Mayor of­fers smaller part of sub­urb

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

MOS­MAN Park could get a smaller part of North Fre­man­tle in a pro­posal from Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt to re­solve some ratepay­ers’ dis­gruntle­ment af­ter a greater change to the portside sub­urb’s bor­ders was quashed last month.

“I don’t think the ev­i­dence has been pre­sented so far for a breakup of North Fre­man­tle given its his­tor­i­cal, eco­nomic and cul­tural links with our City,” Dr Pet­tit said.

Last week, Dr Pet­titt said he was “open to dis­cus­sion” about hand­ing over a smaller area to Mos­man Park, com­pris­ing the west ends of The Cut­ting, Mathieson Av­enue and West­meath Street in the Minim Cove de­vel­op­ment.

He said the ad­ja­cent spe­cial de­vel­op­ment zone of apart­ments should stay in Fre­man­tle.

He said an ear­lier re­quest that he and his North Fre­man­tle coun­cil­lors meet the pe­ti­tion­ers did “skip past” him, but he would now or­gan­ise a meet­ing for this week..

How­ever, pe­ti­tioner or­gan­iser Ge­off Tot­ter­dell said the smaller area po­ten­tially on of­fer now was not ac­cept­able.

He said it was an al­ter­na­tive given to Fre­man­tle by the Lo­cal Govern­ment Ad­vi­sory Board as a re­sult of an in­quiry into the res­i­dents’ original pe­ti­tion.

“The City of Fre­man­tle has bla­tantly ig­nored the de­sire of the pe­ti­tion­ers to re­in­force the com­mu­nity of in­ter­est with Mos­man Park, which is their right and a con­sid­er­a­tion un­der the pro­vi­sions of the Lo­cal Govern­ment Act when a bound­ary change is con­sid­ered,” Mr Tot­ter­dell said.

Last year, about 160 s ratepay­ers cen­tred around the west end of the Minim Cove de­vel­op­ment cited a lack of ser­vices from Fre­man­tle and greater use of Mos­man Park fa­cil­i­ties when they pe­ti­tioned the State Govern­ment to join the neigh­bour­ing western sub­urbs town.

The pe­ti­tion­ers’ pro­posed change com­prised a new border along Stirling High­way and in­cluded Fre­man­tle’s spe­cial de­vel­op­ment zone of new apart­ment sites at the west end of ad­ja­cent McCabe Street.

How­ever, Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter Tony Simp­son re­jected the pro­posal be­cause the coun­cils did not agree.

Cottes­loe MLA Colin Bar­nett sub­se­quently sent Mr Simp­son to meet the dis­grun­tled pe­ti­tion­ers on May 4.

Mr Simp­son said they should con­vince Fre­man­tle about change.

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