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MAYORS WANT CLEANER FREMANTLE PORT FREIGHT

 

The mayors of Fremantle, Melville and East Fremantle have put their collective support behind cleaner freight initiatives that will enable more efficient use of the road network by capping freight volumes and placing stricter controls on the types of trucks allowed to transport freight.

The mayors are calling for:

  • A new Fremantle Port accreditation system that will bring in cleaner and quieter trucks and over time ban older dirtier trucks.

  • State government incentives for clean, quieter trucks and ultimately a zero emissions truck fleet based on hydrogen and electric vehicles.

  • Government to work with industry to incentivise these quieter trucks to run outside of business and especially peak hours.

The intent is to reduce the effects of noise and diesel pollution on local residents by ensuring only cleaner and quieter trucks can access the port.

The three mayors said they would ideally like to see a working group comprising Fremantle Ports, Main Roads, the Freight Logistics Council, Western Roads Federation, Transport Workers Union, and local councils form a working party that can make recommendations to State Government on the best approach.

A key focus would be encouraging freight operators to upgrade to cleaner, more modern trucks included Euro 6 trucks and ultimately electric and hydrogen vehicles.

Possible options to achieve cleaner freight outcomes include:

  • Requirements for all trucks to have emissions control technology, such as exhaust gas recirculation.

  • Limiting truck movements during peak commute times and smoother freight runs encouraged through green light coordination on Leach Highway.

  • Roadworks to remediate areas of high risk and noise, such as the pending upgrade of the intersection of High Street and Stirling Highway with potential for other improvements along other sections of Stirling and Leach Hwy.

  • Increasing day time rail freight via a dedicated line on the pending new Fremantle Traffic Bridge and exploration of coastal shipping – the ‘blue highway’ – are other options.

 

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SMOKE HAZE OVER FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, health, pollution, smoke, Uncategorized by freoview on May 14, 2020

 

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I woke up to the smell of smoke early this morning and noticed there is quite a bit of haze over Fremantle, as the photo I took of of Fremantle Port shows.

We have had some amazing sunsets lately, so take advantage of the stunning weather because it will be changing after the weekend with a cold front coming in.

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SMOKE HAZE MAKES FREO SMELLING LIKE A BBQ

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, leeuwin foundation, pollution, smoke, Uncategorized by freoview on April 27, 2020

 

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It smells in Fremantle this morning as if a huge BBQ is going on somewhere, but it is smoke haze from down south, that also makes it quite hazy.

It made for a lovely photo of the SS Leeuwin II at Victoria Quay, with port cranes at North Quay in the background.

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JON SANDERS ON HIS 11TH CIRCUMNAVIGATION

Posted in city of fremantle, sailing, Uncategorized by freoview on November 3, 2019

 

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South Fremantle yachtsman Jon Sanders left Fremantle today for his 11th circumnavigation of the earth.

The 80-year-old on his 39-foot Perie Banou II yacht was accompanied by a large flotilla of pleasure craft when he did a lap of honour in Fremantle Port.

Sanders will do research for Curtin University by taking daily samples of ocean water to check them for micro-plastics.

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HAZY FREMANTLE MORNING

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, pollution, Uncategorized by freoview on May 13, 2019

 

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It’s a bit of a hazy morning in good old Freo so the perfect location to take some photos of the fog is Fremantle Port of course.

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PLASTIC FREE FISH AND SIPS A FIRST FOR FREMANTLE

 

The Fish and Sips festival at  the Coast Port Beach this weekend will be the first Fremantle festival that will be single-use plastic free.

Fremantle Council adopted the sustainable events policy in November last year. The policy excludes the provision, use, distribution or sale of single-use plastics including straws, cutlery, bottles, cups, plates, containers, bags and cling-wrap at all events produced by the City of Fremantle.

Although single-use plastics are not banned from third party events in Fremantle, the policy does encourage event organisers not to use them.  Fish and Sips wants to support that, so they’ve purchased 15,000 reusable polycarbonate and melamine cups specifically for the festival.

Coast is very aware of the beach environment they are operating in and for the Cuban club event recently they served 35,000 drinks in a day with no single-use plastic, and in this Fish and Sips event they’ll be doing similar numbers over the weekend – all of this in reusable cups.

The venue management believe it’s essential to the survival of Coast Port Beach that they’re able to use the beach and the beautiful ocean backdrop, so they are doing their part to preserve this and also blazing a trail by being the first event to do this on a large scale

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said “The impact of plastic in our environment is well documented, with some studies suggesting that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.  The fact that you can put on a large event like Fish and Sips and not use single-use plastic demonstrates there are cost effective alternatives available.”

The Fish and Sips festival is on from Friday 29 March until Sunday 31 March.

For more information visit the Coast Port Beach website.

 

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HAVE YOUR SAY ABOUT FREMANTLE PORT FREIGHT ISSUES

 

 

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The WA Westport Taskforce, established to find the best solution for the increasing port related freight and investigating if a new port will be needed in the immediate future, are doing a community survey online, so if you want to have your say click on http://www.mysaytransport.wa.gov.au/westport

Is an overflow container port needed sooner than expected, how long will North Fremantle be able to cope with increasing freight on road, is a new rail line an option, when will a new rail bridge be built, is Fremantle Port anywhere near capacity?

There are hundreds of questions and concerns about road traffic, pollution, the environment, what impact a new port might have on the health of Cockburn Sound, etc.

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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.

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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.

 

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NORTH FREMANTLE COMMUNITY NOT HAPPY WITH GROWING PORT

 

The North Fremantle community is not happy that Fremantle Council is officially supporting a continuation of a working Fremantle Port.

Ann Forma and Gerard MacGill of the North Fremantle Community Association have published a paper scrutinising facts and criticising new plans and the lack of consideration given to the impact a growing container port will have on local residents.

Forma and MacGill question why Fremantle Council have pre-empted the outcome of the Westport Taskforce by stating it wants “To retain and if possible expand this economic activity into the future, the inner harbour should be retained in the long term as an operating port.”

A Port study in 1991 already asked if the port will still be adequate in 30 years, and if not if it could be adapted or should a new port be constructed, and if so, where?

In 2005 Fremantle Ports’ preferred future was an overflow container port on an artificial island at Navel Base, south of Henderson.

The leases for DP World and Patrick’s at North Quay expire at the end of June this year, according to the NFCA report, but the preferred option of Fremantle Ports is to sign new seven-year leases with the stevedores, which would have the option of two future seven-year period extensions, so for a total of 21 years, ending in 2040.

The North Fremantle Community Association  paper states that the North Fremantle community paid a big price over the last 50 years with the ever-increasing port activities, but that the social and environmental impacts have never been properly assessed.

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The NFCA report in full here:

Fremantle Ports Container Terminal History and Future

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