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FREMANTLE COUNTING ITS TREES

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, nature, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on June 14, 2017

A City of Fremantle officer has been walking the nature beat for several weeks to record every tree in the city.

I had seen her around the CBD for the last few days so asked her this morning what she was doing.

It’s a pretty big task but a very good idea and the next step has to be to protect trees from being killed when new development happens.

The plane trees at Kings Square will be relocated when the development there starts and have been prepared by arborists so that they will survive the journey.

Roel Loopers

SURREAL FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2017

 

 

There is something surreal about the palm trees and containers in the industrial Fremantle Port and they create interesting photos I believe.

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TREE CONDITION NOT DUE TO CHRISTMAS

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, trees by freoview on March 21, 2017

The old Moreton Bay fig tree at Fremantle’s Kings Square in not in a great condition and arborists are monitoring it carefully.

Experts say soil contamination is to blame for it, not strangulation by the Christmas Tree wires, as alleged by the Fremantle Society.

The plane trees at Kings Square are all being prepared for relocation and are standing in a puddle of muddy water to make them stronger for the journey.

The demolition of the Queensgate building is starting in April and that will be the commencement of the Kings Square Project.

Roel Loopers

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RELOCATION OF FREO KINGS SQUARE TREES

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, nature, trees by freoview on February 27, 2017

It is quite exiting to see the first preliminary work for the Fremantle Kings Square Project with arborists working on the relocation of the seven plane trees.

Others are conducting open heart surgery on the old Moreton Bay Fig tree that is home to the Christmas tree. The tree has shown signs of distress, but that might just be old age.

No doubt the arborists will advise the City of Fremantle what is wrong with it.

Roel Loopers

 

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THE ART OF DRAWING NATURE

Posted in art, fremantle, nature by freoview on October 17, 2016

Fremantle artist Ross Potter asks the viewers of his work to contemplate their perception of nature through his new exhibition WOOD at PS Art Space, 22 Pakenham Street.

I had a look at the very impressive show in the equally impressive huge heritage warehouse space yesterday and was blown away by the detail in the large drawings.

WOOD is open till October 30 Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 4 pm. Don’t miss it!

Roel Loopers

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KIMBERLEY COMES TO NORTH FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, nature, trees by freoview on October 14, 2016

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There is a bit of competition at Stirling Highway in North Fremantle for the delightful Bruce Abbott of REPLANTS in Wray Avenue, with a new company selling boabs, grasstrees, zamias, kingias and even christmas trees.

Bruce of course has been recycling grasstrees for many years and is a real expert in that particular species.

Buy your XMas tree or boabs on-line at: http://www.margaretrivergrasstrees.com

Roel Loopers

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ROSS POTTERS’ ART REDISCOVERS NATURE

Posted in art, fremantle, nature, western australia by freoview on October 3, 2016

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My bearded hugable mate Ross Potter is holding his latest exhibition at PS Art Space at 22 Pakenham Street, Fremantle on Saturday October 15 from 6.30-9 pm.

Ross is well known in Fremantle for his delicate sketches of heritage buildings but this WOOD exhibition is all about nature instead of manmade things.

Ross has created detailed and intimate pencil drawings on cotton paper of tree branches and twigs, the largest work is a six-metre long sketch of a small twig given to him by his nephew.

The work invites us to contemplate our perception of the natural world and our relationship with the environment. The artworks give us the opportunity to look at details we often overlook and discover the tiny wonders of nature.

Roel Loopers

BIG AGENDA AT FREMANTLE COUNCIL TODAY

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, council, local government, western australia by freoview on August 24, 2016

It could be a long night at the Ordinary Council meeting of the City of Fremantle this evening as there is a substantial agenda. It will be a good opportunity to see how local government operates and hear submissions from the public gallery as well as the contemplations of our Elected Members.

The future of the Australia Day fireworks will no doubt be controversial, the outsourcing of the management of the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre should be carefully considered, the future of the Fremantle Oval precinct and a new project manager are a topic, as will be an update on the Kings Square project.

There is also an item on tree protection, which is very important and one on the WA Development Assessment Panels.

I always enjoy observing the democratic process at our Fremantle Council, so why not check it out?

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE’S GROWING GREEN LUNGS

Posted in beaches, city of fremantle, environment, nature, trees, western australia by freoview on August 1, 2016

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The wet and cold weather did not deter a committed group of Fremantle volunteers, including Mayor Brad Pettitt, COF staff and MP Josh Wilson from planting trees on Sunday at South Beach, Bathers Beach and Wilson Park for the Planet Ark National Tree Day.

It is interesting to note in that context the call by Sue Murphy, the chief executive of the WA Water Corporation, for more appropriate verges and to get away from grassed verges to conserve water.

This will not please those who believe we have a right to the Great Australian Dream of houses with large front and back gardens and grass verges. As Sue Murphy said this is not appropriate for our Perth climate and we have to become more realistic about it and plant more trees and shrubs and minimise so-called heat islands in the suburbs.

I believe any new residential development should also be required to install rainwater tanks, as the fast increasing population is a severe threat to our water supply. I hope local and state governments will legislate for that soon.

Roel Loopers

ARTY FREMANTLE WINTER PHOTO

Posted in art, fremantle, photography, trees, western autralia, winter by freoview on June 29, 2016

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A tree reflected in a big puddle after heavy rain, with a single leave floating on the surface. An arty impression of a winter day in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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