Fremantle must grow its boundaries. It has a population not much greater than 100 years ago
Fremantle Society Support Area left of Blue Line Below Being Added to Fremantle at the Moment
Adin Lang initiated a Greater Fremantle campaign but was hung out to dry at a large public meeting last week at Hilton PCYC when he was given no support from Fremantle Council. The Herald reported that Fremantle Deputy Mayor Coggin and councillor Hume were present but did not speak because “Fremantle had not officially endorsed the boundary shift”.
But Fremantle Council encouraged Adin Lang to pursue the boundary reform and will be making a submission supporting the same boundary extensions. Adin Lang was told Fremantle Council would attend the meeting and participate. Cr Coggin, who is paid $1,000 a week to represent Fremantle’s interests, and Cr Hume attended the meeting but said nothing.
The incendiary meeting, with vehement criticism of Fremantle Council, follows other rejections of a larger Fremantle, when East Fremantle overwhelmingly voted to stay independent of Fremantle, and hundreds of North Fremantle residents more recently voted to leave Fremantle and join Mosman Park.
The Society’s preferred option
Earlier the Fremantle Society met with Adin Lang and was impressed with his passion for Fremantle. Although not agreeing with his proposed area which includes Hamilton Hill, the Fremantle Society did agree to make a submission seeking the area south of Fremantle to the South Fremantle Power Station to be added to the municipal boundary of Fremantle on the basis of historical and heritage associations.
While more modest that the current Greater Fremantle push, it is considered more achievable at the moment, and more relevant to Fremantle and the area is shown in the map above being to the left of the blue line. The area sought by Greater Fremantle is bounded in red. The yellow line is the current southern border of Fremantle.
The animosity towards Fremantle Council as shown at last week’s meeting is developing, and spending $200,000 a year on another newsletter (The Pulse) in addtion to all its other communication is not the answer. The answers can be found in an analysis of the Catalyse Survey done in 2015 about Fremantle Council’s performance, and a comparison with other councils and former councils.
While the $30,000 survey found Fremantle Council did well with festivals and youth, in almost every single category of the survey Fremantle Council did worse than the industry average.
Around 25 councils are surveyed each time. Fremantle came in 18th. Here are some findings of those ‘very satisfied’ with the average of all councils in brackets. In many cases satisfaction rates were higher in 2005 when Peter Tagliaferri was mayor.
Overall satisfaction with council: 29% (average 39%)
Satisfaction with council leadership: 21% (average 26% – was higher in 2005)
Openness and Transparency: 14% (average 23% – was higher in 2005)
How Community is Consulted: 19% (average 22% – was higher in 2005)
How Community is Informed: 19% (average 27% – was higher in 2005
Control of graffiti and anti social behaviour: 19% (average 35% – was higher in 2005)
Streetscapes: 26% (average 37% – was higher in all previous surveys)
Parks and Green Spaces: 45% (average 57% – was higher in 2005)
Seniors: 23% (average 40% – was higher in 2005)
The most worrying finding perhaps relates to community perceptions about economic development. Only 6% were very satisfied compared with the average of 14%. 40% were ‘satisfied’ but the figure in 2005 was 70%.
In terms of how the city centre is being developed only 17% were ‘very satisfied” . The average among councils was 33%.
Parking remains an issue – only 15% very satisfied against an average of 27% for all councils.
Having paid for these survey results, council should be held accountable and made to improve.