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PLANS DON’T PLEASE EV­ERY­ONE

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Bryce Luff

SHOP­PING op­tions for Yangebup and Beeliar res­i­dents could be dou­bled, with plans for a new com­mer­cial space out for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

But some in the lo­cal com­mu­nity group be­lieve the pro­posal is not the right fit for the area.

The devel­op­ment, planned for land on the north­ern side of Beeliar Drive be­tween Durnin Av­enue and the rail­way line, will bring with it a new Aldi su­per­mar­ket, a petrol sta­tion, sev­eral spe­cialty stores, Hun­gry Jack’s and KFC fast food out­lets, and 253 car bays. A tav­ern has al­ready been ap­proved for the site.

The precinct is op­po­site the es­tab­lished Beeliar Vil­lage, which fea­tures a su­per­mar­ket, restau­rants, fast food out­let, phar­macy and petrol sta­tion.

THE team be­hind the Greater Fre­man­tle pro­posal will not con­cede their dream is over, de­spite find­ing lit­tle sup­port at a pub­lic hear­ing into the pro­posal.

Hun­dreds packed the PCYC hall in Hil­ton on Wed­nes­day night but only con­vener Adin Lang and sup­porter Alan Bea­z­ley spoke in favour of hav­ing Fre­man­tle Coun­cil’s bound­aries ex­tended to in­clude Hamil­ton Hill and part of North Coogee.

Just six of an es­ti­mated 300 peo­ple in the room raised their hands when asked if they sup­ported the Greater Fre­man­tle move­ment, the crowd not agree­ing with Mr Lang that the af­fected res­i­dents should put their rates into Fre­man­tle, that they would get bet­ter rep­re­sen­ta­tion un­der a new coun­cil, or that Fre­man­tle was bet­ter at cre­at­ing com­mu­nity hubs.

Mr Lang said the crowd, heav­ily slanted in favour of keep­ing Cock­burn’s bound­aries as they are, may have scared other Greater Fre­man­tle sup­port­ers into keep­ing quiet.

About 35 peo­ple – in­clud­ing for­mer Cock­burn Mayor Don Miguel, Phoenix Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion Work­ing Group mem­ber John Cu­nai, Coogee Beach Progress As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Ge­off Sach and Cool­bellup’s Ugo De Marchi – spoke against bound­ary re­form.

The Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ad­vi­sory Board (LGAB) will now con­sider in­for­ma­tion it col­lected at the meet­ing and sub­mis­sions gath­ered dur­ing the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod be­fore mak­ing its rec­om­men­da­tion to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter.

De­spite the crowd ap­pear­ing keen to see the Greater Fre­man­tle bid crum­ble, Mr Lang told the Gazette it was now a “wait­ing game” to see what the LGAB’s rec­om­men­da­tion would be. “The LGAB will make a de­ci­sion based on the weight of the ar­gu­ment. That’s just the way it is,” he said.

“They’ll take into ac­count a num­ber of fac­tors – Fre­man­tle be­ing ‘crap’ or Fre­man­tle be­ing a ‘dog’s break­fast’ isn’t one of them.

“There’s two more steps to go – there’s the board and the min­is­ter. We’ll have to wait to hear what the board says.”

With much of the work done for him, Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett chose against de­liv­er­ing another blow to the op­po­si­tion dur­ing his time at the mi­cro­phone.

“Isn’t it great that we live in a democ­racy where peo­ple can come out and have their say with­out any fear or favour,” he said.

Chat­ting af­ter­wards to the Gazette, he said it was clear the ma­jor­ity of sup­port was to have the 10,000 af­fected ratepay­ers re­main with Cock­burn. “We knew the sup­port was there. We’re ap­proached all the time from peo­ple, no mat­ter where we go, say­ing ‘this has to be stopped’,” he said.

The LGAB’s pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod into the pro­posal closes Oc­to­ber 13. A rec­om­men­da­tion is ex­pected in Novem­ber.

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El­iz­a­beth Dun­can and Chon­telle Sands at the site.

Big turnout: The crowd at last Wed­nes­day’s meet­ing.

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