“Fremantle Forever”: a call for community action on amalgamations

This Thursday at 5.30pm at Kulcha the Fremantle Council and the Fremantle Society would like to invite you to the first meeting to organise community action against the mega-merger with Fremantle, East Fremantle, Melville and parts of Canning.

This is a call to community action but it is not a simplistic no change, anti-amalgamations campaign. Instead we will be taking a more sophisticated approach:

Key principles as a starting point for discussion

  1. We must protect the democratic right of residents to have their say in the reform outcomes.
  2. The City of Fremantle (whilst being strongly and consistently supportive of local government reform and a logical expansion of boundaries for the City of Fremantle) is strongly opposed to the mega-council option proposed by the State Government.
  3. The new boundaries are illogical and will undermine Fremantle as a strategic activity centre and as a unique and special community.
  4. We will instead make the case for boundaries that strengthen Fremantle as a unique place and key strategic centre. This will take us further east but nowhere near as far as proposed – probably Stock or North Lake Road. We will also fight very hard to keep North Fremantle and go a bit further south as well.

In other words we need smart boundary reform for a strengthened Fremantle centre not this illogical sprawl east that leaves the Fremantle CBD further isolated from its natural communities of interest.

It is time for the Fremantle community to make its voice heard but not by saying “no” to all boundary reforms but instead arguing for smart new boundaries that properly reflect the wider community of Fremantle.

We don’t have a campaign name yet. It might be “Fremantle Forever” or “Smart Boundaries not Dumb Mergers”. We can work that out together. This won’t be party political campaign – all are invited and welcome.

Hope to see you on the Balcony at Kulcha (South Tce Fremantle) 5.30pm to 6.30pm this Thursday the 8th of August. Just before Fremantle 2029 visioning pub talk.

Option C (yellow) is Freo Council’s prefered submission.

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6 Responses to “Fremantle Forever”: a call for community action on amalgamations

  1. Premier Barnett would need to eat his words if it happens. As executive director of the WA Chamber of Commerce in Nov 1987, Mr Barnett lobbied to cut Perth City councillor numbers and change boundaries because “city businesses were treated unfairly and were subsidising ratepayers in the suburbs” ref The Post, 1/12/12, p.3. The businesses of Fremantle would be subsidising a larger residential area which is counter to Fremantle as a “strategic activity centre”.

    • dianaryan says:

      I don’t think the technicalities, so to speak, come in to it anymore, Julie. Robson Review didn’t make distinctions between business and residential rates – more that it wanted to balance rates revenues/bases. Freo’s budget is large for what is only about 30,000 people.

      I never thought of Freo as being used to fund Melville, etc.

      Vic Park/South Perth are still fighting for Crown Casino’s rates base to remain with them, as it raises more than Canning’s Welshpool industrial precinct that will be handed over in compensation, and won’t cost as much to service as the 24,000 houses we will be handing over as well.

      The Premier is turned around on several things now, from his days at CCI – not a fan of privatising utility services and their supply chains any more!

  2. Claire says:

    I support Option C also.

  3. Emma Anda says:

    What a fantastic turn up to the meeting at 5:30pm yesterday, a packed room. Lots of energy and passion there, I was really impressed and thrilled to see it. Go Freo!

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