Jan 25, 2016 - News    2 Comments

South Beach safe swimming zone

swimming zoneAlong with hundreds of other people, I swim between the groynes at South Beach and Little Dog Beach almost daily from September to May. Sometimes when the waves are choppy I go off course and end up some way out to sea, beyond the groynes. This doesn’t concern me, other than when there are boats nearby as I fear they wont see me between the waves.

As such, I welcome the Aquatic Use Review. I thoroughly support Fremantle Council’s initiative to make South Beach and Little Dog Beach a swimming zone, excluding all motorized vessels. I think this highly urbanized beach that caters for thousands of swimmers every day warrants this type of protection.

I am somewhat disappointed that the Department of Transport proposal includes a boat access channel in the northern end of Little Dog Beach, therefore excising 120m from the swimming zone. I hope that this proposal will be withdrawn after the public comment and review period, as it is unnecessary and will undermine the swimming zone. Read more »

Dec 6, 2015 - News    2 Comments

Stinger net for south beach?

Stingers make swimming at Fremantle’s beaches a challenge and for some people, a risk with nasty reactions, hospitalisations and scaring from stings. Personally, I find the little ones irritating and they make swimming unpleasant and the large ones are frightening and keep me out of the water altogether!

Fremantle council has been investigating options for a stinger net at South Beach to offer some protection from stingers. A proposal and budget request for a stinger net will be debated by Council this month (Wednesday 9 & 16 Dec) and I’m keen to hear what people think. Read more »

Nov 19, 2015 - News    3 Comments

Plastic free Sunset Markets

I am really proud to be working with the wonderful Georgie Adeane from the South Beach Sunset Markets to make the food market ‘plastic free’ this summer.

Georgie and I hope this initiative will be embraced by customers who will welcome her environmentally responsible approach in the sensitive South Beach environment.

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Nov 9, 2015 - News    Comments Off on For the record

For the record

For the sake of transparency, and to lay some incorrect assumptions to rest, below is the list of donations I received as part of my election campaign.  Read more »

Oct 18, 2015 - News    Comments Off on Voters speak volumes

Voters speak volumes

light houseI am truly grateful for the support of City Ward voters in yesterday’s election result.

The decisive result was once again a clear indication that this council is heading in the right direction, with Councilors Jon Strachan, Ingrid Waltham and myself all getting over 50% of the vote. It was a tighter contest in Beaconsfield with Cr Hume being returned with 40%.

Sadly, Councilor Fittock lost in North Ward. I have enjoyed working with Rob, particularly as his deputy on Planning Committee, and I wish him well in the future. I don’t know his replacement Bryn Jones, but I look forward to working with him and getting to know him over the next four years.

I also welcome Jeff McDonald to the Council for Hilton. I like him a lot already and think he’ll make an excellent contribution. It’s a shame we couldn’t also have Sam Donovan on the council who would have also done a great job.

While voter turn out was typically low, it suggests that most people are either content enough, don’t care, or don’t think it makes a difference. But I know when people want change, they vote for it and with the exception of North Ward, in this election they didn’t.

So after a long and sometimes nasty campaign, it is a relief to know that the majority of City Ward voters feel I am doing a good job. I thank everyone who put their faith in me once more and I will continue to work hard and serve you the best I can.

What I learned from voters   Read more »

Oct 5, 2015 - News    13 Comments

Sunset Arts Centre?

arts centre concertsOn Sunday, I attended the first of the free summer music series at the Fremantle Arts Centre, along with about 700 other people. I think it is a useful and important comparison, when considering the temporary use of J Shed by Sunset events.

The Freo Arts Centre has a capacity of up to 900 people in the front courtyard, where the Sunday music is held. The major concerts held on the south lawn have a capacity up to 3500 people.This is more than double the proposed capacity of the proposed venue at J Shed.

The Arts Centre is also much closer to residents and has similar parking constraints. Plus it has similar operating hours, with all events finishing by 10pm.

Sunset Events plan to attract a similar audience (aged 25+) and host similar “mature” artists like Sarah Blasko, Missy Higgins and Paul Kelly in a family friendly environment. The Freo Arts Centre does not attract significant anti social behavior problems, like those some are claiming will inevitably occur at J Shed, because it is a well-managed venue that targets more mature patrons. I expect Sunset Events to operate in a similar manner. I also note that the Arts Centre is a significant heritage building. It is not being harmed by these events. In fact it is being experienced and enjoyed by many thousands of people. Read more »

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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