MLA wants border‘squared off’
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.