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9 months ago in Media release , Sustainability
(25/7/2018) Budget 2018-19: Budget delivers on sustainability and environment

The City of Fremantle is delivering on the One Planet Fremantle strategy through initiatives funded in its 2018-19 annual budget.

The centrepiece of the budget is the allocation of $46.3 million towards the construction of the City’s new administration building and library, as part of the broader Kings Square Renewal project.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the aim was to make the new administration centre one of the most energy efficient buildings of its size in Western Australia.

“The City of Fremantle is very proud of our One Planet status and incorporating a range of sustainability features into our new home was an absolutely critical part of its design,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“Our target is for the new building to be zero carbon, so it will have a sophisticated automated opening façade system designed to capture Fremantle’s famous sea breezes and enable natural ventilation for most of the year.

“It will have high-performance, well shaded windows to minimise heat loss during cooler periods and minimise heat gain in summer.

“We’ll also operate the building within broader temperature bands than standard office buildings, which will further reduce the energy consumption of the air conditioning systems.”

Other sustainability features will include a 240kw solar PV system, energy-efficient LED lighting and water saving appliances.

Another key sustainability measure in the 2018-19 budget is the allocation of $920,000 to implement the new three bin Food Organic Garden Organic (FOGO) waste management system.

The new FOGO system is a key step towards achieving the City’s One Planet target of a 70 per cent community recycling rate by 2020, and will also protect ratepayers from long-term increases landfill costs.

The budget also includes:

  • $50,000 to purchase carbon offsets to maintain carbon neutral status
  • $40,000 to implement the verge garden scheme
  • $32,784 for a new cardboard and aluminium bailer for the Fremantle Recycling Centre
  • $14,000 to provide Living Smart sustainability workshops
  • $10,000 to introduce a local container deposit scheme at three Fremantle Primary Schools
  • $12,000 to install solar panels on community buildings
  • $10,000 to implement a car share scheme
  • $30,000 for works and maintenance in the City of Fremantle Bike Plan
  • $65,000 to revise the Sir Frederick Samson Park management plan
  • $102,000 for coastal monitoring and assessment at Port, Leighton and Mosman beaches

For more information on the City’s One Planet strategy visit the One Planet page on our website.