A 30-DAY crowdfunding campaign has seen Freo locals pledge $44,000 to four sustainability projects.
Fremantle council will now match the amount, to ensure the projects — a solar parklet for Wray Avenue, a green commuting rewards app, an urban mushroom farm and a sustainable restaurant — get off the ground.
Jean Paul Horré’s San Francisco-inspired parklet will take over the motorcycle bay next to Lenny the Ox cafe.
Mr Horré says he wants locals to linger and revitalise the area.
“It’s the chemistry that empowers people to form a community,” he says.
With construction to start in March, it will have solar-fueled power points for charging computers and phones, seating and street lights.
The lights will encourage drivers to slow down, making the currently dark corner safer for pedestrians, who may well be using Alex Fletcher’s Freewheeler app.
App users will earn points for walking, cycling or catching public transport, and redeem them at participating businesses — perhaps a discounted beer or cappuccino.
Mr Fletcher has four developers working on the project and aims to launch a pilot version by the end of February.
LifeCykel founders Ryan Creed and Julian Mitchell will use their funds to secure a local property to house three 12-metre sea containers, which will become Australia’s first urban mushroom farm.
Mr Creed says the growing packs, which use recycled coffee grounds, have already proven popular in pre-sales.
“It provides an opportunity for kids to connect with food in a way they haven’t done before,” he says. The pair expect their first crop around March.
With a similar passion for feeding people sustainably, Kazoomies restaurant founder and chef Nimrod Kazoom opened his doors at E-Shed three weeks ago.
The Israeli sources produce from local suppliers, furniture from local op shops, shies away from dishes to save water, and donates leftovers to OzHarvest to distribute to those in need.
by MARIA BERGWITZ