Gates Slam Shut at King's Square as Pettitt Parties
A farewell party has been organised for departed Mayor Pettitt in Fremantle tonight at the Sail and Anchor upstairs just as the gates slammed shut today on his pet project - the $50 million unsightly "Pettitt's Palace" and associated destruction of King's Square.
CFMEU organiser Peter Joshua rang the Fremantle Society to say union workers had just hours' notice to get their tools and possessions off the Pindan built administration building site before the gates were locked.
Pindan is being sued by a former director, and that seems to have upset the whole applecart.
The immaturity, inexperience, and negligence of the mayor and councillors over this whole project have been warned about for years by the Fremantle Society. But the community went to sleep, and allowed not just endless poor decisions by Council, but the woke revisionist negating of much of the history and heritage of King's Square. Next Wednesday night Council will vote to change the very name of King's Square, so you only have a few days to lobby councillors.
Why was a "third tier" builder (as described by the CFMEU) chosen by the mayor and council? They only had to look in South Beach to see how residents of an apartment block there had to fund their own court case and find $600,000 to sue Pindan for building faults.
The CFMEU said the King's Square project is only 80% complete. Foreign made windows are still being readied offsite for installation, and the 40 to 60 workers normally onsite have all now lost their jobs.
There may well be some insurance that Fremantle Council will get to cover the disappearance of Pindan, but in the current booming construction market with prices rising quickly, it will not be enough to cover what is needed, and as warned by the Fremantle Society, ratepayers will suffer through increased rates.
There is some irony in the picture above. It features the serial graffitist Kodack on the Pindan banner. Graffiti is an activity long accepted by Mayor Pettitt and others like City Ward councillor Adin Lang, but despite 400 security cameras in the new ProBuild built FOMO building next door (yes 400), Kodak has never been prosecuted, because under Mayor Pettitt, there are more important things to focus on- like the party going on right now at the Sail and Anchor.
The Fremantle Society