‘Greater Freo’ hearing
THE City of Cockburn has adopted the document it will submit to the Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) as part of the consultation process into the Greater Fremantle campaign.
Unsurprisingly the 45-page report, backed by councillors at a meeting on Thursday night, reflects the city’s objection to the community-led push to have the City of Fremantle’s borders extended to include Hamilton Hill and part of North Coogee.
Among the city’s reasons for rejecting the idea were a lack of support from affected ratepayers, the financial implications and because it does not meet recommendations from the WA Local Government Association put forward after the recent state-led reform push.
Speaking on Thursday, Cockburn’s Deputy Mayor Carol Reeve-Fowkes highlighted the extra work and costs associated with producing the council’s submission.
She suggested the city lobby relevant State Government departments to change the amount of signatures needed to trigger the reform process from 250 to at least 10 per cent of affected residents.
Greater Fremantle convener Adin Lang believed Thursday night’s meeting seemed pointless, considering the resources spent by the council to conserve boundaries.
He also felt the campaign had become personal and believed he was singled out in the city’s submission.
“Cockburn must be getting desperate because they know the Greater Freo submission makes sense and Hamilton Hill and North Coogee should be returned back to Freo,” he said. their