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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.

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MOST TREES RETAINED AT HIGH STREET UPGRADE

 

MAINROADS has issued a statement concerning the preservation of trees at the Fremantle High Street Upgrade project, which I post in part below.

There is still no word if the City of Fremantle will receive land at Clontarf Hill in exchange for the loss of CoF land for the High Street Upgrade.

Since Commonwealth and State funding was received in May 2017, we have been working in partnership with the City of Fremantle to develop a concept plan that meets the key objective of improving safety on High Street, while minimising impacts to the surrounding environment – particularly established trees. These measures include:

Overall clearing footprint: There are 245 large trees in the project area between Carrington Street and Stirling

Highway. While earlier versions of this project would have required significant clearing, our final concept design retains at least 178 (or 72%) of these trees. 67 (28%) will be cleared.

Nesting hollows: No current or potential nesting hollows for black cockatoos or other species are impacted by the project.

Future potential breeding trees: 64 (of 245) trees within the project area are considered to be future potential breeding trees (there is no current evidence of breeding).

The project will retain at least 48 (75%) of these trees. 16 (25%) will be cleared.

Tuart trees: 31 trees within the project area are tuarts. We’ve changed our design to save at least 13 of these tuarts. This includes specimens close to the Fremantle Netball Centre estimated to be between 40 and 50 years old.

Design changes: The project will provide a tree-lined median between the eastbound and westbound carriageways. While providing an attractive gateway into the city, this measure allows 28 trees to be preserved.

Landscaping and Urban Design: We have developed a Landscape and Urban Design Framework and specified a high standard of urban design for the project through consultation with local stakeholders including the City of Fremantle and the local community. The detailed development of the urban design will involve a coordinated team of urban designers, landscape architects, a public artist and public arts coordinator, and will include further consultation with local stakeholders. The detailed landscaping plan comprises soft landscaping, involving extensive planting and revegetation with species appropriate to the local area. The planting work will be done by a specialist contractor in the first winter following construction completion.

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FREO’S YELLOW STREET PLANTERS BEAUTY

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, heritage, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 31, 2019

 

arty planters

 

The Lily Pilly trees in the arty yellow-striped planter boxes look quite cute but they will become a pain when they start losing fruit as the pavement will look very messy.

Nice to see in the background the work on the building of Cliff and High streets still going on after it took so long to remove the yellow foil of the Felice Varini artwork that had damaged the surface.

I have been told the planters were not put along the car park for disability access reasons, but that makes little sense when further up the road they have to ride slalom around A-signs that are randomly put on the footpath without any consideration for pedestrians, and even less for people in wheelchairs, gophers, etc.

It is time the City developed a policy of where signs can be placed, how many, etc. because it is a visual mess and a safety issue for those using the footpaths.

 

Roel Loopers

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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TREES TO BEAUTIFY UNSIGHTLY CAR PARK

 

 

Some West End residents have expressed concern about the pruning of the lovely little tree on the corner of Cliff and High streets, but it is all good because the City of Fremantle wanted to create a bit more head space and to put new benches under the tree.

The City will also put four olive trees in large square concrete boxes along the unsightly Notre Dame University car park from Cliff Street to the Chalkys cafe.

Roel Loopers

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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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FREMANTLE KINGS SQUARE UPDATE

 

ks 3

 

I really like the lightness the London plane trees have brought to Fremantle’s Kings Square, and the old wooden benched underneath them fit in well.

New plants are being put in the area where the former Moreton Bay-Christmas- fig tree was, until the Civic Centre and playground are finished and a replacement fig tree will be planted there.

Builders Pindan have put signs on the fence of the new Civic Centre, so hopefully the contract with the City of Fremantle will soon be signed and construction can start asap.

Roel Loopers

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UWA MORETON BAY FIG COLLAPSE LESSON FOR FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, health&safety, local government, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on November 20, 2018

 

UWA fig treet

 

All those people who were critical of the City of Fremantle removing some of the unhealthy Moreton Bay fig trees from Kings Square might want to learn from what happened at the University of Western Australia, where a huge branch of the iconic  86-year-old Moreton Bay ‘wedding tree’ collapsed, thankfully not injuring or killing anyone.

Imagine if this had happened while there was a wedding ceremony or wedding photos taken. Imagine Fremantle Council leaving the Christmas Tree standing and a branch collapsing onto the new planned children’s playground!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE URBAN FOREST GROWS

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, local government, nature, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on October 16, 2018

 

A media report by the City of Fremantle reports that more than 1800 trees have been planted over the past 12 months as part of the plan to create an urban forest in Fremantle.

In the last financial year a total of 714 trees were planted by the City of Fremantle on residential verges and in local parks, while another 92 were added as part of the landscaping component of City projects like pocket parks, car parks and walkways.

This follows the planting of 500 verge and park trees in the previous year, and is the result of the doubling of the City’s tree-planting budget from $60,000 to $120,000.

In addition, the City also planted 12,000 plants – including 1015 trees – in dunes, bushland and the river foreshore during nine community planting days and 21 volunteer planting days with conservation volunteers and local schools.

The City’s Urban Forest Plan forms part of the Greening Fremantle strategy 2020, which aims to progressively increase tree planting across the City to achieve at least 20 per cent canopy coverage. It stands at 13 per cent currently.

Samson had the highest tree planting numbers in 2017/18 due to the City’s targeted Greening Samson project. Mapping undertaken for the Urban Forest Plan identified Samson had some of the lowest canopy coverage in Fremantle, which meant Samson was on average two degrees hotter than nearby suburbs due to the urban heat island effect.

A total of 212 trees were planted in Samson alone, while another 299 were planted in Beaconsfield, Hilton and Fremantle, and 203 in South Fremantle, North Fremantle, White Gum Valley and O’Connor.

The species of trees planted included red flowering gums, bottlebrushes, jacarandas and tuart trees, with the varieties carefully chosen to best suit the local conditions and surroundings.

What the City of Fremantle did not mention in its media report is the number of trees that have been removed, due to new development, etc. so does anyone keep a record of that?

Roel Loopers

 

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REPORT THE FREO FACTS

 

 

It would be nice if the West Australian would get their stories about Fremantle right.

Yesterday they published a lament by Silverleaf Investments about the Woolstores shopping centre development, with a photo that was supposed to be the new development, but isn’t.

Today they report about angry locals who are upset by the removal of the Moreton Bay fig tree- Christmas tree, and claim it will be replaced with a London Plane tree, when in fact it will be replaced with another mature and healthy Moreton Bay fig.

There was lengthy community consultation about this, and it did not at all come out of the blue that the two last fig trees, which were removed yesterday, were very sick and a danger to public safety, so there is really no need for a beat-up story in our only daily newspaper.

Please facts over fiction, West Australian, you are journalists, not politicians!

Roel Loopers

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