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LIVING SMART IN NORTH FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2017

 

My mates Shani and Tim are Ecoburbia and Living Smart, so here info about their North Fremantle course:

Living Smart is a 7-week course (plus an additional field trip) that will inspire you to make sustainable changes in your own home with your family.

The course is designed with the needs of participants in mind and includes topic such as Waste, Living Simply, Power, Water, Gardening . . . and more. This course is brought to you by the City of Fremantle and will be facilitated by Shani Graham and Tim Darby, the most experienced Living Smart facilitators in Australia.

The next course starts on October 19 at the North Fremantle Community Hall and will run on Thursdays.

The cost for this course is $80 which includes Living Smart membership. Concession price ($40) available for eligible card holders. For more information call Shani on 0417 941 991 or email her at ecoburbia@gmail.com

The Living Smart program is now coordinated by Be Living Smart Inc. For more about Living Smart courses see http://www.livingsmart.org.au

FREO ARCHITECT DAVID BARR STEPS UP

Posted in architecture, fremantle, home, housing, living, Uncategorized by freoview on July 12, 2017

 

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Congratulations to Fremantle architect DAVID BARR who won the LandCorp Step Up competition for sustainable medium-density housing with their ‘passive haus’ design for North Coogee.

Here the reasons why the judges believe they deserved to win:

KEY POINTS

AFFORDABLE DESIGNS
The winning design delivers a cost-effective build process, but also addresses the ongoing cost of living in the home through sustainability measures and shared facilities.

DESIGN QUALITY
Featuring an active edge, with integrated planter boxes on balconies and gold-finned window frames, a roof garden and shaded back verandah, the design offers a balance of privacy and community and will deliver an attractive, landmark development.

SUSTAINABILITY
The project will be Western Australia’s first apartment building to achieve an average 9-star NatHERS rating. It employs climate-responsive design and will be a Zero Energy building, meaning it will generate more energy than it consumes annually.

INNOVATION
The project will use a prefabricated ‘passive haus’ construction system, the first of its kind in Western Australia, which allows a rapid build process and significant savings on construction costs.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY
A PV system supported by 42kWh of energy storage will allow energy generated on-site to be used on-site, reducing peak demand by 30%.

WATER EFFICIENCY
A shared underground rainwater tank and above-code water efficiency measures are expected to reduce average water use by 60% and cut household water bills by up to $180 a year.

WASTE EFFICIENCY
Construction waste is dramatically reduced as a result of the prefabricated ‘passive haus’ system, and any waste created during the build will be recycled. The project includes space for green waste composting and a ‘swap space’ allowing residents to offer items they no longer need, but which may be useful to someone else.

CAN FREMANTLE AFFORD ONE PLANET DEVELOPMENT?

Posted in city of fremantle, development, local government, property by freoview on February 27, 2017

The sale and development of the City of Fremantle Knutsford Street depot site is a bit of a conundrum for the City as ratepayers will rightly expect the best financial return for it, especially in light of the City’s very tight financial situation.

Council wants specific sustainability outcomes under the One Planet Living Framework, but experts indicate that might have a negative impact on the value of the property.

There are additional costs involved for developers and Landcorp, and they cite the WGV sustainable development and others as examples for that.

There are questions if the property market can bear the additional costs of OPLF development and still be competitive in a very tight residential market.

It is essential that Fremantle Council is totally transparent about this with the community as we can’t really afford to lose a few million dollars for ideological reasons.

Roel Loopers

ECOBURBIA DOCO ON URBAN SOLUTIONS

Posted in ecoburbia, environment, fremantle by freoview on February 8, 2017

Fremantle’s Ecoburbia presents the movie: A Convenient Truth – Urban Solutions from 
Curbita Brazil.

 Friday February 10th.
 7pm for a 7.30 start

This inspirational documentary shows a city where urban solutions are not just theory, but a reality. The film shows innovations in the areas of transportation, recycling, social benefits (affordable housing), parks, and the great philosophy behind the successful leaders that transformed Curitiba in a model green city.

This movie will be held at Ecoburbia – 16 Livingstone Street in Beaconsfield. It is outside and it can get chilly so dress appropriately. There is seating in the garden but feel free to bring a folding chair if you are more comfy – or some pillows.

Feel free to bring you dinner from 7pm The movie will start at 7.30pm.

Please walk or come by bike. If you have to drive please park at the Primary School on Hale Road, not on Beard Street.

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FREMANTLE’S SLOW ONE PLANET PROJECTS

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, environment, parklet by freoview on January 11, 2017

A report in the West Australian yesterday that the sales of electric cars in Australia has dropped by 90 per cent made me wonder what is happening with the Fremantle solar charging station as part of the RAC electric highway.

Sales of electric vehicles in Australia have always been very low so the One Planet $ 50,000 investment by the City of Fremantle appears to be money not well spent, as only a handful of drivers would use the charger.  The charging station at the Esplanade was supposed to start early last year but I have since been told by staff that the City is looking for another location for it.

Another One Planet project, the solar parklet near the Lenny the Ox cafe at Wray Avenue, is also very slow. The last I heard from the project manager was that it would start in December last year but that has not eventuated.

Roel Loopers

HOPE FOR CULTURE AND COMPASSION IN FREMANTLE

Posted in art, artists, city of fremantle, community, creative, culture, fremantle, western australia by freoview on September 6, 2016

The monthly Fremantle Network talk at the National Hotel this evening by representatives from Core and Hot Soup, in the Queensgate building at Kings Square, reinforced for me why I like to hang out with young people, as the positive, can do, embracing change, and challenging the status quo attitude is so refreshing and inspiring to listen to.

C0-working in creative spaces creates new dialogue, new projects and removes established boundaries, it is also good for the artists to share the costs of the space and helps them to establish a broad network in all different art forms and collaborate.

They aim is to maximise cultural and community benefits and have monthly networking events. They are broke but assist each other, and seeing results pushes them to continue with the experiment.

Artists often feel unrepresented by arts organisations as there are only few artists on boards and mainly art administrators, and artists and organisations are all competing for the limited grant funding that is available.

The Praxis art cooperation of the 70s was very successful but there needs to be substantial art funding by government, because individual artists are vital for our cultural identity.

Collectives are very good and CORE got massive help from (former Councillor) Tim Grey-Smith and the City of Fremantle council and staff to be able to establish CORE and Hot Soup. Culture needs space free of commercialisation!

At Hop Soup homeless people are made welcome and they know they can sit in the cafe for hours without having to consume anything. Customers are also encouraged to pay $ 2.00 on top of the price of a coffee or sandwich so that the Hot Soup people can give a free meal or coffee to someone who can’t afford to buy it. Great initiative!

The negotiation of space is necessary and new thinking required because the creatives might only want a space for weeks or a few months and not long-term 5 year leases. That requires flexibility.

The City of Berlin in 2014 said they needed to be careful not to displace artists to increase the price of housing. Footnote: We know that that has already happened in Fremantle where artists were forced to move to cheaper suburbs or even as far away as Margaret River and Denmark.

It is very important for authorities to recognise the changing needs of art and the need to involve different interest groups. Sustainability shows us we will have to learn to live with less and co-working, collectives and cooperatives support that. We need to allow informal process to shape a civil society and that includes informal uses of space. We are pushing up to create change!

What do we do when we fill up the empty spaces (through development). Where do the artists go then? the Fremantle Mayor asked and the answer was that they would find space elsewhere, maybe in the suburbs.

I felt really invigorated after so much enthusiasm and positivity and thought on the way home that it should not be the role of government to hold on to the status quo and that we sometimes need to break the rules to create change and progress.

I also wonder what it will take to change the rather conservative art establishment in Australia where artists have little hope becoming financially successful if they are not within the commercial gallery circuit. Gallery owners will mainly show artists whose work will sell well and art curators of private and state collections are mainly bandwagon collectors who will buy what other curators already are collecting.

To be able to get a public art commission 40% of the requirements are to have previous public art experience, which means there is a lot of same-same in public art and we rarely see challenging new art.

I reckon the CORE artists and other creative collaboratives will just have to keep pushing because creativity means pushing the boundaries of establishment.

The Bathers Beach Art Precinct is crying out for something like CORE where there is a lot of activity and a deep sense of community. Heaven forbid they might break some rules and even sit on the verandas at night and have a drink and play some music, there might even be the odd one who stays there over night, adding to the night time security and activation of the area. Bring it on!

I am very happy I attended tonight’s Fremantle Network meeting as it gave me a lot of hope for the future of art, culture and compassion in Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

 

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CLASHING FREMANTLE EVENTS VERY FRUSTRATING!

Posted in art, artists, city of fremantle, community, fremantle, parking, students, transport, western australia by freoview on September 6, 2016

One of the most annoying and frustrating issues for me in Fremantle is the lack of coordination of community events, as we miss out on good ones because they happen at the same day and at the same time.

The Fremantle Network has talks every first Tuesday of each month and there is Council involvement there, so why does Councillor Jon Strachan has an event exactly at the same time today?

The Fremantle Network at 6 pm today upstairs at the National Hotel presents speakers from Core Fremantle and Hot Soup which occupy space at the Queensgate building at Kings Square. They will be talking about the role of emerging artists and students in the ecology of the city.

At the same time today at 6 pm at The Meeting Place in South Fremantle Jon Strachan will tackle the challenging topic of Sustainable Transport and Parking in Fremantle and the big picture of emerging social and transport trends in Perth.

I want to go to both events, but that is not possible, so why on earth do we not coordinate events in Fremantle better? I suggested years ago for the City of Fremantle to set up a register where people can lodge their events, so they are aware of other events that might clash with theirs.

I am always extremely keen to hear the ideas and visions of the younger generations, but am also very interested in the traffic issues in and around Fremantle. Where to go?

Roel Loopers

WHITE GUM VALLEY DEVELOPMENT PROGRESSING

Posted in city of fremantle, development, environment, housing, western australia by freoview on August 3, 2016

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The development of the former Fremantle Kim Beazley school site in White Gum Valley is going ahead well and will be an interesting new housing site there. The development is a collaboration between Landcorp and the City of Fremantle.

The Men’s Shed on the site has to be relocated and a big new shed is nearly finished at the Hilton Bowling Club.

Every time I drive past the WGV site I am disappointed that a sustainable development of this kind saw the need to clearfell the area before starting development, at a loss of nearly 100 mature trees. Trees should be relocated to make way for development and not destroyed. It takes years for trees to mature and we need to do a whole lot better to preserve them.

Roel Loopers

WHITE GUM VALLEY WINS NATIONAL PLANNING AWARD

Posted in development, fremantle, planning, western australia by freoview on May 13, 2016

The sustainable Fremantle White Gum Valley project by LandCorp, CODA and Urbis was awarded the ‘Best Planning Ideas Small Project’ at the 2016 National Awards for Planning Excellence in Queensland.

There were 15 awards giving in 13 categories and the judges said about the WGV project:
“WGV @ White Gum Valley exemplifies a unique urban infill project that was achieved through the collaboration between a developer, the local government and the community. The project is an excellent example of extending beyond current subdivisional and development practices, creating a best practice blueprint for other infill sites.
The project is exceptional for its ability to demonstrate the economic, environmental and social benefits of sustainable development. It provides a range of affordable and inclusive living options, incorporates elements of the natural environment and retains a connection with the sense of place for the existing local community. All this was achieved whilst transitioning to a contemporary urban form.
This project showcases a highly innovative and environmentally responsible approach to improving diversity of housing opportunities in urban areas, with an exciting outcome from engaging different partnerships to get the best out of sustainability at an affordable price.”

FREMANTLE GREENS LAUNCH ELECTION CAMPAIGN

Posted in fremantle, politics by freoview on April 13, 2016

 

The election campaign launch by the Greens for candidate Kate Davis for the federal seat of Fremantle at Kidogo Arthouse on Bathers Beach this evening was quite impressive, and I am not a traditional Greens voter.

After a plea for support for indigenous people by Noongar elder Rod Collar, the Greens national leader Richard di Natale spoke with sincerity and passion. He is an excellent speaker.

Richard spoke about the fact that a wealthy nation like Australia has 100,ooo homeless people and that some 7,000 will be sleeping rough tonight. One in four of them is under the age of 18. I agree with him that is not acceptable.

Di Natale also mentioned what a disappointment Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has become who does not stand up for his own values but has continued with the old Abbott policies of climate change denial, etc.

He questioned how Australia can cut foreign aid when it has proven to be the most cost effective investment we can make.

The Federal Greens leader said that Freo candidate Kate Davis is well-known for her deep commitment to green values and that his impression after spending the last three days in Fremantle is that there is a real chance the seat could be won by the Greens.

It was rather irrelevant I thought that he mentioned he had met the Labor candidate yesterday and that his impression of him was underwhelming. I don’t think anyone would have expected Richard di Natale to endorse the opposition Labor candidate, so his opinion off him is meaningless. He was nicely complimentary about MP Melissa Parke though.

I really liked the passion, sincerity and lack of spin by candidate Kate Davis who will have a real battle on her hands to snatch the seat from Labor. She was clearly touched by Aboriginal and refugees issues and told us that the other evening at a Night Hoops event from 50 Aboriginal kids there were only three who did not have a relative in prison.

Kate said we need to work better with our regional neighbours to find solutions for the refugee crisis and that we need to “Close the hell hole detention centres!”

Davis also said we need to increase funding for affordable housing and that the waiting list for a family home in Fremantle is eight years. It is time to transition to a new economy, she told the Kidogo crowd.

She said the height of what is wrong with our present economic system is that we even contemplate putting a six lane highway Perth Freight Link through the pristine Beeliar Wetlands. “We should support renewable energy projects rather than the polluting ones.”

Roel Loopers

 

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