Baugruppen at WGV explained

I think Baugruppen has huge potential to add affordability, sustainability and tailored innovation to medium density housing in a way that Perth has not seen before …

Cycling and the State Election. A Westcylce Summary

WestCycle has drawn together the cycling commitments of the four major political parties ahead of the Western Australian State Election. This table summarises each party’s platform for cycling.

Where possible, we have used the party’s own words to describe their commitment.

“Life After Coal”; North Freo Forum.

Energy, from coal to renewables, has been a topic of hot conversation around the nation this week and in North Fremantle this week it continues with Professor Peter Droege from the University of Liechtenstein speaking on “ Life After Coal – International Examples Of Post Coal Prosperity And Lessons For Collie WA”

This forum will explore international examples where regional centers that have relied on fossil fuel industries have been renewed and revitalised through a transition to renewable energy.

Learnings from one of the world’s leading experts on planning and infrastructure development for renewable energy will be combined with local knowledge and research to explore the potential and pathway for a renewable energy transition in Collie in Western Australia.

Event Details

Thursday 16 February 6pm – 8pm

North Fremantle Community Hall, 2 Thompson Rd, North Fremantle


ABOUT Professor Peter Droege

Prof Peter Droege and the Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development pursue post carbon regions with local communities and regional governments. Peter is in Perth to share insight into his current initiative of devising structural change in one of Europe’s largest brown coal mining regions, drawing encouragement and insight from similar developments elsewhere. The obvious need and opportunity for Collie to make a similar journey will be the focus for discussion.

Peter Droege has been an academic in Australia (Newcastle and Sydney universities), America (MIT), Japan (Uni of Tokyo) and now at University of Liechtenstein. He has books on The Renewable City (2006), Urban Energy Transition (2008), 100% Renewable (2012) and has been a powerful leader of academic and policy-based research on how cities and regions can create good economic outcomes by moving to renewables.

Sustainable Energy Now (SEN)

Western Australian research and advocacy group SEN has developed a ground-breaking model to examine pathways and opportunities for renewable energy uptake in the Southwest Interconnected System. Ben Rose from SEN will present some recent findings from this model, with a focus on jobs and economic development opportunities for Collie over the next decade.

Is the Transition towards 100% Renewable Energy Possible?

As part of World Renewable Energy Congress XVI Conference at Murdoch University you are invited:

FREE Expert Seminar on the challenges and possibilities of the transition towards a 100% renewable energy society.

Presentations by experts followed by a Q&A session

  • MC: Hamish Jolly – local entrepreneur, Director Biogass Renewables Ltd.


  • Prof Ray Wills, Managing Director, Future Smart Strategies, Perth
  • Prof Ali Sayigh, Director General, World Renewable Energy Network.
  • Dr David Renne, President International Solar Energy Society, USA.
  • Prof Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University.

Sunday, 5 February 2017 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Victoria Hall, 179 High Street, Fremantle


Liv Apartments on journey to achieve One Planet Living certification


Good to see the Liv Apartments now under construction in the East End precinct (opposite Heirloom)  will be the first apartment development in WA to sign up to the world’s leading green communities framework

Liv Apartments is the first apartment development in Western Australia to be registered in the One Planet Living (OPL) program, helping keep Fremantle on track as global trailblazers in sustainable living.  The City of Fremantle was only the second city in the world to achieve recognition as a One Planet City in September 2014. If successful, Liv Apartments would be only the fifth endorsed One Planet Community in Australia and one of fewer than 20 worldwide.

For those of you that haven’t heard of it before, OPL is a sustainability measure with a vision of a world in which people enjoy happy, healthy lives utilising their fair share of the earth’s resources, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness. The OPL Framework is based on ten principles covering areas such as carbon, waste, transport, food and water. Bioregional Australia Foundation manages the OPL certification in Australia.

All 166 units comprising Liv Apartments will feature environmental, energy and water saving initiatives intended to reduce household bills and energy consumption. These include solar panels, edible gardens, landscape irrigation, a waste reduction strategy, energy saving ceiling fans and public plaza space with lawn.

See the Liv Apartments website at  to find out more.


Freo a finalist in 2016 Banksia Sustainability Awards

Great to see Fremantle recognised as a finalist in a couple of categories in the prestigious 2016 Banksia Sustainability Awards that will be announced in Sydney next month.

WGV by LandCorp (in partnership with City of Fremantle and Josh Byrne & Associates) is a finalist in the BANKSIA SMART AWARD:

When the site of the former Kim Beasley (special) school in White Gum Valley, near Fremantle in Western Australia, was purchased by WA’s land and development agency, LandCorp, the previous planning indicated a low density, high energy and water consuming, typical WA development. Instead, LandCorp worked with the local community, City of Fremantle, and Josh Byrne & Associates, to create an ‘Innovation through Demonstration’ project that would be a test bed for a host of innovative ideas for urban infill, while creating a desirable place to live for future residents and a place that would benefit the existing local community.


The City of Fremantle is a finalist in the BANKSIA SUSTAINABLE CITIES AWARD.

The City of Fremantle was officially recognised as an international sustainability leader following its endorsement as the world’s second One Planet City by global sustainability organisation Bioregional. Announced at the City’s One Planet Fest-a-Con in October 2015, a three-week festival celebrating local sustainable culture and achievements, the international accreditation acknowledges Fremantle’s progress towards a ‘One Planet’ lifestyle that has been supported by council, local residents and the business community. The international certification is a significant achievement that measured sustainability actions and strategies against the ten principles of One Planet Living and Common International Targets used for the One Planet Councils Program. The international accreditation is confirmation that the City’s efforts are not only effective at a local level but are recognised as being world best practice. The City is one of only four local governments in the world to be officially certified as a One Planet Council – recognition which is reserved for exemplary regions who are leading the charge on sustainable living. The way the City has embedded the One Planet Living framework into its operations and vision demonstrates its desire to help put the world on a path to a sustainable future and is why Fremantle has been a leader in sustainability for many years. The City of Fremantle qualified as a One Planet Council at a national level in 2014, achieving International Leadership status in the lead-up to international accreditation. The City was also named WA’s first carbon neutral council in 2009.

There are some impressive other entries from all around the country. Well done to all for getting this far. For more details see:



Garage Sale Trail is Australia’s big day of GOOD STUFF with over 10,000 garage sales happening around the country on Saturday 22 October 2016. Freo as you can see from map below has lots happening.
Now in its sixth year, Garage Sale Trail, is a free, council-powered day of garage sales that attracts over 300 000  bargain-loving shoppers  nationally.  With over 2 million pre-loved treasures expected to be up for sale for many its Australia’s national day of haggling.

The day exists to do more than help people sell  their unwanted stuff and hone the skills of bargain hunters. The simple act of buying and selling at a garage sale does a whole lot of ‘good stuff’ beyond making extra cash and finding treasure. It’s a simple way to bring communities together, reuse and rethink the idea of what waste really is… while having an excuse to get dressed up, bake and barbeque.

The magic happens  with funny sale names, hand-made signs and incentives to lure people to garage sales that would make Richard Branson proud. Not to mention what gets listed for sale…

What started as an idea in one suburb has now grown to a national day. Last year the Garage Sale Trail was adopted by local councils in the UK and the Aussie institution that is the garage sale was embraced by our British cousins. Jolly good show…

Get on to a good thing, put Saturday 22 October 2016 in your calendar and register now, it’s completely FREE with thanks to the councils of Australia who make it happen.

Learn more about the Good Stuff.  Get Involved – Host A Sale or Shop The Trail