|MACHINERY IDLE FOR WEEKS AS MISMANAGEMENT|
DISPUTE RAGES IN CAIRNS COUNCIL
We are hearing now that the work is all but stalled with the contractor FGF Developments P/L and others, and the Cairns Council now looking at a cost of over $6M - up from the planned $3.7M. One Council source has suggested that the pipeline might need a diversion of several hundred meters, into areas where Council has no control. Apparently inadequate surveys of the ground conditions along the route have left ratepayers with a pipeline that still is missing 200 meters - while the dispute rages inside Council as to who's responsible. Ultimately the errors are that of Peter Tabulo, the "acting" CEO of Cairns Regional Council.
Previous Mayor Schier and her team undertook and completed the $188M "Cleaner Seas" project, which was mandated by upper levels of government and agreed to by Kevin Byrne with no financial contribution provided to the ratepayers. This project stayed within budget and timing.
With little work now underway, the barricades along the Cook Highway and Aeroglen remain in place, and Council insiders claim the project could be abandoned by both sides early in the new year. No one at FGF Developments P/L would comment.