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Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

I FIND the news in last week’s Gazette of Adin Lang’s planned se­ces­sion from Cock­burn quite amus­ing.

Any­one pay­ing enough at­ten­tion to the his­tory of Cock­burn would be aware that the growth of Cock­burn has em­anated out­wards from Fre­man­tle since the time of the Fre­man­tle Road Board.

Hamil­ton Hill and Cool­bellup got all the at­ten­tion in the early years; then Spear­wood, Mun­ster, Yange­bup, North Lake... each decade the "ma­jor­ity of coun­cil fund­ing" has been spent on the new sub­urbs.

Now, most coun­cil fund­ing is go­ing to­wards projects in the east.

What hap­pens when it hits the bor­der?

Do you think the coun­cil will start fund­ing projects in Ar­madale?

Or is it much more likely the coun­cil’s gaze for ur­ban plan­ning will swing back to the west?

The ex­is­tence of the Cock­burn coastal district makes me think that if North Coogee and Hamil­ton Hill were to leave now, it would be like pay­ing for din­ner and then leav­ing as the waiter came out with your food.

I can only hope the res­i­dents of Hamil­ton Hill are not as short­sighted.

Fre­man­tle does need a larger ratepayer base, and the de­vel­op­ments un­der way will bring that in time.

If Fre­man­tle is af­ter a quick fix though, maybe East Fre­man­tle might be a bet­ter fit and it re­quires just re­mov­ing four let­ters from some signs and some ad­min­is­tra­tion changes. MICHAEL SEPAROVICH, Spear­wood.

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