Fremantle Forever wins the day

I am very excited by the recent Stage Government’s amalgamations announcement today the keeps Fremantle as a separate local government area.

Well done to everyone who worked on the Fremantle Forever Campaign – it was a huge team effort and it is very satisfying that the argument sensible reform has been heard and agreed to.

The preferred new City of Fremantle municipal boundaries outlined by state government ~ addition of suburbs including East Fremantle, Bicton, Palmyra, Coogee, Hamilton Hill and Spearwood (and Rottnest Island)

•           Fremantle recognised at WA’s second city and a key strategic centre

•           Increases City’s population base from ~30,000 to ~80,000 people

•           In line with Fremantle Council’s preferred vision for local government reform.

The new boundaries will underpin Fremantle’s status as Perth’s second city and extendthe City’s municipal reach to encompass some 80,000 people (up from current levels of  ~30,000 people).

The amended boundaries (see map) will stretch from North Fremantle, east to Stock Road, south to Mayor/Beeliar Roads and will include the Town of East Fremantle and Rottnest Island. This will have the effect of adding the suburbs of East Fremantle, Bicton, Palmyra, Coogee, Hamilton Hill and Spearwood to the Fremantle municipal area.

Throughout the reform process Fremantle has maintained a position of supporting sensible reform based on strengthening major activity centres in the greater Perth metropolitan area.

One of the key principles adopted by council was that no local government should have more than one major activity centre within its boundaries – a council would struggle with a multiple focus and the centres could underperform. The final proposal outlined by the state government is sensible and strategic and has taken into account these key activity centre locations.

Of the 14 local governments originally proposed by the government, the Fremantle/East Fremantle/Melville merger was the only one that would contain two major activity centres as defined by Directions 2031 – I applaud the state government for recognising this and amending the boundaries based on our submission and public feedback.

I am extremely pleased with the outcome. This was the kind of sensible boundary reform based around natural communities of interest that the residents of Fremantle were calling for. I am extremely pleased that the government has shown they have heard and understood this


Fremantle new boundary

In summary, the new model across Perth proposes:

  • An expanded City of Perth, including the City of Vincent
  • Local governments consisting of:
    • The high growth City of Gosnells and the City of Canning
    • The City of Bayswater and the Town of Bassendean
    • The City of Belmont and the Shire of Kalamunda
    • The City of South Perth and the Town of Victoria Park
    • The City of Swan and the Shire of Mundaring
    • The City of Kwinana with the City of Cockburn, shifting the northern border of the City of Cockburn further south.
  • Retaining the City of Fremantle with the suburb of North Fremantle and the Town of East Fremantle
  • Expanding the City of Melville to take in parts of the City of Cockburn, the City of Fremantle and the City of Canning.
  • Seven local governments (Cambridge, Claremont, Cottesloe, Mosman Park, Nedlands, Peppermint Grove and Subiaco) in the western suburbs into one, plus the suburbs of Wembley Downs, Churchlands and part of Woodlands
  • Retaining part of Mt Lawley, including the aquatic centre and golf club, in the City of Stirling.
  • Shifting the City of Armadale southern boundary to take in the high growth urban areas of the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale
  • Shifting the Shire of Murray border northwards to take in the rural areas of the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale
  • No changes to the boundaries for the cities of Rockingham, Wanneroo and Joondalup

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29 Responses to Fremantle Forever wins the day

  1. Colin Nichol says:

    A win against the odds, I feel!

  2. dianaryan says:

    We can see you are extremely pleased! Congratulations Brad and CofF team.

  3. Emma Anda says:

    I feel so happy at this proposal, and I am impressed and relieved that logic and common sense seem to have prevailed RE Tony Simpson and Colin Barnett reconsidering the initial idea of combing the cities of Fremantle and Melville.

    Now fingers crossed that it all becomes 100% definite and rock solid mid 2014 when the final decisions are made. Very good work City of Freo. Thank you for arguing Freo’s case as you did to the state government.

  4. cathyhall2 says:

    Well done team FreoForever 🙂

  5. Dick Baynham says:

    Congratulations Brad and Team plus the State Government. This is arguably the most important thing to happen to Fremantle in decades and it opens a massive window of opportunity.

  6. Katarina Felton says:

    As a Spearwood resident I feel extremely upset, Cockburn council is a very progressive council, and I do not feel that Fremantle is. They support business and citizens, in the 7 years I have lived here I have been amazed by the new services, sports venues and business that has popped and been supported, at the same time as Fremantle seems to be slowly dying. Feel very worried

  7. Mark Trupp says:

    Thank goodness that sense prevailed. I am a Fremantle person, not a Melville person. Well done Brad.

  8. Alana says:

    Where does this leave samson ?

  9. craggers says:

    YAY!! Now lets get the Dockers playing home games at Rotto!!!

  10. SAL says:

    What a relief – great work!!

  11. Ross says:

    The libs knew when they put put up the scary ambit first attempt that we would jump for joy at the sensible updated version and not complain as loudly if at all. Was this straight out of ‘The Prince’?

  12. Rob Harrison says:

    Congratulations Brad, Thats a big win for all involved including councillors and Graham and the Team. Well done.

  13. Andy Duke says:

    Congratulations. Does this proposal ensure that Fremantle retains stakeholder status in the development of Roe 8? Also who takes responsibility of the eastern boundary and traffic implications of Stock Rd? Will Stock Rd require joint involvement by Melville and Fremantle?

  14. Lesley says:

    Sounds good so far, but the goal posts change in this game as fast as they’re erected. Let’s not count all of our chickens just yet!

  15. GJD001 says:

    You won’t be able to handle a 270’/, rise in capacity .Sorry !!!

  16. Paul Weaver says:

    I live in Palmyra. Will the change end my borrowing rights at Melville’s libraries and aged care facilities?

  17. Mark from Spearwood says:

    All I’m seeing here is delight at Fremantle grabbing cash cow suburbs in Cockburn and Melville. People in these areas will be worse off as you will still be a Freo-centric council and these people won’t enjoy the same level of services from Fremantle as they get now

  18. Dave Sachse says:

    I’m disappointed that City of Freo and Mayor Pettitt were so quick to jump in to bed with the Libs over the carve up of Cockburn. Whilst it is clear that the City of Cockburn stuffed up themselves, I would have thought the City and its mayor would show a higher degree of social and moral thought for their Cockburn neighbours. I, like many in Cockburn are ex-Freo residents who voted the Fremantle Mayor in and still work in and play our part for the Fremantle community. Mergers don’t lose anyone anything. A carve-up of Cockburn does. As a south Cockburn resident I lose jewels such as Bibra Lake, Manning Park, Council buildings etc from my local government area. Melville, Freo, Kwinana and those that stuffed up for Cockburn have focussed purely on political point scoring rather than looking after ratepayers (that they hope will soon be their own constituents)

    • Dave
      The city of Freo’s clear aim is to stay separate and not to get merged with Melville. I will be speaking to Cockburn about what boundaries work for them as a compromise might be the best way forward
      cheers, Brad

      • Dave Sachse says:

        I appreciate you taking the time to reply Brad, and for offering this blog so people get a chance to have their say. Many of us in Cockburn feel a close affinity with Freo. I teach and work in Freo, coach junior footy for the City Dockers, shop there etc .I could afford to rent there, but with a new, young family not purchase a home unfortunately, so we moved to a more affordable area which we still feel has ‘Freo links’. I have no problems with any of Cockburn’s neighbouring councils, but generally the City of Cockburn has got it’s act together, is performing well financially, environmentally etc. Ratepayers of Cockburn could be the only real losers here. Their rates have supported the upkeep and development of many facilities that may soon be outside their local government area. Mergers don’t worry me but extinction does. I agree with you re Melville, completely different demographic for starters!

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