Green wants project probe | Fremantle Herald Interactive

Source: Claudia Green wants project probe | Fremantle Herald Interactive

What pile of crap is the Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt is talking now? “The Herald has obtained an email exchange between mayor Brad Pettitt and a ratepayer in which the mayor says staff are so worried about the information falling into the wrong hands they don’t even want it emailed within council.”

My God what do they have to hide if they are keeping secrets from their own councillors or staff, what dodgy deal have been done with this business plan? Or is that they think so lowly of their other councillors and staff that information is not freely flowing. No matter what it tells a story of something to hide.

The sad thing is that the rate payers who are denied access to these secret documents helped  pay for them

A single rate payer asked a couple of simple questions about a year ago of the Fremantle council in regards to their Kings Square Business Plan, till today he has not had those questions answered. Is the mayor claiming that this individual a year earlier started to use these simple  question  to stir trouble in an local election? Please how paranoid can you be?

1st lets ask one simple question evenif he did so what, if the plan is sound and there is nothing to hide then questions would have simply answered, it would not have taken the council 3 months and legal advice to draft the answers for his simple questions. Furthermore I doubt he thought his simple questions would make such a drama, I doubt he even knew who brad pettitt was till drafted the questions? The drama and the fact these questions are still being asked a year after they where 1st raised, begs to question what is our Mayor and council hiding?

This council has gone out of its way to have to deflect questions being answered on this project, its a breath of fresh air for Fremantle to have the opportunity to get a councillor who will ask for true financial due diligence to be brought to the councils handling of asset management and the use of the Reserve fund. Which appears to have become a slush for the mayors personal pet projects. instead of base of positive funds generation to lessen the rate cost burden on the rate payers. I.e. the mayor is blowing the city’s inheritance. No wonder Fremantle has some of the highest yearly rate increase each year in W.A.

We have a FORMER Fremantle Mayor Peter Tagliaferri with more real business savvy more than our current mayor, call the Kings Square Business Plan, “CRAZY”.

KINGS SQUARE DEAL ‘CRAZY’ Tells a story just in the title.

Clearly the Mayor seems to have a strange definition of the word democracy, “Dr Pettitt defends the crowd-funded projects, saying they are an exercise in direct democracy.” As crowd funding can come from anywhere in the world, how is this relevant to how the electors of Fremantle deciding how its rate are spent, with this system not one person in Fremantle is needed to supply money to the crowd funding system before councils funds the 50% of the project So the rate payers will fund 50%  without one vote being cast, only an idiot would think this has any democratic process for the rate payers of Fremantle. Its very big of the Mayor to allow the world to decide how Fremantle rate payers money, I wonder if any other council in Australia has a dumb policies like that?

Furthermore if Mayor cared about democracy then you would think he would allow everyone to view the secret documents he offered a select electorate to view, the individual who was offered showed the character our council and mayor seem to lacks by declining the offer instead suggesting it should be open for all to see. Perhaps the Mayor needs to look at what governance is  about, Good governance is about the processes for making and implementing decisions, looks a like a big fail on the 1st couple of points of good governance, Accountability and Transparency as the Kings Square Business plan can’t have this with the financial justification hidden from public scrutiny.

This reported statement from the Mayor brad pettitt in the Herald needs to brought into close scrutiny  “Dr Pettitt says there are projections in the document related to tenanting a state government department that the council wouldn’t want competitors to know about.” Hows does a business plan based on the sale of public (COF) assets to fund the new council chambers and library  and its stated worth in 20 years have any think to do with a private company renting out a companies owned building to a state government department.??? HOW its all smoke, mirrors and spin to misdirect legitimate questions being asked by rate payers?

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Smoke and mirrors to attempt to distract us from the real issues and facts.

Great to see someone like Claudia Green is standing up to our council and show she is no just a sheep in the flock and will drive for real answers and true financial accountability for our great city.

Rate payers of Fremantle if you want to see why your rates increase at the highest levels each year just look at the pet projects driven by the mayor and voted for by the council, there is your answer.

To be sure the only way Fremantle rate payers are going to get to the bottom of the cesspool of a plan is to have a independent inquiry or investigation, perfect job for the Auditor General.

I have links to articles and questions/statements over Fremantle City’s Council’s Kings Square Business Plan, this has nothing to do with an election, despite what our paranoid Mayor thinks, these are actions of people who believe that someone is conning them, pulling the wool over their eyes and who are concerned about what financial mess the city will be left in once the  secret deal is put into motion.

Kings Square deal ‘crazy’ | Fremantle Herald Interactive

WA budget set for worst debt blowout in 20 years | Kings Square Impact

Council pressed over Kings Square finances | Business News

City of Fremantle’s Howzat, More Spin Than a Warnie Leggie, Kings sq Saga Contines

Kings Sq, Lots of Questions but No Answers, Fremantle Council Why??

Concerns over Kings Square raised – Community Newspaper Group

Fremantle’s Kings Sq, Questions But No Answers, Just SPIN, SPIn, SPin,Spin

Part 2 Questions to Council on Kings Square October 2014

Fremantle’s King Square, No News

Freo’s $2.35m park bench | Fremantle Herald Interactive

Fremantle’s $97.5 Million Question?

Fremantle CEO Clanger

Fremantle CEO Clanger Round 2 ?

Ministers, Fizzle Not Sizzle


Community, Kings Square Presentation

Fremantle’s House of Cards

update Fremantle’s King Sq Links, Plenty of Q’s, & No A’s

Fremantle’s Mayors, Vague Response to Online Questions

City of Fremantle’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Sequal

Simple Questions, 4 Fremantle Council, Why No Answers, Where’s the Transparency?

Fremantle Council Mauls Questioning Resident

King concerns | Fremantle Herald Interactive

Questions in Parliament on City of Fremantle



‘Insensitive mediocrity’ on the rise | Fremantle Herald Interactive


Ever wonder why Fremantle has the constant rate rises on Non mayoral elections years, keep reading

Source: ‘Insensitive mediocrity’ on the rise | Fremantle Herald Interactive

Great piece by John Dowson, straight to the point kicking off with what a waste of rate payer’s money the council ad piece was wrapped around the Fremantle Herald. Its only point was to be self serving.

Cutting to the chase of the Mayors claim of no politics on council, where anyone who watches or takes interest in the CoF, politics is all you can see. Does the Mayor seriously expect anyone to believe that statement.

It seems Fremantle is not the only place state and federal politics are driving councils.

Greens play dirty pool to get Mayor in to Canning?

Cutting to John’s passion the heritage in Fremantle. Anyone questioning the councils lack of care just has to go and stand in front of the our town Hall and see holes in the roofing and plumbing sections, to see the lack of care and respect our town hall has had over the last 10 years. Look up just past the entrance an RHS of the town hall and see bits just waiting to fall off. Their own reports say if the restoration/maintenance work is not done by next winter the damage could be irreparable. Its not even safe to use the flag poles on its roof.

Fremantle Town Hall On Deaths Door

Then this weeks Herald, another great piece for a thinking allowed NO MORE STATUS QUO  bringing together months of issues right through to the 2029 vision the council had, which lacked the real input left by the community.

Sadly community input is only taken into count of if it follows our council group think or ideologies. Which leaves Fremantle’s future with a woeful forecast, when taking into account the recent survey statistics it’s even more worrying. From this report it shows residents are far from happy and at some of its lowest level in this surveys history


You may read on other blogs statements like this but you need to always go to the original source and see what was actually stated.

JOHN DOWSON:  The council’s business plan for King’s Square states, “the project derives a positive net present value to the city (enhancing community wealth)…”.However, independent assessments claim $30 million of community wealth is actually being destroyed. 

John Dowson actually stated “However, independent assessments claim $30 million of community wealth is actually being destroyed. Former mayor Tagliaferri called the deal with developer Sirona “crazy” and warned of a Freo Inc-style outcome. “

Kings Square deal ‘crazy’ | Fremantle Herald Interactive

Till now these questions remain unanswered, with council hiding behind secret council meetings called with out proper agendas being posted, but don’t worry this is the council that believes in transparency? This is why we cant see the reports used to justify their $30 million gamble with our funds and assets. The best yet we saw was the Mayors Brad Pettitts & CEO’s thinking allowed which attempted to belittle the resident who raised questions on this Kings Square business promo piece.

07/11/2012 Planning services committee Agenda Agenda Minutes Minutes
05/11/2012 Ordinary meeting of council   Minutes Minutes
24/10/2012 Ordinary meeting of council Agenda Agenda Minutes Minutes

Read the articles, look at the surveys on the links above and below & decide for yourself. To me this council looks like 1 step forward two steps back.



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