East St Lane Blocked by Retaining Wall Collapse

 

east st retaining wall collapse

This morning driving up East St the lane heading south was blocked by what looks like a collapsed retaining wall.

Driving back to look at it this afternoon the lane was open but rubble was still there, with the eroded look of the existing wall I hope that this area is safe, especially with schools either side.

Let’s hope this is not an example of the cities $50,000,000.00 outstanding maintenance, jobs to do list?

While hoping there is no heavy rain fall over night?

Not really the safest setup with large metal rebar spikes sticking out of the ground, any unfortunate cyclist who came off their bike there might find themselves landing in a bed of nails a metre long. No warning lights just a closed footpath sign and some witches hats. Let’s hope the lights on the other side of the street give enough illumination to the hazard at night and no clowns toss the rubble onto the street?

A good spot to avoid till they arrest their landslide, I think.

Lucky Day for Fremantle Reform 888

Last night on the 28th of April Fremantle Reform, hit 888 subscribers with over 8000 hits.

Why is it lucky, when I lived in China the number 8 has huge significant in the Chinese beliefs of fortune and  Fung Shui.


Because Eight (Ba in Chinese) has the similar pronunciation with 发 (Fa, meaning wealth or fortune), the number 8 is very well received among Chinese people. A bit of trivia for 8 significance was obvious in relation to the Beijing Olympic Games which commenced at exactly eight o’clock eight minutes on the eighth day of the eighth month in 2008. When people choose telephone numbers, mobile numbers, house numbers, car identification numbers and important dates, 8 is usually the first choice.

So lucky days for Fremantle Reform with a run of 8’s on the 28th.

Great Community Meeting Tuesday Evening

leaders wanted

Thanks very much for the great turnout for last night’s meeting. It was great to see such a diverse attendance, we had representative’s from 4 precincts which was really great. I appreciate everyone’s efforts on such short notice

Thanks to everyone who came your interest, questions and participation was encouraging.

Thanks to Martin and Craig for the presentation it was very enlightening, plus the Q and A was really informative, everyone loved the detailed info, which has made this issue easier to understand for all who attended. For everyone who filled out the attendance sheet the presentation will be emailed out for your info for you to pass out to friend’s neighbours, family and anyone who’s interested.

Shortly I will organize a system to post the whole presentation here on the site, so it’s easy to pass onto friends, then people can ask questions as well, keeping in mind that know we don’t have access to some of the very important information as this is being kept confidential from us the rate payers and residents.

We will be working to set up more of this community based meetings or workshops to help people understand the concerns surrounding this issue.

Also finally thanks to the press that came last night, it was great considering especially the short notice you were given.

 

Good governance: transparency, accountability, consultation and responsible Council management of assets and rates.

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Fremantle’s House of Cards

Further from Fremantle CEO Clanger, on the mind your own business, style comment from the CEO that was in the Gazette today, we see the COF PR team has released his whole statement to Roel’s Freoview, that was given to the Gazette. Which is probably good to see his whole letter and not just piece meal bits that were put to print.

Probably good,,,,,, Not, it was probably best they said nothing as I love the comparison between the State Government Perth freight link business plan and the COF councils Kings Sq Business plan I quote “To put this into context, try to obtain a copy of the business plan for any of the major state government projects like the Perth Freight Link – we can’t!”  

So from that pearler of a comparison, many think the freight link is not transparent for costs and has a lot of unanswered questions in regards to the benefits to investment ratio. Is the CEO drawing the same comparison to Kings SQ? This sounds like the state government is keeping the council in the dark- so the council is going to do the same thing to its rate payers and residents, leave us in the dark with no facts and no answers to months old simple questions.

With the councils refusal to answer questions on the issue for 7 months now and  the comments we see online, we have to ask, is the project built like a house of cards and if we remove one piece will it just crumble down? What do they have to fear by answering questions? The effort by council to keep the facts from the residents and rate payers is clear, the question is why?

As for a binding contract, didn’t they tell us that the Business Plan had certain trigger points or get out of contract points? If the development requirement/criteria are not met as per a predetermined time table, doesn’t this require it to go back to council to continue or extend the timetable. If so, this certainly wasn’t how it was portrayed by the CEO’s statements. Are we getting the whole picture unvetted or just being fed what they want us to hear?

The other interesting statement is this “I also make the comment that the NPV assessment was not the sole determinant for this project to proceed” So what were the other determinant points for the project, more importantly what $$$ value was assigned to them to justify or offset any $$ loss, cost or investment?

The questions just keeping mounting up.

Fremantle CEO Clanger

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I wish I can say I was surprised by the reported comment in the Fremantle Gazette today from Fremantle’s CEO Graeme Mackenzie but I’m not.

The fact that someone has raised a $30,000,000.00+ question on the city’s Kings Square Business Plan (KSBP) and over the last 7+ months and the city (COF) has repeatedly failed to answer even 1(one) question is alarming. The fact the COF, CEO and Mayor Brad have failed to answer any of these questions is incredible, further to see them personally attack that rate payer for patiently asking the questions over 3 months, initially and over 7 months now in total makes you wonder what going on?

When you read the article and see comments that from the CEO it’s “too late to ask questions” you have to ask why?  A resident has question how the KSBP makes a positive NPV of just over $4 million, when his calculation comes out with a negative $30 million NPV. I’m not sure what lenses Graeme is referring to but it must be a hell of a kaleidoscope he is looking thought to get such different figures.

Whether the city has a contract or not again is not relevant to the questions being asked. Or the future ones that are doing to be asked. As currently the real question are around “Good governance: transparency, accountability, consultation and responsible Council management of assets and rates.”

They always seem to say the right words, we appreciate the questions, we appreciate public interest, thank you for the question but it’s their action that tell the real story personal media attacks on residents, refusing to answer the questions they appreciated you asking.

Statements like this are worrying as if the plan was so good why did Mr Lee not find the answers in the plan and why does the COF just not simply point out to Mr Lee what page of their comprehensive business plan has the answers. “In the interim, I need to make it clear that the business plan for this project was the most comprehensive business plan ever released by the City of Fremantle, containing information far exceeding the minimum requirements for a business plan produced by a local government,” he said. So either the business plan bar for facts is set real low or maybe the comprehensive part refers to the PR, glossy images and rhetoric, instead of in depth financials and economic details need to quantify the actual financial outcomes and impact on the COF finances?

So yet again we wait to see what answers we will get but note the CEO is quoted as saying “However, he said the City would release additional information to address some of Mr Lee’s questions in the coming weeks.” Not all the questions but SOME, not very reassuring after 7 months.

The question we need to have answered is the business plan as it was presented to council a true representation of the actual impact on the city’s finances. The financial facts could not have changed from then to now, sure interest rate may have land value may have but the documents behind the business plan are still the same surely?

The comment, It was based on the best information and knowledge at the time, so anyone now looking at the plan is not viewing it through the same time lens.”  Sounds like we may have a bit spin or change of impact on the City coming? This doesn’t change the business plan that was presented or the documents used to build that assumption.

The longer the COF drags this out the more doubt they put into the city and its future this issue should have been dealt with answers swiftly to get past it and get on with growing Fremantle, instead of leaving a veil, of secrecy, worry, questions and doubt. It can’t be good for trying to attract new development/business to the city while the COF leaves such issues unresolved?

All these issues will make it very interesting to see the answers to the questions still before the minister for Local Government Tony Simpson.

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