MOSMAN PARK council has backed a new push from North Freo residents to defect from Fremantle council.
Following residents’ failed attempt to get the Local Government Advisory Board to shift the boundary in 2015, they are now preparing to lodge a new and wider-ranging proposal that takes in the entire suburb.
The initial submission requested the section of North Fremantle from the Dingo Flour Mill on Stirling Highway to the area just past McCabe Street become part of Mosman Park.
More than 200 residents in and around Minim Cove have signed a petition supporting the move.
Mosman Park mayor Ron Norris says that “a major drive in the recent request from residents is due to the building fabric around Minim Cove.”
“It seems to be a logical solution,” he says.
“The current boundary has created issues such as traffic management for Mosman Park which is on land that is effectively controlled by North Fremantle.”
At their last meeting, Mosman Park councillors voted to give the residents’ campaign “in-principle support and assistance”.
North Fremantle resident Geoff Totterdell led the fight to change the boundary two years ago. “Our kids go to school in Mosman Park, we use the facilities and amenities in Mosman Park, so why should we pay our rates to Fremantle?” he told media outlet WAtoday about the new push.
“Fremantle has forgotten about North Fremantle and we don’t get the services for our rates.
“The reason Fremantle is scratching and clawing for us to stay is because they don’t want to lose the rates.”
But it might not be a one-way transfer, with Mosman Park council candidate Andrew Wilson suggesting his ritzy enclave’s public housing tenants should be dumped in Fremantle because it has a Centrelink and other appropriate facilities.
“Everyday a break-in occurs in Mosman Park, and we all know it’s due to the housing commission,” he said in a statement.
The Herald contacted Fremantle North Ward councillor Doug Thompson for comment, but he didn’t get back to us before deadline.
by NICOLLETTA DE GENNARO