Youthful focus

SOUTH FREMANTLE resident Liam Carter says while Fremantle council’s made a good fist of improving facilities for its young residents, it’s time that was backed with some young blood in the chamber, so he’s running in South Ward.

The 20-year-old nephew of former Fremantle Labor MP and state minister Jim McGinty currently runs the local precinct group and helped revive the city’s Youth Advisory Council last year.

But he says it was the Save Freo Beaches campaign in 2015, when locals fought plans for the Fremantle Sailing Club to take over part of dog beach, that kicked off his desire to become involved in local politics.

“It was a good group to get involved with, but the more I did it, the more I realised that there were not many young people involved.”

• Liam Carter wants a young voice on Fremantle council. Photo by Steve Grant

A Greens member, he backs the council’s dive into issues such as marriage equality and Australia Day, but says he’s really keen to push the barrow for housing affordability as the federal and state governments are lagging behind.

He also wants to lead the upgrade of South Terrace, saying he’d like to see traffic pushed onto Marine Terrace and the shopping and cafe strip further developed into an “energetic hub”.

“We could make South Terrace the High Street of South Fremantle, as we’ve already got a good mix with the vintage shops and cafes, but it will need collaboration with local businesses.”

He says the growth in the strip will have to be matched by measures to give residents relief from rat runners and periwinkle parkers.

“What I am also running on is to create greener streets with a bigger tree canopy where people can walk, to calm the streets, to get rid of the rat runners, and you have to work with the whole community.”

Mr Carter will be trying to knock off incumbent Andrew Sullivan, who told the Herald he was no longer a Greens member but will be running again.

by STEVE GRANT

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