‘Sensible’ boundary sought

Premier Colin Barnett and Local Government Minister Tony Simpson made the announcement at the City of Cockburn chambers.

Under the Government’s proposed boundaries, the industrial side of North Fremantle will stay, but they will lose the residential side to the seven-council western suburbs.

The larger council area will also extend further east, with Rossmoyne, Shelley and Willetton coming from Canning.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said they would not support the boundaries and would be working with East Fremantle and maybe Melville on a ‘more sensible boundary’.

The City prefers the boundaries associated with their option ‘c’ as opposed to those announced by the Government on Tuesday.

‘We need to generate community support for a rational new Fremantle boundary that builds on Fremantle’s unique identity rather than the sprawl east we have been offered,’ he said.

‘The real economic danger for Fremantle is that through the merger process, the centre of government and economic focus moves away from the CBD and as a result Fremantle’s economy further languishes.’

Town of East Fremantle acting mayor Alex Wilson said the Town was undergoing a review.

‘We are far more aligned with seeing Fremantle as the centre, and we are far more aligned with Fremantle than Melville,’ she said.

‘We would definitely be reviewing what the City of Fremantle is proposing and we are welcoming that proposal and looking to see that in the next few weeks, but we haven’t had the same kind of offers from Melville.’

Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said he was ‘keen to take a leadership role’ in the new merged area.

‘As the new boundaries are now drawn, I am keen to embrace the new opportunities and challenges the creation of a new city will present…’