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Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle society, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 5, 2017

While Fremantle Society President John Dowson is always keen to question the integrity and transparency of Fremantle Council he does not care much about telling his members blatant lies to make Council look bad.

Dowson sent this email to FS members recently “…..the new administration building will only have HALF as much office space for staff as the current one! The 400 staff will have 800 sq metres of space, or 2 sq metres each, with the new “Hot desking” technique of not giving staff their own offices. This encourages staff to arrive early, around 5am, to secure the best positions.”

But the facts are very different according to the City of Fremantle. The present administration building has a net floor area for staff of 1,804 square metres and the new administration building will have 1,839 square metres of net floor area for staff, so  1,039 square metres more than the Fremantle Society President claims it will have.

In his desperation to make political points John Dowson does not bother to check facts it appears, so be warned who you vote for at the October election, especially when the candidates are supported by John Dowson’s hot air.

Roel Loopers

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  1. freoview said, on May 7, 2017 at 7:45 am

    I could not agree more, David! Kerry Hill’s architecture is outstanding and I love the new Perth Library. He is a renowned international architect and it is a credit to the present Fremantle Council that he was selected to design the new iconic civic centre of our city.

    The shortsightedness of people who would like Fremantle to receive museum status so that nothing will be changed is mind blowing. They have no vision or long-term plans for our city and want the status quo to remain.

    The present Fremantle Society would probably object to the present Townhall because the clock tower is not ‘human scale’


  2. David Jones said, on May 6, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Hi Roel, can you believe there is such strong opposition, by people who are well informed, to a new iconic Fremantle public building by a world renowned Fremantle based architect as respected as Kerry Hill! Remember, he has designed the highly respected State Theatre in Perth and the new Perth City Council public library, both of which have received national architectural awards. It is difficult to imagine a more appropriate time and circumstance to proceed with this project. The current council should be applauded for their foresight in commissioning what will probably be the only Fremantle building by this great architect. It will undoubtedly be considered alongside the great Fremantle buildings by Talbot Hobbs etc in centuries to come. Linking this development with the state government backed $200 million King’s Square project has been a master stoke by the current council. One can only imagine the impact of this Kerry Hill masterpiece side by side with the elegance of the majestic and recently renovated circa 1887 Town Hall. I’m not sure what is driving the this current anti rhetoric, but it certainly does not involve historical perspective.

    Kind regards, David Jones

  3. Alan Diggin said, on May 6, 2017 at 11:22 am

    pants on fire

  4. John Dowson said, on May 5, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    The figure you refer to was given to us by a senior staff member, and was not denied when we presented that as a question publicly at a council meeting. Weeks later we have now been given two totally different figures by council staff and are still trying to ascertain the correct figures and the breakdown of layout, let alone cost.

    The apparent move towards ABW (Activity Based Workplace) may be a progressive step, but it requires a huge investment in technology and there are concerns that the new library for example may have less space for books

    Council claims the building is a ‘public’ work and does not need to go through the normal processes that other developers have to follow. But an independent barrister has said it is NOT a public work, and the pub test would tell anyone that if you have 643 sq m of retail on the ground floor and a whole floor of speculative office space to rent out, then the project is not a ‘public’ work.

    The community is entitled to know where their money is going and for what, especially when there is no community demand or no immediate need for a new $50 million administration building

  5. Murray Slavin said, on May 5, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Roel, I think John Dowson very carefully measures his statements – none are accidental or without consideration of the facts.

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