Actual question raised in parliament a little different than how is was portrayed in the article when u read all 5 questions together. See below
(1) Is the Minister aware of community concerns over how the City of Fremantle has represented the financial implications of their $45 million investment of ratepayer funds in its Kings Square Business Plan, and if so, what action has the Minister taken to address these concerns?(2) Has the Minister directed the City of Fremantle to answer legitimate ratepayer questions concerning the Kings Square Business Plan, and if not, why not?(3) Has the Minister conducted a full and proper investigation into the questions raised with regard to the Kings Square Business Plan:(a) if so, what were the findings; and(b) if not, why not?(4) Is the Minister satisfied that the Kings Square Business Plan:(a) accurately represents the financial implications that the $45 million project will have on the City of Fremantle’s asset base; and(b) correctly represents the rate of return and net present value derived from this investment of ratepayer funds?(5) Is the Minister satisfied that the Kings Square Business Plan contains sufficient detail for ratepayers and Councillors to properly understand whether this project increases or decreases the asset base of the City of Fremantle, and if so, for what reason?
What the article failed to report where all the questions, which brings balance to the question as a whole.
Were the questions looked at the business plan from an “isolation and from a commercial viewpoint” are not really relevant for the questions that are being raised and are not whether the idea for the Business Plan is a good one or not but whether the business plan financials are supported by the documentation that are hidden from view.
I find it amazing that a paper writes a report and has made no real effort to find out what the real questions the resident originally asked of the COF. Isn’t this the main point of the whole issue and why the city of Fremantle has not answered a residents questions over a period of 7 months or so? Also why the Minister for LG hasn’t assisted a resident in getting legitimate questions answered when asked?
If they had read the Mayors thinking allowed piece in the Herald his first statement is that a Mr Lee took the questions to Mr. Tinley, the community news reports a community group spoke to Mr Tinley, which one was it, it appears that Mr Tinley’s reported comment differs from the Mayors?
Further to that the community news has not asked for a comment from the residents who took the issue to Peter Tinley in the first place to add some balance to the story. At the moment it looks like a PR piece for the COF saying it’s all good nothing to see here folks.
You would expect a paper or media source to at least be interested in whether all the facts are being are looked at and released?
A $30,000,000.00 question might be worth looking into and as it stands at the moment none of the questions raised by the resident back in October 2104 have been answered, isn’t that a newsworthy point worth printing. Is the community news even aware of what the original questions that were asked of the COF are? Did the community news ask about such questions if so why didn’t they report on them, as it’s seems the city is happy to Publish an answer on their website to questions no one has seen? Isn’t that strange in its self?
Well let’s not let the facts get in the way of a good story.