The City of Fremantle passed a local law this month, that will prohibit the release of balloons.
This local law effectively reinforces the fact that letting balloons escape into the environment is effectively littering and will attract a fine. The local law will now go to the WA parliament for final approval.
Balloons that are released are very harmful to our wildlife, marine life and our ecosystem.
Here’s a conversation I had with Jenni Seaton on Curtin Radio about it:
Beaufort Street shuts up shop as Five Bar becomes latest Mt Lawley casualty (ABC News)
There is little doubt that high streets in our urban centres are struggling at present.
High rents, competition from online shopping and suburban shopping centres, Uber Eats and paid parking are often blamed. But this challenge is not unique to Fremantle, it can be seen in Mt Lawley, Subiaco and parts of Perth too. In fact, it is a global crisis.
Experts from around the world have been tackling these issues in cities across the globe and we can learn a lot from them. For example, this story which described the transformation of the city of Mullhouse in France. Continue reading →
After five years of hard work and extensive community discussion, the Freo Alternative is now officially part of Fremantle’s Planning Scheme!
This radical evolution of the existing planning system will deliver big changes for smaller housing. It addresses changing demographics and housing needs in our community, while protecting what we love about our existing neighbourhoods.
The Freo Alternative will initially be applied to specific locations within the City of Fremantle – in sections of White Gum Valley, Hilton, O’Connor, Beaconsfield and Fremantle – that meet certain criteria regarding proximity to public transport, existing lot size and housing stock and heritage streetscapes. Continue reading →
In recent days I’ve heard many people comment about the stress they feel regarding Christmas shopping. Christmas can lead to financial stress, has huge environmental impact and can cause distress trying to find the “right” gift.
So this year, why not try giving the gift of your presence?
A few years ago I developed a game that is carefully designed to be fun and reflect the true meaning of Christmas – that is sharing time and feelings with loved ones; reminiscing, feeling love and loved and having fun and creating new memories to be cherished.Continue reading →
This home could potentially become three or four independent dwellings with some clever renovations under The Freo Alternative scheme amendment.
By moving a few walls, the spacious (200m2) family home could become two 2 bed apartments, or perhaps 3 smaller apartments. Each with its own outdoor area thanks to the large 842m2 block. The powered brick shed could be converted into another apartment, also with its own garden / courtyard. Continue reading →
Josh Byrne hosts a discussion on One Planet Commuities
As the dust from construction settles and residents prepare to move in to Australia’s first three ‘One Planet Community’ developments, the City of Fremantle and Property Council invited the proponents of each project to participate in a frank discussion about their experience.
The event, facilitated by Josh Byrne as part of the Freo Sustainable Home Expo, was attended by almost 200 people including representatives from the state’s leading planning and development authorities, local government, the development industry and local community – all keen to hear about the developers’ assessment of utilising the One Planet Living framework for their large-scale, multi-residential developments. Continue reading →