North Fremantle residents fume at decision to reject application to join Town of Mosman Park

“We’re just exasperated by a process that’s laid down in the Local Government Act for local residents to initiate change, but you have a minister who will not implement that change without the agreement of both councils either side of the boundary,” petition organiser and North Fremantle resident Geoff Totterdell said.

About 165 North Fremantle residents near the west end of the Minim Cove development said Fremantle Council did not provide adequate services and infrastructure.

They said they mainly used Mosman Park shops and schools, and the Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) investigated a change late last year.

In March, the LGAB instead recommended Fremantle’s counter-proposal to move the port city’s border further along McCabe Street into Mosman Park.

Fremantle’s proposal would have captured all potential high-rise development on the street, which is the main route into Mosman Park and over which the smaller council wants greater control.

Mr Totterdell said Fremantle’s proposal had multiple errors, including 2700 residents being affected and Mosman Park being unable to plan for McCabe Street, and the LGAB had favoured Fremantle’s proposal without consulting the community.

“And Fremantle has made no approach to us to see what they can do better for us,” Mr Totterdell said.

Mosman Park rejected the Fremantle proposal when it was asked for comment by Mr Simpson in the past two weeks.

Mr Simpson’s spokeswoman said a full inquiry was held into the petition because it was considered a major change, but there was no inquiry into the Fremantle proposal because it was considered minor.

The spokeswoman said the Local Government Act meant Mr Simpson could only accept the LGAB’s recommendation not to continue with the ratepayers’ proposal, and Mosman Park Council said it “strongly opposed” Fremantle’s counter-proposal.

“It is the Minister’s preference that the two local governments were in agreement on the proposed boundary change and in the absence of that agreement, the status quo was maintained,” the spokeswoman said.