Butting heads over bor­ders

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

MOS­MAN Park Coun­cil wants 250m of Leighton Beach con­trolled by the City of Fre­man­tle, which is bid­ding for part of McCabe Street.

Both coun­cils are making claims and counter-claims over the shared North Fre­man­tle border.

“We’ll be press­ing for a new border that goes west from North Fre­man­tle’s Craigie Street, over the rail­way line, north along Curtin Av­enue and then out to the beach,” Mos­man Park Mayor Ron Nor­ris said.

About 160 North Fre­man­tle pe­ti­tion­ing res­i­dents claim a lack of ser­vices from the port city in streets north of Craigie Street and the far west end of the adjacent Minim Cove de­vel­op­ment, near new lux­ury apart­ments in a spe­cial de­vel­op­ment zone at the west end of McCabe Street.

The res­i­dents have suc­cess­fully asked the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ad­vi­sory Board (LGAB) to in­ves­ti­gate mov­ing them to Mos­man Park but with a new border only to Stir­ling High­way.

Mr Nor­ris said his coun­cil’s sub­mis­sion to the board in­stead asked for a beach border, south of the Leighton foot­bridge, be­cause it was “more log­i­cal” and would have min­i­mal im­pact on about $30,000 an­nu­ally spent on the Town’s adjacent 300m Mos­man Park Dog Beach.

“The board asked ‘why not have a border due west?’, but pe­ti­tion­ing res­i­dents said they were un­cer­tain about in­clud­ing po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment east of the beach,” Mr Nor­ris said.

Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt said his coun­cil would op­pose a beach border be­cause “a se­ries of lo­cal gov­ern­ment land-grabs was not sen­si­ble”, and it would in­stead pro­pose the board give three streets in the Minim Cove de­vel­op­ment to Mos­man Park.

Dr Pet­titt said his coun­cil would ask the board to give the port city 1km of McCabe Street to the Ed­wards Pa­rade in­ter­sec­tion in Mos­man Park.

Fre­man­tle con­trols the first 400m of McCabe Street, around which the Taskers, Matilda Bay and Blue Steel sites may have lux­ury high-rise that could house about 2000 res­i­dents.

“The logic of this change is it brings all the plan­ning for McCabe Street un­der one lo­cal gov­ern­ment author­ity,” Dr Pet­titt said.

He said he un­der­stood res­i­dents’ re­ac­tions but and the LGAB al­ready re­jected a sim­i­lar bound­ary change.

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