Greens for trees | Fremantle Herald Interactive, But their actions tell another story

THE Greens are promising to double Fremantle’s tree canopy by 2040 under an “urban forest” plan. Freo council has already adopted a policy to increase the dire coverage of trees over barren streets…

Source: Greens for trees | Fremantle Herald Interactive

Where’s the Trees, where’s the Green?

 

Words are one thing all politicians are good at, action is another thing completely.

The Fremantle Council has a few greens on it and currently Fremantle has the 2nd worst hard surface amount in WA, according to the 202020, report.

Since that report was done we have seen the Esplanade Concreted over, worsening that particular situation.

We have seen the majority of these councilors; approve a plan that cut down 100+ mature trees in White Gum Valley on the Old Kim Beazley site.

They also did not demand that the developer give the necessary 10% additional open public space as is normal with these developments, instead allowed them to use the public space that was already there. So the developer could get in more small blocks adding more concrete and hard surface covering.

Then we see the Burt St development went down a similar path with council again not stipulating the required 10% open public space, again allowing more concrete more hard surface covering.

We see this council with all these Fremantle council members most of houses, driving for smaller and small blocks, higher R-codes, high density, more med high rise development, which leads to more and more trees being cut down.

Again we see the Concrete from our green council pouring into our parks so they build basketballs on park land which Fremantle already in short supply.

Most councils in the world supply similar services to their residents, sporting areas are great. What most councils with an ounce of common sense do is invest that money into areas that are run down or poorly utilized, in disrepair etc, to build these public services. Not Fremantle council they go straight for the park land and trees, pouring in the concrete.

Then we see more concrete coming down a Port beach with the new flow rider system, more open land for concrete.

We see in a report last year that over 90% of new trees planted by councils don’t make, so for even the ones that do we have to wait 2 decades to see some benefit from them. You think that would make the existing trees even more precious, well I guess not for Freo council.

So when they say they will improve the tree canopy to double by 2040, I see they didn’t make a note of what the coverage is presently, so we are clear from what point we are starting from. Otherwise just expect more of our Mayors unique smoke and mirrors, slide of hand. Also not clarified is whether, Fremantle’s means the CBD, the greater city of Fremantle, the State Electoral boundaries, or the Federal election boundaries

We have many of these councilors and mayor for a decade now, yet still our tree canopy shrinks.

So with it taking at least 20 yrs. to get a tree and its canopy established , all going well, that means  for the Greens to succeed they would have to double all the trees currently in Fremantle, have them all survive and grow above the roof line of houses to be considered a canopy.

That’s a bit hard when the greens on council are hell bent on density, which now is just clearing blocks removing everything just to squeeze as many dwellings as possible.

Then we have the Councils drive for urban rail and the route the Mayor and his team are taking that will be hundred’s more trees cut down to facilitate that.

Then we have the ever increasing amount of containers coming from the Fremantle port even if the Outer Harbour is built, and of course our council has objected to that too. Instead building the massive Lat 32 which adds 140 km2’s of hard coverage to Cockburn and destroying any tree canopy there too. So it’s hard to see how they will double tree canopy when the Fremantle Council supported policy is to build the biggest industrial park in Australia.

So actions speaking louder than words, it’s a fairly pie in the sky promise, which should have its intended action of rallying a few voters for the green cause and have its disciples sprouting the virtues of the Green Dogma, while its agents at Council, keep driving up the R-zoning clearing more trees, and laying more concrete. Going in the opposite direction of the said promise, only to blame, capitalists, Tony Abbott or conservatives about the evil ways when in fact it looks like the greens are just showing their hypocrisy yet again.

What is Urban Tree Canopy?

Urban tree canopy (UTC) is the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above. In urban areas, the UTC provides an important storm water management function by intercepting rainfall that would otherwise run off of paved surfaces and be transported into local waters though the storm drainage system, picking up various pollutants along the way. UTC also reduces the urban heat island effect, reduces heating/cooling costs, lowers air temperatures, reduces air pollution, increases property values, provides wildlife habitat, and provides aesthetic and community benefits such as improved quality of life.

Urban Bush land Council’s Mary Gray agreed that more trees were needed in metropolitan areas,,,

“Unfortunately, they tend to bulldoze the whole landscape instead of looking at what’s there and then building in amongst it.

“It seems crazy to wipe the whole lot out.”

Killing the Great Australian Dream – Limit urban sprawl, says Freo mayor Brad Pettit – The West Australian

 

 

Fremantle Council Only Green in Politics

Its quite sad that we have a Greens political driven council yet over the last 8-10 years our parks and Tree canopy and has suffered at their hands and has gotten worse across the board.

Research reveals Perth’s hottest real estate… in terms of tree canopy.

  • Fremantle has the 2nd worse Metro Tree Canopy in WA, now shown to have direct negative health issues.
  • Fremantle has the second worse hard surface covering in Australia, according to the 202020 study
  • Fremantle council has approved to concrete over parts of the esplanade reserve, replacing grass with concrete, how this suits a green plan I have no idea.
  • Fremantle council has plans to approve more buildings for Princess park, more concrete to replace grass and cutting down more mature trees.
  • Fremantle council has approved plans to build on and fence part of an A class reserve at J-Shed, turning over public space for private companies to profit off.
  • Fremantle council has more plans approved for more concrete for the esplanade reserve, maybe they should call it Fremantles grey plan, not green plan
  • Fremantle council has approved plans to concrete grass areas at south beach, again more concrete to replace grass.
  • Fremantle council approved plans to cut down 100+ mature trees at Kim Beazley, which will take decades to replace and thousands of tonnes of additional water with possibly a 30 % of trees that are planted that will not survive. Leaving this area with lost tree canopy for decades.
  • Fremantle council approved plans for the Kim Beazley site not to have the additional 10% open public space.
  • Fremantle council approved a plan for the green fill site @Burt St to ramp up zoning to over R100, with no need to supply the required 10% open public space again.
  • Plan to flatten 100’s of homes and cut down all the trees on South st to build their light rail.

So from all this, we should believe they give a damn about open public space, parks and the tree canopy of our suburbs?

I know I  have raised these points before but as council consistently says it cares about, open space, tree canopy etc, but its actions tell another story completely.

Read the article from the West above in blue, its worth reading.

Remember don’t just believe what council says but look at their actions as it tells a different story.

Since the 202020 report was done, in Fremantle hard surface has increased and tree canopy has got worse. That’s just in 2 years under a council driven by green politics. So since our mayor brad pettitt and many of the current councillors have on council, our tree canopy has got worse and hard coverage has increased, leaving Fremantle in current,  2nd worse rating in Australia.

They drive their own politic ideology not the resident’s best interests. Politics 1st people later.

 

 

What a Crock

My god what a crock, our Mayor Brad Pettitts while on his rate payer funded junket is singing the praises of a suburb in Freiburg  on their 30% green area or perhaps called open public space. Where he runs down Perth for only having a 10% requirement.

Would this be the same Mayor who drove the Kim Beazley higher density while not even applying the Perth’s petty 10%  open public space for the new development, allowing existing public space to be used to fill the requirement.

Could this be the same Mayor who drove the issue for R160 for Burt St with no requirements for open public space to be included in the new development. With councillors pointing out as the issue was raised well we do have nearby school sporting fields.

I know as I have asked these questions myself in various public forums about the lack of council requirements for additional public space in new developments.

Would this be the same mayor speaking of European green space who has actively made Fremantle’s green spaces worse with concreting over parkland with more concrete in the pipeline. The mayor who received the rating in having the city with second worse hard surface covering in Australia and its getting worse if you see the plans for South Beach and worse the Master plan which will see more hard surfaces added to the Esplanade. Even a proposed road.

The Mayor who approved a plan which led to the  cutting down of over 100+ mature trees on the Kim Beazley site going against the wishes of over 170 written submissions not to approve this destruction of a suburbs tree canopy?

So now we should be in awe because Brad flies to europe at our expense to tell us something his community has been telling him for years, but now the Germans are going it, its all cool right?

What a crock.

Even worse we see across  the suburbs in  Perth an additional 600ha of ovals and sporting fields to allow for increase in the population density, I wonder where in the world we had to fly to find that was a good idea. Well that’s not the worse part that’s all good, the bad part is it seems for Fremantle’s increase in population density we are getting bugger all of that additional lovely open green public space, sporting fields or ovals?

 

A few links below to similar issues and councils hypocrisy, where they seem to say one thing but but another way

More Council Concrete for Fremantle Parks?

Fremantle First

Residence’s Speak, When Will Fremantle Council Hear???

Inside Singapore’s ultra-futuristic inner city gardens

Comment to Roel Blog post RESIDENTS’ TSUNAMI AT FREMANTLE COUNCIL

Fremantle’s Real Problem, Too Much Politics in Council

 

Future Freo 2029 Concerns and Beyond?

space port

Plenty of Concrete

 

Recently the COF council, had the Future Freo presentation in the city chambers for general public, it was not a bad showing the reception room was 3/4 full and a bit of a different crowd from usual?

Now I take it this plan was formed from the 2029 workshops back in 2013, I attended a couple before they were cancelled. Late in 2104 a year or so after the workshops were finished, the finalized report was ready for public release. Reading it I was a little surprised as it did not reflect the meetings I had been too, I can’t recall anyone wanting a train running through the cappuccino strip, I did hear discussion back and forth about closing to cars and buses but no clear direction came out of that discussion that I saw, or heard. Not surprising it was seemingly a great document for supporting council’s current ideologies that they are driving? Surprising that, really, ok maybe not? It only cost us about $100,000.oo

I was one of many who were surprised to see the report released in December 2014 and how it resembled little of the workshops I had attended. I’m sure in the discussion we had at the workshops on increased density no residents envision things like Burts St R160 zoning proposal, in a completely inappropriate location and so close to the Fremantle Arts Centre. The area already has a parking issue, if council’s requirements for this development will be as weak as they area they have been other places in regards to parking, the problem will only be exacerbated. No requirements for open public space, for this new development, or councils plan to drive for 40m+ at McCabe St? While @2029 workshops there was a clear message of additional park space for new developments? No luck for Burt St just suck it up?

For me the concerning part of the direction is that why council is planning for light rail (a nice idea I would love to see it happen) the body (state Gov), COF council is expecting to pay for the idea, reports a week later in the press they move away from light rail to more bus oriented. You would think that if COF council was coming up with a vision it would at least be in the realms of possibility? Even labor is not promising rail for Fremantle and Freo MLA Simone McGurk was reported as being pessimistic about the vision coming to fruition. “It’s one thing to come up with ideas for how to revitalise Fremantle, but to my mind the real issue is how this is actually achieved,” she said”

It’s one thing to be on a different page but it seems COF council is at the other end of the Dewey decimal system from state government plans and more importantly budgeting, Speaking of libraries that was the other hot topic for the presentation that the Mayor caught some flack on was

UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE TO BURIED BOOKS

February 27, 2015 · by Your Herald · in News. ·

BIBLIOPHILES have declared war on plans to bury Fremantle library.

As part of its long-planned revamp of Kings Square, the council wants to put the library underground.

But critics say the plan is short-sighted and fails to harness the library’s potential as an attraction in its own right.” end quote.

It seems a few residents don’t like the idea of stairs for our library as it will be underground or maybe it’s the electrical power hungry lifts or escalators they object to and with the aging population demographics of Fremantle, it’s probably a smart comment, and I see the same issues hit the comments/letter to the Herald last week too.

Another comment raised was apart from the CBD what does this plan do for the other 90% of rate payers or so? But a question for another day perhaps, as I trying not to let these posts get to long.

Response to Roel Blog “FREO MAYOR ARGUES YES FOR AMALGAMATION”

https://freoview.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/freo-mayor-argues-yes-for-amalgamation/

My response to the blog post above.

46% of the vote in i guess all this is a little late.
Closing the doors after the horse has bolted, so to speak.

Clearly EF residents have organized themselves to run this campaign,
If they look at what Burt St is facing,
Issues like Jshed,
Poor community consultation
The concerns at McCabe St,
Concrete in our Parks,
Esplanade given away for events to use for free and rate payers picking up the restoration costs,
Simple things like rubbish collection at major sites a ongoing issue,
Inappropriate developments for areas.
100+ mature trees cut at Kim Beazley site.
Sale of city assets, i.e. parking?
R160
Empty shops
$50,000,000.00 outstanding maintenance,
Anti-car attitude
Housing diversity policy
Parking Policy
Poor anti graffiti policy or even a pro graffiti policy
Encouraging CBD begging, then moving it around or banning in certain places??????
A state government that doesn’t want to invest in Freo
No public facilities and closing existing ones in and around the CBD
i could go on,

You wonder why they are concerned??

 

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