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FOUR HUNDRED TUART TREES FOR BOOYEEMBARA PARK

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on March 10, 2020

 

This is a REALLY GOOD Fremantle story!

More than 400 tuart trees are to be planted in Fremantle’s Booyeembara Park as part of the Main Roads WA High Street Upgrade project.

The state and federal governments have committed $118 million to upgrade High Street, from Carrington Street to Stirling Highway, to reduce traffic congestion and improve road safety.

As part of Main Roads landscaping and revegetation strategy for the project almost 5000 plants will be planted at the eastern end Boo Park, including more than 400 tuart trees.

Another 4000 new tuart trees will be purchased and planted in other key sites across Perth through a partnership with leading conservation group A Trillion Trees.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said he was pleased Main Roads had included the tree planting program as an important part of the High Street project.

“The planting of more than 400 tuart trees in Boo Park, plus thousands of complementary understorey plants, will not only beautify the park but also mean the High Street project will deliver a substantial net gain in the number of tuart trees in the local area.

“The additional 4000 tuarts to be planted through A Trillion Trees will ultimately mean that for every tuart tree removed as part of the High Street project more than 200 will be planted in its place.”

The tuart planting program in Boo Park will begin this winter. For information on how to participate in the local planting program contact the City of Fremantle on 1300 MYFREO (1300 693 736) or info@fremantle.wa.gov.au.

The High Street Upgrade has been carefully designed to retain more than 70 per cent of the established trees in the project area.

The design features a wide, tree-lined median separating the eastbound and westbound traffic lanes, creating an attractive gateway into Fremantle.

For more information visit the High Street Upgrade page on the Main Roads WA website.

FREMANTLE CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION IN PIONEER PARK

Posted in city of fremantle, climate change, community, environment by freoview on February 22, 2020

 

 

I fear that the climate, as in the hot and very humid weather today, and the fact that the Fremantle Dockers women were playing Collingwood at Fremantle Oval, kept the numbers down for the Fremantle Climate Change Action in Pioneer Park.

During the hottest period of the day just over one hundred people attended the event, including Nyoongar elders, Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt,  Fremantle Councillors Sam Wainwright and  Bryn Jones, and Fremantle Foundation CEO  Dylan Smith, with wife Julia and children.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE CLIMATE ACTION ON TODAY!

Posted in city of fremantle, climate change, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on February 22, 2020

 

There is a CLIMATE ACTION event on in Fremantle this afternoon. It starts at 3pm in Pioneer Park, opposite the train station, and at 4.15pm they will march through the city.

 

Roel Loopers

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THE FUTURE IS OURS TO IMPROVE

 

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With the start of a new year there is a time for reflection, and also a time for hope, wishes and New Year resolutions, but I believe it is also a time to be realistic and stop all the nonsense that somehow Australia is the best country on earth.

I love living in Australia, but I have lived in other really good countries and traveled to many more that were also great, and I only have to think about New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern to realise that one of the things missing in Australia is good leadership and a good PM.

We cannot claim to be the best country in the world when we have one of the highest rates of domestic violence, when racism is still happening daily, and when Australia is still sending refugees to overseas detention centres.

We are not the best country in the world when we have tens of thousands of homeless people and when we still have Aboriginal people living in third world conditions.

We have to do much better also at caring for the elderly and for the environment, so let us not be complacent because of national pride, and fool ourselves that we are living in a perfect country, when there is a lot of improvement needed still on many levels.

I love living in Fremantle because of the very good community we have, but even our small city is far from perfect and needs improvement, and that has already started.

All I read on social and in the mass media is anger, division, people attacking others, and engaging in political point-scoring.

But there is a huge lack of real leadership both in government and the private sectors, when as a community we should work together, collaborate, create bridges of tolerance and acceptance, and reach out to those who need our support, and also reach out to those who are different and have a different opinion.

We all have to share this beautiful country and this amazing planet, and we all have to work together to preserve what we have and try to improve it for the generations after us.

Have a great New Year. Hug more and argue less. Love and smiles can conquer everything!

Roel Loopers

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REUSABLES AT GEORGE STREET FESTIVAL

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At the East Fremantle GEORGE STREET FESTIVAL two weeks ago all food & beverage vendors were required to use GO2CUP in an effort to reduce unnecessary waste at the very popular annual festival

GO2CUP supplied over 20 vendors with reusable cups, plates and cutlery which were then placed in allocated bins to be washed and used again at other events. Over 9,000 reusable items were used on the day!

Approximately 9,500 people came along to the event with only 300 – 400kg of waste being collected for the whole day!

The Town of East Fremantle is very grateful to all volunteers who kindly assisted at the bins stations, including members from the East Fremantle Junior Football Club, WREN and Recycle Right WA.

Well done everyone. Great effort!

Roel Loopers

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FIRE ANTS RESTRICTIONS FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on December 4, 2019

 

Fire Ants!

 

Fire ants nests found on Fremantle Ports property have alerted authorities and they need the support of the Fremantle community to immediately report any sightings of fire ants. There are also a few restrictions, see below.

To support response efforts and prevent any potential spread of the pest, a Quarantine Area Notice has been put in place for parts of Fremantle, restricting the movement of a range of host materials including soil, potted plants, mulch, hay, manure and turf outside of this area.

Roel Loopers

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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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GLYPHOSATE SPRAYING TO CONTINUE IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, health, local government, pollution, Uncategorized by freoview on November 10, 2019

 

It does not look as if the City of Fremantle will abandon spraying parks and reserves with glyphosate, which is reportedly dangerous for the health of humans and animals.

This below from the agenda of the FPLO Committee of Fremantle Council which wel meet this Wednesday:

SUMMARY:

The purpose of this report is for Council to consider the petition on the use of glyphosate and the City’s current integrated weed management program. The City is responsible for managing land inclusive of parks, gardens, foreshore reserves, bushland reserves, road reserves, drainage sumps and City owned or managed land. The majority of City managed land requires vegetation and weed management and glyphosate is currently used in the weed management program.

This report recommends that the Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation committee acting under delegation 1.1:

  1. Note the petition received from Mr De Villiers requesting Council:
    1. Ban the spraying of glyphosate in the City of Fremantle parklands and

      public spaces.

    2. Develop and research less toxic and environmentally friendly

      alternatives to the use of glyphosate in parklands and public spaces in

      the City of Fremantle.

    3. Increase the steam weeding to reduce the City of Fremantle’s chemical

      use.

  2. Request officers continue with the City’s current integrated weed management program, noting the management controls to mitigate the risk to staff, contractors and the public for the use of herbicide, including Glyphosate, and within existing operational resources and budgets.
  3. Request officers continue with the trials of alternative weed control practices and management and implement the effective trials within existing operational resources and budgets where possible.
  4. Request officers submit details of the proposed herbicide reduction program and management practices and/or service level amendments through the annual budget cycle for consideration.

For the entire agenda item and Officer’s Recommendation click on Agendas and Minutes on the City of Fremantle website.

Roel Loopers

FREO’S GARAGE SALE TRAIL IS ON

Posted in city of fremantle, recycling, Uncategorized by freoview on October 14, 2019

 

Garage Sale Trail

 

The annual GARAGE SALE TRAIL is back in Fremantle this coming weekend October 19 and 20, so go find a bargain, or sell some yourselves.

Garage Sale Trail is happening right across Australia. It’s a big weekend encouraging us to put secondhand first and minimise our impact on the planet.

Small actions drive big change, so while one garage sale on its own won’t make much difference, hundreds of thousands of Aussies joining the trail packs some real punch.

When people get together in the streets, community centres and schools to buy, sell and reuse at garage sales over a weekend, that sends a strong message to re-use and recycle and stop the cycle of over-consumption and throwing things into landfill.

Garage Sale Trail happens with the support of Local Council partners across the country and nearly 400,000 bargain hunting, reuse loving Australians shopping and selling at more than 18,000 garage sale events Australia-wide.

Every garage sale has a unique style and gets a sale page that provides clues to who’s involved, what’s on offer and anything else that’s going down. It’s like a treasure map to second hand greatness. Likewise, shoppers can search for sales, items of interest and make your own Trail of favourite sales to checkout.

Join the movement this October and help us spread the word. Let’s choose to reuse and join the over 400, 000 Aussies putting second hand first!

Check out Facebook page and website for more information. The Growers Green Farmers Market also participates on Sunday.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PORT POLITICAL FOOTBALL

 

The news that the Maritime Union of Australia-MUA have pulled out of the Westport Taskforce process, that was established to identify if, where and when a new container port is needed in WA, is as disappointing as it was predictable.

Unfortunately the process has been kidnapped by political and self interest and that makes it near impossible for Westport Taskforce chair Nicole Lockwoood and her team to remain independent.

The very first meeting I went to at the Fremantle Townhall had a commercial expert on the panel who predicted tens of thousands of job if a new port was built at Kwinana. It turned out he is the husband of the Mayor of the Town of Kwinana, so hardly an independent expert.

WA Premier Mark McGowan no doubt can also clearly see the economic benefits for his electorate of Rockingham if an international port is built just down the road from it, and the MUA is really only interested in the short-term retaining of jobs for the wharfies and worried about a largely automated new port at Kwinana, or elsewhere.

While the Labor government has promised to not privatise Fremantle Port it has not made similar promises for a new Kwinana port, and neither have the Liberal opposition.

The environmental impact on Cockburn Sound has not been investigated thoroughly and it is wrong to say that dredging would only happen at the start of the process because future dredging in the sound and Gage Roads will be needed as the size of container vessels grow.

The political argument that the Roe 8 option was excluded and therefor the process is flawed is wrong. The Labor party made the election promise not to build Roe 8, so that was clear from the start. It is also clear that the former Liberal government totally messed up the Perth Freight Link project because it could not find a solution to extend the new freight link all the way to the port, and it stopped at the Swan river.

Traffic congestion in North Fremantle and along Leach Highway are mainly caused by private cars as freight trucks to and from the port account for only 10% of the traffic volume.  The same number of trucks come to Fremantle Port as it did ten years ago, so while container import has increased it has been better handled and not resulted in more truck movements.

The Westport Takforce have stated that port related freight at Kwinana would mainly be road based, so traffic issues at Kwinana and surrounding areas need to be investigated first because it would be unfair to simply shift the traffic problems further south and away from the Fremantle area.

Moving the port from Fremantle to Kwinana would have an enormous impact on the Fremantle economy and while development along the river mouth would no doubt make partly up for that the loss of the working port would be immense and negative for our city.

While I believe the Westport Taskforce process is very thorough it is probably not helpful that they prematurely release findings and everyone jumps on the bandwagon to criticise everything they are doing. Transparency is great but appears to have become a hindrance in allowing the process to continue without political grandstanding.

First and foremost we need to see a very detailed environmental impact report for Cockburn Sound and the impact a new port at Kwinana would have on the local communities there and the traffic issues and solutions.

We should then also get to see a report on how/if Fremantle Port operations can continue and grow for 20-30 years without and increasing negative impact for North Fremantle, Melville and people living along the rail corridor.

A new freight bridge has been promised but what actually will it do to help solve all the issues we are all aware about, and would a tunnel be a better and realistic option?

There are still so many questions and not enough solutions, and it is not helpful that politicians, the MUA, the Town of Kwinana and other self interest groups are now kicking the political football around, that is going to kick a lot of goals but will probably have no winners.

My suggestion to everyone of them is to stay out of the process and allow Nicole Lockwood and her team to do what they get paid for. Once we see the final recommendations we can scrutinise the outcome and the process and accept or criticise it. No matter what the recommendations are, not everyone will be happy with it, but doing nothing is not an option as the future of Fremantle Port is not infinite.

Roel Loopers

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