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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.

FREMANTLE GREEN WASTE COLLECTION STARTS

Posted in city of fremantle, gardening, local government, Uncategorized, WASTE by freoview on September 14, 2018

 

The City of Fremantle’s six-monthly green waste verge collection kicks off again next week.

All domestic properties north of South Street (Area A) will have their green waste collected from Monday 17 September, while green waste from all domestic properties south of South Street (Area B) will be collected the following week, from Monday 24 September.

City of Fremantle Facilities and Environment manager Tony Strickland said all of the green waste collected will be recycled into mulch.

“We’ll collect tree trunks, branches and shrub prunings up to 1.5m in length and 30cm in diameter, or two standard trailer loads of green waste,” Mr Strickland said.

“Because it all gets recycled into mulch we can’t accept leaves or grass clippings in boxes or bags, and we also ask people not to leave out general rubbish, weeds or sand or soil.

“And to keep the neighbourhood looking tidy we also ask people not to put material out on the verge until two days before the collection date, and to place it as neatly as possible.”

To make it easier to collect, green waste should be placed away from walls, fences, power poles and trees and should not obstruct footpaths, driveways or sprinklers.

The next green waste collection will happen in April and May next year.

If people miss the verge collection they can drop off green waste at the City of Fremantle Recycling Centre on Montreal Street free of charge all year round.

For more information visit the Green Waste page on the City’s website.

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FREMANTLE GOOD STORY TSUNAMI

Posted in city of fremantle, election, environment, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 9, 2017

 

It must be election time, the cynic in me thinks, because the good news stories coming from the City of Fremantle are abundant.

This week we read that the vast majority of residents love to live in Freo, according to a CoF survey, and yesterday a media release came out about the City of Fremantle planting 500 more trees in streets and parks and 1,000 in bushland.

This, the blurb tells us, is in addition to the 20,000 plants and shrubs planted across Fremantle in parks and reserves:

The City’s urban forest plan forms part of its Greening Fremantle: Strategy 2020.

The strategy aims to progressively increase tree planting across the City to achieve at least 20 per cent canopy coverage.

To achieve this, the City has an ongoing tree planting and revegetation program and is integrating new trees into road and path upgrades where possible.

The City now even has a public relations officer, so stay tuned for a lot more good news between now and October 21.

Under the Local Government act the elected members can not direct the administration, so we will just naively have to believe that the marketing department is doing this all on their own accord. I just noticed some pigs flying over Beacy, as I am writing this. ; >)

 

Roel Loopers

 

THANK YOU VERY MULCH FREMANTLE CITY

Posted in city of fremantle, gardening, Uncategorized by freoview on May 3, 2017

 

The City of Fremantle is trialling free mulch which will be available to all Fremantle residents for use on their verges.

Residents will be able to collect their mulch on Saturday 6 May between 8.00 am and 1.00 pm from the City of Fremantle depot recycle yard (81 Knutsford Street, Fremantle).

Proof of residency is required to receive the free mulch. Mulching is one of the many easy ways you can develop water wise native verge gardens.

Visit fremantle.wa.gov.au/mulchtrial

SUCK IT UP FREMANTLE CITY!

Posted in art, city of fremantle, local government, tourism, western australia by freoview on September 15, 2016

 

It always disappoints me when I see an I don’t care attitude from City of Fremantle staff, as the photos show.

This grass mowing job at Captain’s Lane at Arthur Head is not good enough because the workers just leave the grass clippings stuck to the artworks and that looks awful.

What is the big deal of brushing the clippings off the three works, or using one of those terribly noisy suckers/blowers?  It only takes a few minutes. I am not impressed!

Roel Loopers

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BOOYEEMBARA PARK WORKSHOP

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, local government, western australia by freoview on June 16, 2016

Booyeembara workshop

The City of Fremantle is holding a workshop on the future development of Booyeembara Park, especially about stage four opposite Sullivan Hall at Nannine Street.

The workshop is on this Saturday June 18 from 9 am till midday at Sullivan Hall, corner Stevens and nannine streets.

Please register on ParksandLandscape@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Roel Loopers

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE FREMANTLE GREEN PLAN

Posted in city of fremantle, green plan, local government, nature by freoview on November 4, 2015
Smoke haze at the Swan River.

Smoke haze at the Swan River.

The City of Fremantle’s draft GREEN PLAN is out for community input so make sure to download it from the COF website and put submissions in to make it a really good plan to protect and enhance our public green spaces, increase our city’s essential tree canopy, create more small green lingering nodes all over Fremantle, protect established mature trees from demolition through new development, etc.

Here is some of what the Green Plan says:

The 2020 Green Plan provides the background, rationale and framework to deliver projects and programs over the next five years. Key initiatives and targets include:

 Every resident and worker to be within walkable distance to public open space.  Progressively increase tree canopy across the city to achieve up to 20% by 2020.  Design adaptable open space that allows for future flexibility as the community and open space function and needs change over time.  Planning for future water security to identify opportunities for best available water sources for existing and new open space.  Develop links that increase the amount of flora/vegetation and increase habitats for native fauna and encourage their movement between green spaces and to increase and improve biodiversity areas.

Key projects over the next five years include:  Investigation and identification for accessing public open space in the priority areas of Hilton, O’Connor, White Gum Valley and Beaconsfield.  Investigation and identify options to improve and/or expand public open space is proximity to future high density areas.  Undertaking an Urban Forest Strategy to manage and guide tree and vegetation population across the public and private realm, to increase canopy and biodiversity and to mitigate the Urban Heat Island Effect.  Undertaking water demand modelling to inform future fit for purpose water supply options.  Prepare landscape concept plans for green links and develop a biodiversity plan.

Public submissions closing date is November 11, so participate and be part of the solutions!

Roel Loopers

MORE GREEN SPACE PRIORITY WITH FREO DEVELOPMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, election, local government by freoview on September 25, 2015

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Nice to see the Fremantle Herald today reporting on the percentage for green space idea I have, to make sure that we will have ample public open spaces among all the new planned development in Fremantle. People living in apartments, office workers, hotel visitors and tourists all will want to enjoy green relaxation nodes with creative seating, trees and shade structures, so I believe it is important to put that in Freo’s planning policies.

Also great to feel appreciated and get the support of Little High Street residents who put some election signs on their apartment.

Ballot papers should be arriving from today so PLEASE DO VOTE, as Councillor Ingrid Waltham also promotes in a letter to the Herald today, and embrace your democratic right to elect the person who you believe will represent you and Fremantle best.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.

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FREO COMMUNITY HAPPIER WITH COUNCIL

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government by freoview on July 10, 2015

This might come as a surprise to many people in Fremantle, but these are the official figures just released by the City of Fremantle:

Results of the City of Fremantle’s 2015 community perceptions survey are back and show improvements in a number of key areas since the last survey was conducted in 2012.

Some of the key areas of improvement (based on levels of community satisfaction) are:

· overall satisfaction with the City as a governing organisation – up 7%

· council’s leadership – up 9%

· youth services and facilities – up 21%

· openness and transparency – up 9%

· value for money (rates) – up 11%

· parks and other green spaces – up 9%

· family services and facilities – up 13%

· access for people with disabilities – up 10%

· conservation and environmental management – up 12%

· planning and building approvals – up 8%

· parking in the city centre – up 8%.

404 phone surveys were conducted with a random and representative sample of Fremantle residents.

Roel Loopers

HOW CAN WE IMPROVE OUR GREEN URBAN SPACES?

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade, nature by freoview on June 15, 2015

Friends and I were talking on the weekend about the Fremantle Esplanade reserve draft Masterplan and the problems associated with accommodating people enjoying it, allowing for events to be staged on the reserve, and looking after the grass and trees. We wondered if large green open spaces are still sustainable in our changing climate where we receive a lot less rain than in the past and have a dryer and hotter climate to deal with.

Most people don’t want more concrete in parks but designated walkways on the Esplanade, which will protect the grass, and extending the mulched areas under trees, seems to me to be a sensible proposal. It would also require less water for reticulation, so that would be an added bonus.

We have a fast increasing population in WA and plans for thousands more residents in the Fremantle inner city, and that means more people will need access to outdoor facilities, but can our society still afford to look after large green grass open spaces that require extensive and expensive watering and maintenance?

Most of us probably believe that densely populated cities need more green open spaces to allow those who live in apartments access to grassed areas to play on and have a picnic, etc, but is that still practical and realistic, or should we look for alternative ways to create public spaces, and what would such new spaces look like?

In a state where there is water shortage we can no longer afford to waste drinking water on the reticulation of vast lawns, so can we recycle water and use grey water instead, and where to take it from? The Esplanade Masterplan draft suggests an underground tank to take used water from Little Creatures to water the reserve, and that might be a practical solution, depending on what the costs would be to install and maintain the system.

I am not a greenie, but there is no doubt in my mind that climate change will force us to do things differently and better, and that could mean fewer private grassed gardens and green verges and quite different public open spaces that recognise the need to reduce water consumption.

No one likes to see more concrete, but paths throughout parks that protect the grass, and mulched areas under trees, are acceptable compromises to make sure our urban nature remains healthy for all of us to enjoy longer. Paved paths are also easier to use than grass for disabled people and wheelchair and gopher users, and for parents with prams.

To assist with reducing water use we should also call for our governments to implement a law that requires new residential buildings to have a water tank for the collection of rainwater. When many thousands of household collect their own water, even if what they collect would only lasts for a month or two, would make a significant impact and create less strain on our water supply.

Gardens and parks are beautiful and we need those green lungs and many more trees in our cities, but native vegetation that requires a lot less water needs to be considered more and we will probably have to accept that huge grass areas are no longer sustainable in our present climate.

I am not a big fan of artificial grass, but is it something our governments should consider as an option? What do you think we could change and improve when designing new public open spaces?

Roel Loopers

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