Seasonal Home and Garden Kindy Fundraiser with Josh Byrne

 

White Gum Valley’s Hazel Orme Community Kindy relies on fundraising to support all the great stuff that teachers and parents do for the kids throughout the year.

Their latest fundraising event is a pair of house and garden workshops with Josh Byrne, well-known local sustainability expert and Gardening Australia presenter.

Winter Workshop: 23rd June

The winter workshop will cover pruning and helping your garden through winter, as well as ways of keeping your home warm and cosy with less energy.

Spring Workshop: 15th September

The Spring workshop will look at planting, fertilizing and irrigation, and how to keep your home cool without relying on the air conditioner.

The venue is Josh’s House – a rare chance to visit one of Australia’s most sustainable homes – and a great suburban garden.

Proceeds from these workshops go 100% to the Kindy, with presenters and organisers all giving their time for free.

For bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/WJDQ

or contact Mark on 0481 067 265 or email hazelorme@gmail.com

 

Plastic Free July Launch Today on World Environment Day in Fremantle.

It was great to have the the Hon. Minister Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Environment to launch the 2018 Plastic Free July campaign today on World Environment Day at B.Shed in Fremantle.

With the 2018 World Environment Day theme of #BeatPlasticPollution it is timely to encourage all Western Australians to take action and be part of the solution to this growing problem.

Well done to Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and the Plastic Free July team for their great leadership on this.

Freo has proudly been at the forefront of the fight against singe use plastics with a single-use plastic bag ban advocated for many years and Fremantle will also be one of the first councils to move towards the three bin system this year to further increase our already above average recycling rates.

A Week of Trees on the Move in Freo

 

Solar Farm Business Plan out for comment

The business plan detailing the lease arrangements for the proposed South Fremantle solar farm has been released for public comment and we would love your feedback over the next 6 weeks .

The business plan provides details on issues like the financial implications of the project for the City, how the project relates to the City’s strategic plan and how the project will impact on the City’s ability to deliver facilities and services.

It’s important to note that the business plan relates to the financial aspects of the project like the terms of the lease, not planning or environmental issues, however, anyone seeking more information on the solar farm or wishing to make a comment on the environmental or planning aspects of the project can still do so on our My Say Freo website.

There has been a bit of misinformation floating around on this project, so I want to be very clear that council will not let this development proceed unless we are satisfied it is safe to do so.

The idea of developing a solar farm was endorsed by the council in 2013 on the basis that the panel structures could sit on the surface of the soil and would require little or no excavation or disturbance of the site.

In the areas where some ground disturbance is contemplated the soil will be tested beforehand for potentially hazardous material. No disturbance of the site will occur unless it is deemed safe.

In fact, we’re confident the solar farm will actually make the area safer because it will help reduce the amount of dust blowing off the site, and prevent any applications for higher impact developments of the site for the next 20 years or more.

 While we are enthusiastic about being able to make use of a site which currently has very limited practical applications, we are mindful of the need to ensure its impact is managed and the benefits for residents are maximised.

One of the great things about the solar farm is that it has the potential to provide an alternate source of green energy for community and commercial purposes.  Construction and operation of the solar farm would also mean little – if any – cost to ratepayers.”

The solar farm is a key component towards the City achieving its One Planet Strategy target of being powered by 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025.

It is proposed to be built on the former South Fremantle landfill site, which was used for waste disposal from the 1930s until 1991 and is registered as a contaminated site.

The City of Fremantle has been investigating land use and management options for the site for a very long time – since 1985.

Following an Expression of Interest process the City signed an exclusive working agreement with Australian renewable energy company Epuron in 2015. Epuron submitted a development application for the project in January this year.

Planning approval for the project was granted by the City in April, but there are a number of conditions that must be satisfied prior to development commencing.

This includes the preparation of a Site Management Plan, which must be reviewed and approved by an independent contaminated sites auditor.

The Solar Farm Business Plan is available for viewing and comment on the My Say Freo website and at the City of Fremantle’s Service and Information Desk. The public comment period closes on 21 June 2018.    

To find more information or comment on the environmental and planning aspects of the project visit the South Fremantle Solar Farm page on My Say Freo.

Fremantle moving towards three bins

The City of Fremantle is moving towards the introduction a new three bin system for household waste and recycling.

The Fremantle Council’s Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee has approved the implementation of a new Food Organic Garden Organic (FOGO) waste service and the purchase of new bins.

The committee’s approval is subject to a budget allocation by the council and the City being successful in obtaining state government funding through the Waste Authority’s Better Bins program.

The item will now go before the full council on 23 May for a final decision.

If introduced the new three bin system will include:

  • Weekly collection of a new 240 litre FOGO bin (with a lime green lid)
  • Fortnightly collection of the existing 240 litre co-mingled recycling bin (yellow lid)
  • Fortnightly collection of a new 140 litre general waste bin (red lid)

The introduction of the three bin system will be an important step towards the City meeting its One Planet Strategy target of achieving a 70 per cent community recycling rate by 2020.

The City of Fremantle is part of the larger Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC), where local governments in southern Perth work together to provide waste and recycling services for our residents.

Since 2016 we’ve been working closely with the other member councils to assess the merits of the three bin system, including a trial with 7000 homes in the City of Melville.

The results from the trial so far have been better than we expected, with the bins being used correctly and less contamination of the FOGO bins than anticipated.

The City’s current two bin system diverts about half of the community’s organic waste from landfill and converts it into low grade compost with restricted uses.

The new FOGO system will improve waste diversion from landfill and also provide a higher grade of compost, which we can then use on our parks and gardens.”

Subject to final approval, the three bin system will be introduced to more than 13,000 residential households in Fremantle in July and August next year.

The roll-out will include high-profile education program to let people know what to put in each bin and how the system will work.

Because of issues with access and space the roll-out will not include high-density areas like the city centre and some town houses, commercial properties or residential complexes with more than four units, although this will be subject to review over time.

The new system will mean the City will need to carry out an additional 400,000 bin lifts per year.

The capital cost of setting up the system – including purchasing the new bins – will be around $1.2 million, while additional ongoing operational costs will be between $250,000 and $350,000 per year.

 

Verge Garden Open Day – this Saturday, May 5th.

Fremantle green thumbs seeking inspiration on how to turn their verge into a garden oasis should get along to the City of Fremantle’s Verge Garden Open Day this Saturday.

Gardening experts will be on hand to provide tips and information on how to prepare your verge, which plants are most suitable, the best planting techniques and the ideal ways to maintain your verge garden after planting.

There will be planting demonstrations and plant giveaways throughout the day.

A food truck and coffee van will also be available and Captain Cleanup will also make a guest appearance for the young ones.

I think there are many reasons why people should consider planting a verge garden.

Verge gardens not only look great, but they also use less water, help reduce the urban heat island effect and provide a home for native wildlife, plus they’re a great way to show pride in our community and make us all feel good about where we live.

Encouraging more verge gardens is a key element of the City’s One Planet strategy, and our Greening Fremantle: Strategy 2020 has targets to develop linkages to help native animals move between the city’s green spaces, so verge gardens help with that as well.

The City of Fremantle offers and range of incentives and assistance for residents to establish a verge garden.

A new information booklet with advice and guidelines on landscaping and planting will be available at the open day and is also available online.

During the month of May Fremantle residents can download a voucher to purchase up to 40 native plants from APACE nursery at the subsidized cost of just $1.50 per plant.

The City also offers a Verge Preparation Assistance Scheme to Seniors Card and Health Care Card holders, which helps with the removal of soil, grass and vegetation on the verge and delivers free mulch.   

Find out more about our verge garden program on the Trees and Verges page on our website.

The Verge Garden Open Day is on this Saturday, 5 May, at the City of Fremantle Recycling Centre on Knutsford Street from 9am – 12 noon. 


Be involved in Freo’s Smart Cities project

RENeW Nexus is the name of the recently announced Smart Cities Project that will be running in Fremantle over the next year or so supported by Curtin Uni, Murdoch Uni, Synergy, Landcorp, Powerledger, Western Power,  the City of Fremantle, and the Australian Government through the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

RENeW Nexus is seeking City of Fremantle Residents Expression of Interest in  the project and is after residents who:

Have solar PV and/or a rainwater tank?
Want to better understand theirenergy/water consumption and generation?
Are interested in the future of smart cities?

For more information, and to register your interest now, follow the link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/renewnexus
A drop-in information session will be held on Friday 18th May 2018 between 14.30 and 18.30, location TBC
EOI will close on 25th May 2018

Contact: renew.nexus@curtin.edu.au