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30 January 2016

BOB MANNING'S INSOLVENT COMPANY STIFFS CREDITORS OVER $500,000 - WITH TAXPAYERS FOOTING THE BILL AND MANNINGS BUSY PLANNING THEIR NEXT OVERSEAS HOLIDAY

MAYOR BOB MANNING THINKING
ABOUT HOW TO AVOID SELLING HIS
EXPENSIVE GOLD WATCHES TO
MEET EMPLOYEE OBLIGATIONS
A recent survey found only 6% of the Cairns ratepayers were even aware that Bob Manning and his family were the last owners of long-time party planning company "EventsNQ".  Anyone traveling the Cook Highway has seen this business near the airport - it's a frequent location of QPS radar coppers who hide in the bushes there.  

EventsNQ was a successful, well-respected, and growing company when owned by Degno Pty Ltd - the owners and operators were Donna Maree Anderson and her partner Peter Anderson.  They sold this great local company to our Mayor, Bob "Sleepy" Manning and his wife Claire.  So sure were the Andersons about the success and future operations of this business, they carried part of the sales price on a promissory note from the Mannings.

Who would believe you couldn't trust the mayor???

The Manning's ownership under corporate registration "Belmar Events Pty Ltd" began in September 2012.  Despite the business having survived, and even flourished, when managed by the Andersons during the 2008 downturn, Bob "Sleepy" Manning drove this company into a ditch, in very quick time.  The company was in liquidation by February, 2015.  

Although Cairns Post "reporter" Nick Dalton reported some of the facts surrounding the collapse last year, he's refused to report on the wind-up by liquidators at (formerly KPMG) Grant Thornton.  Dalton has had no problem taking the stick to announced Mayoral candidate Jim Brooks despite the fact that nominations have not yet even been officially made.  But Dalton has refused to make public the details of the Manning mismanagement, and the huge cost that taxpayers are paying to bail out the Manning family.

That's our raison d'être.    

Manning also announced that his flock of councillors had voted '100%' to not ask Manning to resign as any elected offical would do if they incurred an insolvency as a director.  When the deaf-dumb-and-blind councillors took this vote they had no indication of how massive the extent of this company wind-up.  And how immorally the directors of Belmar Events Pty. Ltd. have acted.  Manning said at the time that they had acted to put the company into liquidation "to ensure the 10 staff received their entitlements".  Did the Mannings act morally in getting the Federal Government to payout these entitlements??  We think not.   


  • Belmar Events P/L (Mannings) have unpaid liabilities for their two-year operation of almost $500,000
  • Of that amount, the previous owners (the Andersons) are owed $218,000 - but the Mannings gave them a "personal guarantee" for this amount.  As of the last liquidator's report, this amount was unpaid and the Andersons have lodged a Proof of Debt.
  • Belmar (Mannings) owed $143,000 in unpaid employee wages and entitlements. 
  • Belmar (Mannings) owed at the time of collapse $23,691 to the ATO for unpaid superannuation.
  • Belmar (Mannings) had cash-on-hand at the time of collapse of about $600.  This is in February, just after the busiest period of Christmas, New Year's Eve, and Australia Day parties and events.  In the view of experts this shows unequivocally that Belmar (Mannings) were trading while insolvent for some period of time.

HOW CAN BOB MANNING CONTINUE ON AS MAYOR WITH THIS KIND OF DEPLORABLE (AND PERHAPS CHARGEABLE) RECORD AS A BUSINESS OPERATOR?

According to the Liquidator's last statement, the Mannings have not stepped forward to payout the shortfall, leaving many creditors and the employees to cop it sweet.  The Feds have stepped in to guarantee the entitlements for the stiffed employees.  USING OUR MONEY!  

However the concept of "rich people" sticking the taxpayers with their screw-ups is well-entrenched - something that Clive Palmer is now doing to the Queensland Nickel workers.  Palmer claims he withdrew from that business three years ago.  Bob and Clair were the directors running the company when it collapsed.  If Palmer believes his withdrawal three years ago protects him from personally protecting the company, clearly the Mannings should have gone to their pockets to make it right.

INSTEAD BOB MANNING DECIDED THE TAXPAYERS SHOULD PAY.  

It's hard to understand how Bob and Claire so royally fucked-up a perfectly good company.  Although some have defended Bob Manning with the claim that Belmar Events P/L was only in the name of Claire Manning, this is nonsense.  Bob Manning himself recused himself from consideration of a Port Douglas Carnivale contract in March of 2013!  It is noteworthy that the EventsNQ Website is still online showing both the Mannings and the Andersons as owners of this failed business!  And the "testimonials" on the website are led by one Malcolm Robertson, who has been the Cairns (un)Regional Council manager in charge of the Esplanade (where most of the Cairns Council events are held).  Robertson was so-employed when he wrote this "testimonial".      

Insiders have noted that after the transition, "we hardly ever saw Bob and Claire" at the company.  Some have speculated their purchase and wind-up are some kind of "tax dodge", but we don't know how that might work and don't see any evidence for this.  Most believe that they just don't know how to run a business.

So the voters did the right thing and let Bob Manning run a Council.  Oddly, we have a precedent for this in Cairns - with unSir Bob Norman, who fouled up TWO ice creameries (one on Grafton Street and one near the Esplanade).  After this debacle, we then let him run the Cairns unBase Hospital.  

You can't make this shit up.  

And just a few months before the collapse the Cairns Council approved Belmar (Mannings) as a "Pre-Qualified Supplier", a process that is supposed to include financial vetting of the company.  What role does Council Chief Financial Officer John Andrejic (a crony of Bob Manning from the Port Authority) have in allowing a vendor, weeks from bankruptcy, to get approval as a "Pre-Qualified Supplier"???

How financially viable are ALL of the council pre-approved vendors if Andrejic missed this warning sign?

It's no wonder that Mayor Manning and his financial henchmen at Cairns Council are hiding the financial performance of the building projects at Moody Creek and Tobruk Pool.  And how we're going to get royally screwed on the misplaced Cairns Civic Theatre.

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35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why aren't the CJC investigating this? Bob being a company director of a company gone bankrupt under his tenure is reason enough for him to be stood aside. But his company being put on a Council preferred supplier list is tantamount to corruption. This is too cosy and way to close too home, it stinks to high heaven and raises the alarm bells, especially when another Council employee Mr Robertson promotes Bobs company on its website while he too works for the Council in the very department that hires Bobs ompany to do work! And forget tendering for work, just hand the work to Bobs company at any price because the company is a preferred supplier! No tender documents, no quotes, no paperwork - just a phone call saying 'Bob, you've got the work', Council work using taxpayer money! Can you believe this crooked shit? And of course dopey Cairns are oblivious to this con, too many rednecks with their heads up their asses and blinded by the lies, non-truths and lack of transparency by the shonks at the Compost!

This shit is criminal. As I said earlier, where are the Feds and the CJC??

Anonymous said...

Bob, the Mayor of dodgy city. Backroom deals, Councillors omitted from decisions, decisions made 'outiside' of Council and Chamber rules, information buried or hidden and not obtainable under FOI.....holy shit, comedy capers in Cairns, the redneck capital of the universe. Bob and his team are as transparent as a sewer pond. I thought this was 2016 and the practises of Russ Hinze were outlawed in the 1980's? Seems like Cairns is still in a time capsule. Perhaps our residents, the majority of residents, will finally awake from their Manning'esq slumber and see what's happenning in our region with THEIR fucking hard earned money. Crooks

Anonymous said...

He should have been dismissed as Mayor of Cairns the minute the administrator was called in. If he can't run a small company,+ why has he been kept as running a big entity like the Cairns city council.

Anonymous said...

Apparently ADCO submitted over 30 cost variations on the Tobruk Pool project within the first 2 weeks of winning the tender. They had their engineers go over the tender specifications with a microscope and claim every item that was not specifically detailed including nuts and bolt sizes ! Hate to see the final variation claim. Jim Brooks should start asking some questions as to date I don't believe he has had anything to say on the issue.

Anonymous said...

"Manning also announced that his flock of councillors had voted '100%' to 'now' ask Manning to resign as any elected offical would do if they incurred an insolvency as a director."

Should 'now' read 'not'?

Barry said...

I don't recall the choral society ever supporting the entertainment precinct but now we have them all over this costly theatre. Did they not support Val Schier because the EP was too big for them and would not be able to control it they way they have the civic theatre, if they want to control a theatre then they should build their own and not rip off the rate payers of cairns, they obviously support manning and are all of the group that are the right wing freeloaders in this city, these are the mob that have kept cairns backward and are only interested in their own interests.
Admittedly the society does produce good shows and offers opportunities for some of the younger ones, and I do mean some selectively, they could easily do their stuff at the cairns state high, but they would not be able to control that for themselves and could not do it at ratepayers expense, I for one will not be attending any more of their productions.
This project should be knocked on the head by the state gov because of no proper process and taken to the next election to see what the ratepayers want.

Franchise traps said...

Interesting reading. I don't think Bob should be holding the position of mayor under these circumstances. But if you listen to some people they just say the company was in the wife's name, so had nothing to do with Bob

Ken svay said...

Oh dear, the poor taxpayer cops it again. And how much are the Tobruk pool over runs going to cost us? The guy can't run a business but he is running our council? And we actually pay him? When is the next council meeting and how does one get to ask a question?

CBD Warrior said...

Once again, the only REAL investigative news in Cairns is at a local blog. Not our local newspaper. Nor at our local TV news (although neither 7 or WIN is really "local").

Kudos, HBW!

Anonymous said...

Clarifying; Mr Robertson wrote the testimonial in support of a local business that had been nominated for a national award. That was way back before Donna and Peter Anderson sold the business - likely 2011. The testimonial document has had the date removed, which implies it is current - it is not. Why that document is now being used as a promotional tool is a question for the current owners. FYI, Mr Robertson also no longer works for this Council, having left mid last year.

Anonymous said...

HBW is the only media outlet in Cairns, anything else is shit

Anonymous said...

Manning is a chump. What has that ass clown ever done for Cairns as either Mayor or CEO of the port and airport? SFA. He has done nothing with infrastructure, nothing with the port, and what about that dumbass domestic terminal design, walking a fucking mile in rain and humidity. A dude told me that the design of the Tarmac in which vehicles drive on a road behind the planes as they are backing out and taxiing in is the second most dangerous in Australia besides Sydney airport. Manning was CEO during the design of this clusterfuck. The same dude told me incidents occur weekly but are so common that airport staff don't even bother to report it anymore. The same dude reckons the pavement where all the small planes and choppers park on the side of the highway is totally rooted and falling apart and they won't spend the money to fix it. Blah what tosser a Sleepy Bob is.

Anonymous said...

As always, we the people get to carry his bags while he is overseas.

Tom Sawyer said...

I'm confused, Hillbilly.

Your article refers to Belmar Events Pty Ltd, in receivership.

But in Manning's register of interests (which you can inspect at Council)he declares an interest in Belmar Pty Ltd - a different company.

What's going on? Is there a consequence for a false declaration?

Tom Sawyer said...

No wait, there's more...

Why would the liquidator discourage action against the director, Bob Manning, for trading while insolvent because of the possible risk of not being able to recover from him, when Manning's register of interests shows numerous self-managed super fund investments, retirement savings, and interests in 3 blocks of land?

Those 3 blocks of land are the stuff we all dream of, right? A "place of residence" in Redlynch, and a "future place of residence" in Redlynch, and another "place of residence" in Cairns City (Harbourlights).

Why on earth are these properties and those investments not available to the poor creditors???

Anonymous said...

Any mayor who lost/gave back a $110 million free gift for a new civic centre but rejected the gift based solely on politics and "I didn't think of it so there for I don't want it" attitude then did the above should be sacked or stood down. If I was the current fed of state government I wouldn't give CRC a red cent,let the rate payers fume that they will have to pay the probable cost blow out to around 200 million by the time it is finished. Rate payers bemoaned Val but when you stack her against the current crop Val is like the best of the best and was a shining light in local government

Anonymous said...


This article raises many serious questions that need to be answered so hopefully someone has started the process of going through the proper channels. There maybe explanations not apparent to us.

Some questions I have
Why did the Mayors family buy this business after becoming Mayor? Most people would assume it would disqualify them as clearly the business relied on council to survive. So either a benefit, or if recusing often a risk, to the business, the staff, creditors the bank and to the taxpayer.

Were BOQ thorough in their assessment. We have such a bad reputation for business it hurts business. We need banks to reduce risk exposure as the taxpayers employees seem to be the ones shafted too often..

Although they advise not to bother addressing the trading while insolvent claims should that be different for ratepayers?

Pre approved supplier occurred December 2014 and true not soon after the company went into receivership. So this has to be thoroughly checked. If anything different occurred to normal then it is serious.

Manning keeps demanding the government just give Fung a license. No accountability required, no proof of finance required, No proof of experience required, No proof of financial transparency required. Very typical of cronyism boys club who think the rules do not apply to them. He has done untold damage to the ports debate insisting the state government abandon all fiscal responsibility and break their own laws and dump a massive bill on taxpayers so his mates get some extra business. Then a director of Advance Cairns who I am sure gets our money as well to support projects that will expose the people to risk and expense but hey they do not care, Privatise the profits and socialise the losses as they say.

His councillors should demand some answers or they are not fit for office.

Tom Sawyer said...

The Cairns Regional Council placed Bob's company on the Register of Pre-qualified Suppliers for Hire Arrangemnents on 17 December 2014 - 9 weeks before it collapsed! Given that financial status, financial stability, and credit ratings are key success factors warranting pre-qualification, just how crook was this process? Now that's the sort of thing Rob Pyne should have referred to the CCC or raised in parliament.

Anonymous said...

Your refer to John Mackenzie as "cue ball" this appears to be a personal attack. To keep you your argument credible try an avoid this ad homonym.

Anonymous said...

Annon 14:17 you are correct. It should be eight-ball, egg-head, nude-nut, nugget-head, screaming skull, baldy, teaticle head, gnome, chrome-dome.......

Anonymous said...

If this stuff was reported in the main stream media, it could cost him the council election. So let's get it out there ! And why are Cue Ball and the CP hiding it ? Off with their heads !!!

Anonymous said...

Does Bob suffer from the Zika virus? You know; small head, brain damage...

Anonymous said...

When he was still fooling only himself with that embarrassment of a toupée, "coconut husk" was the moniker of choice in our house.

Tony Hillier said...

"Cueball", the "Compost" and the Manning-led Council have consistently sold Cairns short.

Tom Sawyer said...

Hillbilly - look at the list of creditors of Belmar Events Pty Ltd (in liquidation, you will see that the Mannings declared Cairns regional council a creditor in the shape of $6,254.38. But Council didn't lodge a proof of debt. It claims zero. How can it be that Manning reckoned he owed Council that money, but Council hasn't claimed it?

Tom Sawyer said...

and $7,425 to WIN, and $20,800.01 to the Cairns Post...
Guess they'll get that back from Unity advertising?

JOHN MACKENZIE'S HILLBILLY WATCH said...

Tom Sawyer: Thanks for continuing to find anomalies in this disgraceful event. You're correct of course, and it's despicable that the Cairns Council and the CFO John Andrejic essentially "gifted" the Mannings from the public purse.

Anonymous said...

And Gnome Manning 'gifted' John 'red arrow' Andrejic the CFO position, which never existed in its current context, it was created just for John. I guess it's good to be mates that go back to the port and airport days doesn't it? It's not a well kept secret that John and Sleepy are besties. Mind you, the word in financial circles several years ago was that Kevin Brown was lining up Andrejic to walk the 'green mile', hence the reason for him eagerly vacating the CAPL CFO seat suddenly. Then again that is all bullshit and maybe John left because he could no longer stomach the sight of Mr Browns stripey shirts and his endless ramblings about being a successful business leader and his grandiose plans? (Yawn, which we are still waiting with baited breath to see). And finally has anybody noticed that Michael Trout has popped up again in Katter country and is aiming to have another dip in the taxpayer trough! This shit is truly unbelievable.

Tony Hillier said...

… and still not a word on these serious "anomalies" in the Compost. Quelle surprise!

Anonymous said...

As a small business owner I hang my head in shame that our city is represented by a deadbeat as Bob. I have heard the rumours that it was his son and so on that caused the problems with his business, but come on mate stand up and tell the truth where is your integrity? Surely we can do better. I know many people read hillbilly watch let's vote this clown out we couldn't do any worse.

Ken svay said...

Why does the local ABC radio not talk about local politics or anything serious. ABC radio in Perh regularly takes on councils and politicians. I heard that Pynes stoush with Brisbane was over him wanting to take on the council over corruption- is this true?

Anonymous said...

We could get Simon Wild

Anonymous said...

Regardless if it's Pynes, someone should take on crc - send in Chuck Norris

Anonymous said...

I heard the business was supposed to be managed by the son. I also heard on the grapevine that Manning is having his salary as a Mayor garnisheed to pay off some personal loan. He has listed a lot of self-managed superannuation funds on his Council declaration of finances, so he surely wouldn't be short of a quid himself? Whatever is the situation, this is serious shit alright.

Anonymous said...

Fucking gold! Old 'coconut husk' getting his wages garnished. That would be hilarious. And this is meant to be the successful businessman leading Cairns towards a better financial future? Holy shit! Fucking rednecks