PUBLIC COUNCIL MEETINGS NOT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
The Fremantle Society continues sending misinformation to their members, now claiming that recent decisions by Fremantle Council were made behind closed doors, as was put in capital letters screaming it out in an email.
Fact is that the one-year delay of the Sirona Capital settlement for the Spicer site development and the Kings Square playground went through the proper democratic process at Council and from public Council committees to public full Council meeting, so nothing of that process was irregular or behind closed doors.
This is part of the rambling email to the Fremantle Society members:
Democracy Dead at Fremantle Council
Major decisions affecting ratepayer assets have been made BEHIND CLOSED DOORS at Fremantle Council.
Giving council’s developer mates Sirona Capital an extra year to decide on the Spicer site, the $550,000 playgound in King’s Square, and major decisions affecting the n ew administration building we dont need, were all made behind closed doors at a sub committee of council and then simple reported at council.
The media seem disinterested in major Fremantle governance issues like decisions being made behind closed doors.
It is time the Fremantle Society stopped the nonsense of making non-factual claims about Fremantle Council and started to make a positive difference instead of silly political grandstanding.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with rigorously scrutinising Council and severely criticising them when they deserve it, as I myself regularly do here on Freo’s View, but it needs to be based on facts. The issues mentioned in the FS email were not behind closed doors but at public council committees and council meetings I attended as an observer, and they were not ‘confidential items’ on the agenda either, so open to public scrutiny.
Agendas and Minutes of Council and Council Committee meetings can be read on the City of Fremantle website.