‘Bor­der change still pos­si­ble’

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

COTTESLOE MLA Colin Bar­nett has sent Lo­cal Government Min­is­ter Tony Simp­son to ap­pease 160 North Fre­man­tle con­stituents who were told last month they can­not leave Fre­man­tle Coun­cil for Mos­man Park.

“It’s an area of new devel­op­ment, so I’m sup­port­ive of the res­i­dents’ po­si­tion for change,” Mr Bar­nett told the Western Sub­urbs Weekly.

Mr Simp­son met with the dis­grun­tled North Fre­man­tle res­i­dents on May 4. His spokes­woman said he asked them to meet with Fre­man­tle and Mos­man Park coun­cils to dis­cuss fu­ture op­tions for the area.

The con­stituents mainly live at the west end of the Minim Cove and last year pe­ti­tioned the State Government to leave the port city.

The government re­jected change be­cause both coun­cils would not agree but the res­i­dents feel their re­quest was foiled when the Lo­cal Government Ad­vi­sory Board sent Mr Simp­son Fre­man­tle’s counter-pro­posal to move its bor­der east on McCabe Street into Mos­man Park.

Mos­man Park Coun­cil and the pe­ti­tion­ers sub­se­quently felt due process may not have been fol­lowed be­cause there was no pub­lic in­quiry into Fre­man­tle’s counter-pro­posal.

“I think what went wrong here is that it sud­denly be­came a dis­pute be­tween Mos­man Park Coun­cil and Fre­man­tle Coun­cil and it seems to me that the res­i­dents were for­got­ten in the mid­dle of that,” Mr Bar­nett said.

Mr Bar­nett said a bor­der change was “still wide open” and change may still not be pre­vented by Fre­man­tle’s long-term work on a spe­cial devel­op­ment zone of new apart­ments at the west end of McCabe Street.

Mr Bar­nett’s in­ter­ven­tion fol­lowed a meet­ing with Mos­man Park Mayor Ron Nor­ris and coun­cil­lors re­cently.

“Mr Bar­nett ac­knowl­edged that it was un­ac­cept­able for Fre­man­tle to mas­sively increase the res­i­den­tial den­sity in the precinct, which was pre­dicted to treble the num­ber of ve­hi­cle move­ments in McCabe Street, while leav­ing Mos­man Park to solve the traf­fic con­ges­tion prob­lem in McCabe Street, but re­ceive no rev­enue to do so,” Mr Nor­ris said.

Fre­man­tle Coun­cil will de­lay de­cid­ing on a devel­op­ment struc­ture plan for Matilda Bay Brew­ery, in the spe­cial devel­op­ment zone, un­til traf­fic is­sues can be re­solved by June.

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