The world of government is an interesting one that has its own rules, so hence the public is sometimes bewildered about processes and outcomes at the City of Fremantle.
Some weeks ago I attended a Council Committee meeting that had as Confidential Items the market review for Mountain Design in the Queensgate building at Kings Square and the Old Fire Station backpackers at Phillimore Street. Confidential Items mean the public gallery has to be vacated and the media can’t attend either.
However the agenda for next week’s Ordinary Council meeting I just read on line is disclosing all the financial details of the confidential items mentioned above. So when did the items become n0n-confidential when the same commercial confidentiality should still apply?:
This report is CONFIDENTIAL in accordance with Section 5.23(2) of the Local Government Act
1995 which permits the meeting to be closed to the public for business relating to the following:
(e) a matter that if disclosed, would reveal –
- (i) a trade secret;
- (ii) information that has a commercial value to a person; or
- (iii) information about the business, professional, commercial or financial affairs of