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Posted in city of fremantle, climate change, rain, state government, Uncategorized, water by freoview on May 29, 2019


Winter sprinklers off!


The last week of autumn promises warm days in the mid twenties, but do not forget that the winter sprinkler ban will start this weekend, so adjust your timers to make sure that our precious water is not wasted.

Roel Loopers




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.


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.



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



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.



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



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

Roel Loopers



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


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

election 1 election 2

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.



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

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