Freo happy with backflip

Fremantle officials were unhappy with the original boundaries, which saw them eaten up by Melville, instead putting forward their own map that saw the City take in Bicton, Palmyra, East Fremantle, Hamilton Hill and North Coogee, while losing Samson and O’Connor.

But last week’s new boundary announcement gave them more, with the Minister accepting the city’s terms and also giving them Coogee, Spearwood, retaining North Fremantle and the residential part of Munster from the City of Cockburn.

Notable inclusions in the new boundaries are Pt Walter Reserve, Coogee Marina, Coogee Beach and Woodman’s Pt Reserve.

Fremantle chief executive Graeme Mackenzie said the new boundaries could see around 80,000 people in Fremantle, up from 30,000.

‘We welcome the Minister’s confidence in Fremantle’s sustainable future as a primary centre, which aligns well with council’s vision,’ he said.

‘The final proposal outlined by the State Government is sensible and strategic and has taken into account key activity locations.’

Mr Simpson said it was a sign of a flexible and consultative government that they were able to listen to the local governments and take suggestions on board.

‘I think the important part in Fremantle, it’s our second city,’ he said.

‘It’s the most visited place in WA and we identified that it will be our second city, so we’ve identified to try strengthen it up with the expansion.’