In July of 2007, the Kevin Byrne "Development at All Cost" Council approved a project at Hillside Close and Vulcan Streets in Aeroglen that has resulted in millions lost to ratepayers. With maybe a million to go.
The Kevin "Hiding from the Pakis" Byrne years saw scores of developments in Cairns that were poorly sited, overly large, and caused environmental damage to virtually every neighbourhood. This development "strategy" was overseen by one Peter Tabulo. Tabulo is the "Sno Bonneau" of Cairns government. Most will get the reference.
This project was clearly a dodgy risk - jamming a few extra houses on a piece of land that looks to be a drainage gully. The Development Approval clearly indicates the risks, and imposes conditions on the developer and engineer Valmadre Development Consultants. Did the developer and their engineer follow thru? Apparently not. But did the Council perform their required oversight, with milestones clearly shown in the approval? Also apparently not. Under the Byrne and now Manning policy, developers are allowed to run amok.
Apparently none of the warnings were heeded, and after the first heavy rain it was clear that the required drainage was woefully inadequate. This challenge, created by Byrne, was being paid for by the Schier Council.
While many advised the new landowners they needed to get legal advice and deal with the problem themselves, the damage to the neighbourhood was so great that Mayor Schier instigated an emergency plan to completely restructure the drainage on this private property.
So now Bob "Sleepy" Manning is taking legal advice and going after the developer, Tom Calcagno and Valmadre Development Consultants.
And General Manager Peter Tabulo? PROMOTED to what is likely almost $300K a year! Many in the community have long wanted Tabulo to be sacked for the damage his department has caused.
Recent changes made by this new "pro development" Council have put in place similar unchecked development on the Foley Road hillside above Palm Cove - a steep hillside area that but for a fluke would be off-limits for any development.
New Approval #1 (additions to existing house built WITHOUT PERMITS)
New Approval #2
New Approval #3 (subdivision ABOVE the destructive Phil Hartwig fiasco - which has been devoid of activity since approved by Peter Tabulo and Kevin Byrne)
Do any council management, highly paid as professionals, ever get the boot for these kinds of gross errors that just cost the ratepayers money?
And why has Manning spent $2M on repairing this fuck-up, while several areas in the city (admittedly less upscale locations) have had flooding problems for YEARS?? This after he promised he wouldn't be using the courts as the process was "too costly". . . .apparently not when defending the mistakes of your new CEO.