Little support for moving North Coogee and Hamilton Hill into City of Freo


Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett (left) with west ward councillors, Deputy Mayor Carol Reeve-Fowkes, and Kevin Allen on the Cockburn-Fremantle border on Cockburn Road.
Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett (left) with west ward councillors, Deputy Mayor Carol Reeve-Fowkes, and Kevin Allen on the Cockburn-Fremantle border on Cockburn Road.

FEWER than 20 per cent of people surveyed about shifting North Coogee and Hamilton Hill into the City of Fremantle have backed the move.

But despite the low figure, which was collected during a City of Cockburn-backed poll, more than half the respondents were in favour of a referendum on the issue.

The Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) will hold a formal inquiry into the proposal in August after being triggered into action by Greater Freo campaigners.

The City of Cockburn used $1800 of a $50,000 account it set up to fight the move to undertake a ReachTEL poll of 711 affected residents across the suburbs on July 7.

Polling showed 64.2 per cent of residents supported Hamilton Hill and North Coogee remaining with their current council.

Only 17.5 per cent of residents backed a move into the City of Fremantle, while 18.3 per cent were indifferent.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the results proved there was little support for change.

“The City of Cockburn continues to oppose the boundary change proposal and the ReachTEL poll of residents demonstrated that the claims of huge support for the move is clearly not the case,” he said.

“Council has heard the community’s preference to preserve Cockburn and will take all steps to achieve this.

“We don’t intend to let the desires of a few control the destiny of the majority.”

But Greater Freo convenor Adin Lang was sceptical of the results.

“I’d like to know more about the poll, what parts of North Coogee and Hamilton Hill were surveyed, who were surveyed and how many people chose not to respond,” he said.

Residents were also asked if there should be a referendum on the proposal.

The poll found 57.2 per cent were in favour of a vote, 31 per cent were against and 11.8 per cent were indifferent.

Mr Howlett said a formal poll was of questionable value because it is not mandatory for the results to be accepted by the LGAB.

The City of Fremantle has said it would not actively seek the boundary change.

Local Government Minister Tony Simpson is unlikely to back any proposal not supported by both councils.