Two Key Issues: The Bridge and King's Square

Questions Asked at Council

The Fremantle Society wants to see a good community led win with the river crossings issue.

The Fremantle Society wants to salvage what can be saved from the train wreck that is King's Square.

Last Wednesday at the monthly Council meeting the Fremantle Society tabled the following questions:

1) River Crossing: In September, in relation to C2009-5 River Crossings, Rebecca Clarkson asked: "How will Council show leadership on this issue, and how can you support the community and work in parallel with us?" Andrew Luobikis asked a similar question. The Fremantle Society is concerned that the answers provided by Council do not reflect serious intent from Council to fight the issues involved in a meaningful way or counter the arguments of Main Roads, especially given that no budget has been allocated. The Fremantle Society asks: "Will Fremantle Council commission their own engineering report into ways of keeping the existing heritage listed bridge, along with a heritage report highlighting why it should be kept, especially given it is listed as being a structure of "Exceptional" significance?


2) KIng's Square: It appears that Council is not only destroying the only town square in Western Australia with its new Administration Building the community doesn't want and cannot afford, but also destroying its history and character. The Fremantle Society asks:


a) Why is Council going against their own policy in seeking tenders for the hospitality area of the new Admin building which prohibits existing Fremantle businesses like Clancy's from applying ?


b) Why is Council even considering a non conforming proposal which undermines other businesses in the area through its proposed overly generous lease terms?


c) Why is Council spending an extraordinary amount of $666,000 for a children's playground, while ignoring the heritage of King's Square?


(i) Why isn't the promised archaeological revealing of the former church proceeding?


(ii) Why is Council dividing the community be seeking to change the name of King's Square, which along with Queen's Square, is part of the Regency planning for the town and which for almost 200 years has provided way finding for people?


(iii) Why is Council seeking to remove the statue of Australia's most highly decorated soldier from King's Square?

The "Public consultation" by Council regarding renaming King's Square is another example of fraudulent anti-democratic practice by Fremantle Council. They did it with the skate park in the Esplanade when there was no opportunity to comment on the LOCATION of the skate park (many supported the skate park in the car park as the Masterplan demanded, but didn't want it on the grassed area of the Esplanade Park). Now, Council have already DECIDED to change the name of King's Square (see the Mayor's blog and its factual errors) and the recent "Public consultation" did NOT allow you to support the existing name, but only to suggest new ones.

Deputy Mayor Sullivan has already referred to King's Square as "formerly known as King's Square."

With the Australia Day issue, Council did not ASK the community, they just went ahead and changed it.

This repeated fraudulent behaviour should not be tolerated.

John Dowson
The Fremantle Society
2 November, 2020


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