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’s Councils Rabbit Shame

 

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Today I had a friend send me a picture of this dead rabbit,  they found it laying out in front of the esplanade by Henry St about lunch time. It seems councillors are still approving pindone a slow step  anticoagulant poison, leaving its digester a slow painful death?

How does council approve the use of this slow cruel death for animals?

They talk about tree canopy but approve plans to cut down old established trees

They talk about having less hard hard coverage of our city, i.e. less concrete, yet they laid concrete in the esplanade and have planned plenty more for the reserve, + on south beach park, princess park etc.

They talk about protecting our city’s heritage yet approve inappropriate developments.

They talk about not running events based on alcohol but approve them anyway.

Talk about supporting small bars yet approve 1000+ booze barns.

It just goes on and on so not surprising we see the rabbit situation.

I did a blog post on the council rabbit extermination policy a while back, triggered by an article in the West Australian.

Fremantle’s New Bunny Problem

So I did a bit of reading on the subject, the herald did a piece in 2013 on the same issue with a similar picture.

 

BUNNIES GO BYE-BYE

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Fremantle Herald

 

“RABBITS poisoned by Fremantle city council are returning to tunnels under the Carriage Café to die, their decaying corpses leaving behind a stench for patrons.

The council says it’s the café’s responsibility to remove the rotting corpses from under its expansive deck.

Kel Smith owns the iconic café and isn’t happy. He says he’s been asking the council for two months to trap the animals and never expected them to use poison in the inner city. “Baits, I believe should not be an option for health and safety reasons,” he says.

Council CEO Graeme Mackenzie says baiting using radiated oats “infused with Pindone” is approved by WA agriculture.

“Baits [were] placed along the railway reserve fence outside of readily accessible public areas,” he says. “To date, four rabbits have been collected as a result of the baiting, but the majority of rabbit warrens have been found to be underneath the Carriage Café and therefore are the responsibility of the tenant to manage.”

Mr Mackenzie says trapping has “proved costly and ineffective”.

The Herald wandered down to the cafe Friday and wrinkled its nose at the unmistakeable funk coming up from underneath the café deck.

Just to the left of the park, near Marine Terrace, a crow was feasting on the remains of a poisoned rabbit.

South Fremantle local Anne Roberts was lunching at the café last Thursday with friends when the group caught a whiff of “something dying”: “It came drifting across the park and I’m not sure where it was coming from but it was definitely something dying.”

Mr Smith describes the council’s response to his calls for it to deal with the corpses as “unsatisfactory”. One councillor made light of the issue, with Cr Rob Fittock replying in an email to Mr Smith: “Roger the Rabbit has whispered that the bunnies have taken the easy way out by not digging burrows and are living under the carriage, eating the baits while cavorting around the park at night and returning home to die. A shame to kill them but what do you do with them when you trap them?”

 So I was surprised that even though this has been reported the council has continued inflicting  such a cruel slow death for the rabbits.

Not to mention the unsightly sight of dead rabbits laying about such public spaces. The smell of rotting bodies, the rats it would attract.

Now with some reading on pindone the Agriculture Department of WA makes this comment  ” Less selective in action. Known to cause the deaths of kangaroos and bandicoots, and is toxic to a number of birds (e.g. parrots, eagles) and domestic animals (e.g. sheep, horses, cattle).”

The RSPCA says “Baiting with pindone is often recommended for rabbit control in semi-rural areas where 1080 cannot be used, but the RSPCA does not consider this as an acceptable control method as poisoned rabbits can suffer for several days prior to death.”

Pindone is an anticoagulant that kills by interfering with blood clotting, causing fatal haemorrhages. According to Trudy Sharp and Glen Saunders, scientists from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, who prepared a Model Code of Practice for the humane control of rabbits for the federal government, it takes around 10 to 14 days for rabbits to die following initial ingestion of pindone. During that time the animals bleed from the nose, mouth, eyes and anus, and pain from bleeding in internal organs, muscles and joints lasts for several days before they die. They conclude: “Because anticoagulant poisons take several days to kill, during which time they cause distress, disability and/or pain, they are considered inhumane.”

So while I see the rabbit situation must be dealt with, I don’t think having dead and dying animals laying around public areas or using this slow method is the way to go.

Fremantle’s New Bunny Problem

 

Young Fremantle girls campaign to stop rabbit-baiting at Bathers Beach

It seems Fremantle council has a new issue for its bunnies problem at the beach and esplanade areas.

I read last night of a couple of young girls who like Freo’s local bunnies and looking to have them relocated instead of poisoned/baited which I believe was suppose to happen as soon as Wednesday. As its has been approved by council

Another interesting situation humanely trapping rabbits may prove a bit of a problem and where to relocate them to as they will provide the same issues where ever they are go to.

Maybe they have become Fremantle’s version of the Quokka, cute but possibly annoying for the locals but a lovely distraction for visitors.

Personally I think rabbits are a pest but each to their own.

The only issue I have with baiting is what else goes it kill with its poisons?

Interestingly poisons came at council last month with one councilor looking to see if its possible to go back to a weed poison program instead of  their current system, which appears to be more expensive.

It’s a bit funny having the council worry about the state of the vegetation on the esplanade and the damage done by bunnies after we see the state of the esplanade from the last event they approved that closed just last week, which was also given to the users for free.

Well good luck to the 2 young ladies on their crusade

 

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

 

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