Carbon Neutrality and tackling climate change

The City of Fremantle was one of the first local governments in Australia to take action to reduce carbon emissions and promote renewable energy.

When the City first started taking serious action to reduce our carbon footprint in 2009 installing a large-scale solar PV system was complicated and expensive. 

At the time the council made a very rational decision to invest in carbon offsets in the short term to reduce our carbon footprint, while also putting money aside in a Renewable Energy Investment Reserve for future investment in renewable technology.

The carbon offsets the City has purchased have been used to support a range of projects, including the planting of approximately 150,000 trees on degraded farmland in the West Australian Wheatbelt. Continue reading

Fremantle’s Economic Development position and strategy

FomoFreo – coming soon…

A very interesting agenda item is coming to the FPOL committee this week. The Economic Development Strategy, developed in 2015, is coming to an end and it is an opportunity to review and reset the strategy.

Below is an interesting excerpt from the report, which outlines the wider economic climate, and the specific conditions, successes and challenges in Fremantle.

I have been thinking for some time about what new employment opportunities and economic drivers are growth opportunities for Fremantle? Hospitality and tourism are obvious. Arts, culture, education and the creative / knowledge sectors as well as the maritime industry are also a natural fit. Do you have any other ideas?

Take a look at the background information below and feel free to leave a comment with your economic development ideas for Fremantle. And while you’re at it, make sure you shop local and support our local economy during these challenging times.  Continue reading

Budget snapshot for City Ward

The 2019/20 budget was approved by Council last week, with major investment in CBD renewal while managing to keep rate rises low.

Total budget expenditure is $130.1 million, including $56.6 million in capital expenditure and a small cash surplus of $30,000.

The 1.8 per cent rate increase is the second lowest rate increase since 2000 and aligns with the Local Government Cost Index prepared by the WA Local Government Association, which takes into account CPI and more specific costs like electricity and street lighting, which have gone up by 5.8 per cent in the past year.

The budget includes the following projects in City Ward: Continue reading