PLANS DON’T PLEASE EVERYONE
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.
Elizabeth Duncan and Chontelle Sands at the site.
Big turnout: The crowd at last Wednesday’s meeting.
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