May­ors agree to re­visit border plans

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

BOTH Fre­man­tle and Mos­man Park may­ors ac­knowl­edge that plan­ning needs ad­dress­ing on the McCabe Street border of their coun­cils.

“We all agreed that the cur­rent bound­ary that zig-zags through the Minim Cove de­vel­op­ment is clumsy, and we can re­visit that,” Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt told the Western Sub­urbs Weekly.

Dr Pet­titt and coun­cil staff ap­peared deeply con­cerned af­ter a com­mu­nity meet­ing on De­cem­ber 1 when they dis­cussed claims of a lack of ser­vice, in­fra­struc­ture and plan­ning raised by about 160 North Fre­man­tle res­i­dents who want to join neigh­bour­ing Mos­man Park.

He said his coun­cil would now “en­deav­our” to im­prove ser­vices but he did not agree they were “ter­ri­ble”.

Dr Pet­titt said the con­tested area north of the Dingo Flour Mill was in tran­si­tion from de­vel­op­ment and his coun­cil would now send the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ad­vi­sory Board a sub­mis­sion that dealt with plan­ning, whether there was a shared com­mu­nity and the fi­nan­cial vi­a­bil­i­ties of both coun­cils.

Mos­man Park Mayor Ron Nor­ris said it was “ab­surd” to have 20 per cent of the Minim Cove de­vel­op­ment in the City of Fre­man­tle, and plan­ning by one coun­cil was needed along Stir­ling High­way and McCabe Street.

Mr Nor­ris said the North Fre­man­tle res­i­dents’ pro­posal has “logic be­cause of a shared history near the flour mill and for­mer State Engi­neer­ing Works on which the Minim Cove de­vel­op­ment was built”.

Mayor Ron Nor­ris.

Mayor Brad Pet­titt.

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