High stakes con­test for Fre­man­tle

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Jes­sica Nico

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.

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