Mayors agree to revisit border plans
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.