Freo's View


Posted in arboretum, ecosystem, fremantle by freoview on April 1, 2015
Arboretum in Valencia, Spain

Arboretum in Valencia, Spain

I was leaked a draft of the City of Fremantle’s new masterplan for the Esplanade Reserve. Although the report says that it comes out of the Visioning 2029 community project and is part of the futuristic Transformational Moves plans, I believe it will leave a lot of Freo people very unhappy if implemented.

The stand out new idea is to make an “Arborium” out of the Esplanade by putting a large dome over the entire reserve. The dome will have climate control and a rain-like reticulation system to create an inner city ecosystem.

A large variety of native plant species will be introduced to the reserve and an attempt made to breed the endangered numbat under controlled conditions. The Arborium will also act as an aviary and many birds will find a new home there.

The Esplanade Youth Plaza skatepark will be incorporated to make it an all-weather youth destination, while coloured motion-triggered lights will allow for night enjoyment of the park. New paths, seating, shade structures and art and water features will be installed, as well as a big screen for music videos and live sport telecasts.

The City aims to make the Esplanade a new big tourist attraction that will link the CBD with the Fishing Boat Harbour. Latest technology will see driverless GPS-guided small vehicles taking visitors on tours of the Arborium

The down side of this green-ideology-inspired idea is that the Ferris Wheel and many of the, too tall for the dome, Norfolk pines will have to be removed, and so will the Carriage Café.

The officers recommend that the Carriage will be rebuilt and the Tourist Wheel relocated to the planned extension of the Esplanade once Norfolk Street has been extended through to Mews Road, and the Italian Club and parking lot have been made into a green open space that will create a larger Esplanade park.

Under the new masterplan the City wants festivals to be held at Fremantle Oval instead of the Esplanade, once the Dockers have moved on to Cockburn, and also more often utilise Fremantle Park for events and festivals.

I am all for new, big and creative ideas but I am not at all sure why we need a 20-metre-high dome structure over our major inner city park. It sounds a bit gimmicky to me and it would cost a lot of money to put up and maintain.

There are a few pie in the sky ideas on the City of Fremantle’s transformational moves wish list and this one can be added to it as a highly unrealistic one.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 7, 2014

The Fremantle Residents and Ratepayers Association is presenting Valuing Our Urban Green Space, a Free Community Information Forum on Saturday 12 April 2014, 1pm to 4 pm at Replants, 96 Wray Avenue, Fremantle 6160

There will be three expert speakers on why we should preserve trees and green spaces in our city.
Dr Paul Hardisty, Director of the CSIRO Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship: ‘The Value of Urban Ecosystems in a Changing Climate’

Dr Noel Nannup, Nyoongar Elder and Educator

Dr Lisa Wood, Deputy Director, Centre for the Built Environment and Health, University of Western Australia: ‘Play, walk or sit awhile… the health and wellbeing benefits of a greener urban realm’

A short discussion will follow each speaker; tea break approximately 2.30pm-3pm.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 14, 2014

Preserving Our Urban Forest
Saturday 15 March, 2014
9am to 12.30pm
The Grove Library
1 Leake Street, Peppermint Grove

Excellent speakers;

·        Dr Paul Hardisty The Value of Urban Ecosystems in a Changing Climate   (9.45am to 10.15am)

·        Peter Ciemitis Thousand Cuts; Land Development and Loss of the Urban Forest   (10.15am to 10.45am)

·        Beyond Gardens Team  Bioscaping at Home is Easy   (11.00am to 12.00noon)

Learn why developers are clearing lots the way they do, the benefits of Perth’s urban forest and how to protect biodiversity and how to plant appropriate species in our drying climate.

To register call 1300 369 833 or the Beyond Garden’s website

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