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



No more status quo | Fremantle Herald Interactive

Source: No more status quo | Fremantle Herald Interactive

What a great piece, hits the nail on the head issue after issue.

  • Inappropriate use of rate payers funds with their blatant, self promotion, serving no purpose than to show how easy it is to throw around rate payers money.
  • Dodging legitimate questions with spin, smoke and mirrors
  • Thought bubble process, with little consideration of the basic functions of council, leading to loss of image and identity of what Fremantle really is.
  • The council of loss- retail, artists, cultural and community spaces like the Fly By Night Club.
  • Lack of true process with 2029 visioning, council telling us what it was before it was finished, another COF classical box ticking exercise instead of true community engagement.
  • Only verbalization of heritage protection as they constantly look to drive inappropriate developments in the city.
  • King Square business plan, which raids the cities long term investment fund to build a monument to our current mayor.
  • Lack of transparency in the Kings Square business plan.
  • Hidden documents that show the true financial impact of the Kings Square Business Plan, which the rate payer paid for.

Point after point is well made, a young lady with her finger on the pulse and clearly too on the ball to be influenced by The Mayor and councils spin.

Well worth a read, sums up quickly many of Fremantle’s underlying issues.

Well done.


Fremantle Council Strives to be No1.

Tonight was another classic example of the time we waste on community engagement run by the city and they wonder why people don’t engage more, This evening was a perfect example.

It’s clearly it’s just a box ticking exercise.  Tonight at council we had the south beach basketball court issue on the agenda.

Community consultation had a couple of options or choices to comment on, so what appears at council and driven by councillor Sullivan the chair of SGS, the option not put to the public but a new option 3, well i suppose its close to 1 & 2. Sound familiar, it’s how the Esplanade concreting went, the J-shed now the signal station as well, to name a couple. Why did the council popular option come in so late, my first guess it would have court, LOL, too much opposition, so instead slide it in later, run a workshop dominated by its intended users, tick community consultation DONE, Freo style.

No real mention was given that the biggest single option from public feedback was for no court at all, as most where concerned about the courts impact on the current use of the public space and facilities at south beach. Pg.117 of the agenda attachments Considering councillor sullivan was seen actively taking the community feedback forms to basketball games to drive his agenda its not a great showing, not what you would call organic feedback, more force driven hydro. Option 1 was the next strongest choice, followed closely by  option others, but where is council now focusing option 3 the one no one knew about, see Pg.131 of the agenda, now has the option that weren’t out for public consultation. (same link as just above no need to down load twice.)

Here is the link to what was put up originally for dare I use the words community consultation;

South Beach proposed basketball court

Submission close date:

These options weren’t even really considered tonight, the big issue for councillor Sullivan was to get the Wilson park ideas off the table. What should be off the table is everything that was not on the ADVERTISED SOUTH BEACH BASKETBALL COURT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROPOSAL OR SHOULD I SAY, SIDE SHOW

Oh the reference to Fremantle Council striving to be No.1, metre by metre they seem to concrete over the parklands, more concrete coming. It seems being no.2 in Australia for the worse hard surfaced city, is not good enough the goal appears to be No.1 as judge by the 20202 report. South beach grass to be lost, size of area to be concreted or similar hard surface, that of a full basketball court +, and another 1/2 size court on the esplanade, seems they are struggling for funds from the budget, but rest assured they will find it. When it comes to concrete they will find away. Didn’t the city just drop funding for the women’s refugee, well that should free up a bit cash for a 1/2 court game.

Let’s skip over the part, that the area is well used over summer by thousands of people, it gives shelter from the hot westerly sun and it gives shelter from the strong afternoon sea breeze. Oh it’s in a bit of a hollow, I recall right next to the dune, that should work well a basketball court needing a drain or drains, that will need to be constantly cleaned out of beach sand, brilliant choice the most maintenance intensive model possible, it’s not like the city of Fremantle doesn’t have enough issues with blocked drains as it is. At least they won’t have to buy the court if it floods!

Tonight at council issue of the signal station lease, complete chaos with complete lack of understanding on what the actual lease/licence contained, clearly councillors had different understanding of what the lease meant or terms contained in it. Is it 10yrs or 20yrs? If the councillors have trouble understanding what they paid to do, how is this stuff ever clear in the minds of interested residents and ratepayers? Issues like we saw in the community engagement on the basketball courts just adds to the confusion, why do they propose one thing then  go with ideas that weren’t even in the discussion, well not publicly anyway? The transparency of these processes is about as see-thru as an earth rammed wall.

They seemed so tied up in their own agendas do they even consider what the general community thinks,, who dem u saay?

I go to council meetings really regular, tonight’s debate left me wondering what goes on, how can councillors have such different understandings of the real facts, different opinions on something I get, but it’s not even clear what the issue of discussion is, it’s amazing how they can vote on issues that are not even clear, but will have the facts tidied up later? Does anyone get that?! I don’t?

One meeting its really good to see detail and clarity the next just drive it home and work out it later, no matter what?

Lastly I’m not against the council providing a basket ball court, its why they have to put concrete in the park again? All over the world I have seen all forms of government provide community amenity, the first place they normally look is to spend money and add facilities in locations that are run down or crappy, using that money/opportunity to make the community as a whole better, this is the first one I have witnessed that’s 1st choice is take good park space and pour in concrete.


Fremantle’s Real Problem, Too Much Politics in Council

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Are there Delusions of Grandeur on Fremantle Council?

Yesterday on Freoview we see one of the real problems Fremantle faces, state and federal political ideology deeply entwined in Councillor fundamental position.  Quote ”Worse still, not only is Barnett willing to sell the Port but will use scarce funds to privatise the road that feeds it. Barnett & Abbott are racing to build their new truck sewer straight through the middle of East Fremantle and North Fremantle. In doing so, they will sever with the swiftness of a terrorist’s sword the connectivity’s that several generations of Fremantle people have fought so hard to maintain and rebuild.

Imagine a life behind high concrete walls that divides Fremantle like Berlin was. The freeway style toll road will make access in and out of our city centre hopelessly constrained especially from the north and east.”

I don’t get how he thinks the road is being privatised by selling the port?

Tonight Councillor Sullivan’s comments are emotive, politically motivated and basically should have no place in the council arena. Making emotionally provocative statements comparing the sale of state assets to the actions of terrorists beheading people have nothing to do with local government issues.

It seems clearer and clearer that council’s political ideologies and allegiances are clouding the real operation of council from its true function. The political links/loyalties of councillors should be secondary to their paid responsibilities of council duties.

If they feel their political ideologies are more important than their fiduciary duties to the rate payers and residents of Fremantle they should fore go their council positions to concentrate on state or federal politics.

It must be quite clear now if not before that comments that Dave Hume, Bill Massie made on Wednesday night that council’s actions be driven by their responsibilities and duties to its rate payer and residents base not personal political agendas is valid, as it is a real issue in Fremantle council?

The state government decision to sell the port may be dumb but the effect is on the whole state and best handled there.  The FPA make their own operational decisions, state or private owned, the COF opinion is just that?

Here is a little tit bit of the freoview discussion from Andrew and his Shakespearean style theatrics over the Perth Freight Link

Here is my response to Andrews’s theatrics, in fairness you should read his comments as well as mine, as I unlike the City of Fremantle believe people should read both sides of the story to better judge for themselves. I have posted it here on Fremantle Reform, so I can add links easily, so click on Roels link to see Andrews and others comments on the issue


My Comment to Andrews, see link above as seen on freoview

“First Andrew I will wait to see what proposal the 3 consortiums come up with before, I support one thing or the other (a point made by Rachel Pemberton at SPC) or start comparing High St to an active berlin wall. I would rather see an actual plan in black or white to form a view than make one, based on your over sensationalist rhetoric with executioners, swords, terrorists, communist walls, sewers etc, Isn’t it possible to have a normal discussion?

Trying to cross High St now on foot at times is a pretty risky affair now! I wouldn’t say it’s a safe road for neighbours to ample across now. Come to think of it if I wanted to go north or south I wouldn’t use that part of High St anyway I would cross over at Amherst where I’m not running the current truck gauntlet.

I must have missed the game of thrones series where they had terrorists, your quote was “In doing so, they will sever with the swiftness of a terrorist’s sword” doesn’t sound like a game of thrones analogy to me, though people should try and google “terrorist sword” and see how many links they get back to the game of thrones series. It may prove to be a fruitless task?

As for guaranteeing what kids will and don’t do I will leave their actions and accountability to their responsible guardians.

For a highway dividing a community I can show you examples of how they can be built where it’s a positive outcome with parks and grass but that would just leave you with another place to pour concrete as we saw in More Council Concrete for Fremantle Parks or you could look at Fremantle’s Councils Perceived Anti-Car Stance


Hamburger Deckel project in Germany is burying the A7 autobahn to make parks and new land

As the state government is about as forthcoming with detail on plans as the City of Fremantle is, i.e. Kings Sq hidden documents, I expect to see little in transparency from either. Didn’t the CEO reference that fact in his mini-series called the response.

As for little eco systems, I wasn’t the one who voted for the chainsaws and chippers to destroy 100+ trees on the old Kim Beazley site. In the name of higher density, that sounds like something Barnett would do though oh and a group of Fremantle councillors.

It’s great you’re so concerned about Cockburn wetland, perhaps if the councillors put as much effort into the tree canopy/open public spaces of Fremantle we wouldn’t have the second worse rating in Australia from 202020 report. Perhaps you could focus on the city you were elected to actually represent, a good point made by Dave Hume on Wednesday night. A quick look at google earth shows how barren Freo is from Parkland and the only significant greens spots are the esplanade, some sports grounds and the golf course and you poured concrete onto one. (I would mention the footie ground but if that’s handed over to the COF I can’t imagine it lasting to long.) Luckily the 202020 report was done before that, as that little gem could have tipped us over the line for no1 spot for worse hard covering report from the 202020 report.


  1. City of Maribyrnong (VIC)
  2. City of Fremantle (WA)
  3. City of Holdfast Bay (SA)
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In depth Reading, Good News for Fremantle Reform



This morning I had a look over my site statistics and was encouraged to see the every increasing amount of readers who click the links taking them to pages, I have referenced to further the information gained on the applicable issue.

Don’t worry its doesn’t tell me who anyone is or what they have clicked, but does give me an indication of the volume of people hitting the links and which ones.

Its only through an informed opinion that we will see Fremantle reform.

Some other tit bits of info

94.5 % of hits are Australian based, I haven’t paid for the upgraded version so hard to see from a state by state version, though the trail version I tried over a month indicated just under 75% of hits where WA based.


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This morning Fremantle Reform broke the 1000 subscribers and hit 9301 mark for site visits. While not huge numbers it is encouraging to see the reader base grow and interesting to see how many readers come in from Twitter and FB.


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