Waste and Recycling in Freo over the Christmas Break

I have had a few questions about Christmas waste and recycling in Fremantle.

Monday (today’s) waste collection will remain the same. Tuesday to Thursday collections will be collected one day later over the Christmas/new year fortnight (i.e. bins normally collected on a Tuesday will be collected on Wednesday etc).

The Montreal Street recycling centre will also be open the usual hours this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday if your recycling bin is overflowing post-Christmas.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and New Year.  I hope you have a lovely, relaxing break.


Old council building off to the recycling yard

The demolition of the City of Fremantle’s old administration building in Kings Square is now complete, with 95 per cent of the building’s materials recovered for recycling.

A total of 6443 tonnes of material was removed from the site, including 5841 tonnes of bricks and concrete, 294 tonnes of steel and 83 tonnes of general waste.

Our aim is for its new administration building to be one of the most sustainable buildings of its size in Australia, so recycling the materials from the old building was a great start.

As a One Planet council we are committed reducing waste and encouraging recycling in everything we do – and that includes recycling almost an entire building.

The bricks and concrete from our old building will be crushed and recycled as road base or drainage materials, while the steel will be recycled and used in the manufacture of new steel products.

Our target is for the new building to be zero carbon, so it will have a sophisticated automated opening façade system designed to capture Fremantle’s famous sea breezes and enable natural ventilation for most of the year.

It will have high-performance, well-shaded windows to minimise heat loss during cooler periods and minimise heat gain in summer, as well as other sustainability features like a solar PV system, energy-efficient LED lighting and water saving appliances.”

The demolition of the old administration building was carried out by experienced demolition contractor Delta Pty Ltd.

While the bulk of the project was carried out using heavy machinery, sections of the building connected to the historic Fremantle Town Hall were taken down by hand.

Scaffolding was erected to protect the Town Hall during demolition and noise, dust and vibration monitoring was conducted throughout the demolition process.

The project also included the removal of 224 tonnes of asbestos.

Strict environmental management controls, including airborne control sampling, were in place during the asbestos removal.

The old building was removed to make way for the City’s new civic, administration and library building.

The new building, designed by the world-renowned Kerry Hill Architects, is a key component of the broader $270 million Kings Square Renewal project – a joint initiative between the City and Sirona Capital.

Last month Pindan Constructions was selected as the City’s preferred contractor for the project, with the awarding of the contract now subject to final negotiations.

If those negotiations are successfully concluded construction is expected to start early next year.

For more information on the Kings Square Renewal project visit the Kings Square Fremantle website.

To watch a time-lapse video of the demolition of the old building click here.

Want to use locally produced renewable energy with your own solar PV?

The RENeW Nexus project is looking for residents who do NOT have their own renewable energy or alternative water systems to be part of the ground breaking renewable energy trading program.

This project will assess, in the City of Fremantle, how cities of the future can use combined data and blockchain technology to integrate distributed energy and water systems infrastructure.

The project has lots of “prosumers” those who have renewable energy that can be exported and shared but is still looking for a few more “consumers” who don’t have their own renewable energy.

So you are interested in been involved and buying locally produced renewable energy at a potentially reduced cost then please contact renew.nexus@curtin.edu.au

RENeW Nexus supported and funded by the Australian Government through the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

The project partners include Curtin University, Power Ledger, City of Fremantle, Murdoch University, Western Power, Synergy, Water Corporation and LandCorp.

Last “From the council chambers” for 2018

Fremantle welcomes Westport Taskforce progress report

It was good to see the release of the Westport Taskforce’s first progress report yesterday.

The taskforce was established by the state government last year to provide guidance on the planning, development and growth of the inner harbour at Fremantle, the future outer harbour at Kwinana and opportunities to expand the Port of Bunbury.

I am pleased the strategic options identified by the taskforce for further investigation included retaining Fremantle’s inner harbour as a working container port.

As well as the employment and activity associated with the operations of the inner harbour being a critical component of the Fremantle region’s economy, the fact that Fremantle is a working port is central to our identity as a city.

Earlier this year the Fremantle Council reaffirmed its position that container handling should be maintained at North Quay, provided the associated land side transport arrangements have no greater impact on the local community than current port operations.

To achieve this, the council considers the viable level of operations is likely to be in the range of 700,000 to 1 million container units per year.

The council is also strongly of the view that Victoria Quay should also be progressively developed for community, tourism and commercial uses – in particular with improved facilities for cruise ship passengers.

I look forward to continuing our constructive discussions with the state government to progress this development.”

Among the strategic options for container facilities identified by the Westport Taskforce were optimising Fremantle and transitioning containers to Kwinana over time, optimising Fremantle and transitioning containers to Bunbury over time, having containers in Fremantle and Kwinana or Bunbury for the long term or retaining Fremantle as WA’s only container port.  

Public feedback on the progress report can be provided until 21 January 2019.

From Freo to Annapolis…

For those of you that missed this article in the Weekend West on Gavin Buckley Mayor of Annapolis it is worth a read.

It was also good to see that Freo is a bit of an inspiration:

“The reason I ran is for change. A lot of people get into office because they have an agenda. My agenda is I just want to live in the coolest city. There’s some great things happening in Fremantle, I’m like: We could do some things that are happening there. Skate parks in the middle of the city, good public art. They embrace that stuff, whereas we’re a little bit reserved.”





Carols by Candlelight at Freo Oval this Sunday

WA’s best loved jazz outfit is returning to Fremantle this Sunday for a Christmas Carols by Candlelight spectacular.

The Libby Hammer Quintet will be joined by The Arcadian Voices in a festive sing-along at Fremantle Oval.

Join in the Christmas spirit from 5pm and enjoy free children’s activities and entertainment throughout the evening.

Pack a picnic or indulge in the delicious food on offer from vendors at the oval, who will be trading from 5pm.

For more information about Carols by Candlelight visit the What’s On page on the City of Fremantle website.

Fremantle is WA’s best open air Christmas shopping experience, with a diverse range of shops to find the perfect gifts for all, plus a host of places to relax and unwind after a successful shopping expedition.

Two more prizes of $500 to spend in your favourite shop in Fremantle are up for grabs this week in the City of Fremantle’s #shopFREO Christmas competition.

Just ask for the unique code word when you spend $20 or more in a participating store, then head to the #shopFREO page on the Fremantle Story website to enter. Prizes are drawn each Friday until 21 December.

Free Parking Santa and his elves are back in Freo for their annual visit from the North Pole.

They’ll be appearing on Mondays through to Thursdays right up until Christmas looking for happy shoppers and paying for their parking. Check the City’s Facebook page for locations all through December.

For more information about what’s happening in Freo this Christmas visit the Fremantle story website.