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:

* We must protect the democratic right of residents to have their say in the reform outcomes.

* 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.

* The new boundaries are illogical and will undermine Fremantle as a strategic activity centre and as a unique and special community.

* 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.

Brad Pettitt-Mayor of City of Fremantle

(Taken from freoview – August 6, 2013)

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