The Freo Network debates: “Is Democracy in Crisis?”

This month we take politics out of the pub and into a very serious forum to discuss if democracy is failing us (or perhaps working very well?) with local political players including Josh Wilson MP and Ben Morton MP and political reporter Jane Marwick.

The Fremantle Network and the Notre Dame Labor and Liberal clubs invite you to join them in a conversation: Is Democracy in Crisis?

Since 2010 Australia has seen five changes of Prime Minister, with each change involving alarming levels of angry disunity within our major parties. Worldwide, we see voters becoming disenchanted with the democratic process, either refusing to be involved or voting for populist and extremist leaders.

Is our Democracy in crisis? Why are citizens reporting low levels of trust in political leaders and the system itself? And how can we restore our democracy to good health?

The Fremantle Network and Notre Dame University Politics students invite you to join them for a conversation about the problems facing our Democracy and possible solutions.

With special guests: 
Ben Morton, Liberal Party MP for Tangney
Josh Wilson, Labor Party MP for Fremantle
Jane Marwick, political journalist 

Tuesday 30th October, 7.00pm to 8.30pm 
Santa Maria Lecture Theatre
Notre Dame University

13 Mouat Street Fremantle

Fremantle’s Ride to Work Breakfast October 17th

Ride on down to Pioneer Park next Wednesday 17 October for the City of Fremantle’s Ride to Work Breakfast and celebrate everything great about cycling in Fremantle.

The experts from Mercer Cycles will be on hand to do the once over on your favourite ride while you check out the demo bikes and info stands. Fremantle Tours will also be running mini tours of the heritage listed West End.

Two Queens Street Food and The Black Truffle will ensure that all your breakfast and coffee needs are met to keep you cycling throughout the day.

Where: Pioneer Park, Market St Fremantle (opposite the Train Station)
When: Wednesday 17 October
Time: 7.00 – 9.00am

 

To RSVP head to Eventbrite

Strawberry Sunday Festival in Freo

Fremantle will become strawberry central this Sunday 23rd September in a show of support for WA strawberry growers.

25,000 punnets of local strawberries will be delivered to restaurants and cafes along the Cappuccino Strip, who will be encouraged to create strawberry-inspired dishes and give away strawberries to customers. There will also be family-friendly events including face painting, live music and more.

Strawberry Sunday will run from 12 noon to 3pm.

Politics in the Pub: Is Fremantle really walk-friendly?

The Fremantle Network’s monthly Politics in the Pub aims to combine the enjoyment of the convivial pub experience with energetic political discussion.

The topic for Tuesday September 25th: Is Fremantle really walk-friendly?

Most people agree that a city should be designed to be attractive and welcoming to pedestrians. Does Fremantle achieve this? A more walk- friendly design may also have negative consequences, for example by increasing, traffic congestion or removing car parking away from business. Does a walk friendly city mean a better city?
Guest presenters:

  • Martin Spencer, Urban and Transport Planner
  • Annie Matan, CUSP
  • Olwyn Williams, Fremantle Chamber of Commerce

Join us to debate these questions in a casual pub environment at The Local Hotel, 282 South Terrace, from 6.30pm on Tuesday September 25th.

A Little White Gum Valley House Opens for Sustainable House Day

Today we opened up our White Gum Valley House for Sustainable House Day tours. Given they were all booked out I thought it be worth sharing the tour online with this little photo essay. Enjoy.

When I bought my house, a 1950’s fibro house in 2004 I suspect it might have been one of the last houses in White Gum Valley for under $300k  But it was all I could afford but I was very happy to have a home of my own even if all of the backyard was paved over and the inside walls were full of holes and the ceiling were barely holding up.

It was in such poor condition that even the real estate ad said “Only for the Brave”!  While many would have seen it as a ‘knock down job’ I was keen to see how it could be sustainably adapted.

I wanted to retain as much or original fabric from 1950s house as possible. With this reuse in mind, this modest house underwent a rather drawn out retrofit using the solid timber bones of the existing structure to create a much more liveable home.

There are some good reasons for this. For example the energy inherent in the material and construction of a typical older house has been said to contains the energy equivalent to 15,000 litres of petrol which is enough to send a car round the world five times, or half way the distance to the moon!

This approach was also within my budget!

Passive solar principles under pinned the design. Key to this was moving the living areas to the north side of the house and expanding them with a semi-enclosed, passive solar front deck. The north facing deck is designed for maximum northern sun in the winter but providing summer shading. The deck was bigger than originally planned and at 68m2 almost as big as the modest 90m2 house.

We also installed louvers for cross ventilation to make the most of the Fremantle Doctor afternoon sea breeze.

Double glazed windows were installed on East and West side and smart was used E-Glass throughout

We added thermal and acoustic insulation in walls, floors and ceilings

The house performs reasonable well now and doesn’t need air-conditioning most days of the year, ceiling fans inside and out do the trick.

In addition to the passive solar elements, it has 2.2kw of solar PV and evacuated tube solar hot water to keep energy bills low. In fact the house is normally in credit for electricity

The house is also part of the Renew Nexus energy trading project that will enable trading of renewable energy across Fremantle

Materials, where possible, were recycled into the revamped dwelling including:

  • Front paving created from left of wine cellar cores
  • Back paving from original garden retaining walls
  • Deck made from recycled jarrah.
  • Gate posts from recycled timber from the former backyard
  • Side gate doors are recycled from the old toilet and laundry doors to the original house
  • Current bathroom window is formally the old kitchen window that was relocated
  • Outdoor tables are made from the pallets from veranda panelling and deck floorboard offcuts
  • Deck lighting feature is from wood off cuts from building

Finally we wanted more garden including more fruit and vegetables so we pulled up most of the drive way to create more green space.

Our little house is no sustainability masterpiece. It will never be on Grand Designs but through some cost-effective choices aimed at reducing our energy and water use and creating more green space we have created a home that is both more liveable and more sustainable.

Finally a big thanks to Greg and Rachel and everyone who volunteered their time to make Sustainable House Day in Fremantle such a huge success.

Come meet some Sustainable Tradies

Come in with your plans, ideas, projects or problems for an opportunity to ask questions, learn and get in touch with experts who can help you to live more sustainably.

 

A range of sustainability experts, tradespeople and professional services will be on hand to help you progress your project for example:

– Solar passive design

– Low impact, low toxicity construction

– Learn to reduce your impact in how you live

– Sustainable repairs, restorations & renovations

– Native, eco urban, Mediterranean, vegetable & verge gardens

– Chook pens, compost beds, garden beds & worm farms

– Reticulation, water ponds & grey water systems

– Building from waste with style

 

Grab a coffee from a nearby cafe and come and chat with our experts in sustainable housing solutions and innovations.

10am – 1pm Saturday, High Street Mall Fremantle

This is a free event Register here to attend

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sustainable-tradies-meet-up-tickets-49325657369

Freo Sustainable Home Expo 13 – 16 September

IF you are interested in sustainable housing then Freo is the place to be in September. As part of Sustainable House Day 2018, the Fremantle Network has teamed up with the Alternative Technology Association to deliver a series of informative events and exhibitions, in collaboration with the City of Fremantle.

People with an interest in sustainable housing can visit the Freo Sustainable Home Expo in the High Street Mall, which will feature:

Grand Designs Freo Exhibition

An exhibition showcasing architectural drawings, 3D renders and photo of exceptional homes, designed or built for sustainability locally. Come and be inspired by some of the most beautiful, creative or cleverly designed homes and housing developments in and around Fremantle.

13 – 16 September in the High Street Mall, Fremantle.

12pm – 5pm Thursday – Friday and 10am – 4pm Saturday – Sunday

 

One Planet Community Developments

4.30pm, Thursday 13 September at Liv Apartments, Fremantle.

A panel discussion, hosted by ABC TV’s Josh Byrne, that will feature insights from three of Fremantle’s One Planet Community developments. These large scale housing developments have incorporated significant measures to deliver more a sustainable and socially connected developments utilising the One Planet principals.Find out how and why they did a One Planet Community development, and if it was worthwhile.

Refreshments and networking will follow.

The Panel discussion will feature:

  • Liv Apartments by DHA – Cade Taylor, Senior Development Manager
  • Evermore by Yolk Property – Pete Adams, Director
  • WGV by Landcorp – Warren Phillips, Senior Development Director

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/one-planet-community-developments-panel-discussion-tickets-49371178524

 

Sustainability Show Offs!

6pm, Friday 14 September in the High Street Mall, Fremantle.

Get a quick fix of sustainability with this Pecha Kucha inspired event.

Ten local home owners and architects will showcase their sustainable home project in a series of rapid fire presentations (20 slides with 20 seconds to speak on each slide).

Presenters include Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, who will talk about his own sustainable home renovation, Dimitri Kapetas from EHDO architecture will present the exciting Nightingale project, Rachel Pemberton will present about Ecoburbia, plus get a sneak preview about some of the homes that will be open for Sustainable House Day on 16 September.

Join us for a drink to celebrate the launch of Fremantle’s Sustainable House Day 2018!

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sustainability-show-offs-tickets-49325573117

 

Sustainable Tradies Meet Up 

10am – 2pm Saturday 15 September in the High Street Mall, Fremantle.

Come in with your plans, ideas, projects or problems for an opportunity to ask questions, learn and get in touch with experts who can help you to live more sustainably.

We have a range of sustainability experts, tradespeople and professional services on hand to help you progress your project for example:

  • Solar passive design
  • Low impact, low toxicity construction
  • Learn to reduce your impact in how you live
  • Sustainable repairs, restorations & renovations
  • Native, eco urban, vegetable & verge gardens
  • Chook pens, compost beds, garden beds & worm farms
  • Reticulation, water ponds & grey water systems

Grab a coffee from a nearby cafe and come and chat with our experts in sustainable housing solutions and innovations.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sustainable-tradies-meet-up-tickets-49325657369