Petitioners band together

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, Fremantle Society president Henty Farrar, Mandurah MLA David Templeman and Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk with the Fremantle Forever petition. d421176
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, Fremantle Society president Henty Farrar, Mandurah MLA David Templeman and Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk with the Fremantle Forever petition. d421176

The Fremantle Forever campaign petition saw 3731 signatures collected in opposition to one amalgamation option, which could see Fremantle merged with East Fremantle, Melville and parts of Canning.

The petition also states opposition to North Fremantle.

Fremantle Society president Henty Farrar who, along with City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt handed the petition to local MLA Simone McGurk, said people were ‘genuinely outraged’ by the suggestion of putting Fremantle into Melville.

‘There is no way that the iconic port city of Fremantle is going to lower its colours and have its heritage dumped into a leafy suburban municipality, nice and all as Melville is,’ he said.

‘We are hopeful and expectant that Fremantle will retain its own municipal identity but the final boundaries are so far unknown.’

Ms McGurk said it was important that locals were able to see their opinions voiced in parliament.

‘Council amalgamations have caused significant uncertainty and disquiet in the community and so was important that the Fremantle community made itself heard loud and clear on this issue by having this petition tabled,’ she said. Dr Pettitt said he was proud of the Fremantle community’s support of the campaign.