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THREE BINS FOG(O) FOR FREMANTLE

 

Three bins CoF

 

The City of Fremantle is moving towards the introduction of a new three bin system for household waste and recycling.

If introduced the new three bin system will include:

Weekly collection of a new 240 litre FOGO bin (with a lime green lid)

Fortnightly collection of the existing 240 litre co-mingled recycling bin (yellow lid)

Fortnightly collection of a new 140 litre general waste bin (red lid)

The City of Fremantle is part of the larger Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC), where local governments in southern Perth work together to provide waste and recycling services for our residents.

Since 2016 CoF have been working closely with the other member councils to assess the merits of the three bin system, including a trial with 7000 homes in the City of Melville.

The results from the trial so far have been better than expected, with the bins being used correctly and less contamination of the FOGO bins than anticipated.

Subject to final approval, the three bin system will be introduced to more than 13,000 residential households in Fremantle in July and August next year.

The roll-out will include high-profile education program to let people know what to put in each bin and how the system will work.

Because of issues with access and space the roll-out will not include high-density areas like the city centre and some town houses, commercial properties or residential complexes with more than four units, although this will be subject to review over time.

The new system will mean the City will need to carry out an additional 400,000 bin lifts per year.

The capital cost of setting up the system – including purchasing the new bins – will be around $1.2 million, while additional ongoing operational costs will be between $250,000 and $350,000 per year.

SMOG HAZE OVER FREMANTLE

Posted in bushfire, city of fremantle, environment, fremantle port, health, Uncategorized by freoview on May 4, 2018

 

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That was a rather strange day in Fremantle with the smog all over the city most of the day. I had itchy and runny eyes and a headache all day, so that was very annoying.

There could well be an amazing orange sunset tonight but I won’t be photographing it.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE SMART CITIES PROJECT

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, solar, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on May 2, 2018

 

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RENeW Nexus is the recently announced Smart Cities Project that will be running in Fremantle supported by Curtin Uni, Murdoch Uni, Synergy, Landcorp, Powerledger, Western Power,  the City of Fremantle, and the Australian Government through the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

RENeW Nexus is seeking City of Fremantle Residents Expression of Interest in  the project and is after residents who:

Have solar PV and/or a rainwater tank, want to better understand their energy and water consumption and generation, are interested in the future of smart cities.

For more information, and to register your interest now, follow the link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/renewnexus

A drop-in information session will be held on Friday 18th May 2018 between 14.30 and 18.30, location to be announced. EOI close on 25th May 2018

Contact: renew.nexus@curtin.edu.au

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FREMANTLE URBAN DESIGN DAY

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on March 21, 2018

 

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Is urban design for sustainability a pipedream or is it something that can be realised, and if so how?

Professor Peter Newman and Annie Matan of the Curtin University of Sustainable Policy-CUSP and Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt will address all this at the Urban Design Day next Monday March 26 at the Fremantle Library.

It starts at 9am and finishes at 3.30pm.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE NEW MODE FASHION FESTIVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, clothes, fashion, Uncategorized by freoview on March 6, 2018

 

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Sustainable fashion enterprise, New Mode Collective (NMC), is running a series of events from March 2nd-11th as part of their inaugural New Mode Fashion Festival (NMFF) in Fremantle.

Eve Maxwell and Acacia Armstrong founded NMC in 2017 as a platform to promote awareness of and access to ethically-produced clothing. So far, their projects have focused on education around supply chain transparency and the environmental impacts for textile production, dyes and everything else that goes into making our clothes. 

As part of NMFF, they are launching The Fitting Room, a pop-up retail space where people can try on sustainable garments usually only available online. You’ll find Australian labels, Yuki Threads, Positive Two, A.BCH, Leo Strange and Skylark, and global labels, Dorsu and Tamay & Me, just to name a few.

The Fitting Room will launch on Friday March 9 at Creatures Nextdoor with an evening of retail, music and an Emerging Designer Runway, showcasing young talent from Perth and Melbourne, who are designing with people and planet in mind. Guests will also be offered the opportunity to have their bodies digitally measured with the brand new Kiyakaya Body Scanner. This software creates a digital avatar of the subject to minimise waste in pattern making, and make customisation and alteration easier. It is the only one of its kind in Australia but NMC and Kiyakaya believe it is the future of garment sizing. The Fitting Room will pop up at Replants on Saturday 10th, alongside a designer clothes swap, and again at Creatures Nextdoor on Sunday 11th.

To preface this event, The Fair Fashion and Ethical Enterprise Conference will be held at 1pm-5pm on March 9, which will unite members of the fashion and the development sectors to discuss what can be done to end human rights and environmental abuses in the garment industry. Keynote speakers include Oxfam Australia’s Paddy Cullen, the brains behind the KIYAKAYA Body Scanner and NMC founder, Acacia Armstrong. NMFF 2018 promises to be dynamic, fun and the first of many as the global movement to clean up the fashion industry continues to grow bigger and louder!

www.newmodecollective.com

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FREMANTLE WEED SPRAY NO RISK TO HUMANS

Posted in city of fremantle, health, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 1, 2018

 

The City of Fremantle has responded to yesterday’s blog post about the use of Glyphosate for weed control in parks. Here it is:

The APVMA (Australian Government Regulator of Pesticides) has completed an assessment of the IARC report and other recent assessments of glyphosate and has concluded that the use of glyphosate in Australia does not pose a cancer risk to humans. http://apvma.gov.au/node/13891

Even so, the City of Fremantle is aiming to reduce its year on year use of glyphosate and chemicals generally.

To achieve this we have expanded our steam weeding program and increased the verge mowing program which has reduced chemical application. We are also looking at spray practices to minimise contact with the public, such as avoiding school holidays and adjusting the time of day we spray.

The City’s current practices in weed management are as outlined in the item that was tabled at Council in April 2016.

The City undertakes an integrated management approach to control weeds. This includes a range of measures including mechanical means, steam control and the use of glyphosate, in parklands, streets and bushland in the City of Fremantle. We are continually reviewing weed management to ensure best practice.

Currently, the City controls weeds on:

· Non-permeable surfaces such as roads, kerbs and footpaths with steam weeding. We have extended this to include Playgrounds in the most recent contract. Steam weeding is effective but more expensive than other methods, although technology is rapidly improving in this method.

· Permeable surfaces such as verges, turf and natural areas using mechanical methods (mowing, manual removal etc.) and chemical application (glyphosate and other target species chemicals).

For footpaths, roads and verges, steam control is undertaken six times per year in the town centre, six times per year on main arterial roads and four times per year in the suburban areas.

For verges and reserves, there are two forms of glyphosate used depending on the environmental characteristics of the site – one being approved for use near aquatic environments. Verges are also maintained through mechanical (mowing) control. This level of service was expanded last year into some residential areas.

For all turfed areas, including grassed areas within parks and all playing fields, selective herbicides, insecticides and fungicides are used when determined necessary. Mechanical control is used where this can be practically achieved.

For all natural areas (bushland, coastal dunes, riverine bushland), spot/paint application of a range of herbicides appropriate to the weed being controlled and the surrounding environment are used, along with mechanical removal where it is appropriate and desirable as a control method.

I also this morning posted a ruling by the World Health Organisation as a comment under yesterday’s article, so that we have balance.

Roel Loopers

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WHY USE DANGEROUS CHEMICALS IN FREMANTLE PARKS?

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, health, Uncategorized by freoview on February 28, 2018

 

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North Fremantle architect Murray Slavin, who lives near Fremantle Park, is worried about the City of Fremantle’s use of Glyphosates spray to eradicate weeds.

He says that he has contacted a number of councillors from the Mayor down to find out why we’re still using Glyphosates in our parks which are widely used – including by children and dogs, but that he has never had a response.

Murray says “Glyphosates are considered hazardous in many areas of the world now. The hypocrisy here is that we have tokenised weed control by using steam where it’s visible to the public but Glyphosates where it’s less visible. I think the practice should be stopped.”

This photo taken by Murray Slavin was taken within 20m of a children’s playground and in an area where dogs are walked regularly, sports are played, and picnics enjoyed on the grass.

Slavin says “This photo was taken adjacent to Fremantle Park but similar signs regularly appear in other recreation areas, including South Beach.”

So, City of Fremantle, so keen to promote itself as environmentally friendly, why are you still using the dangerous chemicals?

Roel Loopers

SAVE NINGALOO REEF(AGAIN)

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, nature, Uncategorized by freoview on February 24, 2018

 

Come to South Fremantle’s The Local hotel on March 1 from 5-7pm. and find out more about the campaign to save Exmouth Gulf and Ningaloo Reef and protect the beauty and value of one of Western Australia’s most iconic places!

There will be speakers and lots of info available on the night. The Ningaloo Reef World Heritage Area is renowned for its beauty and biodiversity but its under threat from the oil and gas industry with a pipeline fabrication and towing facility now under consideration by the EPA.

Now we need to raise public awareness about Protect Ningaloo and why saving Exmouth Gulf is so important.

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SOLAR FARM PLANS FOR SOUTH FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, energy, environment, local government, solar, Uncategorized by freoview on February 20, 2018

 

A development application has been submitted to the City of Fremantle by Australian energy renewal company EPURON to build a solar farm on the former South Fremantle landfill site.

The proposed solar farm will cover approximately 8 hectares of the 19.4 hectare landfill site on Cockburn Road and produce up to 4.9 megawatts of power.

The CoF has been looking at what to do with the site since 1985 but because it is a contaminated site it is very limited what can be done there.

Previous interest to build a solar farm on the site were abandoned after the companies did their financial due diligence. If Fremantle Council approves the application it will be the first urban solar farm of this scale in Australia.

The former landfill site is owned by the City of Fremantle and will be leased to Epuron to develop the project.

Epuron has been developing large scale wind energy projects since 2003 and solar photovoltaic facilities since 2010, including a 3.1 MW project in Alice Springs and a 2 MW project at Yulara in the Northern Territory.

The development application is open for public comment until 30 March 2018 and a community information session will be held at the Fremantle Town Hall on 1 March 2018, starting at 6pm.

Roel Loopers

AROUND THE WORLD IN AN ELECTRIC CAR

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, electricity, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on February 11, 2018

 

Dutchman Wiebke Wakker will soon be crossing from Indonesia to Australia and will hopefully also visit Fremantle on his epic journey.

Wakker, which means awake, has been on the road for 687 days in an electric car, visited 31 countries and has driven 60,000 kilometres without having to fill up at a petrol station.

His Plug Me In project gets him to ask people to allow him to recharge the car batteries and he has been welcomed everywhere. See more on http://www.plugmeinproject.com

The always innovative and change embracing Dutch have a target of 200,000 electric vehicles on the road in the Netherlands by 2020. That’s a whole lot more than the meagre few hundred on Australian roads.

Roel Loopers

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