Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt proposes part of North Fremantle to join Mosman Park to resolve ratepayer grumbles

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt proposes part of North Fremantle to join Mosman Park to resolve ratepayer grumbles

MOSMAN Park could get a smaller part of North Fremantle in a proposal from Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt to resolve some ratepayers’ disgruntlement after a greater change to the portside suburb’s borders being quashed last month.

“I don’t think the evidence has been presented so far for a break-up of North Fremantle given its historical, economic and cultural links with our city,” Dr Pettit told the Western Suburbs Weekly.

Last week, Dr Pettitt said he was “open to discussion” about handing over a smaller area to Mosman Park, comprising the west ends of The Cutting, Mathieson Avenue and Westmeath Street in the Minim Cove development.

Dr Pettitt said the adjacent special development zone of apartments should stay in Fremantle.

He said an earlier request that he and his North Fremantle councillors meet the petitioners did “skip past” him, but he would now to organise a meeting for this week..

However, petitioner organiser Geoff Totterdell said the smaller area potentially on offer now was not acceptable because it was an alterative given to Fremantle by the Local Government Advisory Board as a result of an inquiry into the residents’ original petition.

“The City of Fremantle has blatantly ignored the desire of the petitioners to reinforce the community of interest with Mosman Park, which is their right and a consideration under the provisions of the Local Government Act when a boundary change is considered,” Mr Totterdell said.

Last year, about 160 of his ratepayers centred around the west end of the Minim Cove development cited a lack of services from Fremantle and greater use of Mosman Park facilities when they petitioned the State Government to join the neighbouring western suburbs town.

The petitioners’ proposed change comprised a new border along Stirling Highway and included Fremantle’s special development zone of new apartment sites at the west end of adjacent McCabe Street.

However, Local Government Minister Tony Simpson rejected the proposal because the councils did not agree.

Cottesloe MLA Colin Barnett subsequently sent Mr Simpson to meet the disgruntled petitioners on May 4, when Mr Simpson said they should convince Fremantle about change.