Fremantle CEO Clanger


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.

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




It’s really quite interesting that Mr Lee’s simple questions couldn’t be answered, 1st of all, over 3 months he tried to ask quietly his questions but no answers, off the radar so to speak ?

Then his speaking aloud piece could have simply been addressed by the COF with answers from council, which would have given them an air of transparency, instead of spin, slight of hand or distraction, still no answers, just cheap personal attacks?

Then we hear the Fremantle Society has also been asking questions for years also no answer?

We see in the Mayor & CEO speaking allowed piece again no answers, just what is starting to look like typical COF response of disdain,  that started with factual inaccuracies.

Now we see in Roels Freoview a change in tack he has also acknowledged the COF slight of hand and lack of answers. Lets be clear we all want to see  Freo, develop and progress, as Mr Lees Thinking allowed article in the Herald stated last week. Despite what the underhanded piece from the CoF in the Herald attempted in a pathetic way to distort.

Good to see all the comments or questions from, Jayne, Craig, Mike, Robert, Kel, Diana, Dick, Suzanne, Steve, the Herald, Andrew,Lionel, Paul and Roel etc are keeping the focus and direction without cheap distractions, that the city and councillors attempt to use to divert attention from the real questions and issue’s.

Now we see a whole new level of questions raised by the Herald in their SAMSON REC TO PAY FOR NEW HQ. How long to get answers on that I wonder?

Lets hope this level of public scrutiny remains and even better increases, till we finally have a council that behaves in an open, transparent manner.

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