Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

BE­ING ac­costed by drunks while shop­ping in Fre­man­tle is enough for North Fre­man­tle res­i­dent Brett Rhodes to join his neigh­bours in pe­ti­tion­ing the State Gov­ern­ment to leave the port city and join neigh­bour­ing Mos­man Park.

“It’s got to the point where we come out of Fre­man­tle Wool­worths and see fights, so we shop in Mos­man Park,” Mr Rhodes, of Thomp­son Road, told a Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ad­vi­sory Board (LGAB) meet­ing at re­cent the North Fre­man­tle Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

The 160-sig­na­ture pe­ti­tion calls for the street north of the Dingo Flour Mill, and the west end of the Minim Cove de­vel­op­ment to Buck­land Hill to join the western sub­urbs.

Res­i­dents ap­plauded at the meet­ing and claimed there was a lack of ser­vices from Fre­man­tle Coun­cil.

Traf­fic con­ges­tion and un­clear de­ci­sions about po­ten­tial high-rise at the Taskers, One Steel and Matilda Bay sites were among is­sues raised.

“We be­lieve that McCabe Street is the gate­way to Mos­man Park, and there needs to be a change so there is not dis­parate plan­ning,” pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser Ge­off Tot­ter­dell said.

It is es­ti­mated the zone, com­pris­ing much of Fre­man­tle’s fu­ture high den­sity hous­ing up to about 14 storeys, could have a pop­u­la­tion of about 2500.

“We’re look­ing for the de­vel­op­ment to be low-rise style, and ideally about 5-6 storeys,” pe­ti­tioner Les Wil­son said.

North Fre­man­tle Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Gerry MacGill said any new bound­ary should in­clude Leighton Beach so Mos­man Park paid for the fore­shore fa­cil­i­ties.

Be­fore next Fe­bru­ary, the LGAB will de­ter­mine if pe­ti­tion­ing North Fre­man­tle res­i­dents north of Craig Street, near the Dingo Flour Mill, and in the west end of the Minim Cove de­vel­op­ment, share a com­mu­nity of in­ter­est with Mos­man Park.

It will also de­cide if ty­pog­ra­phy and de­mo­graph­ics al­low a change and if the coun­cils would be af­fected by any al­ter­ation.

LGAB sub­mis­sions close on De­cem­ber 17.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

North Fre­man­tle res­i­dents Richard Jamieson, Richard Elsey, Brigitte Cro­nan, Robin Ford­ham, Phil Ham­mond and Richard Ford­ham want to jump into Mos­man Park.

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