Cock­burn to de­fend bound­aries

MAYOR HITS BACK AT GREATER FREO

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

IF there was any doubt about how staunchly the City of Cock­burn is prepared to de­fend its bor­ders from re­form, that evap­o­rated on Wed­nes­day night.

A cam­paign run by Greater Fre­man­tle pro­po­nents has sug­gested mov­ing part of North Coogee and the whole of Hamil­ton Hill into the City of Fre­man­tle.

But in front of about 45 peo­ple at the Hamil­ton Hill Com­mu­nity Group meet­ing on Wed­nes­day night, Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett said the city would be hav­ing none of it.

He said the po­si­tion was taken fol­low­ing a meet­ing of elec­tors in Fe­bru­ary where the Coogee Beach Progress As­so­ci­a­tion put for­ward a mo­tion call­ing on the City to op­pose the Greater Freo cam­paign and a July ReachTEL poll which found just 17.5 per cent of peo­ple wanted to move to Fre­man­tle.

“We don’t support the Greater Freo cam­paign; sim­ple as that,” he said.

Mr Howlett said he had met with City of Fre­man­tle of­fi­cials to let them know the po­si­tion his coun­cil had taken.

“Cer­tainly (Cock­burn chief ex­ec­u­tive) Stephen Cain and my­self met with Fre­man­tle chief ex­ec­u­tive Philip St John and Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt and we laid it right on the ta­ble that we are not go­ing to take any rub­bish from them,” he said.

“We are not go­ing to give up, we will fight to the end and we will make sure we re­tain Cock­burn as it is.”

Dur­ing a re­cent un­suc­cess­ful state-led push for lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­form, the City of Fre­man­tle had sought to take over North Coogee and Hamil­ton Hill.

At the time it was de­scribed as a “carve up of Cock­burn”, with other por­tions of the city pro­posed to be sent to Kwinana and Melville.

Fre­man­tle Mayor Pet­titt has said his City would not push the is­sue this time around, but added he was im­pressed by the Greater Freo cam­paign.

Mr St John said the City of Fre­man­tle would con­sider its po­si­tion at a coun­cil meet­ing on Wed­nes­day.

Greater Freo con­vener Adin Lang, who did not at­tend Wed­nes­day’s com­mu­nity gath­er­ing af­ter speak­ing at pre­vi­ous meet­ings, said he spoke to Mr Howlett about re­solv­ing the is­sue with­out it go­ing to a pub­lic in­quiry.

He said he had pro­posed an al­tered plan in­volv­ing only North Coogee’s South Beach Es­tate and the western pocket of Hamil­ton Hill mov­ing to Fre­man­tle.

“If we can’t me­di­ate and they stick to their guns they could lose the whole thing,” he said. “Let’s me­di­ate.”

Mr Howlett said the city was so strong on its stance to re­main as is, it even re­jected in­for­mal ap­proaches from the City of Melville about trans­fer­ring Cock­burn’s pocket of Leem­ing to the City of Melville.

There are about 2800 res­i­dents liv­ing east of the Kwinana Free­way and north of Roe High­way that are gov­erned by Cock­burn.

“We told them (the City of Melville) straight; ‘We’re not in any po­si­tion to talk about that’,” Mr Howlett said.

The Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ad­vi­sory Board is ex­pected to of­fi­cially com­mence its Greater Freo pub­lic in­quiry pe­riod in Septem­ber.

Pub­lic hear­ings for res­i­dents of both coun­cils will be held, with sub­mis­sions from the pub­lic able to be made af­ter that.

No dates have been locked in.

Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett at the Hamil­ton Hill meet­ing.

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