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EAST FREO BLOOMING JACARANDAS

Posted in city of fremantle, nature, town of east fremantle, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2019

 

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The sight of the Jacarandas blooming in George Street is one I always enjoy at the East Fremantle Festival, but I walked there on Wednesday and took some photos.

We in Fremantle will also be getting to look at the beautiful Jacarandas from late next year when they will be lining the entire Kings Square.

The George Street Festival is on again this coming Sunday all afternoon, so make sure to take part in the fun!

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TREE BEAUTY AT OLD SYNAGOGUE TAVERN

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on October 9, 2019

 

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Nice to see that trees are being used to beautify the Fremantle Old Synagogue tavern development at Parry Street.

It will be interesting to see how they’ll grow through the steel frames and intertwine.

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WHITE GUM VALLEY VERGES LOOKING GREAT

Posted in city of fremantle, entertainment, gardening, green space, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 21, 2019

 

 

Driving through White Gum Valley it looks like there is a Valley Verges project going on with many home owners planting verge gardens and even vegetable gardens.

They are assisted by the City of Fremantle’s Verge Preparation Assistance Scheme which offers free mulch and street trees, subsidised native plants and expert advise.

It’s looking great already!

Roel Loopers

HOLLIS PARK PLANTING DAY

Posted in city of fremantle, gardening, nature, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on June 27, 2019

 

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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

 

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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.

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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

 

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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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