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

01 November 2014

PANIC BUTTONS PUSHED AT CAIRNS COUNCIL AS ADCO POOL CONSTRUCTION PROBLEMS IN MERRICKVILLE, NSW HIDDEN FROM COUNCILLORS - MAKING THEM LOOK STUPID AND UNINFORMED FOR SELECTING NON-LOCAL HIGHER BID

During Friday's "talk to the mayor" segment on the MacKenzie* Hillbilly hour, a reporter tried desperately to get past the 4CA telephone gauntlet to question Bob "Sleepy" Manning.  The reporter had just received documents from the Marrickville NSW council on their swimming pool nightmare with Adco Constructions P/L.  The mayor had already fielded one question about the contract, which was awarded to Adco by the Cairns (non)Regional Council because of their "experience" at aquatic centre construction. 


LOCAL CAIRNS CONSTRUCTION ALLIANCE
DIRECTORS FIND OUT THEY'VE BEEN
DUDDED - LITTLE DID THEY KNOW HOW
BADLY THEY'VE BEEN SCREWED BY COUNCIL
This bid was accepted despite a slightly cheaper bid by a local Cairns consortium, the Cairns Construction Alliance.  CCA (unfortunate initials) was formed by former Matrix project managers Andy Taylor and Cambell Balderson at the suggestion of several at Council including Wayne Dalgleish, project manager.  With the loss of the large contractors during the business downturn after 2006, there weren't any local contractors with the financial underpinning to bid on these local projects.  So with the encouragement of Council staff and other business leaders, including Advance Cairns and the Chamber of Commerce, CCA was formed.  

A review of the council records shows that several local contractors bid on the project.  We are told by Council insiders that staff twice ranked CCA as the top bidder.  But these same insiders have told HBW this morning that this decision was overturned in secret meetings between Divison 7 Councillor Max O'Halloran and City Manager Peter Tabulo, who's ultimately responsible for this contract.  ALL the local contractors were then knocked back in favour of the "experienced Adco Constructions".  At least that's what Councillors were told.

Phones ran hot and heavy this morning as the tainted work of Adco Constructions came to light and councillors demanded to know why staff hadn't informed them of the shitty work at Marrickville.  Councillor Max O'Halloran (a Life Member of the Tobruk Pool, a conflict he's never declared when voting on this project) is said to have long been aware of the Adco problems at Marrickville.  He's never shared this information with his fellow councillors, instead acting as the mentor for Adco on the project.  

This isn't a nuclear power plant, it's a swimming pool.  There is no legitimate reason that the Cairns Construction Alliance shouldn't have been given this local contract.  


When questioned on the issue, Bob Manning has been parroting a bullshit excuse he was obviously fed by his "handlers" in the city manager's office.  Manning bellowed "Adco *IS* a local company, they've had an office in Cairns for over 20 years".  Sources in the industry regard this as bullshit supreme, with the so-called Cairns office serving only as a hiring and staging point.  

This would seem to be confirmed by Council's own documents that show the Adco bidding documents coming from Scott Hyndman, Adco's Queensland Business Development manager based in Milton (Brisbane).  Hyndman's own bio says "Scott is responsible for business development within Adco's Queensland branch".  And a list of Adco executives show NONE based in Cairns - so with not one "executive manager" based at the Cairns office, it's obvious that Manning is telling porkies to the public.  It's pathetic - Manning has the intelligence of a bag of hammers, and will parrot anything he's told by others.  In this case Manning is personally responsible for misleading the Council, and attempting to mislead the ratepayers as well.


ENDANGERED SEA COW ONLY
USER OF TOBRUK POOL
The fact is this swimming pool redevelopment is way too expensive, and ultimately will be seen to be in the wrong bloody place.  The tennis centre, despite its world-class construction, has been dormant as the city expands.  NO ONE is driving into the CBD for a new Tobruk Pool.  The dudding of local contractors is just one last kick in the balls to the locals.  

Fair dinkum.

*John MacKenzie:  Confirmed by ACMA as lying 30 times more than other radio talk shows  

10 comments:

Anonymous said...


The alliance was a fantastic initiative. Want to see more of it, not discourage proactive go ahead teamwork. I am not sure why we are spending so much on a pool though, whoever does it.

Also not sure why experience is such a factor for a pool while they court Fung who has no experience at all. He cannot get finance due to this lack of experience but never mind we will support him unconditionally ( Hey Mr Entsch? ) Lack of experience would far more critical in Fungs case so they cannot really say that is a reason. It can only be an excuse.

It makes Queensland look very much like "Here we Joh Again"

jim cavill said...

this AFTE LAKE BULLSHIT CONFIRMS THE CURRENT COUNCIL ARE LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS FRIENDLY IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM ,,JUST MORE lnp MEMBER BACK CORRUPTION TOO AND THAT IS NOT SURPRISING

CBD Warrior said...

I remember the beat-up MacKenzie and his minions gave to Mayor Schier when her council purchased a small bridge for the northern bikeway from the QLD government purchasing office - that had been manufactured in Germany. Macca was shrieking like chicken little, "the sky is falling, the sky is falling". And he's completely silent on giving this $22million contact away to southerners. This says little about Manning, but everyone thinks he's an idiot anyway. But it says much about MacKenzie who has the ethics of Idi Amin.

Anonymous said...

I guess they rushed probity ?

Tony Hillier said...

The next council election cannot come soon enough.

Anonymous said...

Who are you putting up for Mayor,
Bar-Fly?

Batesy?

Gavin Bland said...

Mayor Admits He's Clueless - Cairns Post

“My reaction to this, like most things like this is let’s get more information, let’s find out what the fact are,” Mr Manning said.

“Because I don’t read The Cairns Post or listen to the news or the media at night to find out what’s going on.

Mick said...

Bates couldn't do any worse than the present incumbent dimwit.

Tony Hillier said...

The proverbial drover's dog(s) couldn't do worse than the incumbent mayor or the current bunch of indolent dunderheads who control the city's destiny (Cr Pyne excepted). If only Val Schier could be persuaded to stand again. Even her detractors will have to concede that she worked long and hard on behalf of Cairns and environs. The arrant stupidity and spite of the "boy's brigade" in scuttling what would have been a world-class waterside cultural/entertainent precinct and handing back millions of guaranteed government funding continues to rankle as our crumbling civic theatre bumbles embarrassingly on years beyond its used-by date.

Anonymous said...

Andy Taylor is a spoiled little brat who thinks his shit doesn't stink!
I live on the top floor Penthouse apartment, do what I say, I must have everything.. Remember its only a hedley building buddy !