MLA wants bor­der‘squared off’

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

COTTES­LOE MLA Colin Bar­nett wants the Fre­man­tle-Mos­man Park coun­cil bor­der “squared off” and a so­lu­tion agreed on by dis­grun­tled North Fre­man­tle res­i­dents be­fore the end of the year.

“I think there will be a com­pro­mise so­lu­tion, which I don’t think will make ev­ery­one happy, but which will prob­a­bly make a more log­i­cal bound­ary,” Mr Bar­nett told the Western Sub­urbs Weekly last week.

Re­cently, he was lob­bied by Fre­man­tle Coun­cil when it showed its pro­posed bound­ary change, in re­ply to about 160 of its ratepay­ers at the west end of the Minim Cove de­vel­op­ment want­ing to join neigh­bour­ing Mos­man Park.

“Their pro­posal had a re­ally odd bound­ary, where a piece of it shot across and was al­most like a ‘spike’ bound­ary,” Mr Bar­nett said.

“I said ‘well that’s not go­ing to work, the bound­ary has to be squared off in some way’, and they were will­ing to ac­cept that.”

The res­i­dents claim the port city does not pro­vide ad­e­quate ser­vices, and they in­stead use shops and fa­cil­i­ties in neigh­bour­ing Mos­man Park.

They still want change af­ter the State Govern­ment re­jected their pe­ti­tion ear­lier this year.

Mr Bar­nett sub­se­quently sent his Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter Tony Simp­son to re­mind them a new bor­der may only oc­cur when both af­fected coun­cils agree.

Last week, Mr Bar­nett said he was agree­able to a new bor­der if it was strongly wanted by res­i­dents.

He said while Fre­man­tle’s com­pro­mise of­fer may not please all res­i­dents, he would back an agree­ment reached on “sen­si­ble mid­dle ground” that straight­ened the bor­der and gave ratepay­ers the ser­vices they wanted.

Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pettitt said his coun­cil made the pre­sen­ta­tion so Mr Bar­nett now had his coun­cil’s view. Dr Pettitt said the coun­cil was open to dis­cuss “ob­vi­ous” change such al­ter­ing the Minim Cove bound­ary be­cause those res­i­dents had to go through part of Mos­man Park to get to their homes.

How­ever, Fre­man­tle would not agree to larger changes be­cause they would cre­ate more bound­ary is­sues.

Mos­man Park Mayor Ron Nor­ris said he looked for­ward a meet­ing on July 18 when his coun­cil, the res­i­dents and Fre­man­tle Coun­cil would dis­cuss a so­lu­tion that may also al­low his Town to ad­dress traf­fic prob­lems and con­ges­tion on McCabe Street.

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