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CLIMATE CHANGE THREAT PANEL DISCUSSION AT NATIONAL HOTEL

 

There will be a very interesting panel discussion about climate change at the Fremantle National Hotel on this coming Wednesday, March 6 from 6.30pm.

While our politicians quarrel and procrastinate about global warming, scientists all over the world believe the future of planet earth is under serious threat and immediate action is required.

“Humanity is changing the Earth in ways never seen before. The oceans are acidifying, the climate is changing, and world is awash in plastic. Scientists are telling us that we have pushed the Earth into an entirely new state, one dominated by human activity. 
Welcome to the Anthropocene: the era of humankind.
If we have the power to shape the deep future of the Earth and all living things upon it, then how should we think, act and feel in this decisive moment?

Come explore the science of human-caused planetary change from some of Western Australia’s leading scientific voices. Here, we reveal the science of our extraordinary planetary ecological crisis, and ask how science can be used to deliver a better world. Panel presentation and public Q&A.”

The panel members will be Prof. Petra Tschakert from UWA, Dr Bill Hare of Cimate Analysis, Dr Joe Fontaine of Curtin University and Dr Neville Ellis of UWA.

There is also a staircase photo exhibition about climate change at the National Hotel until May 20, so go and have a look and attend the panel discussion.

Roel Loopers

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SNIPPETS FROM THE FREMANTLE COUNCIL MEETING

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 28, 2019

 

The agenda of the Fremantle Ordinary Council meeting was 250 pages long, so there were many items on the agenda, too many to go into too much detail here on the blog, but there are two more articles below this one about it.

  • The Freo Street Doctor will receive $ 20,000 sponsorship.
  • Winterworld‘s funding application for $ 25,000 cash for the next three years, plus in-kind support of $ 45,000 for using the Italian Club carpark, has been reduced to $ 25,000 cash this year, down to $ 20,000 next year and down again the year after to $ 15,000. The in-kind support remains the same for the three years.
  • McCabe Street in North Fremantle will be getting traffic calming in the form of a speed-reducing plateau near Tasker Place, but Councillor Andrew Sullivan said more needed to be done about the public realm and the area needs more forward planning.
  • Improvements to the Hampton Road and Lloyd Street intersection in South Fremantle will be made.
  • Improvements to the Parry/Adelaide/Queen Victoria streets intersection also on the cards.
  • A container deposit scheme for plastic bottles will be investigated.
  • A City Centre Land-Use Mix policy to avoid too many of the same businesses, such as taverns in the CBD, is being considered.
  • The Fremantle Alternative planning policy is almost there. It just needs some tweaking required by the Minister for Planning.
  • Gas-filled balloons will no longer be permitted on City of Fremantle property.
  • Officers have been asked to write a Film Friendly Freo policy for Council to consider.

 

Roel Loopers

 

 

BAN ON BOTTLED WATER AT FREMANTLE EVENTS

 

The Fremantle Sustainable Events Policy was given a lot of attention at Wednesday’s Ordinary Council meeting with Councillor Rachel Pemberton saying that Council has a clear obligation to do something about plastic water bottles.

We have to make a stand and sell to the community that not using plastic bottles can be done, and it has already been implemented by other councils in Australia and the USA, Pemberton said.

“Let us make a conscious decision that at our council events we don’t sell plastic water bottles.”

Pemberton claimed that bottled water can be bad for our health and that 93 per cent of plastic water bottles have plastic contamination in them.

Councillor Andrew Sullivan said it was complete stupidity that people bought bottled water but then chucked them in the bin still half full.

CEO Phil StJohn pointed out that Council does not have the power to prevent bottled water from being sold at private events, but it could be made a condition of getting Council approval to run an event on Council property.

Of course nothing stops private operators from not selling water and soft drinks in plastic bottles, as they do at the Glen Cowans photo gallery at the Roundhouse, where they stopped selling canned soft drinks, and water is only for sale in glass bottles. Every trader at public events, and in our cafes, can make a difference and stop selling bottled water!

Roel Loopers

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FRIENDLY BITCHES ABOUT PLASTIC FREE JULY

Posted in art, bitches brew, city of fremantle, environment, Uncategorized by freoview on July 25, 2018

 

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Fremantle’s BITCHES BREW framers and artspace are doing their bit for the environment with this Plastic Free July window display in their High Street shop.

Ruth, Nigel and Ben are doing a splendid job and are some of the best people one will ever meet, so if you have something to frame, or are looking for an exhibition/function space, go and see them! They are at 62 High Street in the historic and gorgeous West End of Freo.

Roel Loopers

 

 

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FREO CITY FREE REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, local government, plastic, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on June 13, 2018

 

The ban for single-use plastic shopping bags will come into effect from July 1, so supermarkets and other retailers will no longer be allowed to hand out the free plastic bags we have been using for decades.

The City of Fremantle, one of the country leaders in getting the shopping bags banned, will give away free reusable shopping bags. They can be collected from the Visitor Centre at the Townhall and at the temporary council building at Fremantle Oval.

I do have one suggestion to make and that is to decentralise the hand-out of the free reusable bags, as it is not fair to the people of Samson and other outer suburbs to have to come all the way into the city centre for it.

Why not have some of the bags for collection at the Samson Recreation Centre, the Hilton Community Centre, etc. We have become very CBD-centric in Fremantle and Council needs to improve on that!

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME STUDENTS LOOK AFTER ENVIRONMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, education, environment, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on September 7, 2017

 

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Fremantle NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY students have declared a WAR on Waste with their mini-campaign to collect disposable coffee cups at campus.

The Sustainability Club members collect the cups from rubbish bins and streets around the campus, and they plan to separate the cups from the lids, as the lids can be recycled, but the cups sadly still go into landfill.

The Sustainability Club was launched at UNDA in the last semester break by mature-age student Claire O’Loughlin, who said that he UNDA Keep Cup campaign has been very successful, where the club sells re-usable cups at cost to students.

If only 100 students buy a re-usable cup that would be at least 500 disposable cups per weeks that don’t go into landfill. UNDA has over 6,000 students and hundreds of staff!

The focus of the club will be on coffee/tea cups, straws, plastic bottles and single-use bags.

The cups are taken from the trailer every day, so that the sea breeze does not pick them up and blow them around town and into the Indian Ocean. I took the photo at 10 am this morning, so that are a lot of cups already early in the morning.

It is great to see our Freo students looking after the environment, as plastic is killing our oceans fast. Well done!

Roel Loopers

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PULSE PLASTIC WRAP BIODEGRADABLE

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 5, 2017

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The City of Fremantle responded to my concern about the plastic wrapping of the PULSE magazine residents receive in the mail, so here it is:

To clarify: we used the bio wrap to include the Kings Square Renewal update into our usual mailout of Pulse magazine to keep postage costs as low as possible and because we wanted to ensure it was done in a way that supports our approach to waste management and efficient use of resources.

Rest assured the bio wrap material is degradable and is highly recommended as an ideal method for wrapping magazines or reports in an environmentally responsible way. There is no comparison between bio wrap and ‘ordinary’ plastic bags!

The PULSE is an interesting read, especially page 4, that shows on what the City of Fremantle is spending your ratepayers’ money.

 

Roel Loopers

FREO’S PLASTIC PULSE IS INCONSISTENT

Posted in city of fremantle, plastic, Uncategorized by freoview on September 4, 2017

 

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I received the City of Fremantle’s  PULSE magazine in the mail today, and am shaking my head a bit.

Why does the city that is banning single-use plastic shopping bags sends out its magazine in a plastic cover? That is pretty inconsistent and needs to be addressed!

 

Roel Loopers

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HUGE GROWERS GREEN FOOD AND CRAFT MARKET

Posted in fremantle, growers green markets, Uncategorized by freoview on July 1, 2017

 

The Fremantle GROWERS GREEN FARMERS MARKET at Annie Street in Beaconsfield is HUGE this Sunday!

Not only will there be great fresh produce, bread, pastries, meat and fish for sale, but there are also fantastic food stall to buy breakfast at, and there is also the first Sunday of the month craft market.

And there is more!! It’s also the official launch of the BOOMERANG BAGS to stop the use of non-recycable plastic bags.

It’s on from 8 am till midday and there will also be live music.

Bring the kids, dogs, grandparents, friends and enjoy the great Freo community event.

Roel Loopers

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NOTHING FANTASTIC ABOUT PLASTIC!

Posted in environment, fremantle, pollution, Uncategorized by freoview on June 26, 2017

 

The monthly FREMANTLE NETWORK event is on tomorrow and it’s all about reducing waste and protecting the environment.

It is at 6 pm upstairs at the National Hotel on Tuesday June 27 and the bar and kitchen are open so stay on for dinner!

Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it. Initiated in 2011 by Freo local Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and the Earth Carers, there are now more than a million people from 130 countries world-wide in making a difference.

As Freo works towards banning plastic bags (again!), local farmers market manager Kylie Wheatley has created ‘Fremantle Boomerang Bags’. Volunteers from all walks of life get together to make re-useable ‘boomerang bags’ using recycled materials, as a means to provide a sustainable alternative to plastic bags. This excellent community initiative is been launched at the Growers Green Markets at South Fremantle High School, just in time for Plastic Free July.

And it’s not just the community but local businesses are getting on board too. Heath and Emma from the Raw Kitchen in Freo have taken on the challenge to reduce plastics and other waste with gusto and are bringing commitment, solutions and innovation to reduce waste in their restaurant, both for their customers and in the kitchen.

Are you part of the War on Waste?

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