Drunks, fights worry North Fremantle petitioners

North Fremantle residents Richard Jamieson, Richard Elsey, Brigitte Cronan, Robin Fordham, Phil Hammond and Richard Fordham want to jump into Mosman Park.         Picture: Jon Bassett
Drunks, fights worry North Fremantle petitioners
Drunks, fights worry North Fremantle petitioners
Drunks, fights worry North Fremantle petitioners
North Fremantle residents Richard Jamieson, Richard Elsey, Brigitte Cronan, Robin Fordham, Phil Hammond and Richard Fordham want to jump into Mosman Park.         Picture: Jon Bassett

BEING accosted by drunks while shopping in Fremantle is enough for North Fremantle resident Brett Rhodes to join his neighbours in petitioning the State Government to leave the port city and join neighbouring Mosman Park.

“It’s got to the point where we come out of Fremantle Woolworths and see fights, so we shop in Mosman Park,” Mr Rhodes, of Thompson Road, told a Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) meeting at recent the North Fremantle Community Centre.

The 160-signature petition calls for the street north of the Dingo Flour Mill, and the west end of the Minim Cove development to Buckland Hill to join the western suburbs.

Residents applauded at the meeting and claimed there was a lack of services from Fremantle Council.

Traffic congestion and unclear decisions about potential high-rise at the Taskers, One Steel and Matilda Bay sites were among issues raised.

“We believe that McCabe Street is the gateway to Mosman Park, and there needs to be a change so there is not disparate planning,” petition organiser Geoff Totterdell said.

It is estimated the zone, comprising much of Fremantle’s future high density housing up to about 14 storeys, could have a population of about 2500.

“We’re looking for the development to be low-rise style, and ideally about 5-6 storeys,” petitioner Les Wilson said.

North Fremantle Community Association chairman Gerry MacGill said any new boundary should include Leighton Beach so Mosman Park paid for the foreshore facilities.

Before next February, the LGAB will determine if petitioning North Fremantle residents north of Craig Street, near the Dingo Flour Mill, and in the west end of the Minim Cove development, share a community of interest with Mosman Park.

It will also decide if typography and demographics allow a change and if the councils would be affected by any alteration.

LGAB submissions close on December 17.