REGARDING the article Campaign probe rejected, Times, April 23 regarding Mr Barnett announcing the ‘spending’ of $4 million of our ratepayers’ funds to upgrade the Arena Joondalup.
In June and July 2012, the council reiterated its position regarding the Arena – being the transfer of the facility from the State Government to the City, with conditions to protect the City’s financial position.
Mr Barnett did not mention anything about transferring ownership to the City.
During the April 16 council meeting, Mayor Pickard explained how he had negotiated with both parties during the election campaign.
He did not explain why the council’s position re transferring the facility was not part of the ‘deal’.
Brian Corr, Councillor,
City of Joondalup