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04 April 2016

CAIRNS POST *FINALLY* REPORTS DANGEROUS FUEL LEAK AT AIRPORT - MONTHS AFTER US!

We'll have more to say soon about the Cairns Post and their community "cheerleading" that substitutes for news, screwing the Cairns community.

But this morning crack reporter Daniel Bateman has finally reported on the massive fuel leak in the airport Jet-A system - a story we reported on almost a year ago.



CAIRNS AIRPORT IDIOT CEO KEVIN BROWN
DIRECTS ENGINEERING STAFF TO POSSIBLE
LOCATION OF MASSIVE FUEL LEAK

59 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh no, i hope this doesn't cost Kev any money to fix it. We all know how he doesn't like to spend a cent on the airport. I wonder where the fuel leak rates on the CAPL's internal risk register? Surely it would be number 1, after all it is a safety risk? Do they even have a safety department? They certainly employ lots of people in finance and commercial, but what about safety?

Anonymous said...

Naughty boy Kevin. You are standing airside and your ASIC with red background is not CLEARLY VISIBLE. That is a breach of the Office of Transport Security regulations and can result in an individual fine and penalty points, Kevin. Don't your staff write-up airside operators for such offences? One must lead by example Kevin as safety and security should start at the top of the organisation.

Anonymous said...

Interesting how Brown said himself that there would be sealed access to the airport for pedestrians yet has not fulfilled his commitment. Just shows the contempt he has for not only the region but for public safety. If you ask me raises many questions about managements ability to ensure the most basic infrastructure requirements for a publicly used asset are met.

Good work HBW, keep it coming, keep the CAPL on its toes.

Anonymous said...

What a foolish photo of Brown. Is he pointing to the direction his bonuses and salary has travelled - upwards!! Or is he pointing heavenward where poor Mrs Broughton went after getting killed because there is no airport footpath?

Anonymous said...

The Compost are idiots, of course it has taken months to catch on to this story, after HBW first revealed it. It takes that long for information to filter through to Townsville.

Anonymous said...

Interesting how all of this has exploded into the media in recent months. Only last week a CAPL source (to remain annonymous) mentioned how Brown has stripped the so-called safety and compliance department, and also how many many staff are disgruntled in the company. Also, supposedly the one lowly environmental staffer at the airport is in a relationship with a staffer at the EPA. Coincidence that all of this has 'leaked' out? Leaking of fuel, leaking of paint into the Baron, leaking of CAPL information......will poor Kevin's bonus leak and become less as well? Oh well, that's what happens when capitalist bankers buy an airport.

Anonymous said...

Poor Mrs Broughton was struck CROSSING the road to a car that had stopped..
Not sure how a footpath would have saved her?

JOHN MACKENZIE'S HILLBILLY WATCH said...

Anonymous 11:05 We'd explain it to you but you're apparently too stupid to understand.

Anonymous said...

You should check out the current pedestrian access on airport drive - construction workers have blocked the bike path with machinery and users are forced into traffic lane. Reported on twitter @cairnstownie .

Anonymous said...

Obviously Annon 11:05 has spoken about a matter that he/she doesn't fully understand all the details about. So to bring you up to speed Annon 11:05 you need to also be aware that there has been other incidents including close calls with vehicles and other pedestrians on that road. Plus some pedestrians have slipped, tripped fallen and injured themselves on that road....Council had a surplus of $8 million last year and CAPL make around $20 to $30 mil profit each year so there is NO excuse to not have a bloody footpath to the airport!

Anonymous said...

Hey Kevin, where are your earmuffs?
"Rules, what rules".

I wonder Kevin was wearing steel cap boots or the famous high heels??

Anonymous said...

Annon 11:57, take some photos and post them. The contempt for safety is getting worse.

Observer said...

Well done Hillbilly. Wondered when you would get over the blue funk or whatever it was you were in following the Council Election and start posting again.

Anonymous said...

Kevin Brown and his Masters don't care about the airport, they care only about cutting costs and maximising profits. The fuel issue started after he took over as CEO and over 4 years later it is still leaking. Why? Isn't thousands of litres of loose aviation fuel a risk to airport safety? Is it not a risk to the environment considering there are water tables beneath the airport Tarmac and the airport is located only hundreds of meters away from the reef? What happens if the leak continues for another 4 years? Is Kevin willing to state publicly that the loose fuel will never pollute the reef or the Baron, or pose a danger or risk to the Tarmac? Are you willing to stake your job on those guarantees Kevin? After all YOU are the accountable person.

But don't forget that sections of the general aviation precinct have had quality issues with the pavement for years. What did Kevin do? He put the cost of landing, parking and user fees up, and forced out numerous decent, good people. Then he closed down runway 12/30 which further impacted general aviation. But it gets worse because Kevin owns two airports, Cairns and Mackay. Mackay is run by one o his poodles who does whatever Kevin tells him to do. So they too have been cut to the bone so as to increase NQA's profits. And currently Mackay is also closing a runway, runway 05/23. Now NQA will tell you all manner if stories, but the simple reason they want these runways closed is to save money on maintenance costs and therefore maximise profits. Plus it helps to make life more difficult and costly for general aviation users who they really don't want there.

It's about damn time that locals demanded more from NQA, who is owned by Hastings, JP Morgan and Auckland airport. Is Auckland airport also cutting itself to the bone to increase profits? Is it also run in the same fashion as NQA? If not, then I suggest it's Board members that coincidentally also sit on the NQA board take a long hard look at what is happening in Cairns and Mackay.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the CAPL are using the leaking aviation fuel mixed with water to keep away all the crazy ants? Maybe ol Kevin isn't as dopey as he looks.

Anonymous said...

To link the unfortunate occurance of someone being struck while crossing a road, (did not pay attention), with the perceived need for a footpath is just being plain bloody dishonest.
One death in over 30 years of international airport operation does not equate.

Anonymous said...

Lot of negative comments on their Facebook page re security line ups but they couldn't care less so will show the same arrogance here I'd assume.

Anonymous said...

Well, there are not a lot of international airports in Australia, but Cairns airport as far as management and infrastructure goes has got to be the worst by far. Is it really that hard to attract good quality people to Cairns or is it because of the humidity that the airport is so moronic? I've never seen or heard anything like it in my life. To be honest I am completely bamboozled as to why the CEO hasn't been punted?

Anonymous said...

I heard that Kevin Brown thinks his arse is a Blarney Stone and he likes people to kiss it!!!

Anonymous said...

So here is my question; if things are so safe then why has millions been spent (and so far the leak has not been found or fixed, according to his very own wording) on trying to fix something that really isn't unsafe in the first place, supposedly?
So here is some 'free advice' that you would normally pay a lot of money for. Consider it a gift to a beautiful region. Some questions that need to be posed to Mr Brown are;
1) Can you produce copies of independent investigation reports to date that prove that there are no safety risks whatsoever, and that there are no environmental risks whatsoever, either now or potentially into the future?
2) Can you produce copies of the plans and strategy of what the next phase of the investigations will be? Who will do it, how will it be done, when will it be done, and please include timeframes and key performance indicators.
3) Can you produce copies of your comprehensive safety risk analysis that has been undertaken? In fact there should have been several done by now as the risk constantly changes every time investigation work is done on the problem. Make sure they are date and time stamped. Fudging facts is not an option.
4) Can you provide copies of internal correspondence between Cairns airport (or NQA) and all domestic and international airlines as well as the civil aviation safety authority over the past 4 years advising them of the leaking fuel problem? Surely an international airline would want to know that their aircraft are parking in an area that has an uncontainable underground fuel leak? And also are they advised of this issue on a regular basis?
5) Can you, CEO Brown, put into writing a personal guarantee that the current fuel leak problem is in fact completely safe and poses no potential, latent or known risks to NQA staff, other airport workers, aircraft, buildings, passengers, the environment including the Great Barrier Reef and any estuaries, the underground water table and/or any other 'thing'?
6) Can you provide internal and external audit documentation that supports CAPL's proposition that all is safe and under control?
7) Can you provide copies of documentation outlining strategies and processes that ensure that a problem such as this never occurs again, or is at least handled in a more hastened manner?
8) Can you provide the minutes from each Cairns airport safety meeting that has been held with key airport stakeholders over the last 4 or so years? These should contain reference to the fuel leak issue as well as transparent updates as to what is happening in regards to mitigation. Most minutes are sent out via email to the stakeholders so email evidence would be appreciated please.

For my liking 'words are cheap', so if CEO Brown is serious about this problem then the small grouping of questions as outlined above certainly shouldn't be too hard to answer, with the appropriate evidence supplied. The redaction of names is acceptable, but details should be provided if there is going to be trust and assurance provided by NQA. This would at least provide some measure of comfort to airport staff, to the community and to the regulators. Furthermore I would even suggest that due to the seriousness of this issue, the fact that it has dragged on for at least 4 years, and the fact that it appears to have been poorly managed up until now, I would suggest that the NQA Board be made to handle this issue personally, above the CEO level, if they haven't already contemplated doing so. You can read into that as you wish. If the Board chooses not to do so then I would be at liberty to say that you have a major problem here people. No Board in its right mind will risk the reputation of its key investment stakeholders on the slick talk of one questionable CEO.

Anonymous said...

To those that denigrate Cairns International airport... it may not be perfect, but if you want to experience a real failure just take an international flight through Townsville. Security like keystone cops, infrastructure like an old storage shed and zero customer service.

shanghai said...

hang on doesn't Mannering have his dna in the airport design and construction his pretty quite now that's its pear shape

Anonymous said...

kev is amazing cos he has a cool expensive car, kev wears super business shirts and he just loves to mingle with other folk like him who are simple, kind and generous. Kev should be mayor of this great city and just imagine how great the place would be with him fixing everything that is wrong. Kev lets himself get dunked for charity and ive seen pics of him sitting in a wheelchair like a spastic, planting plants and doing funny poses near the airplanes. I know he is bald and shit but who cares cos kev is a cool dude. You get my vote this election kev mate.

Tony Hillier said...

13:39 … But we don't live in Townsville — nor would many of us want to live in Townsville. The questions posed by 8:54 pertinent to Cairns airport are entirely valid and should be put to the CEO ASAP. If satisfactory answers aren't provided and promptly, we should contact the State and Federal members and urge them to follow-up (not that they'd be capable or interested in applying the blowtorch) . A half decent news reporter would not need any prompting to ask the right questions, but then there are none of said species in Cairns to my knowledge. Under its umpteenth editor in a decade, the Compost is more interested in printing infotainment press releases verbatim, prostrating and prostituting itself ad nauseam on behalf of Aquis, and involving itself in self-serving "crusades".

Anonymous said...

Well done HBW, exposing the Cairns airport fuel issue and the footpath issue. After the Compost ran with it (only after reading it on HBW), local news ran with it last night on TV. Both CRAPL and Sleepy Bob weighed in with weak responses. But it shows that both Council and airport must be getting nervous about the publicity and level of risk? Bob supplied his standard spin and bullshit. But why did CRAPL have the CFO (looks like Mickey Mouse) front the media? Trying to protect Gollum Browns marvellous reputation? Or is Brown visiting China with Antonson as usual? Or maybe he is in New York collecting this months bonus from JP Morgan? Or does he only front the camera for positive stories such as 'a birdie being rescued from a tree' or 'some obscure hack airline adds one flight per calendar year to the airport'? Yet he hides like a scared little boy when the difficult issues arise?

Anyway, I hope HBW keeps updating us on these issues. This is the first place I come too when I want to know the ftrue facts.

Anonymous said...

Love that photo of Brown. What a tosspot. I took a look on the website at the other ridiculous photos. I thought I was looking at a freak show or a carney circus. No shortage of photos of him with Sleepy Manning and other knobs. Fools

Anonymous said...

And if you wonder whether locals in the UK enjoyed Kevin Browns tight fisted ways (which he has continued in Cairns), then read no further;

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-14371697

"Jackson Carlaw, Scottish Conservative transport spokesman, said the change offered the opportunity to re-think drop-off charges introduced at the airport last year.
"Forcing drivers to pay merely to drop off family or friends at the airport was a bad move, it treated them like cash cows and was universally condemned."

Nothing further to add.

Anonymous said...

To all Hillbilly Fucktards...

The facts reported in the media is that the Jet fuel at Cairns Airport is provided by the JHUI joint venture, which includes Caltex, BP, Mobil and Shell. All above and underground infrastructure, maintenance, operations and supply is owned and the sole responsibility of the JUHI not Cairns Airport.

Common sense clearly identifies the Fuel companies being solely responsible for this environmental disaster, I suggest we support Cairns Airport to demand the fuel companies rectify the fuel leak problem being so close to the Great Barrier Marine Reef Park.

Another fine example of the Hillbilly Fucktard mentality was the reporting of the PFOS contamination at Cairns Airport. Airservices Australia is solely responsible for the PFOS and PFOA contamination not Cairns Airport or any other Airport in Australia. A senate enquiry has commenced which is easily available to search on credible newsworthy sources such as The Australian, Australian Financial Review, The Age, etc...

Again, I suggest you use your time wisely and support Cairns Airport and other Australian Airports to demand Airservices Australia rectify this environmental disaster. If a Hillbilly Fucktard researched this in any credible newsworthy source, the PFOS and PFOA contamination has destroyed the Williamstown community, Airservices Australia have also contaminated the Townsville drinking water supply and now Cairns Regional Council are reporting similar issues.

Please read into the facts and we need to work together to resolve these environmental disasters, your being duped by the Hillbilly Fucktards supporting the actual offenders to escape Federal and State criminal and corporate penalties.

Regards
Concerned Cairns Citizen

Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha Annon 14:43 you are the fucktard son! Only a CAPL employee manager could throw the blame in such a magnificent fashion! Blaming Airservices for the PFOS, blamin JUHI for the fuel issue. Yes those organisations have a huge part to play, but all of this is happenning on airport property you fucktard. And let me guess - the death of the woman walking to the airport I all her fault?? Get back under Kevin's desk, fucktard.

Anonymous said...

Dear Concerned Cairns Citizen, I don't think your boss Kevin would like you using words like 'fucktard'. You seem to be well versed in PFOS issues at two military airports. Are you an ex military person who is ex military airports and is now working for the CAPL? I think yes.

Anonymous said...

hahah too funny surprised HBW even printed the reply. Too busy trying to oin stuff on Brown to get the story right! Too funny....the blog everyone laughs at is what I hear.

Anonymous said...

Grab your party hats folks, Brown is gone!!! Off to Perrth airport as CEO. Good luck to all you people in Pertth having this bloke as CEO, I feel for you all, but I'm happy to see him gone. I wonder if he will take his colourful shirts and the high heels?

Anonymous said...

Great to hear that the Jesse is bailing. Will he take all those unbelievably stupid managers of his with him? I would say no, rumour is he only kept them because had he punted them the Board would've known that he had issues. The question is will the new CEO be a good one this time and will he/she finally clean house and get rid of the useless management team and hire competent people? It's a great chance to start fresh.

Anonymous said...

Oh no Kevin is abodoning his 'one team''. What a hypocrite. Will his remaining team abandone their moronic 'can I help you' vests? Will they be able to still 'manage responsibly' without their fearless leader? More importantly will the Mercedes be driven to Perth? Will Kev still visit China with Antonson every month? So many questions so little time. Bye bye Kev and good riddence. Don't bang the door on the way out!!!!!

Anonymous said...

My inside source told me today that behind closed doors the staff are cheering and breaking out the bubbly and very happy to see the Scotsman leave finally. Many are hoping that this will now be the beginning of the end of the entire executive group. Doesn't sound like a happy or united management group to me.

Anonymous said...

The outgoing Perth CEO Brad Geatches did some pretty good stuff over in Perth and he took the airport a long long way, he should be congratulated. He used to be Cairns CEO before he headed to the West. I think the Perth Board may have got confused and thought they were picking up a second great CEO by hiring another Cairns CEO by way of Kevin Brown. All I can say about that is HA HA HA HA.

Anonymous said...

Apparently the other half of the Bill and Ben show, the NQA Muppet at Mackay airport, also fancies himself as a 'high contender and likely candidate for the NQA CEO role'. All I can say is that I am still wiping away the tears of disbelief and laughter! Too funny too funny.

Anonymous said...

On a serious note it is a very exciting time with Kevin Brown leaving NQA. Surely the dimwits on the Board are aware of the laughable reputation that Cairns airport has nationally when compared to the other international Australian airports? NQA is a laughing stock. Perhaps and hopefully the Board will look closely at who they might be able to cherry pick from QAL or NT airports to come across and manage NQA? Both of those organisations have had immeasurable success stories in recent years and have flogged NQA hands down across all parts of its business ranging from robust investments and high profits to successful strategies and business plans to sought after executive management. Both QAL and NT airports have had CEO's with enviable reputations known for running lean yet succinct organisations by CEO's with a legacy of experience and proven success, which is exactly what Cairns desperately needs.

My advice to the NQA Board is now that Brown is leaving you have a great opportunity to take a look at what he is really leaving behind. Take a peak beneath the sheets (you don't have to look very far) and measure the true cost of all those 'world trips' for certain managers vs the actual increased revenue brought in. Take a look at the present management structure and it's true 'success rate' in a host of measurable indicators and analyse the facts. Ask the staff what they really think of the executive management team. Bring in the Consultants and please come armed with a giant broom and even bigger dust pan. Now is a rare opportunity for the Board to claw back some of its tarnished reputation, if it is smart enough and observant enough.

As one Cairns airport employee told me yesterday; 'there are many managers there now quivering in their boots with puckering sphincters' now that their 'top cover' is leaving. Pretty much sums it all up really.

Kevin Brown will leave behind a legacy of leaking aviation fuel, plans to turn mangroves into helipads, luggage trolleys you have to pay for, massive increases in general aviation charges and a two-bit internet wifi system.......See ya Kevin

Anonymous said...

Poor Perth airport, they are known for having a strong management culture and a successful legacy, but now they will inherit Kevin Brown.
I wonder if Perth airport will enjoy the childish and amateur "can I help you vests" that he will force upon them?
I wonder if the Perth staff will enjoy his 'managing responsibly' meetings in which no action points are closed out and he babbles on about cobwebs on a fire extinguisher, a Twisties packet in the garden, a tiny bolt found on the ground in the car park or a fire sprinkler which has a spider on it?
Will Perth staff enjoy his quarterly 'strategy sessions' where his (alleged) professional management team scribble on butchers paper their so-called 'big' plans and put silly smiley faces next to them? No strategy ever gets completed. Hell Kevin has been saying for 4.5 years that he will buy more airports, and so far NONE. The same non-compulsory meetings in which his poodles write down the names of which staff don't attend and then management give them a serve later on.
I wonder if Perth staff will enjoy his cost cutting to save electricity, maintenance and staff levels?
I wonder if Perth staff will enjoy the angst of the public and local businesses when he puts up the price of leases, car parking, general aviation users and shop tenancy's up?

Oh to be a fly on the Perth management teams wall when the proud Scot turns up in his petty pinstriped business shirts and perhaps those famous high heel shoes?
It's all passing strange considering he just bought a house in Cairns and signed on again as CEO for a few more years??

Anonymous said...

More hilarious antics. His 'team' have already started jockeying for 'the big chair' with at least 3 of his Managers puffing out their chests and claiming to be the heir apparent to the CEO throne. Too funny too funny. My question is 'who the hell has given ANY of them the ego tickling to make them think they even have the remotest chance'?
OMG, is there something in the water up here? I wouldn't hire them to shovel the bird shit out of my avery!! Arseclowns.

Anonymous said...

Now that Brown is leaving does that mean that the I.T footstool with the squeeky voice will no longer monitor staff mobile phones, IPads, laptops and hard drives and then report back regularly to those above him who are totally paranoid? (Probably a waste of time anyway because staff have invented a system to circumvent that little chestnut! Ha). It's funny cos the paranoid managers may be watching staff but staff are watching them.

Anonymous said...

Brown is deserting a sinking ship. It's always the case. CEO achieves SFA then bails to a better job leaving a heap of shit behind for the next CEO to hopefully clean up. Adios Herr Brown.

Anonymous said...

Kevin will be out of his comfort zone at Perth airport. How will he cope with no longer being surrounded by fruitcake managers, a shit smelling domestic terminal, a 1970's decore styled international terminal, an airport with no footpaths, tens of thousands of litres of fuel leaking underground, crumbling general aviation area and failing car park equipment? Oh yeah of course I forgot, it should only take a year or two before he does all of that to Perth airport. Then he will feel just like he is back home in hillbilly Cairns working at his Hillbilly airport surrounded by Hillbillys!

Watch out Perth airport, Browneye will restructure your workforce and departments first, slash and burn. That will be followed by a management restructure, which is then followed by immediate budget cuts (straight away he will be working towards his first bonus). Pretty soon he will bring in some of his ex manager servants from Cairns (only the people who were his friends from overseas) and he will pay them a shitload more than the existing managers (It's true it's true I've read the payroll books). Watch out males because he likes women managers onboard - you pay them less and you don't have to worry about male competition (he likes to be the only rooster in the hen house). Or should that be cock?
So my dear airport bretheren please be prepared to be dazzled by smooth salesman talk, colourful shirts and a shiny Merc, but don't be fooled as it is all part of the facade, the smoke and mirrors act. Many in Cairns could read this bloke like a cheap book. But shhhhh don't tell him that, he thinks he is smarter than any other human on earth.

So grab your high vis vests, your wallets and all the Haggis in Freemantle cos the Scrooge is coming to ye old Perth.....

Anonymous said...

Some of Browns managers are like the Scottish Lochness Monster - always elusive, hiding, never to be seen, you don't even know if they really exist.....Scots, they're all a bunch of Jessie's.

Anonymous said...

Well you won't get this update from the Compost, but then again HBW did say that all the good news gets broken first, here at HBW. So, the civil aviation safety authority have been hanging about Cairns airport this week. The office of transport security have been hanging about Cairns airport this week. And testing of aviation fuel was being done today at Cairns airport. Will the illustrious CEO leader provide the media with an update? After all he does like to report everything and create media attention. Lots of activity at the airport that's for sure, no doubt resulting in the awesome management team all huddling together crying into tissues. Seems Kevin's cost cutting, staff reduction, and allowing the same deadwood to manage the place under his leadership for 5 the past years is really paying off hey? The funniest but was watching them all scurrying around, bickering and arguing, panicking. It was like somebody put a bucket load of crazy ants down their panties!

Addendum: A source of mine from Sydney told me tonight that some very high level airline folk are not very happy about the fuel leak and the fact that it went relatively unknown to them for so long. The whole debacle is being watched from high places.

Why was it again that you decided to leave Kevin?

Anonymous said...

Yeah pretty obvious why Kevvy is packing up the Kilt and high heels and bolting to Perth.

Anonymous said...

I've got my popcorn ready and some beers in the chiller, awaiting the next instalment form Cairns hillbilly airport. Seems that every week is a laugh-a-minute at NQA. From serious safety issues treated as non events, to high heel wearing CEO's, to senior management emotional meltdowns to butchers paper on walls with smiley faces.
From hundreds of thousands spent for years travelling the globe seeking new airlines to fly to Cairns and completely failing to attract any new fully fledged airline, to management love-in sessions which descend into arguments and in-fighting.

You really can't make this shit up. Priceless.

Anonymous said...

Had a very good chat with a CAPL insider tonight who reckons most of the issues started after the good operations manager known as the birdman was pushed and pushed until he resigned 18 months ago, then Kevin Brown shafted other operational compliance people including a Manager and then he also shafted the external auditor who inspects the airport operation each year. All of them supposedly screwed for doing their internal checks and balances and identifying problems. Since then there has been a huge rise in non compliances because there is virtually no independent person doing these checks and inspections.
For the record my inside source is someone who is in the know and not a bullshitter. My source also reckons there is a complete lack of experienced people driving key areas and that the morale in the place has absolutely collapsed in the last year or so. Staff are overworked and under resourced in the key areas and disgusted with management behaviour.
From my experience an organisation with such a bad culture has major problems that starts at the very top and then filters downwards.

Anonymous said...

"Come on Kevin do the right thing"!
A bit of momentum gaining traction in relation to the need for an airport footpath. Isn't it sad that people need to complain, beg and even campaign just to get a necessary common safety item such as a footpath installed? My guess is that the airport will now put it in because old money tins is leaving and it won't affect his next bonus or come out of his precious airport bucket of money which he likes to trim back every year. Maybe in the future NQA will stop paying managers below Kevin $250k per year and stop spending in excess of $100k per year on Antonsons shopping trips around the world? That might pay for some safety improvements. Then again, maybe they don't want to dig footpath foundations incase they find more leaked fuel?
Perhaps adco can do it with some of the Torbruk pool steel rio for its foundation?

Please Kevin hurry up and leave sooner than later.

Anonymous said...

Yeah also heard that CASA are hanging around as well as OTS. Lots of panicking by management happenning behind close doors. I find it absolutely hilarious. It makes a mockery out of what the airport has been charging us users for the past few years. Also interesting how management get $250,000 per year and the CEO over $500,000 excl bonuses and perks while everyone below them gets pathetic dollars.

Anonymous said...

NQA, under the leadership of the dapper MBA Brown, has and is reducing general aviation capability at both CAIRNS and MACKAY airports which are key tourism airports. Cairns has already closed it's second runway and Mackay is now going through the same process. How can that be good for tourism or the community? It's not.

Here is what happens; In Cairns for example, between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM recreational aircraft wishing to land at Cairns incurs a minimum $350 landing charge. If the second runway hadn't been removed that fee would not exist. Numerous general aviation companies have been forced to relocate and that does and has affected local businesses and the economy.

Now although WE are Cairns and not Mackay, what NQA does has a detrimental effect on both airports. Mackay is managed by Kevin Browns 'mini me' Rob Porter. He is a clone of Brown and in a subservient manner loyally obeys Kevin's commands. He also has tickets on himself and fancies himself as being Browns replacement as group CEO. The closure of the cross-runway in Mackay affects a large portion of the local aviation community and the wider economy in general, as with Cairns closure. The local recreational aviators, tourist aviators visiting the region, aircraft maintenance organisations, the Mackay Tiger Moth Museum, the flying school, local charter operators and skydiving will all be adversely affected by the runway closure. As with Cairns the cross-runway is not only for when the crosswinds on the main runway are too high. Local operators frequently work in with air traffic control to use the cross-runway when larger aircraft are inbound or due to depart to ease congestion and speed-up arrivals and departures.

It's also worthy to note that two of the "101 things to do in the Mackay Region" campaign, ironically promoted by Mr Porter and his airport is Skydiving and a flight in the Mackay Tiger Moth! Potentially not for much longer. Perhaps item number 102 for Rob should've read 'become bald like Kevin, where colourful shirts like Kevin, close runways like Kevin, put yourself on every available Board like Kevin, fall in love with yourself like Kevin, basically tailor your entire life to mimic Kevin'. Pathetic. Become your own man Rob.

The ridiculous pontificating Kevin Brown and Rob Porter's idol chats about potential international flights to Mackay is nothing other than a public relations stunt and a fantasy. The infrastructure at Mackay Airport is hopelessly inadequate for the provision of international flights. Having the capability to handle these aircraft regularly will require upgrades to the main runway as well as the main apron and terminal. How much money do you think this will cost? In recent years Mr Porter had resorted to disconnecting some terminal ceiling lights, adjusting air-conditioning temperatures, putting up car park fees and covering the terminal in tacky advertising signage to bring in desperate dollars, so where will all the extra revenue come from to pay for his fantasies?

On the other hand the Whitsunday Coast airport is far more desirable as a destination than Mackay or Cairns for that matter and has improved exponentially. New infrastructure (not an outdated tacky cheaply run eyesore), general aviation is still encouraged and airlines are opting to increase service to the airport rather than reduce services like they have done at Rob Porters little airport.

So there you have it. Airports managed under NQA's stewardship. A lesson in what to be aware of for any region contemplating flogging their airport to this Group for a quick buck.

Anonymous said...

Annon 02:33, what a superbly succinct break down of NQA's methods. Almost coughed on my cornflakes. But as with Manning and Warren Entsch it is standard practise for rejects, has-beens and losers to retain political or business power in the North. It is a fucked system and it has denied the North expansion and economic opportunities and improvements, but it has become the norm. Until the 'people' start demanding more from these arseclowns things will never change.

Anonymous said...

I'm still eagerly awaiting the announcement of a new CEO. Will it be an outsider who will come in and finally 'bone' all the drop-kick managers? Or will the successful candidate be one of the internal muppets who for some perverted reason think they have what it takes to 'fill Kevin's high-heels' and sit on his vacated throne? Personally a better choice for CEO would be one of the ASO's, a refueller or even one of the odd terminal cleaners! They are smarter than the current management team (who incidentally aren't behaving as 'one team').

Anonymous said...

In regards to the footpath, seeing that Kevin Browns former CFO John Andrejic is now the Council CFO and is the one who brought Council an $8 million surplus, why doesn't Council and the tight arse Scot split the cost? After all it is always 'safety first' isn't it?And besides, instead of walking the red arrow weekly (to get the voices out of his head or for whatever reason) John can now walk the 'Brown arrow' to the airport!

Ken svay said...

Reading this on my phone at the revamped third world airport in Phnom Penh. One of the poorest countries in the world has fast and free internet all over the terminal.

Anonymous said...

Ken, obviously Phnom Penh hasnt met Kevin Brown and his JP Morgan mates yet?

Anonymous said...

More proof emerging of Kevin's Brown gouging of local airport operators, In an article in The Australian newspaper yesterday Murray Ireland, who runs aviation maintenance company Aero Enterprise, said he had to move his business from Cairns Airport after 15 years of tenure because of rising costs and harsh lease conditions.

He said “We decided to leave Cairns Airport after they increased our rent from $50,000 a year to $120,000 a year. We had invested a lot of money building hangar space but were told we would have to demolish or give the building back to the aerodrome upon cessation of the lease, I wasn’t going to pay for the demolition so just walked away and left the building there. The industry is struggling enough without these conditions being forced on operators. It’s putting the industry on its knees and you can see that by looking at the reduced aircraft at Cairns and the 30 per cent fall in staff numbers.”

Kevin Brown trotted out the usual chestnut and said the rents at Cairns Airport reflected the costs of building infrastructure, including runways, lighting and security, to support aircraft operations, and in 2013 they reviewed all their general aviation charges to ensure they could continue to sustainably maintain their infrastructure and support aviation activity. What a crock.

The money gouging and screwing of tenants in Cairns commenced after Brown started working for NQA under the direction of his Lords at J.P Morgan, Hastings and Auckland airport.

Anonymous said...

I though Browns number 1 support fan 'concerned Cairns citizen' would've jumped back in with some fucktard comments by now?

Anonymous said...

Cairns should be excited that Kevin Brown is moving on. Brown took over after the Government flogged this vital asset in a fire sale and quick grab for cash. Rather than ensure that some monies from the sale of the airport go into a futures fund for the local region, Team Bligh chose to run off with the entire pot of money back to Brisbane. Likewise with the sale, rather than ensure that there was a very tight and detailed deed of sale for the airport in which the buyers couldn't just do whatever they wanted by way of cutting maintenance funding to the bone, not investing in infrastructure etc, basically letting the airport fall into a heap of rubble. Sale documents and the 'devil in the detail' should be available publicly, or certainly available under an FOI request. It would be a good way to accurately benchmark Browns performance over his 5 years as Captain of the ship.

I would hope that at some point our local
Politicians and business leaders familiarise themselves with the terms included in the airports sale documents, the airports master plan, and anything else that outlines the current airport owners responsibilities, and then hold them to account. It would be a logical starting point. Only time will tell what kind of job Brown really did as CEO, but certainly after 5 years of his leadership it is difficult to see any successes. I've seen a runway closed, a severe and expensive underground aviation fuel leak (current), and very little of the master plan completed. In fact controversy such as the airports wish to clear mangroves to make way for helipads, the astronomical increase in user fees and charges, and the never ending issues pertaining to the general aviation area seems to be the legacy that Kevin Brown will leave behind.

Let's just hope that NQA's Board learn something out of this and rather than hiring another hillbilly as CEO they should do a well defined search for a skilful and experienced CEO who will cull all the deadwood legacy senior managers, restructure the various branches of the airport correctly this time, adequately resource operational departments and bring in fresh and talented people who can lift the airports spirit and morale, as well as steer the place in the right direction for the future, rather than allow it to continue upon it's current path.

Farewell Kevin Brown, you won't be missed by many.