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WHITE GUM VALLEY VERGES LOOKING GREAT

Posted in city of fremantle, entertainment, gardening, green space, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 21, 2019

 

 

Driving through White Gum Valley it looks like there is a Valley Verges project going on with many home owners planting verge gardens and even vegetable gardens.

They are assisted by the City of Fremantle’s Verge Preparation Assistance Scheme which offers free mulch and street trees, subsidised native plants and expert advise.

It’s looking great already!

Roel Loopers

HOLLIS PARK PLANTING DAY

Posted in city of fremantle, gardening, nature, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on June 27, 2019

 

Hollis Park June 29

 

Plenty of rain in Fremantle currently and that is going to last for a while according to BOM, but that should not deter anyone from participating in Saturday’s Hollis Park community planting event.

It is on from 10am.

Roel Loopers

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LINEAR PARK IDEA HAS MERIT FOR FREMANTLE

 

Landcorp has come with the interesting proposal to the City of Fremantle of creating a ‘Linear Park’ between Montreal and Wood streets as part of the residential development that is being built there.

The Linear Park would be created on the road reserve verge along Knutsford Street from Wood Street to Montreal Street in White Gum Valley, instead of Landcorp having to pay Fremantle City $ 404,075 cash in lieu.

I am not sure how wide the ‘park’ would be and if it would replace pocket parks throughout the development.

The proximity of Booyeembara Park makes it questionable if  a narrow stretch of ‘park’ is a good idea in that location.

Here is what City of Fremantle officers recommend to the Councillors at Wednesday’s Strategic Planning and Transport Committee:

OFFICER’S RECOMMENDATION
Council :
1. Approve the acceptance by the City of Fremantle of a sum of $404,075 (exc GST) as cash in lieu of the provision of public open space as the means of complying with a condition of approval of the subdivision of land at lot 1819 Blinco Street, Fremantle.
2. Support the future expenditure of the cash in lieu payment referred to in 1 above (when received) on public open space improvement works to Booyeembara Park consistent with acceptable uses of cash in lieu funds specified in WAPC Policy DC 2.3 (subject to formal budget approval at the appropriate time), and authorise officers to request the approval of the Minster of Planning for this use of the cash in lieu payment, in accordance with the requirements of section 154(2)(c) of the Planning and Development Act 2005.
3. Advise LandCorp of Council’s resolution in relation to items 1 and 2 above, and also acknowledge the merits of the concept design for a high specification landscaping treatment of part of the Knutsford Street road reserve verge adjoining lot 1819 Blinco Street.

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HAVE A FREE SPLURGE ON YOUR FREO VERGE!

Posted in city of fremantle, community, environment, gardening, local government, nature, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on February 4, 2019

 

The City of Fremantle Verge Preparation Assistant Scheme aims to turn neighbourhoods into lush, green oasis.

It gives subsidies on native plants, free mulch, free street trees and free advise on landscaping and creating a garden verge.

The scheme assists eligible residents by removing soil, vegetation and grass and delivering free mulch recycled from the City’s tree pruning program.

It is open to everyone but prioritises people with a Senior Card or Health Card. Apply on line till March 1 on the City of Fremantle’s website: https://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/

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ONE WEEK TO GO TILL PROTECT NINGALOO SUNDOWNER!

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, fundraising, nature, Uncategorized by freoview on November 9, 2018

 

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Only one week to go till the fund raising Protect Ningaloo sundowner at the Glen Cowans Photo Gallery and Fremantle Roundhouse, so make sure to book your tickets now, as there are only a few left.

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BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS AT FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, nature, Uncategorized by freoview on September 15, 2018

 

 

Start the Saturday and weekend with a little bit of colour!

The mornings are still very fresh and yesterday’s early sea breeze was very cold and made the early birds shiver.

I took these photos at the Fremantle Arts Centre. Lovely hey.

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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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NORTHBANK FORESHORE REPAIR TOO COSTLY FOR FREMANTLE COUNCIL

Posted in city of fremantle, development, local government, swan river, Uncategorized by freoview on September 13, 2018

 

Fremantle Councillors at the FPOL Committee were not keen last night to commit $ 600,000 for a hard-edge/seawall structure at the Northbank residential development between the Swan River bridges.

Erosion is worrying the local residents, but Councillor Andrew Sullivan wanted the officers to investigate what would happen if the City did not do anything. Sullivan said he was not convinced the City had an obligation to spend all that money, because it is just bad luck when erosion occurs.

He was not happy to spend half a million dollars and more to keep private residents happy when it diminishes the use of the area for the broader community. There is already very little public space and beach left, Sullivan said

Mayor Brad Pettitt agreed and said Council needed to have a wider discussion about this.

The Northbank development was conditionally approved in 1995 by the WA Planning Commission, with one condition for the management of a foreshore plan, but developers Montheath Properties went into receivership so many of the proposed recommendations were not implemented.

The item was deferred and will be discussed again in late October.

Roel Loopers

BOOYEEMBARA PARK DEMANDS CARE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, nature, neglect, Uncategorized by freoview on July 9, 2018

 

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It is such a wonderful day in Fremantle today that I went for a walk in the lovely Booyeembara Park in White Gum Valley.

It is a delight to wander around in this under utilised public green space, but it is sad to see the awful neglect by the City of Fremantle of the amphi theatre. That area has been closed off for a very long time because of asbestos, but nothing is being done to remedy the problem and use the amphi theatre for performances, community events, concerts, NAIDOC week, etc.

It is not good enough to just put ugly fences around it and let it rot and being vandalised, especially since the golf course might take up some of the Booyeembara Park because it has to make way for the widening of High Street.

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE FIRST TO JOIN BIOPHILIC CITIES

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, nature, Uncategorized by freoview on June 22, 2018

 

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The City of Fremantle is the first city in Australia to join the Biophilic Cities and will officialy do so on Thursday June 28 from 4-5.30pm in the Garden Room of the City of Fremantle at Fremantle Oval.

The Biophilic Cities Project is an umbrella term that refers to research and policy work on biophilic cities, both domestically and internationally, by Professor Tim Beatley and his team at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. Its principal aim is to advance the theory and practice of planning for biophilic cities, through a combination of collaborative research, dialogue and exchange, and teaching. Researchers at UVA partner with city collaborators, to assess and monitor biophilic urban qualities and conditions, to identify obstacles and impediments to achieving more biophilic cities, and to identify and document best practices in biophilic urban design and planning. The Project helps to foster discussion and dialogue between and among researchers (and planners and policymakers in case study cities), periodically convenes researchers and practitioners, and publishes working papers, reports and other publications that disseminate the project’s findings. Work on Biophilic Cities at UVA is supported through a generous grant from the Summit Foundation, based in Washington, DC.

Now you may ask, as I did, what biophillia is; Humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life.

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