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South Fremantle Solar Farm

The City of Fremantle is hoping to develop a large-scale solar farm at the landfill site adjacent to South Beach Estate in South Fremantle. The City of Fremantle has had an exclusive working agreement with Australian-based company Epuron since 2015. Since then Epuron has progressed environmental and other regulatory approvals for the solar farm, which would be fully funded by Epuron. Once development approvals and an agreed lease (of 20 -25 years) is in place construction will commence with the solar farm operational by late 2018 or early 2019.

The proposed site for the Solar Farm was operated by the City of Fremantle as landfill between the 1930s and the 1990s. During that period uncontrolled fill included domestic, industrial and likely quarantine waste was deposited on the site. Under the Contaminated Sites Act 2003, the site is classified as contaminated – remediation required. The community has expressed strong concerns over potential adverse health and environmental impacts if a clean-up of the site were to occur through a ‘dig out and dump’ approach. In any event, studies show this is not currently financially viable. A management plan for the site is currently in place which includes regular groundwater testing and monitoring of gases which would continue during operation of the solar farm.

Proposed location of the Solar Farm, covering approximately 8 ha of the 19.4 ha contaminated site

The Solar Farm will produce up to 4.9 MW of power and is in line  the recommendations of the City’s draft energy plan and as well as its One Planet commitment of carbon neutrality for corporate emissions to 2020 and the aim of being 100% powered by renewables by 2025. Epuron has not yet completed final equipment selection for the site, however it is more likely that the solar panels will be fixed in place. There will be negligible noise or movement on the site once the solar farm is operational. Minimal construction  disturbance will managed through an approved construction management plan which will detail control measures to minimise dust and noise during construction phase.

The Hollis park path way and the landscaping in that area will remain untouched.

If you have any further queries, please refer to the City’s website.

UPDATES:

South Fremantle Precinct Meeting 22 May 2018 630pm at the Local Hotel

South Beach Community Group members have been invited to attend a meeting held by our neighbours at the South Fremantle Precinct. The meeting will be held at the Local Hotel at 630pm on the 22 May 2018. Mayor Brad Pettit and council staffers will be in attendance to update residents on the South Fremantle Solar Farm.

Minutes: Community Meeting 29 April 2018

Cr Jon Strachan from the City of Fremantle apologised that South Beach Community communication has obviously not been sufficient given the number of concerns raised by members of our community. Jon actually lives downwind on a SW breeze of the contaminated site and therefore also has very personal interest in ensuring that the construction of the solar farm does not present a safety risk.

He was involved in the original community consultation for the site prior to becoming a Councillor and from that consultation overwhelming community opinion was that no dig and dump on the site was a priority for community.  That consultation identified that passive use of the site was the best option; initially a wind farm was considered however a solar farm was established as the best option for the site.

Louise Ainsworth from the City of Fremantle outlined the Project timeline and future stages prior to final approval and construction of the South Fremantle Solar Farm. Detailed information including frequently asked questions can be found on the City of Fremantle’s website. Important to note that when queries have been raised with the City of Fremantle, answers have been uploaded to the solar farm FAQ.

Questions:

  1. How come certain amount of planning proposals have been approved without EPA being involved? The planning application is only to grant planning approval; the order of approvals is undertaken in accordance with the planning process. The Project was not originally refered to the EPA as it was not considered to require assessment. However it has now been referred and if the EPA considered it requires assessment it will be assessed.
  2. Who is paying for all of this process? This is part of due diligence – City of Fremantle took Epuron on as a partner.
  3. Is it correct that a previous company that looked into solar farm but it was too costly?  Not aware of that please provide information to City of Fremantle if so. 
  4. Why was Epuron chosen? The City of Fremantle had ten responses; First Solar was the City’s first choice. After 6 months they decided the proposal didn’t suit them as they have a different model of solar panels. Epuron was second preferred. Access to the grid has also changed and made it easier for private business to access to grid which is another reason that First Solar struggled.
  5. How many solar sites are there on a contaminated landfill in residential area? There are solar farms on contaminated sites (around the world) but not aware of which /any in residential area.
  6. How is Epuron going to install and manage the site to minimise contamination? Currently in preliminary design phase only. Epuron are currently planning and designing  how to manage contamination during construction. The draft site management plan (attached to the planning application)  goes some way to determining this.  The site management and construction management plans will need to be approved by DWER and its independent auditor as well as the City before construction can commence.
  7. Is the large land transaction you have mentioned referring to the lease? Yes.
  8. What are the Project timelines; when did the Project start? Expressions of interests were done 4 years ago.
  9. Has legislation changed in those 4 years and how can this impact on the Project? The City initially took out an exclusive working agreement with Epuron for 12 months which has since been extended every 12 months.
  10. When was the last time a report was publicised on monitoring for the site? Not sure. This information including what is monitored and how regularly is available on the DWER website.
  11. Is there going to be a removal of the bund? It is recognised that the bund may be contaminated. Before Eupron can consider removing the bund they need to complete a site management plan and rigorous testing will need to completed.  There is already a sampling protocol for this in the draft site management plan – refer to section 5.0.
  12. Where exactly is the bund? The bund is located generally in the central area. It borders a flat section which was original planned to be used as a sporting field however this was abandoned due to safety concerns of playing on the contaminated site. The bund was developed to protect a trench containing a pipeline running through the centre of the contaminated site from material collapse.

Cockburn’s Healthy Lifestyle campaing

The City of Cockburn supports Cockburn Integrated Health in helping people achieve long-term health and weight-loss goals through a new Cockburn Healthy Lifestyle Program.

The  aims to offer a low cost coordinated approach to weight management and healthy lifestyle changes that result in life long rewards for participants and their families.  Participants will be supported and guided through personalised program and health service options specific to their own needs.  The program is open to all members of the public with a particular focus on individuals, children and families who present with weight concerns.

What does the program offer participants?

The program provides a free (bulk billed) initial health assessment by a nurse practitioner and access to a range of affordable programs and/or services in the local area which focus on improving overall health and wellbeing, including:

  • Weight management
  • Diet & nutritional education
  • Physical activity and fitness
  • Mental health
  • Child-specific overweight and obesity

Participants also receive free ongoing support from a dedicated program coordinator.

The goal of the program is to help families, children and adults to make lasting changes towards an optimal weight and better health for life. While weight loss is one goal of the program the overarching outcome is lifestyle modification across all aspects of life through childhood to adulthood.

For more information visit: www.cihealth.com.au  or email  info@cihealth.com.au

Fremantle South Ward Candidate Q&A: Andrew Sullivan

As a follow-up to last week’s Q&A event we asked candidates to submit written responses to questions and enable those, who were unable to attend, to get a picture of each candidate.

In the recent community perceptions survey, staff understanding of community needs and how open and transparent Council processes are, are rated low in South Fremantle residents. What are your plans to improve this?

The Fremantle community is more engaged than most. Our people form strong opinions on most issues. Debates can be polarising and even combative. Our community has a high expectation of being kept informed.

Some issues are extremely complex and it can be hard to provide information in an easily digestible format. I will continue to push the CEO to deliver better ways of providing information so our community conversations are well informed.

The Council meetings and committees are all open to the public but few people attend. We need to find better ways of enabling the community to see what their Council is discussing, such as using live streaming.

The role of the Councillor is to be available for residents and ratepayers to help explain and/or clarify proposals and decisions. I always endeavour to articulate information in the detail necessary and in a language suitable for the audience.

Fremantle’s Vital Signs report shows housing diversity and housing stress is a key issue in Fremantle, which could be a contributing factor to high levels of psychological distress of 1 in 10 Fremantle residents. As a councillor what would you do to improve this?

Council must do a better job at working with the State and Federal governments in delivering the key services and housing we need. Council has limited capacity or authority to provide social services or housing but we can play a lead role in facilitating a coordinated regional response by all the agencies. There appears to be a slow incremental loss of social housing in Fremantle and this must be halted.

Council must provide incentives for affordable housing in our planning scheme and policies. Also, we can facilitate developments using Council owned assets. Using this dual approach I’ll deliver the following:

  • Student housing, possibly over the Leisure Centre car park;
  • ‘Key Worker’ housing, via planning incentives;
  • Self-developed housing models and shared equity housing;
  • Specialised housing designed for people with disabilities; and,
  • New options for empty nesters struggling to stay in Freo.

Since there is a lot of focus on economic development in the City centre, how do you plan to enhance South Fremantle economically.

 Implementing the South Terrace traffic calming and streetscape works as soon as possible is critical to providing the right environment for business to thrive. We must develop a balanced and integrated approach to parking in South Fremantle. We must also kick-start the business precinct group again to help build a clear marketing approach for the precinct

Other longer-term economic opportunities exist in areas either side of Hampton Road south of the Duoro Road intersection. I will work with the major landowners to explore ways of transforming the area to include a district shopping centre set within a town centre environment and surrounded by much needed urban infill.

Likewise, the redevelopment opportunities in the Beaconsfield valley should include new commercial opportunities capable of servicing local needs, including establishing a small community hub.

Do you support the Outer Harbour and are you aware of the impacts on the South Fremantle area, specifically alleviating heavy rail transport and opening options for light rail along the corridor?

I acknowledge the complex arguments for and against an outer harbour. I am concerned about the environmental impact on Cockburn Sound but the roads in Fremantle can’t take more trucks either. Creating mega-freeways in heritage suburbs is never the answer.

Fremantle Port is operating well short of capacity. The core constraint is transporting containers to and from the port. A new dedicated rail tunnel would have expanded the life of the current port indefinitely.

The current rail route is extremely limited as it shares the rail bridge with the passenger line. The flow on effect is not enough trains travelling during the day and too many late-night trains negatively impacting residents, not to mention the disconnect from our waterfront.

As a rail tunnel is highly unlikely, I accept an outer harbour is needed ASAP.

Providing light rail is the most important infrastructure needed for Fremantle’s future.

What is your concept regarding north south directed traffic though South Fremantle, and the roles of Marine Terrace, South Terrace and Hampton Road in the mix?

There has been considerable community input into individual decisions about each of these roads. What we lack is an overarching transport plan for the road network.

We have limited road capacity in and out of Fremantle. We also have limited opportunity to accommodate more cars in the city centre – this gets back to the critical need for passenger rail to the south and east.

The three main north-south roads do serve inherently different functions. Hampton provides some access to the city but is more used to bypass it. Marine is free flowing and should continue to be used to access the city centre and harbours. South Terrace is loaded with alfresco activity but should still carry its fair share of traffic at a slower pace. We must get the South Terrace upgraded ASAP to accommodate its dual role as both a through route and as a place to congregate.

Follow on question if traffic calming is not addressed in answers for the above: What role does traffic calming play in your vision?

I’m quite wary of piecemeal traffic calming devices and I think our ratepayer money is far better spent on making pleasant streets using good urban design and landscaping.

Traffic calming devices squeezes the over-all traffic balloon and pushes cars into nearby streets. As such, I haven’t been a fan of the traffic calming devices our City engineers have implemented in local streets “in the name of safety” and I think they may have caused more problems than have been solved.

The money spent on traffic calming in King William and Sydney streets would have been far better spent on getting South Terrace implemented and on dealing with the flow and speed of all traffic rather than chopping and changing the hierarchy of the roads.

What is your position on Australia Day and specifically the CoF actions?

Council made the right decision based on the information available. We wanted a more sensitive and inclusive way to celebrate our national culture.  We suggested there be less of the patriotic fervour so enjoyed by so-called “aussie patriots”.  We wanted to encourage a debate in the local community that reflected on the past and the ongoing injustices that have so disadvantage the first peoples of this land.

That said, with the benefit of hindsight we should have consulted more and/or implemented the changes over a couple of years to help avoid the division.

I was greatly moved by the response of the different Nyoongar groups in Perth and beyond and in the way they came together as one to conduct their ceremonies at Arthur Head and Bathers Beach. That our decision opened up a space for this one moment to occur was a real blessing.

South Beach Community Garage Sale

Join us at Barrow Park on Saturday, 21 October, 9am to 2pm for brekkie, coffee, bric-a-brac and a yarn!

This is the second year our neighbourhood celebrates sustainable solutions for a packed garage full of unused items while connecting with the community.

If you’re a neighbour and keen to register your stall as part of the Garage Sale in Barrow Park you can do so online.

We’ll gladly accept donations for the South Beach Community Group’s stall on the day. Proceeds from the South Beach Community Group’s stall will help us run future events.

Backgrounder: Community, Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan

The draft Community, Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan has been developed by the City of Cockburn to guide the provision of sport and community facilities to meet community’s needs over the next 15 years. The Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan outlines the priority order and timing of all community sport and recreation facilities/reserves between 2017 – 2031. The City of Cockburn opened the consultation period on the draft plan on 17 April 2017, with consultation closing on 31 May 2017.

At the City of Cockburn Council meeting on the 13 July 2017 it was recommended that the draft plan adopted by Council. The South Beach Community Group presented a deputation to Council to request further investigation and discussion into provision of sport and recreation facilities in North Coogee prior to adopting the plan. As a result of the South Beach Community Group deputation, the plan was not passed and further investigations and options for sport and recreation facilities in North Coogee will be considered in the next few months.

In summary for our area (classified broadly in the plan as Coogee-North Coogee) the draft Community, Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan detailed:

  1. From 2016 to 2036 ‘Coogee-North Coogee’ will account for 23% of all new residents to the City of Cockburn or an estimated additional 21,000 residents; by 2036 10% of all children in the City of Cockburn will live in ‘Coogee-North Coogee’.
  2. The Lifelong Learning Centre in Spearwood will include a new Senior Citizens Centre.
  3. One local sporting space to be provided for ‘Coogee-North Coogee’. This will be a co-located junior size AFL reserve. The plan recognised that this will not be adequate to meet the needs of the population and investigation into increasing the capacity of facilities and reserves in neighbouring suburbs was recommended. Based on population and City of Cockburn standard guidelines Coogee-North Coogee should have two local sports spaces and one regional sports space.
  4. The Cockburn Coast Community Facility, to be located adjacent to the Shoreline development, is proposed for construction in 2024/25.
  5. Four new skate parks were recommended for the City of Cockburn with the closest skate park to be located in Hamilton Hill.
  6. Three new bike pump tracks were recommended for the City of Cockburn, with locations yet to be determined.
  7. The Western Suburbs Sporting Precinct Study recommended as the medium to investigate surrounding suburbs to cater for sport and recreation facilities for Coogee – North Coogee.

The South Beach deputation to Council detailed the following:

  1. South Beach Community Group feedback was not sought for contribution to the draft Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan.
  2. There are no recommendations to address insufficient provisions of sport and recreation facilities in North Coogee.
  3. Western Suburbs Sporting Precinct Study has been commenced with the view to developing a clear direction on the facilities to be developed in the western suburbs over the next 10 years. However, this is not being used to inform the Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan. Additionally, community feedback for the Western Suburbs Sporting Precinct Study did not target the lack of provisions in North Coogee, but only asked for feedback about the current use of existing facilities in Western Suburbs.
  4. The Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan 2017- 2031 needs to acknowledge the issue of a lack of community, sport and recreation facilities in North Coogee. We recommended that the plan not be adopted until: it commits to acquiring or purchasing a large land parcel in North Coogee for sport and recreation; until the Western Suburbs Sporting Precinct Study focuses on identifying the additional sports space in North Coogee.

What is filtered permeability?

In our last community meeting the topic traffic has come up again. The high level of through traffic has been the main reason why our community group started. The first milestone of trying to reduce rat runners has been Main Roads 40 zone trial, which will be evaluated in a few months with another traffic count. Then the decision will be made whether to retain the 40 zone or not.

While our neighbourhood is the first in Western Australia to achieve a (temporary) 40 zone, many voiced their frustration that rat runners are still using our neighbourhood to bypass the busy Hampton Road and questions of what else can be done were discussed.

A clever measure that is being used widely in Europe and starting to be implemented on the East Coast is bollards that allow filtered permeability.

In a nutshell, filtered permeability is enabling some modes of transport to continue through a street while keeping others out. In practice it is principally used to “filter out” car traffic while still letting pedestrians and those on bikes through.

Bollards can be programmed in different ways. For example they can be set to rise at peak times and prevent through traffic for cars but leave access for people on bicycles unhindered. At off-peak times they can be lowered to allow car traffic as usual. Bollards can also be manually lowered with an access remote so that specific vehicles have access, for example emergency or neighbours giving them unhindered access through the area.

With plenty of examples from Europe where this principle has been applied across entire cities it’s worthwhile to understand the concept and impact on the liveability of places. This concept is proven to significantly lower the volume of traffic and only allow access for specific vehicles. This is particularly worthwhile keeping in mind as we are expecting 20.000 additional neighbours to the south of our area, which will have traffic impact directly on us, no doubt.

Here some insight from Cambridge:

 

Invite: August Community Meeting

Hello Neighbours,
Please join us for our upcoming community meeting with the
following topics:

  • Nature Playground Consultation: get involved
  • Council’s Sports and Recreation Facilities Plan
  • Upcoming Garage Sale Trail
  • New development on Corner of Rollinson Road and
    Cockburn Road
  • Open Forum

We’re looking forward to seeing you at The Meeting Place, 245 South Terrace, South Fremantle.
Y

our South Beach Community Group

Recap of Community Meeting on Sunday 25 June 2017

For those who weren’t able to join our community meeting on Sunday 25 June, here a quick recap with the most important information:

We presented the South Beach Community’s vision, mission and strategic focus, which we’re featuring on our website. These are a conversation starter and we’re open to feedback from neighbours:

  • As part of developing the group’s framework we now have a logo and a website after winning a grant through the City of Cockburn.
  • All projects are dependent on people’s support including volunteering, particularly for events in the second half of the year.
  • How do you feel about a potential Christmas event with decorating a tree in Barrow Park?
  • Our 40 zone will need continuous fighting as it is currently a trial and will be reviewed soon.
  • We are working on getting street light installed on Rollinson Road and improving the intersection to Cockburn Road
  • We are also keen to start a Public Transport Alliance, which will aim to engage neighbouring community groups to promote/collaborate on public transport

Update about the Nature Playground

  • We have been successful and the City of Cockburn has added $250.000 to this year’s budget to install a nature playground next to Barrow Park
  • Also check the Cockburn Gazette’s story

Dog poo etiquette

  • A number of neighbours have complained about the increase of dog poopies not being picked up.
  • as there is ample provision of poo bags and bins neighbours are encouraged to watch their dog and pick up after them.
  • As outdoor space is limited in our area it is vital everybody helps in keeping it clean.
  • Should you observe people not doing the right thing, please call rangers.

Information about the NBN

  • The NBN is now available in South Beach Area
  • You don’t need to do anything if you don’t want to change over the new network
  • Only if you own a landline, which you’d like to retain you will have to change to the NBN within the next 18 months as those won’t be connected anymore
  • Join a NBN drop in session on 19 July North Fremantle Community Hall

Q&A

  • We discussed the upgrade of Rollinson Road/Cockburn Road intersection again. Please note that it is vital to report any incidences that you experience. This helps our current petitions with State Government to expedite the upgrade. If you have any near misses, please email us!
  • Questions were raised about the planned Service Station on the same corner next to the cold stores. We are currently finding out more information and will share this as soon as we know more.

Kings Square Development

  • Mayor Brad Pettitt joined the Community Meeting and presented information about the Kings Square Renewal in the heart of Fremantle.

Help us: Nature playground needs you

We’ve been speaking to councillors over the last few weeks and shared our ideas for the Nature Playground. It’s crunch time! On Thursday 22 June at 7pm Cockburn Council will decide next financial year’s budget (including the playground).

We want to use the opportunity and will be speaking during the council meeting and we do need a crowd in the audience to support us. If you’re a supporter of this idea, we’d greatly appreciate your help by simply joining the meeting.

Thursday, 22 June, 7pm
City of Cockburn, Council Chambers
9 Coleville Cres, Spearwood WA 6163

No registration required, just come along. Please be aware that council meetings run until 9pm and we won’t know what time we’ll be speaking. We hope we can still show community support by having additional attendees in the room.