‘Greater Freo’ hear­ing

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

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

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