South Fremantle solar farm reaches major milestone

A proposal to build a solar farm on the former South Fremantle landfill site has taken a major step forward, with a development application being submitted to the City of Fremantle.

The solar farm, to be built and operated by Australian renewable energy company Epuron, will cover approximately 8 hectares of the 19.4 hectare landfill site on Cockburn Road and produce up to 4.9 megawatts of power.

Lodging of the development application is a significant milestone.

Through our One Planet strategy the City has a target of being powered by 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025, and the solar farm is a big part of that. The City has been investigating environmental, land use and management options for the South Fremantle tip site since 1985.

Because it’s a contaminated site we’re very limited with what we can do there, so a solar farm is a perfect use for the land until longer term remediation and development is possible.

If approved it will be the first urban solar farm of this scale in Australia.

The former South Fremantle landfill site is owned by the City of Fremantle and will be leased to Epuron to develop the project.

The City called for expressions of interest for a commercial operator to construct and operate a large-scale solar farm at the site in May 2014, and entered into an exclusive working agreement with Epuron in 2015.

Epuron has been developing large scale wind energy projects since 2003 and solar photovoltaic facilities since 2010, including a 3.1 MW project in Alice Springs and a 2 MW project at Yulara in the Northern Territory.

The development application is open for public comment until 30 March 2018 and a community information session will be held at the Fremantle Town Hall on 1 March 2018, starting at 6pm.

More information is available at the City of Fremantle’s Service and Information Desk or on the My Say Freo website.

Panels at Epuron’s solar farm at Yulara in the Northern Territory



Density by Design – WGV Net Zero Energy & Beyond

Check out the latest Density by Design video by JBA on Fremantle’s WGV as a zero net energy development – one that produces as much renewable energy as it consumes throughout the year.

I love this innovation and sustainability coming together in Freo.


Freo Recycling Centre officially open

The City of Fremantle’s new and improved Recycling Centre will be officially opened today as part of National Recycling Week.

The new centre on Montreal Street has almost doubled in size, has increased opening hours and can recycle a wider range of materials – including whitegoods, e-waste, mattresses and clean bricks and pavers.

The upgraded centre was part of the City’s commitment to boost recycling rates.

We were very proud to be awarded international certification as a one Planet Council back in 2015,

As part of our One Planet commitments we have a target to reduce waste generation by 10 per cent, and also achieve a 70 per cent recycling rate by 2020.

In its first weekend of operation we had more people go through the new recycling centre than we would normally get in a month, so it’s certainly helping us achieve that target while also offering a great service to Fremantle residents and ratepayers.

In addition to the upgraded recycling centre, the City of Fremantle has also introduced a free home collection service.

Fremantle residents aged 65 and over can contact the City to arrange the pick-up of whitegoods, mattresses and e-waste, which will be collected from their doorstep and taken away for recycling.  

For more information or to book a collection call the City on 9432 9999 or visit the Home Collection Service page on our website.

The City will be hosting an Open Day at the Recycling Centre tomorrow from 10am to 2pm, with free coffee, activities and City staff available to chat about our recycling services.   

For more information on recycling visit our Recycling Centre webpage.

Biophilic Perth invites you to an evening of Conversation and Inspiration

6pm Monday November 20th

Peter Newman, Brad Pettitt and Jana Söderlund discuss biophilic urbanism and the biophilic city vision.

Inspired by visits to our neighbour Singapore, Peter and Jana will showcase highlights and how Singapore’s vision could be adapted to Perth. Part of this is linking with the global Biophilic City network. Mayor Pettitt will provide an update on Fremantle’s initiatives towards becoming a member.

This will be followed by an opportunity to discuss, ask questions and network.

Join us in The Local Hotel, Monday 20th, 6pm – 8pm.

282 South Terrace, South Fremantle

Doors open 5.30pm



WGV has won the 2017 WA Water Sensitive Urban Design (Graham Heal) Award

WGV at White Gum Valley has won the 2017 WA Water Sensitive Urban Design (Graham Heal) award at the Australian Water Association (AWA) WA 45th Anniversary & Water Awards Dinner.

The award recognises ‘excellence in total water cycle management resulting in better on–ground water, wastewater or drainage outcomes’, highlighting Josh Byrne & Associates’ (JBA) industry leading approach to urban water management and scheme water optimisation at WGV.

WGV is a 2.2ha LandCorp ‘innovation through demonstration’ residential infill development in the Fremantle suburb of White Gum Valley showcasing precinct-scale design excellence on many levels. The project is targeting a 60% reduction in mains water use across the various housing typologies and has been endorsed by the Water Corporation Waterwise Developmentprogram.

Key water saving initiatives include a community bore irrigation supply for use in both public and private gardens, as well as lot-scale rainwater harvesting systems for toilets and washing machines. There are advanced water efficiency measures in the homes and a range of water sensitive landscaping features integrated across the development site. Smart metering of all water sources provides real-time data that will assist householders to better manage their water use and validate performance modelling assumptions used during the design of the project.

The push for setting mains water efficiency targets beyond those considered industry best practice has been led by JBA in partnership with key stakeholders including; Water Corporation, LandCorp, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), City of FremantleCRC for Water Sensitive Cities (WSC), CRC for Low Carbon Living (LCL), Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP), UDIA and JBA.

The project learnings are being shared with the wider industry through events, tours and technical publications communicated via the innovative WGV Waterwise Development Exemplar communication program. Further detail about the project can be found in the Case Study developed by the CRC for WSC.

Key Stakeholders of the Waterwise Development Exemplar. From left: Greg Claydon (Executive Director Science and Planning: Department of Water and Environmental Regulation), Steve Capewell (General Manager and Non-Executive Director: Water Corporation), Greg Ryan (Sustainability Manager: LandCorp), Dr Brad Pettitt (Mayor: City of Fremantle), Dr Josh Byrne (Director: JBA & Research Fellow : Curtin University and CRC for Low Carbon Living).

Garage Sale Trail this Weekend!

Australia’s biggest weekend of garage sales is happening around the country on Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 October 2017.

As you can see there is lots happening in Freo too.

For more info check out: 


New Expanded Freo Recycling Centre Now Open


The City of Fremantle’s improved and expanded recycling centre is open for business from tomorrow (20/10), with more capacity to recycle metal, batteries, clothes and even computers.

The revamped Montreal Street centre has an improved layout for easier access and will now be open from midday to 4pm on Fridays as well as 8am – 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

For the first time, residents will be able to drop off green waste, mattresses, slabs and pavers.

The City of Fremantle is also introducing a free home collection service for seniors.

Fremantle residents aged 65 and over will be able to contact the City to arrange the doorstep pick up of white goods, e-waste and mattresses.

The new recycling services would allow the City to achieve its goal of a 70 per cent recycling rate by 2020.

We’re all about doing the right thing for ratepayers and the environment. As part of our One Planet commitments, the City of Fremantle is supporting the community to reduce waste generation by 10 per cent against 2015 levels by 2020.

The new recycling centre and the home collection service will help us to achieve those targets and offer fantastic new services to the people of Fremantle.