Archive from September, 2015
Sep 25, 2015 - News    3 Comments

Water recycling collaboration and innovation for Leighton Beach

splashThis 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. Read more »

Sep 23, 2015 - News    Comments Off on Green Plan 2020

Green Plan 2020

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

There is increasing research and evidence to show open and green spaces have a positive effect on community sociability, local economy and ecology. These spaces are particularly important in city urban environments, where people live, work and recreate.

Green spaces and places are important to our community and have been identified as valued assets through the Fremantle 2029 Community Visioning process as “… a City that values its environment and heritage and the protection and enhancing the natural environment, green spaces and heritage features”.

To achieve this vision, the 2020 Green Plan strategy has six focus areas to maintain and enhance green spaces, increase quality and distribution of green spaces, increasing and improving biodiversity, water efficiency and encouraging the greening of private property.

The 2020 Green Plan provides the background, rationale and framework to deliver projects and programs over the next five years.

Key initiatives and targets include:

  • Every resident and worker to be within walkable distance to public open space.
  • Progressively increase tree canopy across the city to achieve up to 20% by 2020.
  • Design adaptable open space that allows for future flexibility as the community and open space function and needs change over time.
  • Planning for future water security to identify opportunities for best available water sources for existing and new open space.
  • Develop links that increase the amount of flora/vegetation and increase habitats for native fauna and encourage their movement between green spaces and to increase and improve biodiversity areas.Key projects over the next five years include:
  • Investigation and identification for accessing public open space in the priority areas of Hilton, O’Connor, White Gum Valley and Beaconsfield.
  • Investigation and identify options to improve and/or expand public open space is proximity to future high density areas.
  • Undertaking an Urban Forest Strategy to manage and guide tree and vegetation population across the public and private realm, to increase canopy and biodiversity and to mitigate the Urban Heat Island Effect.
  • Undertaking water demand modelling to inform future fit for purpose water supply options.
  • Prepare landscape concept plans for green links and develop a biodiversity plan.The six focus area objectives and action plan is the culmination of the development of the 2020 Green Plan through the City and the Green Plan Working Group.

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Sep 15, 2015 - News    2 Comments

Can we get container trucks off Hampton Road?

A container truck on Hampton Road at rush hour

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. Read more »

Sep 7, 2015 - News    8 Comments

Innovation in small homes being investigated for Freo

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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).  Read more »