We'd like to sing the Wizard of Oz tune "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead". Peter Tabulo, who should have been sacked by Mayor Schier for his piss-poor performance as Kevin Byrne's "developer's poodle" has finally exhausted his welcome with the Cairns Council.
His legacy? A raft of prison towers in our CBD masquerading as unit developments. A raft of Development Approvals with missing components greeted by a Tabulo "wink" to the developers and no enforcement of important conditions. A raft of major projects that have gone horribly over budget as the council has been rudderless for the last four years with Bob Manning in perpetual nap and Tabulo over his head in his first (and last) CEO position.
Tabulo is been allowed to slink into the night like the snake he has been.
However we're supposed to applaud the elevation of John Andrejic? We don't think so!
Andrejic is in the finance position only for his skills at "creative accounting" - skills he honed as a Manning puppet at the Port Authority. Andrejic has been signing the cheques on the projects that are now under scrutiny. With little in the way of checks-and-balances, the Council books are hazy and un-transparent. Who knows the real position of this Council?
|$200M AIRPORT UPGRADE AND WE COULDN'T|
MOVE THE POSTS. WHO PAID FOR THIS MESS?
Andrejic is also directly responsible for the $12 Million computing cock-up. So a guy loses $12M and we give him a promotion? Why would anyone do that??
Cover-up. That's why. That's how these things work when corruption and malfeasance is rampant.
Andrejic is also responsible for the last remodel at the Cairns Airport domestic terminal when he was employed by the North Queensland Airport Group. This remodel is widely viewed as mishandled and inadequate, flushing $200M down the dunny. Sure, let's promote the guy!
The Cairns Council is doing the ratepayers a disservice by not bringing in a new set of eyes and new set of skills. We're told that all of these discussions are occurring "behind closed doors". How can the Minister for Local Government ignore this clear violation of the Open Government Act? How can these councillors participate in such closed-door negotiations? Like the elevation of Tabulo as "CEO in Training", John Andrejic as CEO is the latest dangerous management decision by this lazy Council.
Errata:Lots of emails piled up from our loyal readers. Can't we take a holiday after the elections?