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FREMANTLE URBAN FOREST GROWS

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, local government, nature, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on October 16, 2018

 

A media report by the City of Fremantle reports that more than 1800 trees have been planted over the past 12 months as part of the plan to create an urban forest in Fremantle.

In the last financial year a total of 714 trees were planted by the City of Fremantle on residential verges and in local parks, while another 92 were added as part of the landscaping component of City projects like pocket parks, car parks and walkways.

This follows the planting of 500 verge and park trees in the previous year, and is the result of the doubling of the City’s tree-planting budget from $60,000 to $120,000.

In addition, the City also planted 12,000 plants – including 1015 trees – in dunes, bushland and the river foreshore during nine community planting days and 21 volunteer planting days with conservation volunteers and local schools.

The City’s Urban Forest Plan forms part of the Greening Fremantle strategy 2020, which aims to progressively increase tree planting across the City to achieve at least 20 per cent canopy coverage. It stands at 13 per cent currently.

Samson had the highest tree planting numbers in 2017/18 due to the City’s targeted Greening Samson project. Mapping undertaken for the Urban Forest Plan identified Samson had some of the lowest canopy coverage in Fremantle, which meant Samson was on average two degrees hotter than nearby suburbs due to the urban heat island effect.

A total of 212 trees were planted in Samson alone, while another 299 were planted in Beaconsfield, Hilton and Fremantle, and 203 in South Fremantle, North Fremantle, White Gum Valley and O’Connor.

The species of trees planted included red flowering gums, bottlebrushes, jacarandas and tuart trees, with the varieties carefully chosen to best suit the local conditions and surroundings.

What the City of Fremantle did not mention in its media report is the number of trees that have been removed, due to new development, etc. so does anyone keep a record of that?

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE RIDE TO WORK WEDNESDAY

Posted in bicycles, bikes, city of fremantle, cycling, cyclists, Uncategorized by freoview on October 15, 2018

 

Oct 17 Ride to Work

 

The Fremantle RIDE and SHINE ride to work day is on from 7-9am this Wednesday October 17 at Pioneer Park opposite the railway station.

Free coffee and breakfast are on offer, and bike safety checks, info stalls, electric bike demos and mini bike tours.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE WEEDING OUT CHEMICALS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, environment, health, local government, nature, Uncategorized by freoview on September 18, 2018

 

All playgrounds, footpaths and road kerbs in Fremantle will be subject to chemical-free weed control under a new tender awarded by the City of Fremantle.

The City’s Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation committee last week awarded the tender to GreenSteam Australia to provide chemical-free weed control for the next two years, with the option of a one year extension.

Under the contract footpaths, cycle ways and road kerbs in suburban areas will be steam treated twice a year, while the city centre, high priority roads and playgrounds will be treated six times a year.

The contract is part of the City’s goal to reduce chemical use as much as possible.

Fremantle City has an integrated management approach to control weeds which includes a range of measures including steam control, mechanical means like mowing and the use of chemicals where necessary.

Steam weeding is very effective, but also more expensive than other methods, and there are some places like playing fields, parks and bush areas where chemical control is the only viable option.

There are a lot of new non-chemical herbicides being developed, so hopefully in the coming years they will become more effective and affordable and the City can adopt them for broad-scale weed control.

The City of Fremantle’s 2017 One Planet Strategy annual report included an additional action to reduce the use of chemicals for weed control.

A key project for 2018 is to prepare a report for the council with strategies for the City to reduce the use of glyphosate.

ONE SMALL STEP CLOSER TO FREMANTLE SOLAR FARM

Posted in city of fremantle, electricity, environment, solar, Uncategorized by freoview on September 10, 2018

 

Plans for the South Fremantle Solar Farm by Epuron Projects Pty Ltd are progressing slowly.

This coming Wednesday the FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will consider the approval of a business plan for four lots on the former landfill site, and moving toward a 25-year lease, at peppercorn rent.

Discussions between Western Power and Epuron have been going well, but the main hurdle will be to get all the environmental and health approvals for the heavily contaminated site.

Any lease between the City of Fremantle and Epuron is dependent on all the EPA approvals, and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt has made it very clear that unless everything is above board and safe for the community the solar farm won’t proceed.

Options are considered for the City to charge higher than peppercorn rent in the future when Epuron make a significant profit.

This project is still in the early stages and more community consultation will be conducted. There are significant concerns in the South Fremantle community about the health impact on children and adults any disturbance of the toxic soil might have.

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SUSTAINABILITY AT WGVs EVERMORE DEVELOPMENT

 

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The $ 11.5 million, 24-apartment Evermore development on the corner of Stevens Street and Beazley Way in White Gum Valley is ready for occupation.

It is part of the One Planet WGV community apartment project-the first in WA- by the Yolk Property Group and offers solar and battery technology in a strata development, where residents can sell renewable energy.

The Yolk development consists of two buildings, which have one, two and three-bedroom apartments, and according to the sign at the building this morning there are only five of them left.

Home owners are getting a 40 per cent discount on their daytime electricity use and a free solar system at no initial cost, which they can buy after ten years for only $ 1.

Sustainable development is becoming more and more popular with home buyers.

The Evermore development offers a communal outdoor area between the two buildings, with outdoor kitchen, BBQs, entertainment area, vegetable garden, bike repair station and bench seating.

There are nearly 170 solar panels on the rooftops.

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FREMANTLE REPAIR CAFE REDUCES WASTE

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, community, environment, hospitality, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on August 31, 2018

 

Fremantle will have its own REPAIR CAFE as part of a global movement to reduce waste. We all know how annoying it can be to be told that it is cheaper to buy a new item than to getting it repaired, hence many usable items end up in landfill.

Starting on Sunday September 9 at 10.00am and finishing at midday, volunteer repairers from the greater Fremantle community will be available to help make repairs to household items brought in by community members, such as clothes, bikes, toys, small furniture, electrical appliances (only those with an AC adaptor or battery operated), at no cost, but with donations being warmly received.

There will also be a gluing and taping workstation, and help with devices such as laptops, tablets and phones, will also be available.

By promoting repairs, Repair Cafe Fremantle wants to directly reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Co-organiser Joanna Blackley says “We throw away so much, even items which have small defects, and which could easily be used again after a simple repair, and this has serious ongoing consequences for our environment and future generations. Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that they can have things repaired, or maybe they don’t have the tools or repair skills required. Repair Café Fremantle aims to support community members with repairing items, where possible.”

Repair Café Fremantle is also offering an opportunity for repair skills to be practised and learnt, as jointly made repairs by the owner of the item and the volunteer repairer is encouraged.

Repair Cafe Fremantle will be running monthly on a Sunday, 10am-12pm, at Stackwood. News about dates will be available on the Repair Cafe Fremantle Facebook page and on Instagram. Email repaircafefremantle@gmail.com with any questions or feedback!

Repair Cafe Fremantle is part of a global movement of repair cafes encouraging repair culture and reducing waste going to landfill. Repair Cafe Fremantle is a member of the international Repair Cafe Foundation. Check out their world map to see the global repair cafe movement in action at https://repaircafe.org/en/visit/

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PETER NEWMAN WA SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR

Posted in city of fremantle, perth freight link, roe 8 highway, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on August 16, 2018

 

Fremantle Professor Peter Newman was awarded the WA Premier’s Award of Scientist of the Year 2018 on Wednesday night.

Newman heads the Curtin University of Sustainable Policy-CUSP and is renowned as a sustainable cities advocate. He also strongly opposed the Roe 8 and Perth Freight Link.

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FREE ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING AT CAPPUCCINO STRIP CARPARK

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, electricity, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 7, 2018

 

The new electric car free charging points at Fremantle’s Cappuccino Strip car park are now live.

The four 22 kilowatt charging points are compatible with most electric vehicles, with a one hour charge giving between 18-40 kilometres of driving distance depending on the car.

There are also two standard 240 volt charging points, which means all current electric cars can be charged up using the appropriate cables.

The chair of the WA branch of the Australian Electric Vehicles Association Richard Baird said the new charging points would be greatly appreciated by the owners of electric cars.

“Fremantle has always supported electric vehicles and it’s fantastic that they’ve allocated four electric vehicle charging bays for the Cappuccino Strip and all EVs are welcome,” Mr Baird said.

“Around Perth there are probably about 50 or 60 of these charging points but that’s growing all the time, and as more electric vehicles are sold onto the market we’ll see more charging stations go in.

“Most people charge at home overnight but when you’re out and about doing errands these charging points are fantastic.”

While the drivers of electric cars will still have to pay for parking, charging their cars will be free.

The charging stations are just one of the environmentally friendly features of the new Cappuccino Strip car park, which was built using recycled road materials and also features solar lighting, storm water capture and water-wise native plants.

USE CARBON OFFSETS TO PLANT TREES IN FREMANTLE

Posted in carbon, city of fremantle, environment, local government, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on July 28, 2018

 

I have in principle nothing against the City of Fremantle paying carbon offsets to remain carbon neutral, but I question why the $ 50,000 allocated for it in the budget can’t be spent on planting new mature trees in Fremantle and increase the canopy in our own city.

Can someone at the City of Fremantle explain this to me please. Thank you!

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S ONE PLANET GREEN BUDGET

Posted in budget, city of fremantle, economy, environment, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 25, 2018

 

This will start the tongues wagging of those who are not happy with the ‘Greenies’ running the City of Fremantle. ; >)

This from the city on the budget:

The City of FremantIe is delivering on the One Planet Fremantle strategy through initiatives funded in its 2018-19 annual budget.

The centrepiece of the budget is the allocation of $46.3 million towards the construction of the City’s new administration building and library, as part of the broader Kings Square Renewal project.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the aim was to make the new administration centre one of the most energy efficient buildings of its size in Western Australia.

“Our target is for the new building to be zero carbon, so it will have a sophisticated automated opening façade system designed to capture Fremantle’s famous sea breezes and enable natural ventilation for most of the year.

“It will have high-performance, well shaded windows to minimise heat loss during cooler periods and minimise heat gain in summer.

Other sustainability features will include a 240kw solar PV system, energy-efficient LED lighting and water saving appliances.

Another key sustainability measure in the 2018-19 budget is the allocation of $920,000 to implement the new three bin Food Organic Garden Organic (FOGO) waste management system.

The new FOGO system is a key step towards achieving the City’s One Planet target of a 70 per cent community recycling rate by 2020, and will also protect ratepayers from long-term increases landfill costs.

The budget also includes:

$50,000 to purchase carbon offsets to maintain carbon neutral status
$40,000 to implement the verge garden scheme
$32,784 for a new cardboard and aluminium bailer for the Fremantle Recycling Centre
$14,000 to provide Living Smart sustainability workshops
$10,000 to introduce a local container deposit scheme at three Fremantle Primary Schools
$12,000 to install solar panels on community buildings
$10,000 to implement a car share scheme
$30,000 for works and maintenance in the City of Fremantle Bike Plan
$65,000 to revise the Sir Frederick Samson Park management plan
$102,000 for coastal monitoring and assessment at Port, Leighton and Mosman beaches

For more information on the City’s One Planet strategy visit the One Planet page on our website.

 

Roel Loopers

 

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