Graffitifield Street

Before I head off to Melbourne for three weeks, I have just enough time to upload these photos of Matt, Louise, Harry and Bonnie’s wall on the corner of Wray Avenue and Attfield Street.

The final piece looks incredible guys and I bump into all sorts of people who comment admiringly about it.

What am amazing addition to the Wray Avenue strip!

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Pop up median strips

On Monday night Wray Avenue was privileged enough to host a forum on sustainable communities, thanks to the efforts of Ecoburbia and Growing Fremantle.

The forum was a conversation between our Mayor Brad Pettitt and Sydney author (amongst other things) Michael Mobbs.

With a focus on sustainability, Michael (famous for his book Sustainable House) outlined his realisation that he had made his house sustainable, but he himself still had a huge impact on energy and resource use. In particular, the food that he ate and the energy embodied in getting it to his table.

He advocated a range of ways to address this, including composting all food waste on your own property, only buying local food and turning public space into areas for food production.

Related to this was his concept for addressing one of his other chief concerns. Michael shared research that he had done on the way roads impact on the temperature of the surrounding houses. Usually dark in colour, they absorb massive amounts of heat during the day and release it during the night, adding between 5 and 6 degrees to the ambient temperature of the area.

As we’ve all experienced hot sweltering summer nights in Western Australia, I’m sure we can see this is a concern.

Michael has ways to address this heat, some of which include changing the composition of our road surfaces. Another idea is his idea of an ecoPOP, or a pop up median strip. It’s a fantastic way of creating shade and introducing heat-lowering effects of plants into an urban environment.

The City of Fremantle has one and are interested in getting it out into a street scape. Inspired by Michael’s talk, I’ve put together a proposal as to how this can be done on Wray. You can read it here: Proposal for an ecoPOP on Wray Avenue

It’s based on a modification to the plans to change the intersection of Manning Street and Wray Avenue and I believe it will also be a positive measure to reduce traffic speed on our street.

I’d love to collect signatures on a petition showing community support for this and present it to the Mayor early in the new year. I’ve placed copies of the petition on the chair besides my front door if you’re interested in signing it.

Chalking Wray 2012

Wray Avenue came alive with chalky colour again on the first weekend of summer!

Last year, we gave out chalk to every house and asked that they decorate their footpath. You can read about that here.

We repeated this again this year in what I hope will become a tradition.

Every house got a note and a chalk and were encouraged to get involved.

“Happy summer neighbour!

Are you sick of this stormy weather? Fortunately it seems like all the rain has passed by – and just in time for the first day of summer! Saturday is looking like it will be sunny and warm.

Last year we gave every house and business on Wray Ave a stick of chalk and invited people to reclaim our limited public space to make the footpaths a sea of colour and creativity for the first weekend of summer. We hope we can build on the dozen or so households who took part then and see if we can colour up the whole avenue in 2012.

There are people all along the avenue who are doing incredible things to add personality to our shared, public space. We’ve met so many great people in the past 12 months and seen so many beautiful things happen here.

So this weekend, we give you the gift of a single coloured stick of chalk and ask that you draw a picture or write a message from your heart on the path in front of your house. Your neighbours have been given a different colour, so why not take this opportunity to meet someone new and swap colours?

Please take time to be involved and share in this celebration of summer on Fremantle’s only avenue. If you really don’t want to, please return your chalk to the box at the steps at the bottom of 40 Wray Ave. And if you want to find some more, that’s the place too look!

Your friendly neighbours,

Heath and Emma”

It was fabulous as the photos below attest.

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