Fremantle’s Green Plan Dying with its Trees


Not so long ago the COF had a Green plan review workshop, where the community got to come along and have some feedback on what was important to them for Fremantle in regards to the city Revised Green Plan.

All in all lots of good comments and feedback, more parks where there’s none, more tree canopy, less hard surfaces, no more concrete in our parks. etc etc.

I also brought up the issues of tree plantings in the suburbs and the damage that was being done in the way they are watered, which of course developing trees need.

I took this photo to the meeting to show what I meant, as the water is washing away the top soil leaving the roots exposed and blasting away the ring of mulch that’s there to contain the water and protect the new delicate roots and topsoil.


From this we can see,

  1. The topsoil is washed away exposing the roots
  2. The mulch ring is also washed away and the water is running the verge not watering the tree that needs it.
  3. The upper plant is dying and the roots further down have sent up new shoots which also die off quickly.
  4. Strangely enough the council is watering the lawn better here than the esplanade.

This has killed 3 of the new trees on my block over the last couple of months, 2 have been replaced this week, strangely leaving the 3rd dead one.

So some of these trees have been replaced 4 times now and we still don’t have much more growth than we started with 5 years ago.

Not to mention the cost of the tree, the man power to plant them, the cost of watering only to kill them and then to repeat the cycle.

Planting 7 and killing off 3 is not a great ratio of success.

Considering the loss of over 100 mature trees at Kim Beazley site due to council’s approval and the plans to resurrect the canopy, if this going to be their MO and success rate it doesn’t stand much of a chance of getting a green canopy back in the 30 or 40 years.

Here is what the cnr of Yalgoo and Hope use to look like.

A quote from Greg Moore “Mature trees are significant assets to our environment and society, regardless of where they occur or whether they are native or exotic. A great deal of effort has gone into managing, conserving and preserving these trees. Considerable human effort and time has been expended on the trees, as well as a great deal of real energy in the form of fossils fuels that has underpinned their maintenance. There has also been significant water resource allocated to their growth and development. They are community assets in every sense of the word — society has invested resources in their establishment and management, and they have matured as assets and are now returning great and diverse benefits (Moore 1997) to society in return” So it like at the Kim Beazley site they have lost 100 hundred years of canopy growth.

Fremantle already has the 2nd worse hard cover record in Australia (202020) and it’s getting worse, with plans to concrete parts of South beach miles more concrete coming for the esplanade with hard surface courts and paths everywhere, the heat sink of Fremantle just steadily increases.

One would think that a supposedly green council would want to lessen the global warning rate not exacerbate it? By destroying tree canopies, not including open public space in green fill (Burt st) and concreting over park lands.

All in all you wonder what’s green about it the plan at all, maybe they can include some green tint in the next batch of concrete.

Fremantle’s Councils Perceived Anti-Car Stance

anti car freo

Here is really another opportunity to solve Brads concern on the concrete jungle that car parks,  roads etc will bring destruction to Australian culture as we know it. (Still haven’t figured out why its a concerns to him, as he is/has approving  concrete to be poured in to our parks). So with a bit of vision instead of the heading, –  Parking, ‘will cover Perth in concrete” It could read Parking, “Could Cover Perth in Parks, Gardens and Grass”

Anyway we know from history that gardens on buildings and terraces have been around for thousands of years (roof top gardens) Over the years i have heard lots of chat about greening our city all i have seen so far is some mozzie breeding pots scattered around the city looking like chopped rain water tanks. Roof tops gardens its old hat, nothing new.

So from history we can see back to the ziggurats of ancient Mesopotamia,Villa of the Mysteries from Pompeii, the hanging gardens of Babylon. The ancient city of Fustat had buildings up to 14 stories with roof top gardens and automated water wheels, for the plants and people. Anyway the point is that all these concrete buildings, car parks, that Brad is concerned about, could or should have their roofs tops as open green spaces, look at Rockerfeller building. Today with all the modern and adapted techniques, of Hydroponic, Aeroponics, Aquaponics, pumps, etc its all quite easy.


 Recently i have read that Hamburg, Germany have the Hamburger Deckel project which will bury the operating A7 Autobahn under parks, garden, reuniting divided suburbs, so instead of the wall coming down in this case German unity, is by burying the freeway.

Imagine that on the upgrades for high st, park lands, gardens, pedestrian ways, more homes, and a freeway running underneath. So from the evil car rises a phoenix of opportunity.

Possibly why the Germans are at the forefront of activated urban, livable, environment, instead of shifting around pot plants.

So there the automobile, its road, car parking, present an opportunity, here its a obstacle, to be driven out, the car is not really the problem, just the way it is looked at or used.


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