4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News

4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News
4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News Led by John "Cueball" Mackenzie

22 August 2013

LATEST BOOTCAMP PROPOSAL ALREADY SEEING A RANGE OF CONFLICTING STORIES ABOUT EXPERIENCE AND PERFORMANCE

Jarrod Bleijie, the teen attorney general, announced pieces of the new and improved bootcamp proposal for Cairns on LNP Radio 4CA yesterday.  We're advised that the announcement was rushed due to the continuing questions raised by the HBW, confirmed by the Cairns Post.  And when decisions are rushed, they likely have problems.  Already surfacing are conflicting stories about the selected provider, their experience, and their ability to deal with the teen criminals that are becoming a feature in Cairns and Townsville.


WELL AT LEAST HE WEARS A WHITE HAT
Initial investigations into the selected provider Beyond Billabong and the CEO Boyd Curran show a good track-record of success.  WITH VOLUNTARY INMATES, NOT CONVICTED CRIMINALS.

And their "benchmark for success" has been the preparation for employment by the companies that subsidise their operations.  This would seem to be very different than taking criminals with long rap sheets and breaking their will to commit crimes. 

And indeed, the previous Minister for Indigenous programs Mark Arbib saw fit to remove funding from Beyond Billabong due to failure to meet goals.  The Curran office is said to currently have two employees, one of which is Curran himself.

And the Curran office in in Brisbane - so much for a "far north Queensland" solution.  But Member for MacKenzie Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King has zero influence now in the LNP government.  

Of special concern is the philosophy that Curran told to MacKenzie during an interview.  A philosophy that flies in the face of MacKenzie's observation that Cairns is suffering with a "tidal wave of crime".


"MENTORING WITH CARE AND LOVE"


With most of the hillbilly callers to the radio program continual demanding a "hard line" approach to this problem, MacKenzie's failure to challenge the Minister or Boyd Curran about how this philosophy was breathtaking.  

When asked about "success stories", Curran hemmed and hawed - knowing full well that their experience with volunteers has little relevance to the criminals he's about to welcome.  Curran also didn't take the MacKenzie bait to laud praise on the disgraced Petford facility.  Like most in this field he knows full well what led up to the Queensland government shuttering Petford.    

More soon. . . . 

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another Brisbane based organisation forced on Cairns with Boot Camp announcement: Beyond Billabong base is as below Office Locations BRISBANE OFFICE 33 Park Rd Milton QLD 4064 Tel: 07 3733 1831 Fax: 07 3367 2311 Email: admin@beyondbillabong.com.au let them know how you feel about this along with Mr King. "cairns@parliament.qld.gov.au"

CairnsCynic said...

No comments about the fact that Cairns has again failed to be adequately represented by our elected reps? This is the failure of the LNP....again a SEQ company is being brought in to deliver a program at the expense of local expertise. Well done Cairns! More people on unemployment now!

Anonymous said...

Another Brisbane based organisation forced on Cairns with Boot Camp announcement: Beyond Billabong base is as below Office Locations BRISBANE OFFICE 33 Park Rd Milton QLD 4064 Tel: 07 3733 1831 Fax: 07 3367 2311 Email: admin@beyondbillabong.com.au let them know how you feel about this along with Mr King. "cairns@parliament.qld.gov.au"

Anonymous said...

Before HBW provides an opinion on the announcement of beyond billabong as the boot camp provider, heres some facts: Beyond Billabong was supported heavily by former indigenous employment minister mark arbib through the indigenous Employment program. When arbib resigned from the role as minister the department (deewr) withdrew their funding from beyond billabong because they had not been achieving Employment outcomes. Their primary source of funding came from the federal government to prepare young people for work and the department found they were not successful in this area. Beyond Billabong recently had 2 staff, the owner being one of them. So another decision by the lnp government to remove money targeted at cairns and invested in an organisation with no staff, no demonstrable experience dealing with juvenile offenders and as far as deewr was concerned not successful. More money leaving Cairns

Anonymous said...

All the above is accurate. Here are more facts, $7,107,000.00 in DEEWR funding to facilitate training for jobs in their own pastoral company and their contracting company that is now in liquidation. They trained 432 (at$16,451.00 per head) people mainly adults not young offenders. Lets be clear they have never worked with groups of offenders. I feel it likely that these people will be shown up for their shortfalls. I feel that Choice attacking Team Wild set both these capable operators aside. I feel that the actions of Choice CEO MR Todd Hartley has essentially ensured that both organisations would be unsuccessful. Lets look at the facts again. Choice had a sook because they were not shortlisted and their main competitor was. Choice raised issues through Curtis Pitt about a Team Wild staff member, which when investigated showed these issues were 13 years prior and the staff member has been a pillar of the community since with a great track record. Investigations showed that a certain CEO of Choice has a drug and violence related history that is more current! Can we say glasshouses? It seems however that both these people have turned their own lives around and used their 'less than impressive' behaviours to great effect with young people in Cairns. I find it disappointing that one operator has his ego bruised and sets about ruthlessly attacking another operator to the detriment of both. I have researched this well and I can conclude that Team Wild has actual and relevant experience. An online petition is signed by youth justice workers saying that Team Wild are very effective and sources within youth justice have quoted them as "unique and irreplaceable" the most effective solution we have had in 10 years and since Team Wild stopped taking our referrals we have nothing. It appears that Choice ran an employment program for youth justice a few years ago and it was stated "I can not remember the outcomes". So it seems we have two experienced suppliers in cairns, both operators have past issues and both operators are passionate and it seems effective. So why Beyond billabong? I contacted a tenderer today and asked "Were you told about the possibility of a super boot camp" the response "I have not even received any correspondence to say we received your tender, that we are extending the announcement time beyond July 5 or you were unsuccessful" Its poor business. I am sure the future will prove yet another failure with this operator who thinks that his two staff, that he doesn't have yet, is sufficient to deliver 11 months community engagement armed with mobile phones and text messaging and will be successful!!!! Clearly this demonstrates his lack of experience with these youth. Paperboy says "it is a cost saving" on his page, it is not. This thing will cost more than having two separate camps, the operator said on & news Townsville he would look at Hughenden!! Yep looks like it will be a cracker, no family engagement, no ability for youth justice and education staff to attend the camp and no fucking idea.

Anonymous said...

Well well well it seems Mr Trout and Mr Curran are old The southport school friends. The thicken plots!!

Anonymous said...

What a bumbling, fumbling saga of ineptitude. It just gets worse and worse.

Anon No. 4 said...

bumbling, fumbling saga of ineptitude? No.a pretty good job of getting work for LNP mates.
How many other tenderers were not treated equally? Smells very very fishy to me.

Anonymous said...

Well said Anon No 4. I stand corrected. Yep jobs for the boys.

Anonymous said...

Anon 4 my guess would be everyone else that tendered. My guess is that if investigated by court action the LNP would be found wanting. My guess is Paperboy and backhoe are knee deep in this shit. My guess is say "Bligh" allowed paperboy and backhoe to give 4 million to a mate so say "Bligh" can say it wasn't me when failure is complete. My guess is Paperboy and Backhoe will be gainfully unemployed soon after the election, that is unless they are not forced to resign

JETHRO said...

What has "Bligh" got to do with any of this? Neither Paperboy or Backhoe were elected when Bligh was Premier. In case you have forgotten, you nutter, King and Trout were both elected in the landslide against the Bligh Government. Bligh immediately resigned and pissed off to NSW. Whatever has gone on with this dodgy Bootcamp deal is entirely the responsibility of the Newman State Government. Entirely. Remember it was their election pledge as well.

Anonymous said...

"Bligh" = Bleijie in this context Jethro, I think...

Anonymous said...

JETHRO are you really that stupid? How long have you been reading/contributing to this blog again? Mr Hillbilly refers to Bleijie say Bligh on many occasions
bit touchy mate but I can respect your confusion

Dean said...

It's not a tender process, it's a process to greenlight the funnelling of more money to the largest political party donor who puts in a tender.

They mostly are.

Anonymous said...

Beyond Billabong and Bleijie should be investigated there has been a serious breach of fair process, clearly they arranged a super boot camp others were not informed of, Beyond billabong has no staff and is Brisbane based and appears to be acquaintances if not good friends with Michael "Hide the backhoe" Trout. And sources in Brisbane tell me that Gavin King, Michael Trout, Jarrod Bleijie and Boyd Curran attended more than one meeting together during the process. This is a 4 Million dollar corruption and fraud. This LNP Government is so corrupt I think Ms Anna Blighs premonition about jail time for Mr Newman could eventually come true.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter at all that nothing has been done or who gets the tender of where the Boot Camps whenever are established, if ever established. All the public want to hear is yak, yak, yak, yakkety yak. So as long as they think something is being done, then that is all that matters. Remember successful politics is just being SEEN to be doing something, you don't have to do anything at all in reality.

Anonymous said...

Never a truer word spoken anon 20.14. But I would change the last sentence to "Successful politics is just pretending to be doing something, you don't have to do anything at all in reality" our local City Council fits this bill exactly. All talk and do nothing constructive, give back to the State Govt all our promised funding and then blame the previous Govt. Wait til Mr Abbott gets his bed at the Lodge. We ain't seen nothin yet.

Bob R. said...

Abbott's modus operandi is easy to predict. He's campaigning without going into detail about his policies and costings, just like Newman. It's all attack, attack, attack the ALP and with the help of Murdoch this is what is happening. So, I predict a repeat of what we saw in the Queensland election where voters go and vote a government out, without bothering to know too much about what they are voting in. Abbott and Hockey are keeping details of their policies and costings quiet, as did Newman. So once in office, Abbott will do what Newman did, bring in an "independent" audit with Peter Costello. Then announce to Australians that "Labor has left us with such a huge debt, oh, much bigger than we ever thought, so we won't be able to deliver -".
Then the sell-offs will start, Medicare to an American corporation. Centrelink will be foisted onto Australia Post. The dismantling of many more Australian public institutions will start. WorkChoices will be introduced under a different guise but with the same anti worker principles. It's all too easy to predict. Here we go again.

Ivor said...

If his name is Bleiijjiiee,thats what it is..... not Bligh,Bligh is Anna...leave Anna alone now.

Seth said...

*****Sigh****** Anna tried to warn Queenslanders about Campbell Newman. She did try. Wonder if Newman was involved in breaking into the CJC office and accidentally shredding all those confidential files? All seems very suspicious to me, adding the fact that some of the CJC staff were sacked soon after.

Anonymous said...

This is all very curious - Now that this is all up and running does anyone know if any of this has been followed through on? It would appear that there is a lot of smoke

Anonymous said...

Lots of smoke and def fire, reports of safety concerns have been heard

Snowball Winter said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Snowball Winter said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Anonymous said...

Well well well... headlines today....! very very amusing. where there is smoke....

Anonymous said...

MR CURRAN intimidates his staff..., people have been fired for standing up against the 'mentoring with love n care' policy which outs the staff and young people at danger. He offered cigarettes to kids as young as 13 as an incentive to participate in the activities. When staff went to papers to expose the true nature of this holiday camp he threatened to sue them. boyd is a nasty nasty disgusting person/