A whole thinking allowed piece in the Herald was used by the Fremantle City Council (COF) to attack a resident who dared raise questions about a Fremantle Council business plan? Now from what I read last week, Mr Lee did not criticize the actual business plan but raised questions to the methodology or info that was used to develop the business plan. Keeping in mind that council refuses to give access to documents it used to make the business plan and has reportedly refused to answer any of Mr Lees questions. I don’t see in his piece where he says the business plan is a bad idea?
What is really amazing is that COF has managed to write a whole article for the Herald that seems to avoid answering even one of Mr Lee’s actual questions?
The article opened with factual inadequacies then goes onto attack Mr Lee with statements in direct contradiction to the article he wrote for the herald I quote “I quickly became distracted by a business plan full of flowery words and nice pictures, but very little substance or proper detail. While I am fully supportive of improving council facilities and redeveloping this area, this plan simply does not add up.”
I see the COF goes on to denigrate Mr lee with statements such as “You can imagine someone with a similar mindset to Mr Lee in 1885 making exactly the same case as to why the council of the time shouldn’t build the town hall when “that shed down the road” is just fine.“ So they have made statements that have nothing to do with Mr Lees thinking allowed piece?
Mr Lee has chosen to spend months asking simple questions of council while receiving no answers. He has now chosen to take these questions to the public arena, in doing so has received an outlandish personal attack as noted above OR choice pieces such as, “Mr Lee has not looked at how the project will double the size of the community library, or bring with it a new Fremantle visitor centre and new public toilets with much-needed baby change facilities. He has not put a value on the new public spaces in Kings Square for people to enjoy, the value to the local economy of 1000 new office workers, nor has he put a value on the pride we’ll all have in our new city centre” Question, what value has the council put on this? Mr Lee in his article does not question the actual idea of the project, his concern is the figures council is using to justify the business plan.
Mr Lee’s opening statements are that he is fully supportive of the improving council facilities, this said the COF seems to have chosen to ignore this simple statement and personaly attack Mr Lee, on that he doesn’t understand that the new building has public toilets or baby facilities, can you take any cheaper shot? Are they suggesting Mr Lee doesn’t like babies too?
This seems to come as a warning to others who chose to question the ideology of COF, be warned, voicing your own questions will come at a cost, Public ridicule?
Having read both articles I fail to see where Mr Lee criticizes the actual business plan, but instead questions how the Business plan came up with the financial position it has. What is clear is the COF has failed in their propaganda piece to answer or counter even one of Mr Lees questions but instead seemingly lay a trail of spin, smoke and mirrors to deflect the real questions Mr Lee asked?
We wonder why more people don’t engage with council on Fremantle’s future – today we see why!
I would encourage people to read both articles and see for themselves, what Mr Lee actually said as to what council says he said?
Being a proud West Australian, a Proud Freoite, I question the sad ideology of our city council. It appears in this article they have engaged in the lowest form of politics but I hear Clive is looking for some new members?
They have played the man not the ball!