Land swap in res­i­dent ex­o­dus

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

A LAND swap is among the is­sues to be re­solved by Mos­man Park and Fre­man­tle coun­cils to over­come a year­long push by re­bel­lious North Fre­man­tle res­i­dents to leave the port city and join the river­side west­ern sub­urb.

“We’ve del­e­gated it to our chief ex­ec­u­tives, who will try get some­thing done be­fore Christ­mas,” Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt told the West­ern Sub­urbs Weekly.

Last Wed­nes­day the coun­cils met and agreed to set the prin­ci­ples that had to be re­solved to al­ter their bor­der cur­rently about 500m east of the McCabe Street-Stir­ling High­way in­ter­sec­tion in North Fre­man­tle.

Fre­man­tle does not want rates rev­enue to fall in any change.

“That’s the key is­sue and one of the things the chief ex­ec­u­tives are go­ing to work through,” Dr Pet­titt said.

Or­gan­is­ing a meet­ing be­tween the two au­thor­i­ties took un­til last week and while some ex­pected the lo­ca­tion of the bor­der to be dis­cussed, the rates is­sue was of great­est con­cern.

Late last year, about 180 North Fre­man­tle res­i­dents liv­ing mostly around the west end of the Minim Cove de­vel­op­ment pe­ti­tioned the State Govern­ment to change their coun­cil bor­der so they could join Mos­man Park.

Af­ter last week’s meet­ing Mos­man Park Mayor Ron Nor­ris said it was a “good con­ver­sa­tion” with Fre­man­tle, but his coun­cil thought the pe­ti­tion­ers’ view on a new bound­ary should de­ter­mine the new dis­cus­sions.

“But Fre­man­tle thought it was im­por­tant to bal­ance lost rates rev­enue with a land swap on McCabe Street,” Mr Nor­ris said.

“Our of­fi­cers will now look at all the is­sues and will de­ter­mine what the next step will be.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d462680

Melanoma WA’s Steve Choate and Clint Heal.

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