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28 November 2012

BOB MANNING COUNCIL MISMANAGES CIVIL WORKS IN AEROGLEN WITH CONTRACTORS SAID DEMANDING ADDITIONAL MILLIONS TO FINISH THE PROJECT

MACHINERY IDLE FOR WEEKS AS MISMANAGEMENT
DISPUTE RAGES IN CAIRNS COUNCIL
In what looks like their first contracting debacle, Cairns Council is staring down the barrel of a $Million cost overrun in the Northern Recycled Water Scheme, begun earlier this year in Aeroglen and other areas adjacent to the airport.  The first stage of the scheme is designed to bring recycled, drinkable water to the Botanic Gardens and other commercial users along the route - and ultimately be used to provide recycled drinking water to the public.

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.


19 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have been a ratepayer in Cairns for nearly 35 years and I have to say Manning and his mates would have to be the most inept administration I can remember in that time. And we never saw the previous Council throwing away golden opportunities totalling in the hundreds of millions in dollars like this one has - even before its first year in office!

T. Asquith said...

Why is this not a surprise. In the time the contractor has been laying this pipeline, Kamerunga Road could have been eight-laned. Sections of the new bike-path have been broken up/replaced umpteen times.
But more importantly, who is responsible for this incompetence? Tenders must have been issued, then a contract signed with FGF Developments, presumably the most 'competitive' tenderer. There would be standard contract clauses for 'unknowns' (rock, etc), so very interested to hear what the issues are, how they are resolved and more importantly; who pays. Meanwhile the unsightly mess lingers on. Pity poor residents.

Vi L. Schumm said...

Thanks HBW, where else can we get the news that really counts?

BTW, evening news had cruise ship passengers tipping a bucket on the lack of information facilities or other services at Yorkey's Knob. Gavin King responded that a welcome sign would be a good idea. What help is a sign?

Better to spend some money on keeping current passengers happy through an information centre, other amenities and better transport than spending $40 million on dredging for dubious benefits.

Anonymous said...

Our community is going backwards, courtesy of our local state and federal members and inept old mayor and band of idiots. Even our member for Mulgrave is so overloaded with SEQ opposition matters, that he has forgotten us

Time to move out of this depressing place, taking our talents, visions and children with us. Sad days ahead for FNQ....

Anonymous said...

Schumm,

Gavin King is too busy pledging loyalty to the Great Leader in Brisbane to worry about trivial matters like this in his electorate. And we now have a council who will look after roads and mow lawns and stuff, you know, back to basics, nothing too grand or complicated....don't worry about tourists. I'm surprised that no enterprising local company has tried to cash in on that, but it will probably mean endless red tape, licences, WHS issues, insurance etc. etc. This town used to be a backwater and that was quite charming at the time. It is now reverting to backwater status and a state of permanent neglect while our pollies are to busy dealing with internal bickering, losing funding and ripping up bike paths. The money that will be wasted on reconfguring the Esplanade could have been used towards setting up something for the cruise ships. Who put these ignorant arseholes
in charge ? It is just too depressing...

Destiny Prophet said...

Anonymous 20:57

Have faith - the north survived Tenni - it can survive anything.

Paul of Freshwater said...

...local residents have been watching this saga exhume over the last year and wonder why it's taken so long...it has been plagued with inadequacies and inefficiencies.
The main issue for FGF and its subcontractors was Dept of Transport's insistence that the pipeline was placed under the highway via a drilled tunnel, rather than FGF's plan to close sections of the highway, rip it up and lay the pipe in a trench and seal it over...a much less costly exercise than boring. The DoT and local geology stonewalled the project... my understanding is that it has become too difficult & costly to drill trough the rock underneath the highway leaving the only option to pull up the road
...and so there is a standoff... and who's gunna end up paying 4 it...you guessed it...!

Anonymous said...

Ewwww, recycled drinking water. It doesn't bear to think about it.

Jethro said...

Just a reminder there HBW, the costs did blow out for the Cleaner Seas Project. If I recall correctly, that was the reason why our rates rose 10% the first year of the Schier Council. (Incidentally, our rates have risen 10% and more in previous years when we had a male Mayor.)

Anonymous said...

Nothing in the Compost about the pipeline problems. Maybe the never-ending work schedule and an odd three mil plus/minus is not an issue?

Bob R. said...

This wouldn't pose any problem for Manning. He's just going to point the finger of blame at the previous Council and abandon the whole thing. All too easy peasy.

Vi L. Schumm said...

Perhaps the management of the contract could be investigated by Gold Coast MP, Dr Alex Douglas. Having been dumped from the State Parliamentary Ethics Committee, there is a strong possibility that he has ethics, as well as competence.

Tony Hillier said...

Anonymous 08:52, why do you express surprise at the Compost's failure to report on the pipeline fiasco? Our local organ wouldn't know a story if it jumped up and bit 'em on the bum (if you'll pardon the pun and a recycled Zappa quote ... mucho gracias, Frank).

Our daily rag has long ceased to be a purveyor of articles that truly inform the community, although it's not averse to regurgitating real news a week or so after it breaks in HBW. The Compost is primarily interested in talking up the fat end of town, tarting up press releases, or drooling over visiting celebrities (such as the riduculous 'Get Bolt to Cairns' beat-up). Its coverage of Council matters is shallow at best. Its graphics and lay-outs are the stuff of powzat, teenage comic strips.

In short, the Compost has become irrelevant ... a totally expendable item. Nuff said!

Observer said...

Interesting to see a real trend in The Cairns Post in that "debate" is moving well away from its pages and online site. Poor control and administration has frightened off contributors who appear to be moving more onto the blogosphere. The increase in people posting on HBW for example is quite noticeable within the past twelve months.

Vi L. Schumm said...

I see that the issue is still not covered in the Cairns Post. Could it be that they lack the same extensive and expensive staffing of HBW? Or is there some other reason?

Mark Davis. said...

"Local rag", Tony Hillier? It hasn't been "local" for at least two years, and even then it was only a pretence. And there hasn't been council coverage worth the name since Kerri Stout left.

Tony Hillier said...

Yeh, the stout-hearted Kerry told it like it was, much to the chagrin of bully boy Byrne and his cronies. That's why she only lasted five minutes at the Compost. A couple of other fair dinkum reporters were put out to pasture in the daisy-chained meadows of that throwaway organ, The Sun, and away from the flaccid flanks of the cash cow in Abbott St.

Mark Davis said...

I hear that display and classified design has been outsourced to India quite recently. Can anyone confirm?

Anonymous said...

May be coincidence HBW but there's more activity in Aeroglen today. Can't tell whether it's 'real' or not.