High stakes contest for Fremantle
AS the metro area’s second city, there is a lot at stake for Fremantle in the upcoming local government election.
Development has continued to be one of the area’s biggest issues, as is the slowing local economy and the need to balance both of those with the protection of important heritage buildings and streetscapes.
Both mayoral candidates believe they have what it takes to lead Fremantle through the next four years of development and community growth, but they have different ideas about how to do it.
Incumbent mayor Brad Pettitt said he had seen the City change considerably in his 27 years as a resident and that more was needed.
“While there’s been a slow exodus of more traditional industries this has been replaced by a service economy that’s seen tourism and hospitality play a more important role,” he said.