How well is the "biggest project ever undertaken by Fremantle Council" really going?

King's Square Admin Building: "Deplorable"?

Following our last email to you where a union organiser alleged there were so many problems with the new Kings Square administration building, that it was a "dud", another union organiser has slammed the project.

CMFEU Organiser Peter Joshua, who lodged the complaint to Worksafe about alleged "serious breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1984" relating to sagging of the steel canopy and other issues, told the Fremantle Society this week that the whole project is "deplorable." He lodged the Worksafe complaint one week after the canopy collapse at Curtin University killed a worker there last October.

The outgoing CEO of Fremantle Phil St John described the King's Square Project to Fremantle Shipping News  as "the biggest project ever undertaken by Fremantle Council and the biggest ever likely to be undertaken."

But, he has disappeared, along with Dr Pettitt, and the City of Fremantle has no CEO and no Mayor to oversee and finish this project, one the community never asked for and which the community cannot afford.

Sirona are being paid millions of dollars to oversee the project, but the $300,000 a year CEO and the $150,000 a year mayor are nowhere to be seen. They pushed this project and should be held responsible. Councillors seem ignorant and disinterested.

Union concerns cover alleged problems with the construction of the admin building, the materials, and the 'wage theft" of using subcontractors on low wages are just some of the issues that need investigation. The whole tender process also needs investigation. Probuild who did the adjacent FOMO buildings for Sirona  are well regarded by the unions. They tendered for the administration building contract, but Pindan got the contract.

June Boddy RIP

The remarkable and effervescent June Boddy died on her 96th birthday,  on May 9.

President of the Fremantle Society 1979-1980, and councillor for Hilton 1982-1996, June devoted herself to her community and was always a very strong and tenacious advocate for heritage.

The big issue for June as President of the FS was the closure of the railway line to Perth. June was prominent in marches and protest meetings along with the Federal Member for Fremantle John Dawkins, who tried to get June and the Fremantle Society to support Labor candidates in Fremantle Council elections. That June refused to do, and it resulted in the Labor Party targeting Fremantle Society members running in local ward elections. June herself was targeted in 1979 in Hilton when union organiser Clive Hughes ran against her, and he lost because June was seen as independent and a good person.

June was positive, full of fun and light, and gave to her community a great deal more than she took.

Bill Beattie and Ruth Levett have been looking after June, and the funeral will be announced soon.

John Dowson
The Fremantle Society

0409 223622

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