15 May 2019

It’s election week! And no matter what political planet you live on, the general consensus is that we should be more focused on fixing the planet we’re actually walking on.

Last week, Britain celebrated its first 7-days without coal power since 1882, which comes exactly two years after it achieved its first coal-free day since the Industrial Revolution - “Coal-fired power stations still play a major part in the UK’s energy system as a backup during high demand but the increasing use of renewable energy sources such as wind power means it is required less.”

While we’re not quite there yet in Aus, it feels important to recognise the good things happening locally, and none feels more exciting than the 100% renewable residential community being built as part of the 23-hectare Knutsford development in Fremantle. East Village - a new 36-dwelling community - is a shared initiative between local energy trading platform, Power Ledger, the WA Government land developer, LandCorp, Curtin University, and the Australian Government Smart Cities initiative.


With all partners contributing to the development from its inception, they have been able to achieve some impressive environmental credentials; 

— Solar-ready homes allow users to harness and share excess energy while bypassing trade with the traditional grid. The benefit is economical (the 36-homes will save a combined estimated $40,000 off their power bills each year), but also means neighbours who do not have solar panels will have the option to buy solar, “Our energy trading software gives people the option to purchase green energy rather than energy from fossil fuel sources, even if they don’t have solar panels on their own home.” Here’s Power Ledger to explain it to you further.

— The development will possess Australia’s first, shared on-site, resident-owned 670kWh energy storage battery.


— Each residence will have their own electric vehicle charger.

— Water saving measures include storm-water harvesting, a strata-owned bore and the use of rainwater for residential toilets, hot water systems and laundries, reducing mains water consumption by up to 80 per cent.

— The site will also feature a prototype house designed by Perth company Mirreco, using sustainable building materials including panels made of compressed hemp and polymers.

Power Ledger says East Village will be tracked and assessed by an on-site living laboratory, in partnership with Curtin University, “The research program will build a dataset to demonstrate the value of the innovations and work towards WA’s second One Planet Living accreditation.”

This project is in line with City of Fremantle’s commitment to its One Planet sustainability strategy established in 2014. 

Here’s to a future where this type of residential development is the norm.

See ya next week,

SM x

Articles used, and for further reading: One Step Off the Grid & Micky

Power Ledger allow for a new energy economy where the user is no longer reliant on the traditional energy grid—and the financial and environmental costs that go with it


Who Wouldn’t Want to be Living Smart? Seven-week course—next class Tuesday 21 May

This looks awesome: “Start living smarter at home by learning how to reduce water use and waste to landfill, grow your own food, swap to no-chemical cleaning and live more simply. Living Smart is an award-winning 7 week course that will inspire you to make sustainable changes in your own home. Meet other like-minded community members and discover practical ways to live a healthier lifestyle and be more gentle on the planet. This is an interactive course, with lots of hands-on activities.”

Tuesdays until 25 June, Dick Lawrence Oval clubrooms, Beaconsfield. Cost $80/$40(conc) per person


The Tin Heads’ - Ellen Norrish, Thu 16 May, 6pm-8pm

“The Tin Heads is the latest solo exhibition from Ellen Norrish, celebrating an extensive amateur collection of tins owned by retirees Margaret and Robert Gaston. The 10,000 tins are displayed floor to ceiling in a shed in Waggrakine, a suburb on the outskirts of Geraldton in WA’s Mid West. Whilst the exhibition can not replicate the immersive experience of visiting the Tin Heads, the paintings seek to emulate the hobbyists' sense of kitsch, care and community in regional Australia.”

Spectrum Project Space, Building 3.191, 2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley


Bunbury Biennale Opening Night, Sat 18 May, 6pm-8pm

“Thirty-four emerging and established West Australian artists have been invited to produce an artwork specifically for this exhibition. Using a variety of mediums and techniques, the artists will be exploring a broad scope of concepts and ideas, ranging from personal stories to more universal and global issues. Mediums will include video, painting, printmaking, textiles, photography, sculpture and installation. Food, drinks and nice vibes on opening eve.”

Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, 64 Wittenoom St, Bunbury. Exhibition runs until July 21, 10am-4pm. Free entry


We’ll use this section to share some tidbits we’ve come across the last week from you, our tenants, and the www.

A really nice illustrated video imagining the future of the Green New Deal, narrated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The wonderful Assemble Papers begin their series on Circular Thinking, and in this article the ‘Circular Economy’ in relation to buildings. Here, global built-environment specialists Arup share their research into zero-waste buildings.

Beauty in Ruins: the wonder of abandoned buildings—a photo essay by Brett Patman

Schwartz Media, progressive Victorian publisher of The Monthly, The Quarterly Essay and The Saturday Paper, will launch a new daily news podcast called 7am on May 27th. Very much looking forward to this, if only they’d do a daily broadsheet

Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants? Good point.

If architecture is your passion ArchDaily are looking for a new Global Content Editor, however it also mentions they are looking for more staff writers and editors. Get on this!

More than just a place for walking! This article looks at footpaths as a valuable contributor to the vitality of public space via Architecture AU

The individual human element of the Green New Deal by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez


Heathcote, Applecross
We have just one space left at Heathcote precinct. It’s a 60m2 space and perfect for a small-medium size creative business. Would suit a production company, architecture bizz, fashion studio etc.

MANY North Freo
We have two spaces available in our MANY North Freo warehouse (one 55sqm & one 35sqm). Rent includes three-phase power, rubbish collection, and water, AND you get to work amongst a super bunch of other local makers. Other benefits include high ceilings, great access and, a short walk over Leighton footbridge; you’re at the beach!

**Some new Freo spaces coming up soon! Please register your interest so we can keep you in the loop.

Email leasing@spacemarket.com.au for more info.

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We’d always love to hear from you about any and all of the interesting things you’ve got going on.

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