Candidates at opposite ends

Current Mayor Brad Pettitt and hopeful Matthew Hanssen have opposite views on the issues, with Dr Pettitt for the Youth Plaza in the Esplanade Reserve but against the proposed amalgamation with East Fremantle and Melville, while Mr Hanssen does not want to see the Esplanade paved over but supports the bigger merged council.

Dr Pettitt said he was keen to secure another term and finish what the council started in revitalising Fremantle.

‘Close to $1 billion worth of new investment is planned which will transform Fremantle into an even more vibrant, sustainable and liveable City,’ he said.

Mr Hanssen, who is also standing for the vacant North ward seat against current councillor Doug Thompson, said current council planning and policies was keeping shops empty.

‘There is definitely a call from developers who want to develop their project above 3-4 storeys but not with designs that look into people’s backyard; if the designs and architecture are good I don’t see a problem there,’ he said.

‘I oppose the concreting of the esplanade, forced plastic bag impost on business and the closure of Myer but I support free parking in the CBD, increased policing to combat street drinking and amalgamations to deliver more and better services.’