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17 December 2015

CAIRNS COUNCIL AWARDS CONTRACT FOR THEATRE JUST ONE WEEK AFTER END OF CONSULTATION - TOOWOOMBA COMPANY WINNING FOUND TO BE INEXPERIENCED BY TOOWOOMBA COUNCIL!

WE'RE UNSURE ABOUT REPORTS THAT
FKG USED UPSIDE-DOWN BLUEPRINTS
FOR THIS BUILDING
Clearly, Bob "Sleepy" Manning and his council of braindead rubber-stamping freeloaders don't give a shit about public consultations on the theatre project, or anything else.

Just one week after public consultations closed on the (very limited) public information about what's proposed to be constructed, Manning sprinted a $53M contract for the project through Council yesterday. 

The process of "consultation" is supposed to result in taking the comments into account and, when appropriate, making the changes suggested by the ratepayers.  

This Council idea of consultation:  "You get your say, but we're doing what we want".   

The Toowoomba-based contractor winner was FK Gardner (FKG).  Local tenderers were rejected in the rush to award this contract.  Insiders at Council have called the contract "extremely high risk" for Council as project documentation is not close to being completed.

Even more interesting is how this Toowoomba-based FKG has been blocked from bidding on even Toowoomba Council projects a fraction of the size!  FKG was called 'inexperienced' and 'incapable" by the Toowoomba Council for even the construction of a library!

FKG was also rejected as a shortlisted builder for the Toowoomba Empire Theatre expansion project.  

Queensland-government listed "Tier 1 Builders" (of which FGK is NOT) all have apparently passed on bidding on Manning's Folly.  One of these Tier 1 builders called it "a sucker's bid" - again due to the lack of documentation and the complexity of building a theatre.

The current construction at the Tobruk Pool, originally promised for this month by Manning and the Council, is months behind and reportedly millions over budget.  How many millions is unknown since the Cairns Council under Manning stopped reporting the cost position of large projects monthly.  Even Councillors have been told they are not entitled to this information!

Adco, the contractor at the Tobruk Pool expressed interest in building the theatre but council officers thought this unwise if, as rumoured, they will likely be sued for their performance on this pool rebuild.  

FK Gardner MD Gary Gardner blasted the Toowoomba Council when he was passed over on the library project.  

"YOU WOULD THINK COUNCIL WOULD FAVOUR LOCAL COMPANIES IN ORDER TO GROW THE LOCAL ECONOMY. . ."  he said.  

While the Cairns Chamber has been repeatedly pushing for more local participation in these kinds of CRC projects, Deb Hancock and her lackeys have been mum in supporting all the local companies that have been passed-over in this deal.

At the last election Bob Manning repeatedly demanded that a project requirement was co-location with the Cairns Convention Centre.  Unable to do this and unable to secure any money after giving back $93M, he's now rushing to build SOMETHING.  Pathetic, really.

We hope the residents of Cairns like paying millions for crap.  That's what we're going to get.



27 comments:

Bob R. said...

Im quoting from yesterdays Cairns Post dated 16th December, page 4 in which Manning is talking about the costs of the new theatre -
- There are risks, however, with the analysis based on the assumption of state and federal government grant contribution of $30 million.

Christ ALL mighty. So lets get this straight. Manning hands back the $93 million grant to cant do Newman which we were given in the first place to build a new arts centre and reckons we didn't need it and now here he is telling us that it is all fucken "RISKY" with the costs because we need handouts of $30 million from the government. Hey? He gives back with one hand while puts out the other hand?
This is all just so fucken crazy you have to wonder if old Bob isn't in the throes of dementia.
You can all see what is coming but. All political. Manning is going to roar away that the theatre cant be built because the Labor government wont stump up with the grant which he will demand more for. Yeah of course hes going to scream for more than $30 million. Mackenzie will get into the act and bellow away about the forgotten North blah blah blah and how Labor gives Cairns nothing. Yeah never mind the $1 billion deLacy wanted to give us for a new hospital the $500 million for upgrading the base hospital the millions spent on upgrading the Bruce Highway, the Maritime Training Centre, the Dentistry School at James Cook university and the Liz Plummer Centre. Labor has been fucken good for Cairns. In fact we only ever get given funding for major projects when we have a Labor representative and that is a fact. Think of the $93 million we were given for the entertainment precinct but just who gave it away like it was a bag of potato chips.

Anonymous said...

Sleepy is rushing it through so he can get a big tick in the box prior to the March elections, nothing more. No local commitment is disgusting. As for Hancock well she is just another Cairns crony, a friend of the Wilds! Sleepy is an utter joke, and the theatre will be a bigger joke.

Anonymous said...

Bob explained it all on talkback today to a compliant John McKenzie, who did not ask any hard questions and just went along with all the vague and uncoordinated muttering.. I did not understand a word Bob said, but apparently it is all going to be ok. It is like when you are building a house and you don't quite know what you are doing and then there are some unexpected expenses or something and anyway what is an extra 11 million and the state government or the feds will somehow pay the 30 million, ramble, ramble, ramble...

Of course another councillor's recent outright lie that Wayne Swan STOLE the funding for the CEP gives me the greatest confidence that these guys are telling the truth and actually know what they are talking about.

The fact that construction will begin shortly before the next council election is pure coincidence.

Tony Hillier said...

I haven't witnessed a bigger farce since watching re-runs of Laurel & Hardy as a pre-teen or a more vexatious pantomime since 'Puss In Boots'. I'm alluding, of course, to the absurdist cultural precinct saga that's now been running longer than Agatha Christie's 'The Mousetrap'. The synopsis reads something like Robin Hood vs Widow Twankey: Mayor M and his merry men knock back more than $100 million worth in funding, granted to the previous council by two tiers of government to build a world-class precinct in a pristine waterfront setting, drag their heels for three years, then (with an election looming) settle for a vastly inferior unfunded $66 million plan in an altogether less salubrious part of town. To compound the buffoonery, they stage a palpably spurious public consultation process only a week or so before deciding to award the contract to an out-of-town builder with a reportedly dubious record. And here's the punchline: they now have to beg for (at least) $30 million funding from State and/or Federal governments or run the risk of taxing ratepayers.

Anonymous said...

The state and federal government took the last 110 million funding back because of the toxic politics of Cairns at the time. That toxic environment led by talk back radio and personalities like "pearl" and mackenzie guaranteed that we would loose that funding. I seem to remember that one of the reasons Val was ousted was because of the lack of community input into the design. It begs the question what does the concrete block we are about to build as a civic centre actually look like. Townsville got all that money and used it to better that city and like the second hospital we were offered for free on a green field site but rejected we will continue to be a backwater as long as people are driven by the pearls and mackenzies of this world.

Alison Alloway said...

I have kept in my filing cabinet many clippings from The Cairns Post over the issue of a new performing arts theatre. They reveal a litany of lies, deceit, stalling and dithering with which Mackenzie and The Cairns Post were complicit. I recall the contempt with which old Joh Bjelke Petersen held the media, calling his sessions with them "feeding the chooks". Manning has followed this practice with periodic utterings of sheer bullshit which have all been lapped up by The Cairns Post without asking any hard questions or taking him to task for failure to honour his election commitment. I am predicting that the issue of extra funding for the performing arts theatre and the upgrade of Munro Martyn Park will be crudely demanded from the Palaszczuk Government and turned into another political shit fight as Bob R. mentioned above. The shit of course will be flung by the LNP.

Anonymous 14.35, I doubt Val Schier could have done anything more with involving the community with the design of the Entertainment Precinct. It was on display for months at the Council Office and then taken around the city and displayed in various halls in different suburbs, and well advertised. To the best of my knowledge, I cannot recall this happening with any other Council project in my lifetime.

shanghai said...

going by the photo lets call it the "elephant" another beast in capt Mannering's ark merry Christmas to all and maintain the rage in 2016 ps the irony of last weeks folly in the Cronulla shire bite them on the buttock this week

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Pyney! We missed you!

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't worry about the Chinese buying Cairns port. What is there worth spying on? Potholed streets in the big city center that is full of empty shops or $2 shops? Maybe the half constructed pool? Or the dumbfuck roundabouts everywhere and traffic lights that turn and stay red at 2:00 am? I know, maybe they will come and look at photos of international carriers in Kevin 'Jessie' Browns offices that no longer fly here? Wait, they might come and look at Edmontons vacant block of land where a first class hospital was going to be built until Sleepy and friends have the money back! Then again they may want to go whale watching - watch Wazza the Wild Hog as he cruises around on his Harley with his white blubber hanging out? Oh yes, Chinese spying you say? I doubt it, unless they are spying out somewhere to build a redneck lunatic assylum designed to hold local politicians and business leaders.

Anonymous said...

It is Ironic isn't it Alison that Mackenzie and his small band of followers(all over 55 and bitter)blame labour year in year out for the woes of Cairns when it is his program that has done so much damage to Cairns while Labour, love or hate them have actually built and progressed Cairns in the last decades.I remember the southern road corridor kaos,the poor service at Cairns Base Hospital and the empty promises of LNP who when they did come to power where so busy parking in handicap car spaces and increasing the states debt they forgot their election promises.

Alison Alloway said...

Agreed, Anonymous 08.02. Watching the LNP in action over the past several years has been like attending a night at the local Speedway and watching a heap of noisy cars drive around and around. And around and around. Gunning the engines, tearing up the turf, throwing up a dust storm, engines going full throttle. Around and around. Going nowhere. Endlessly.

Anonymous said...

At least the LNP owned the cars, Ali.
They were not funded by the taxpayer.

Anonymous said...

No they were probably paid for by their business mates for future services...

It is good to see that finally some questions are being asked in the CP about the "Arts Precinct".

Funny how some councillors and the Mayor are getting all defensive now after first spending a year sabotiging the CEP, losing the funding and then having a 3 year dream run with not a single critical question being asked.

Anonymous said...

Correction there anon @07:17. The cars were donated by one Clive Palmer who thought the little rouse would get him a free tax payer funded rail line from a mine out in the scrub to the coast.Alas cantdo and his inexperienced siblings saw it as the bribe it was and declined the offer. I am not sure if Clive was on the list of Australian companies that didn't pay any income tax but I am accumulating a growing list of companies I will never spend a dollar on again. Makes it hard when I fly a lot as I could never fly tiger and the others are dodgers by the look of it.It is also interesting that can'tdo and abbott continue to say the media got rid of them when it was the voting public, no longer swayed by what talk back shock jocks demand, voted with their conscious and reality. Ah the joys of democracy

Anonymous said...

WTF did you say Shanghai? FMD all these lefties pointing the finger and one fuck wit saying its Clive Palmers Fault. Reminder!!!! which Government put our country into so much dept?

NYMMO said...

--------so much dept? I wouldn't hesitate, Anonymous 21.13 to say the LNP have driven Australia into the Loony Bin Dept. Or maybe the Dept. for Tax Avoiding Billionaires and CEOS. How about the Dept. for Booting Cancer Patients up the Guts.

Anonymous said...

Kevin 'Jessie' Brown has gone nuts in the last 18 months, joining every Board in Cairns as a director, puffing up his CV. Maybe he will apply for Mayor as well?

Anonymous said...

Did you keep your job,your mortage anon 21.13.Did this country spiral into economic chaos like every other country. Were there suburb after suburb of repossessed housing estates as there were in America during the GFC. Did our banks collapse and were there mass suicides. No, because while Labour did panic as any government would they used the surplus to keep the economy going and today Australia is voted the 2nd best place to live in the developed world, we have a robust economy that needs to be watched every now and then and as a peoples we thrive.If your circumstances don't meet those parameters then I am sorry but look around the world,look at their health and living standards,look at their problems and suddenly we are a great place and the lottery of life put you here.the end.

sir cus. said...

Two bob-each way manning council slaughtered a state of the art entertainment centre on the back of the bogan vote now trying to make amends with a bs upgrade of a inadequate facility,with no funding other than ratepayers.You couldn't make this up ,to quote HBW,

herb said...

the fuck you say shanghai? anyway, we dont need a theatre, lots better stuff to spend our $100 million on

Anonymous said...

Maybe Clive Palmer will come to Cairns and meet with Manning and Kevin Brown? They can go for a drive in Browns Mercedes around the airport precinct and have a look at all the big Masterplan developments that the airport team haven't been able to get off the ground. Maybe Clive will soil Kev's car seat or drop a giant yum cha fart in the Merc? Bob won't care, he will be asleep in the back seat.

shanghai said...

well sunshine above oztralia has been in debt for a good 25 years what a fuckin joke im worried about everyone cars mortgage school fees shopping rent electricity fuel it goes on and on and when it goes bad don't go to the government they have bad credit as well like dad used to say the only to go broke is to be in debt.....

Anonymous said...

The Tobruk Pool contract had a December 15 opening date with liquaded damages clause of $ 40 k per day so the revised date of late April is around 120 days behind contract - huge damages claim. ADCO project manager Chris Carey is trying every trick in the book to crawl out of this mess by blaming everything from weather delays to site issues as the cause of the delay rather than his and ADCO,s mismanagement of the contract.

Part of the problem was a decision by ADCO to select every sub contract based on best price only which has resulted in shoddy work by a bunch of armatures that then either go broke or try to claim every variation they can dream up to stay afloat. The extension to the Cairns Private Hospital and the new Federal Police building had the same issues with ADCO so they should be excluded from all future work in Cairns.

Anonymous said...


Hope the state decides on a project that will help Cairns move forward rather than fund this Bunnings look alike. If they fund this they have lost my vote.

shanghai said...

hey herb fuck yeah lets approve/build an aquarium and what about wally world waterworks,aquis,the seven pillars,the good folks at Yarrabah are chilling back drinking beer eating fresh seafood getting paid and watching the sunset and looking at us and thinking want a bunch of wankers

Anonymous said...

WTF did you say Shanghai? Hahaha as soon as you mention the real reason why we are in dept out come the lefties to try and defend their reckless spending. Then try to justified it hahahahahh

Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha Annon 13:23, is that why Kevin the Capitalist bought yet another new Mercedes, because Clive soiled the other Merc's seats? Or did he buy the Merc to minimise the tax he is paying on his new and improved more outrageously high salary? I wonder how all his clones feel as they watch him load his pockets to overflowing while the rest of the workforced contine to get get screwed in their wages and enterprise bargaining by his HR lapdog who has a gigantic ass and pock-marked skin? Cairns inability to create build decen infrastructure by way of buildings, roads, bridges, airports, ports is simply stunning