This week Council approved a feasibility and design study for a grey water treatment and re-use system will enable us to water the existing Leighton Beach grass and vegetation using treated greywater from adjacent private developments.
This innovative collaboration, if successful, will enable the City of Fremantle to save 20,000kL of water and $37,000 a year for the reticulation of this public reserve. Continue reading
Council has approved the draft 2020 Green Plan for public advertising and community feedback over coming weeks.
The aims of the 2020 Green Plan include reaching 20% tree canopy coverage by 2020 – up from 12% today, and ensuring every resident is within 400m (walking distance) of a useable park or public open space. Continue reading
A container truck on Hampton Road at rush hour
Every day, about 220 trucks like these barrel down Hampton Road.
They thunder past homes, schools, cafes, ovals, shops and heritage buildings as they take a short cut to the Port.
Today’s container trucks are too big to be passing through our urban and residential areas so frequently.
These massive trucks make our local roads more congested, less safe and noisy. They emit diesel particulate pollution that affects nearby residents and anyone passing by. The schools on either side of Hampton Road, mean that children must play dodge with these container trucks each day on their way to and from school.
Council staff have investigated a number of traffic calming options that would deter trucks on Hampton Road, however anything we do has to allow for a 19 m freight vehicles – therefore defeating the purpose: unless we ban container freight from using this road. Continue reading
A traditional Freo cottage
The current R-Codes and Scheme does not always deliver good outcomes in our neighbourhoods. Too often we end up with developments without gardens, with excessive building bulk and overshadowing that negatively affects neighbours.
To combat this, and provide more diverse quality housing options, The Council is investigating a possible Scheme Amendment that would create more modest, affordable, sustainable homes and provide housing diversity that suits different peoples needs.
The amendment proposes:
– maximum dwelling size 120m2
– 70% open space
– 20% deep root planting zone (trees)
– minimum 5m setback at the rear
– maximum 1 car bay per dwelling
– strict design guidelines and mechanisms will apply
– streetscape policy will apply
We are taking a very cautious approach, thoroughly investigating the potential interpretations with the help of experts from the Australian Urban Design Research Centre to ensure the desired outcomes are achieved. A report on the investigation and next steps will be debated at the Special Projects Committee this Wednesday (see the SPC agenda and agenda attachments here for all the details). Continue reading