Butting heads over borders

MOSMAN Park Council wants 250m of Leighton Beach controlled by the City of Fremantle, which is bidding for part of McCabe Street.

Both councils are making claims and counter-claims over the shared North Fremantle border.

“We’ll be pressing for a new border that goes west from North Fremantle’s Craigie Street, over the railway line, north along Curtin Avenue and then out to the beach,” Mosman Park Mayor Ron Norris said.

About 160 North Fremantle petitioning residents claim a lack of services from the port city in streets north of Craigie Street and the far west end of the adjacent Minim Cove development, near new luxury apartments in a special development zone at the west end of McCabe Street.

The residents have successfully asked the Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) to investigate moving them to Mosman Park but with a new border only to Stirling Highway.

Mr Norris said his council’s submission to the board instead asked for a beach border, south of the Leighton footbridge, because it was “more logical” and would have minimal impact on about $30,000 annually spent on the Town’s adjacent 300m Mosman Park Dog Beach.

“The board asked ‘why not have a border due west?’, but petitioning residents said they were uncertain about including potential development east of the beach,” Mr Norris said.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said his council would oppose a beach border because “a series of local government land-grabs was not sensible”, and it would instead propose the board give three streets in the Minim Cove development to Mosman Park.

Dr Pettitt said his council would ask the board to give the port city 1km of McCabe Street to the Edwards Parade intersection in Mosman Park.

Fremantle controls the first 400m of McCabe Street, around which the Taskers, Matilda Bay and Blue Steel sites may have luxury high-rise that could house about 2000 residents.

“The logic of this change is it brings all the planning for McCabe Street under one local government authority,” Dr Pettitt said.

He said he understood residents’ reactions but and the LGAB already rejected a similar boundary change.