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06 June 2013

REX THEATER DEMOLITION PROSECUTIONS OVER - OR ARE THEY? BIG QUESTIONS REMAIN OVER ROLE OF PETER TABULO, COUNCIL STAFF, AND ROBERT SMITH

In true courtroom anti-climax, Sydney developer David Shitari (Eldav Pty Ltd) and real estate agent Robert Smith (Robert Smith Australian First Realty Pty Ltd) both pleaded guilty to carrying out demolition without permission, failing to comply with a stop-work notice, and contravening the development approval.

Eldav P/L barrister Anthony Mirotsos is squarely blaming the incident on Robert Smith, who was described as "the driving force on the ground in Cairns" for his clients, based in Sydney.  He then made a shocking claim, ignored by Cairns Post reporter Melanie Petrinec in typical Newscorp fashion.  Mirotsos said that David Shitari relied on Smith, "who claimed he had a close relationship with the Mayor of the time, Val Schier".

So did real estate agent Robert Smith have an "insider deal" with Mayor Schier as he now infers? 

Or is this just another in a pile of estate agent bullshit?  And what's become of the sworn statement made in this case by Eldav that pointed the finger directly at Peter Tabulo and his development department for giving an OK to the demolition?
  



We've asked former Mayor Schier about her relationship with Robert Smith, and her response was "if I ever met him at all it was at a general council get-together.  I don't know the man otherwise".





All of this comes at the same time as purchasers of light
industrial units on Mayers Street from Robert Smith Australian First Realty Pty Ltd are being closed down by Cairns Council.  These units, which can only be used for light industrial work are being marketed by Vaclav "Victor" Vobosa, an associate of Mr. Smith and director of Bohemia Investment Pty Ltd along with his wife Ilona Vobosa, for uses which are systematically being shut down by Council.  These have included a drum school, personal training, and a church! 

There are also ongoing disputes about one unit being converted into a "caretaker's unit" without adequate plumbing or cooking facilities, and in violation of Council approvals.  Disputes with various caretakers have resulted in Peace and Good Behaviour orders being taken out recently.

Recently, advertising attached to this same real estate agency has been targeted at "investors" in Papua New Guinea touting "safe" real estate investments in Cairns.  Others have written about the fraudulent environment in which PNG investors inhabit.  Enough said.  




It's also been noted that a number of agents are licenced by the Queensland Office of Fair Trading using parts of the name "Robert Smith".  The court case has him only listed as "Robert Smith", which may give the licencing authorities difficulty in dealing with Mr. Smith after he's sentenced for these crimes.  And with the "Robert Smith Australian First Realty Pty. Ltd." having their registered office shown by ASIC as in Ayr, Queensland and not on Bunda Street, it would seem further investigations are necessary into this whole situation.


23 comments:

ruby said...

Someone fleeced the PNG Government in 2000 or 2001 by selling them an over-priced building immediately opposite the Corporate Tower in the city. I cannot recall the name of the building but the PNG Government were taken for a ride on it, and lost millions. Rumour had it some local boyos were in on the deal.

Mick Mighell said...

Hang on a minute? Anthony Mirotsos, a barrister? Not according the Bar Association of Queensland, anyway. He's not listed in the barristers' directory, and today the Association confirmed to me that Mr Mirotsos does not hold a current barrister's practising certificate in Queensland. If he's holding himself out to be a Queensland barrister someone should notify the Legal Services Commissioner.

Second Anonymous said...

Ruby, it was the Cairns Conservatory building 12-14 Lake Street next to the Pullman International.

I think at the time the PNG Prime Minister had a house in City View where his family were living because it was too dangerous for them in Port Moresby - and the Cairns private schools were better.

ruby said...

Thanks Second Anonymous. I know there were PNG officials who had offices in the Corporate Tower, and I recall a little of the scandal over the Conservatory Building. I believe some locals set up the dodgy deal with the PNG officials and fleeced them. I doubt it has been forgotten either as we now appear to be entering a new period of co-operation between PNG and Cairns. It involved quite a considerable sum of money.

Anonymous said...

Wow! The series "the Straits" of which incidently I would love to see a second series made was even closer to the truth than we thought!

Anonymous said...

Money that was probably provided through foreign aid in the first place...

Jan from Kewarra said...

So exactly what was Tabulo's role in all of this?


Personally, I think, the developer and Mr Smith should be made to replace the building. The whole thing has probably been a sham from start to finish. i.e. they demolished it in its entirety, and knowlingly copped the fine. After all, what is a $50,000 fine when you can sell the vacant land for $900,000 instead of possibly not being able to sell during the GFC because of the incumberence of an old building with special significance.

This is a fine example of another dodgy developer story in Cairns........We can add it to the long and ever growing list.....

Anonymous said...

Like the ruthless developers/builders who pay predatory rates to their contractors and forcing them to do one house FOR FREE out of every 10 !!! With pay rates that are already lower then they were 15 years ago forcing tradespeople to give an additional 10 % discount is nothing short of exploitation. Funny how these sort of practices thrive under a LNP government.Everybody should boycott those greedy millionaire scumbags.

JETHRO said...

Frankly I don't believe the old Rrex Theatre was worth preserving. It was never the best theatre in Cairns, and became a bit of an eyesore over the years. Good riddance I say.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Martin Tenni work at Australian Real Estate.

Anonymous said...

Jethro that was a totally ignorant remark. On a much grander scale, look at Paddington and The Rocks area in Sydney and now, due to restoration, they are attracting visitors from around the World. Save what you have - don't knock down. Adelaide and the efforts of Premier Don Dunstan are another fine example of restoration! Old Joe Premier of Q'ld on the other hand knocked down at developer's will all over Brisbane.

CBD Warrior said...

Another insightful report from HBW. This Robert Smith is a piece of work, isn't he? Lots of negative reports around town about his operation. Good to see scammers and heritage vandals exposed.

JETHRO said...

Anonymous 17.10, our Barbary Coast was worth preserving. So was the old Burns Philip building. All gone now.

Emma Chisit said...

Gobsmacked! The Council are now looking to fund the CEP -or whatever it is now to be called -with funds from the Feds and State -fat chance you idiots -you gave that money back remember?? Val's CEP would be up and running by now if not for the combined wisdom of the Cairns Post and Manning with an assist from King and MacKenzie. IDIOTS!

shanghai said...

hey anon 6/6 @ 21 13 I wanted to do a straits tour highlighting all the scenes of course it was meet with derision ! I thought it us looked good another avenue of jobs in this town is the film industry . I had experience with Japanese film people they loved it beautiful place good people crazy animals fuck lets go for it

KitchenSlut said...

I like that video of the Port Moresby real estate spruiking seminar for Cairns! Good find!!

Anonymous said...

WTF Shanghai!
Did you say you found some crazy Japanese animals in a back alley?

Anonymous said...

Emma Chisit - Boring Bob and his mob want to demolish the Cairns Port Authority Building to provide the land for their dreamed up entertainment precinct- probably one of the only recently built tropical designed buildings surviving. Another demolition.

Anonymous said...

Off topic, but went to the airport at 8,30am today and was horrified to see dozens of passengers dragging their luggage from Sheridan Street and down the airport road! Unfortunately I was unable to pick anyone up as had passengers in my car. The looks on the faces of those unfortunate laden tourists as they trudged down this loooong road was like thunder -don't expect them back here any time soon. And yes I know the Ironman thing was on but how could this happen!!!! The only bright spot was that someone had picked most of them up by the time I had dropped my friend off and drove back to Sheridan St. Still an awful look for a tourist town.

Anonymous said...

So now trout wants a chinese fish tank in yorkeys, todays courior mail, so what happens to the one king wants in cairns .those couple of cairns investers must be saying WTF

Anonymous said...

Trout's horse riding (rip off the chinese) show is next door to the proposed $3billion development. Looks like it's a done deal.

Anonymous said...

WTF is wan king and trout thinking do they not talk to each other 2casinos 2 fishtanks and another 600 hotel rooms, this pair are going to well and truly fuck cairns and with butch we have no hope at all how fucking dare they

Anonymous said...

2 casinos, 2 fish tanks, another 2000 hotel rooms, 2 Chinese tourist complexes (one at Yorkeys, the other on Double Island.)