantities of sand onto the beach through to engineering solutions like groynes, headlands and seawalls.

“Ultimately though, for beyond 2040 the council has adopted managed retreat as its preferred long-term strategy, in which all City assets such as the car parks and change rooms will eventually be removed from the erosion risk zone.”

The state government’s Assessment of Coastal Erosion Hotspots in Western Australia released in August last year identified Port Beach as one of the two hotspots in WA at the most imminent risk from erosion.  

The COAST restaurant and bar remain open!

Roel Loopers

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VOLUNTEERS AT FREMANTLE PART

 

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It is really good to see how much more Fremantle Ports has been getting involved with Fremantle events and the community and sponsoring our local art festivals.

Volunteers from Fremantle Ports were up and about early this Sunday morning to fill sandbags at Bathers Beach for the Seawall Bunker artwork that is part of Sculpture at Bathers.

The work by artist Bruce Abbott, who is well known as the owner of Replants in Wray Avenue, is a response to flooding. The threat of climate change and sea level rise are both real and imagined.

And a big shout out to the two very tired looking, but very friendly security guards, who were on nightshift from 7pm last night till 9am this morning. Thanks, gentlemen!

Roel Loopers

PS. I am trying to beat the West Australian as who can come up with the silliest headlines, so the above is a mix of port and art, hence part. ; >(

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ELIZA SCULPTURE CLIMATE PROTEST

Posted in city of fremantle, climate change, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on December 10, 2019

 

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I do realise that now is not the time to talk about taking action on climate change, or the future of planet earth, but I thought to share this photo with you anyway, that the RED REBELS put on Facebook today, since it is the Eliza sculpture in the Swan river by East Fremantle artist Tony Jones.

While Australia is burning, supposedly intelligent and mature people are denigrating a Swedish schoolgirl, who is passionate about her future and the planet she lives on.

Praying to an imaginary god has replaced leadership in this country.

 

Roel Loopers

WATERWISE EAST FREMANTLE COUNCIL

Posted in east fremantle, environment, local government, Uncategorized, water by freoview on November 18, 2019

 

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The Town of East Fremantle has commenced the process of becoming endorsed as a Waterwise Council by the end of 2019. This involves the Town committing to various projects, policies or procedures that will improve the efficiency of the Town’s water use.

For more information on this initiative and to learn how you can become more waterwise, visit www.eastfremantle.wa.gov.au/community/programs/waterwise-council.aspx

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LOTS OF WATER AT FREO BIENNALE WATER LICHT LAUNCH

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, Fremantle Biennale, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 1, 2019

 

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The start of the Water Licht event on the Esplanade by Daan Roosegaarde for the Fremantle Biennale had a lot of water indeed and was more something for ducks than for people, but here some impressions of it anyway.

Hard to admit for a photographer that it looked much more spectacular than in my photos, so I might have another go at it tomorrow evening.

Roel Loopers

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FOR THE GRETA GOOD AT COOGEE BEACH

Posted in city of cockburn, city of fremantle, climate change, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on September 30, 2019

 

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Great idea, or should that be Greta idea, to put these challenging words in the sand at Coogee Beach.

It is a real shame, and a clear indication that there is a lack of maturity in the debate  about global warming, that it has become political ping pong, and that is very disappointing.

I picked this photo up from Facebook, so no idea who took it, so please let me know and I’ll credit the photographer and the people who put the words in the sand!

Roel Loopers

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FUTURE FOCUS FORUM THIS WEDNESDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, climate change, development, living, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on August 20, 2019

 

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt just put this on his blog, so it is rather short notice as the event is TOMORROW, Wednesday August 21.

The evening will include a panel session on ‘planning for positive transformational change in a time of climate emergency’, a presentation on One Planet Living by Suzette Jackson, networking and refreshments.

Join us at our Future Focus Forum to:

  • learn about one planet living impacts
  • join the panel discussion on ‘planning for positive transformational change’
  • network with like-minded colleagues

Wed 21 August 2019, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location –  Liv Apartments, 51 Queen Victoria Street Fremantle, WA 6160

Greg Ryan, Sustainability Manager, LandCorp

Sheldon Day, Yolk Property Group

Brad Pettitt, Mayor -City of Fremantle

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/our-future-focus-perth-tickets-64226597482

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HOW CARBON NEUTRAL IS FREMANTLE?

 

I reported about Paul Murray’s attack on the City of Fremantle in the West Australian last week,  and the City’s claim of carbon neutrality, so it is fair to also publish the response from Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt here:

Our first carbon neutral claim was for FY 2009-2010 (1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010) using the Carbon Neutral standard outlined by the “International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives Oceania – Local Governments for Sustainability Oceania (ICLEI Oceania).”
The National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) and Carbon Neutral Program were launched by the Australian Government in 2010 – after we had already started this process.
• “Perenia Carbon”, a consulting group from Sydney, were appointed to verify the City’s carbon neutral status. They provided a verification report in late 2010 which covered the 2009/10 financial year. The verification was at a materiality threshold of 5% (which is a standard practice for a verification report but is not an ‘audit’). This means that only sources of emissions that would account for 5% or more of total emissions are examined (excluding very small sources of emissions which are difficult to account for).

The verification report concluded that: ‘In our opinion, the City of Fremantle have reported GHG emissions, identified GHG emissions mitigation options, and sourced acceptable emission reductions to offset residual emissions in accordance with the ICLEI Oceania’s Carbon Neutrality Framework for Local Government guideline requirements.’

• “Carbon Neutral” is not a term that is restricted to NCOS or any other organisation – therefore self-assessment is perfectly valid and very common.
The City has never claimed to be NCOS certified, and has been very transparent about this. The Council has chosen not to seek formal NCOS certification (which is a relatively expensive process) but rather to spend the equivalent amount of money on other carbon reduction/sustainability actions which provide more direct and practical outcomes.
We have used NCOS standard as a basis for determining our emissions calculations for FY 2017/18 which has confirmed that our self-assessment is in line with best practice.

 

Roel Loopers

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