Land swap in resident exodus
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.”
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