Fremantle Council decided last night to ban the use of plastic shopping bags. This is the third time in five years Council is giving it a try as the previous W.A. Liberal/National government rejected the proposal in 2012 and 2015, but the new Labor government have indicated they would support local councils banning non-degradable plastic shopping bags.
Already other councils have started the same process and Councillor Doug Thompson said that a survey showed that 32 councils support banning the environment-damaging bags.
Councillor Rachel Pemberton pointed out that it was about the material of the bags and that degradable bags could still be supplied to customers.
Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge said Council should campaign for the general reduction of the use of plastic as it was extensively used. She is right. Single pieces of fruit and vegetables are offered on trays wrapped in plastic by supermarkets, which is not only wasteful but also damaging to the environment.
The sale and development of the City of Fremantle Knutsford Street depot site is a bit of a conundrum for the City as ratepayers will rightly expect the best financial return for it, especially in light of the City’s very tight financial situation.
Council wants specific sustainability outcomes under the One Planet Living Framework, but experts indicate that might have a negative impact on the value of the property.
There are additional costs involved for developers and Landcorp, and they cite the WGV sustainable development and others as examples for that.
There are questions if the property market can bear the additional costs of OPLF development and still be competitive in a very tight residential market.
It is essential that Fremantle Council is totally transparent about this with the community as we can’t really afford to lose a few million dollars for ideological reasons.
Woodside christened its first LNG-powered vessel Siem Thiima at Fremantle’s Victoria Quay yesterday.
Here a photo of it with the cruiseliner Aurora in the background.
Professor Peter Droege of the University of Liechtenstein will talk about LIFE AFTER COAL on Thursday February 16 at the North Fremantle Community Centre from 6-8 pm.
The impact of climate change is noticeable all over the world, so it will be good to hear a European perspective on it that does not involve political Australian power games.
See you there!
Fremantle’s Ecoburbia presents the movie: A Convenient Truth – Urban Solutions from Curbita Brazil. Friday February 10th. 7pm for a 7.30 start
This inspirational documentary shows a city where urban solutions are not just theory, but a reality. The film shows innovations in the areas of transportation, recycling, social benefits (affordable housing), parks, and the great philosophy behind the successful leaders that transformed Curitiba in a model green city.
This movie will be held at Ecoburbia – 16 Livingstone Street in Beaconsfield. It is outside and it can get chilly so dress appropriately. There is seating in the garden but feel free to bring a folding chair if you are more comfy – or some pillows.
Feel free to bring you dinner from 7pm The movie will start at 7.30pm.
Please walk or come by bike. If you have to drive please park at the Primary School on Hale Road, not on Beard Street.
Fremantle Councillor Sam Wainwright and City of Melville Councillor Tim Barling were arrested at the Roe 8 site today after chaining themselves to fences to stop bulldozers from entering the site and destroying precious wetlands.
It is a risky business for Councillors to do this kind of non-violent protest because if they get convicted it could mean they are no longer eligible to be on local council.
Good on them for standing up for what is right and for protesting against the destruction of the Beeliar Wetlands!
A report in the West Australian yesterday that the sales of electric cars in Australia has dropped by 90 per cent made me wonder what is happening with the Fremantle solar charging station as part of the RAC electric highway.
Sales of electric vehicles in Australia have always been very low so the One Planet $ 50,000 investment by the City of Fremantle appears to be money not well spent, as only a handful of drivers would use the charger. The charging station at the Esplanade was supposed to start early last year but I have since been told by staff that the City is looking for another location for it.
Another One Planet project, the solar parklet near the Lenny the Ox cafe at Wray Avenue, is also very slow. The last I heard from the project manager was that it would start in December last year but that has not eventuated.