Fremantle City Council is implementing key elements of its One Planet Council strategy, with plans advancing for a large-scale commercial solar farm on the former South Fremantle landfill site, and a new strategic vision for transport that emphasises public transport in the city centre and integrating planning approaches that enable optimisation of land along transport corridors.
The council has granted First Solar a 12-month exclusivity period to undertake due diligence, resolve regulatory and environmental issues including site contamination remediation plans and to seek buyers for power under a Power Purchase Agreement model. Fremantle City Council itself, which owns 90 per cent of the 19.4 hectare former tip site, has said it may be one of the buyers for electricity. First Solar will fully fund the construction and operation of the farm.
The new Fremantle Integrated Transport Strategy adopted by council includes an integrated approach to transport and land use planning, and looks at the road network in the context of prioritising public and active transport, including a possible high speed light rail network in the city centre and developing pedestrian and cycling environments that promote active transport.