Concerted opposition

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, Wajipha Chongwe, Freddy Poncin, Carolyn White and Dilip Parekh.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, Wajipha Chongwe, Freddy Poncin, Carolyn White and Dilip Parekh.

Fremantle resident and musician Lucky Oceans performed at the free concert at the Fremantle Arts Centre and took the opportunity to stand up for his City.

‘I moved to Fremantle in 1981 and have lived there ever since,’ he said.

‘If it had been FreMelville, I doubt if I would have bothered.’

Fremantle Forever organiser and South Fremantle resident Marie Bout said 1115 people attended the concert and all signed a petition against the proposed council merger.

‘Among the petition signatories were a number of Melville residents who wanted the cities to remain separate so that they could better reflect their community’s interests,’ she said.

‘Fremantle is a culturally vibrant community with strong arts and festivals, including the Hidden Treasures festival, the street art festival, and the hugely successful Fremantle Festival.

‘We’re afraid that the support for Freo arts and culture would be lost with a merger with Melville.”

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt was among those who attended and said while the City supported local government reform, it opposed the State Government’s plan for Fremantle to be amalgamated with Melville.

‘Melville should be able to focus on Canning Bridge and Murdoch as their centres and Fremantle on its own CBD,’ he said. Dr Pettitt said the City of Fremantle would meet with the Minister for Local Government to explain its opposition to the plan and suggest a compromise proposal.