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13 July 2016

BOB MANNING COUNCIL "BUY LOCAL" POLICY RESULTS IN HIGHER COSTS, SHITTIER INFRASTRUCTURE AND RATEPAYERS PAY TWICE

During the 2012 Cairns Council elections, Bob "Sleepy" Manning and his Unity Team berated the Schier Council for purchasing a prefabricated bridge to form part of the Aeroglen Cycleway.  This bridge was purchased by Council staff after evaluating the quality and cost of the options.


"BUY LOCAL" BRIDGE PROVES
TO BE POOR ECONOMY
The use of a local contractor to custom fabricate a bridge of this type is MUCH more expensive than the alternatives.  One can understand this after we hear the bid for the Pacific Patrol Boat contract by the Cairns Shipbuilding Consortium was over 30% more expensive than the winning Perth shipyard.  

But Manning pushed forward to have bridges for the Southern Cycleway fabricated by a Cairns contractor.  

This week, one of these bridges was torched and made inoperative. Vandalism on the south side of the city is known to be rampant, and two of these bridges are in secluded areas inaccessible to police patrols.   

But the ignorance shown by Bob Manning and his "buy-local" policies are now costing ratepayers plenty. Engineers have discovered structural damage to the bridge due to the fire.  The warped metal superstructure might be a write-off according to Council insiders - meaning the entire bridge will need to replaced.  And this isn't the only dud bridge on the Southern Cycleway.  It's only a matter of time. . .


AEROGLEN BRIDGE -
LOOKS LIKE THE DAY IT WAS NEW
The Manning-contracted bridges have been built by amateur "buy-local" bridge builders and made easy to vandalise - as they have been on numerous occasions.  In particular the use of flammable decking material on the bridges made this a predictable outcome.  Since the Manning Council is now fully engaged in hiding financial decisions from the public, there's no way of knowing how much more this bridge cost than the better-quality options.

The Aeroglen bridge?  Cheaper, a better design, vandal-resistant, and with decking that can't be set alight.  Councils right across Australia have been purchasing these quality-designed and made bridges along with other public infrastructure without issue.  The vendor, Queensland-based Landmark, was dudded on these new bridges by Manning, despite their status as an Australian Local Government "Preferred Supplier".  Perhaps the only shortcoming by them is the fact THEY haven't given political contributions to the Unity Team.

Is "buy-local" right if the costs are grossly overpriced and the quality is shit?  Our Australian Navy didn't think so.  Neither do we.

The Manning "buy-local" policy is the mistake that keeps on taking - from us, the ratepayers.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

WTF did you say Shanghai, Who is Rob Pyne? good question.

Anonymous said...

You gotta give our $230k per year Mayor, Sleepy Bob, credit where credit is due - he is consistent. Consistent at fucking up!! 'Buy local' is a great concept and it works well if your local suppliers aren't Hillbillys like we have here in Cairns. Most of our local contractors are totally useless Deadshits who don't do a good job and won't price jobs at a reasonable rate. Call a plumber, sparky, mobile mechanic and see if the fucker turns up on time, if at all. NEVER!

Nice work with the bridges Bob you bald Muppet. No wonder rates are so high, to try and cover the expense of all Mannings screwup's. Moron

Anonymous said...

Maybe that weirdo Andrejeic was 'having a moment' and riding his little bicycle so fast across that bridge it caught fire? Then again, it's amazing how quick a bureaucrat can speed across a bridge if there is a taxpayer trough at the other end.

Anonymous said...

"Buy local"??? Sure- like the Tobruk pool redevelopment (NSW
contractor) and the destruction of City Place contractor (a
company HQ'ed in Los Angeles). Who's doing the theatre/MM Park
'reconfiguration'? Sounds like that expression:
Do as I say - don't do as I do.

Anonymous said...

The bit I love the most about all of this is that because the local voters and ratepayers are so fucking stupid and voted these arseclowns into Government they will ultimately be punished with higher rates, less infrastructure improvements and decreased services. So I hope you dickheads remember that when your rates go up, or your grandkids get run over on their bicycles due to shitty roads, or when the Council starts fining you for farting in public!
Someone always pays the price for Government incompetence and I can assure you it won't be Sleepy or his acolytes who earn top dollar for doing jackshit.

Ernie said...

Interesting to hear 4ca is going to put alan jones back on. I do wonder who pressured them to take him off weeks before the election, could it be Entsch and the lnp because jones was telling the listeners what a mob of ripoffs they are, he certainly didn't support turnbull, McKenzie stated he didn't know why, sure macca you are just as sneaky as them, couldn't have him influencing the vote in this region.

Ken svay said...

Flammable decking? That is ridiculous.

Anonymous said...



I am all for buying local and it does need to happen. I am not speaking on the story as I do not have first hand knowledge but just on my experience the work up here is shoddy. Paid for new guttering and leaked a few days later when it rained, was worse than the old guttering. But even worse got two flat tyres as they left screws on the ground. Another one, paid him for the unfinished job, was okay has he left valuable tools behind and said he would come back and finish the job when he picked up the tools. Only 5 minutes job but he had the tools to do it and I do not. Ayyway snuck in at night and got the tools from the garage all to avoid a few minutes hard work he had been paid for. So many more. I have lots of work that needs to be done but too sressful working with tradies up here. But then the good ones earn massive money in Sydney so what do we do?

shanghai said...

not happy bob the council is using my money to do something I don't like to see, council workers spotlighting bats outside maccas on the esplanade at pre dawn wont they give up ? what demented mind is so threatened by bats ?anyway isn't against the law to harass protected species ? but the c.r.c has a history of thinking they are above the law.

CBD Tarzan said...

Flammable bridges ! A new first for Cairns. What a completely idiotic situation.

Anonymous said...

I'm in shock. Our flammable bridges have been vandalised??? Who would've thought!

Anonymous said...

What do you expect from this man who in a past life was asked to leave the cairns port authority as he was so useless. Really Cairns you get who you vote for. To rub in this spray someone must have voted for dear warren and katter so we are in for another 3 years of nothing to cap it all off.

Anonymous said...

Tradies and contractors in Cairns are screwed into submitting the lowest tender to get the work. The BS that states the lowest tender won't necessarily get the work is fiction. You get what you don't pay for. Some tradesmen I have employed are very good, some are absolute shite. A good tradie has weeks of work in advance, if you get one out of the paper and he can start tomorrow he is generally a smack head looser. it's your choice. .

Anonymous said...

Good tradies don't always have weeks of work ahead of them, as they get undercut by all the stupid arseholes that are so desperate for a dollar that they'll work for unrealistic rates fucking it up for everybody else in the process. The worst perpetrators in this race to the bottom are our major construction companies. Of course if you don't get paid the right rate, something will have to give...

Anonymous said...

I thought Sleepy would be doing an amazing job for the community, after all he has received order of Australia medals, has done a Bachelors in accounting, has won business leader awards, hell Bob even took out some Gooks over in Nam back in '71. Someone give the man a knighthood or make him a Saint. All rise for Sir Coconut Husk!

Ken svay said...

The decking was probably the composite stuff, it's shit really. I would compare it to MDF, it's a mix of wood pulp and plastic. Despite the guarantees it doesn't last in the sun and it is a very poor choice for a decking material, If one was interested is it possible to view the drawings and specifications for these bridges?
If not, why not ?