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Sunday, June 3rd, 2018   |   145 comments

As They Say, The More Things Change Etc … But Now, They Don’t Even Try To Hide The Arrogant Blatant Carpetbagging

This time, it’s more a case of jobs for the girls rather than the boys, but one particularly cynical appointment signal a run for a higher trough (sorry, office) …

Also, Mayor Mullet displays the exquisite timing of Wile E Coyote in the Roadrunner with her latest  announcement in her election campaign smarm offensive …

… and now at last, authorities are involved in the bullying of Sandra Richards, the Rollingstone widow locked off her property, and the TCC has been jolted out of their complacency and possible collusion in the disgraceful issue …

… and another twist in the on again- off again rollercoaster ride of multi-million dollar CBD lifesaver project The Hive.

From Brisbane With Love … And Perks

About eight months ago, The Magpie predicted our fair city would soon be host to a seasoned local government politician from down south, to wit, this gal ….

Shayne Sutton

Shayne Sutton

Ms Sutton took everyone by surprise last October when the long serving (14 years) councillor for Morningside in Brisbane suddenly resigned. She made the move after her husband, Stephen Beckett packed his Labor-logoed carpetbag to head our way as the Impaler-appointed Townsville City Council Community Engagement boss.

The ‘Pie also predicted that with an impressive local government CV, Ms Sutton would in all likelihood find herself a spot on Mayor Mullet’s ‘independent’ council team come the next election. And that could be exactly the planned scenario, now that we suddenly see that Shayne Sutton has just been appointed to the Mooney-led Townsville Hospital Board. This from the government gazette just out.


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There once was a time when these positions went to a long term local worthies with deep roots in the community, often with business backgrounds and some with health care experience.

Ms Sutton’s appointment on the other hand, after less than 6 months in the city, is an out-and-out political appointment, no doubt recommended by His Radiance and rubber stamped by Premier Alphabet’s Brisbane bum polishers. Ms Sutton’s last gig on Brisbane Council was Opposition spokeswoman on Planning and Infrastructure, so for 14 years has been on the public teat. Since she was the youngest councillor elected in Brisbane at age 25, she certainly can’t have had much real world experience under her belt. So was there no one else suitable for the position, out of all the hundreds of business and retired professionals folk who have been a part of this community for years, decades indeed?

This is political arrogance personified. The ‘Pie doesn’t know Ms Sutton and it doesn’t matter that her record appears to be a solid and dedicated one in Brisbane. Little wonder then, she has confessed to loving the political life. What’s not to love?

So wait just a sec. The ‘Pie isn’t on about the about the money, which is just meeting attendance fees, really isn’t much of an issue. But just have a look back at that Gazette entry. Her appointment is for one year only, as versus two for the other nominated member.

So could it be that the Hospital Board will be the vehicle to get her deeper into community matters and contacts, and with a few bob on the side for meeting fees, and then free her up just in time for an election campaign on Mayor Mullet’s team? It’s not a conspiracy theory, it’s a clear plan, surely, for someone with her background.

So the intriguing issue now becomes this: who gets the tap on the shoulder (political talk for stiletto between the shoulder blades) to make a spot for her?

And here’s the biggest laugh (through your tears), folks.

It’s odds on that Mayor Mullet will send one of the current mob of council drones on a nice overseas junket as a farewell present courtesy of the ratepayers. ‘She wouldn’t dare”, you cry!

Oh yes she would, it’s standard practice around this town, as Mayor Mullet of all people, should know. This from The Magpie blog a couple of years ago.

It means opening the door for more councillor freebies and wastage of precious ratepayer dollars on – ta da – sister city junkets, which have been largely sidelined in recent years. The Mooney era went ape-shit with them for awhile, with His Radiance even managing to use them in 2003 as a personal political tool, sending at least one councillor – Toni Kirkpatrick – on a three week sister-city holiday to Japan as a kiss-off for her ‘voluntary more time with the family’ resignation to make way for – would you believe, one Jenny Hill.

Oh, this is gunna be fun, fun, fun,

But If You Think That Is Blatant …

… try this bit of rolled gold Nanny State flim flam, from none other than Mr Shayne Sutton, aka Stephen Becket.

Bulletin fronter

In a nutshell, as The Astonisher reported, the council has called for tenders for something called a Townsville Water Security Marketing and Communications Campaign … to ‘promote positive behaviour changes among residents’. The mayor will throw millions at this re-heated hash of an idea – an insulting one at that – telling us how best to used water.  But hang on, didn’t the mayor keep saying there was no water problem, and then after a massive backtrack, said she’d fixed it up anyway?

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Last September????

Mayor Mullet has taken a back seat on the promotion of this daft wasteful idea, firmly placing Becket in the firing line of community ire, because the timing of this gift to some mob of southern urgers who know a quick, easy quid when they see one, couldn’t have been worse.

Remember that mayoral fanfare about TV gardener Jamie Durie was to front a $10million campaign to educate we yokels how to look after our gardens with less water? That disappeared into the ether without a single word of explanation from our ‘transparent’ council, but it was exactly what this new proposal precisely mimics, with Mr Becket condescendingly chirping ‘…the council needs to communicate with the community about how we as a community can become more water wise?

(What’s this ‘we’ stuff, Stephen? )

But the belly laugh here is Mayor Mullet’s timing of this latest piece of patronising flapdoodle … it came just hours before this …

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And this in the SMH.

Whether Mr Durie received any fee from Townsville ratepayers, money that has now gone down his cleverly constructed money sinkhole, is anybody’s guess, one doubts transparency down in Walker Street would stretch that far.

A couple of things in this stick out like Rover’s genitals.

First, Becket was careful not to name a figure on this rort which without any doubt will favour a Labor cohort. All he said about getting the wherewithal was that the dough would come out of the $225M Queensland Government funding package for the pipeline project. But suggesting that such a spurious and patronising campaign, run by some outfit – who would not have a single clue about the realities of North Queensland life beyond jollies to Cairns and the Whitsundays for tax deductible conferences – will last for 26 months … yes, MONTHS, that is … puts it in the tens of millions. So will the names Pure Projects, Empower or an affiliate of the Nous group all line up at the trough? We’ll be watching.

But here’s the biggest question of all, when it comes to pissing ratepayer money up against the wall … isn’t this sort of thing what we prop up Townsville Enterprise to do? If they’re not getting the gig, why the hell are we paying them anything? Hang on, if it comes to that, isn’t this exactly Stephen Becket’s job description – Community Engagement ?

This town has become rort central, and the sad thing is, the majority of citizens are becoming desensitised to , and accepting of, that fact.

It’s just like people are starting to feel about Trump.

Rollingstone Update: Investigating Why There Was No Investigation

It’s been three long years of being given the run around and being stonewalled by authorities, including the Townsville City Council, and persistent requests by Rollingstone property owner, elderly widow Sandra Richards to investigate a suspicious fire and the local bush fire brigades ‘inadequate’ response to it, but finally,  a probe is now well underway.

This week, investigators from the Rural Fire Brigade HQ in Brisbane lobbed in town, and immediately headed out to Sandra Richard’s property at Rollingstone.

Richards meeting

Sandra Richards and her property caretaker discuss their claims with a fire officer from Brisbane during the week.

They are seriously looking into a fire on that property which does not appear to have be adequately or professionally handled by the local bush brigade.

Sandra Richard’s son Cameron insists the fire which burnt down a considerable amount of expensive fencing and telephone line was either deliberately lit or ignored, and he believes certain officers were complicit in the matter.

This entire saga, as told to The Magpie by Cameron Richards and others who have spoken to Sandra Richards, has a background that would rival a Hollywood pot boiler … only this isn’t make believe, and some very real skullduggery appears to be afoot. Elements – too complicated and voluminous to table here all at once … involves land speculation, shadowy international finance, coercion, threats and intimidation of an ageing but resolute woman, a family rift, and claims of highly questionable legal tactics by a well known Townsville solicitor and one of his staff.

There are also questions about an unexplained reversal of a council decision regarding roads and access to the property, the original OK leading Mrs Richards to spend $25,000 on a new road. Talks have now begun with the council in an effort to rectify that situation.

The police have now received two formal complaints from Cameron Richards on behalf of his mother regarding associated matters which may involve criminal behaviour, but any further action by the wallopers is yet to be decided.

The Magpie will be keeping a close eye on matters as they proceed.

But Here’s One For Irony Corner.

Richards medal

This national medal was awarded by the Rural Fire Service to Sandra Richards for lifetime of service during the long years she and her husband lived out at Richmond before moving to Townsville. That just adds insult to injury about her treatment and the official blind eye that was turned to that treatment for the past three years. But despite Mrs Richards facing some medical challenges, The Magpie gets the feeling that those who would try to bully her off her property so they could buy it at a bargain price have picked on the wrong person. And her son Cameron remains on the warpath, seeking justice for his mum.

Stay posted.

This Is Simply The Nastiest And Most Thoughtless Thing Our Stumblebum Paper Has Done For A Long Time

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The Magpie

Memo Iditor of the Townsville Bulletin Jenna Cairney:

You are a disgrace, professionally and personally. Hang your addled head in shame.

What possible rationalisation can there be for you running this story, which not only dog whistles to rednecks by demonising welfare recipients but also unfairly erodes the property values of those you try to entice to advertise in your dying paper. You are a disgrace, Ms Cairney.

The Hive Project May Be Alive And Buzzing Yet … Maybe. 

The Hive artist impression

A project that could transform the fortunes of Townsville’s CBD, and therefore a large chunk of the city’s tourism woes, may yet rise from the ashes of council and mayoral political hindrance and self-interest.

The Hive aerial The Hive map

The Hive project, on the Queens Hotel site on the Strand, offers multiple promises of activities that could turn around the depressing state of the CBD.

Council’s clanking bureaucracy, lack of mayoral leadership and bickering about the fate of the Criterion pub have made the proposed $450million project an on again-off again rollercoaster ride.

One major player has now left the field. This letter was received by several prominent business people during the week.

Screen shot 2018-06-02 at 12.46.47 PM Screen shot 2018-06-02 at 12.48.28 PMTherese Smith is head of the Gleeson company. A regrettable outcome for the city’s business reputation, surely the Gleeson family, owners of the site will not fold on this long-cherished project. The ‘Pie has heard that we will eventually hear of a revised plan for this pivotal and crucial chance at breathing life a gasping CBD.

It Figures

Crack team

You’d have to be on crack to be on this team. Dumbo Jumbo just doesn’t get the message.

Meanwhile Out In The Other World

Observational humour can be a dangerous thing, and in Roseanne Barr’s case an expensive thing. When Barr tweeted ‘muslim brotherhood and Planet of the Apes had a baby … V(alerie) J(arrett), referring to the former Obama adviser, Barr’s world imploded. Her top rating show was cancelled with some sanctimonious words from ABC America management about the tweet being racist and abhorrent. Which it was.

Not being at all familiar with Jarratt, The ‘Pie had to check her out to see what Barr was on about.

Valerie Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett

OK, so it’s locker room funny, maybe, and everybody else can make up their own minds about the kerfuffle. But it was a godsend for cartoonists who had a field day. The ‘Pie’s fav was this one.


And she’d probably win too.

Finally, It’s Tax Time Of Year

But some people won’t have to fill out forms and all that palaver. Just a fax will do the trick.

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That yer lot, folks. Hopefully, Bentley will be back from his travels next week, that’s something to look forward to. And if you have any spare cash hanging about that you need to unload before the end of the financial year, a helpful donation to keep The Magpie soaring will be muchly appreciated. The how to donate button is below.

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  1. Mike Douglas says:

    What a coincidence, a T.C.C marketing campaign paid by ratepayers disguised on educating us on water which runs into the next Council election. Regarding the Hive,it has Mayor Mullets fingerprints all over it letting the developers think T.C.C. were going to take a large lease before actually working out the costs then pulling the plug leaving them in limbo. Let’s review the Mullets poor judgement, Townsville doesn’t have a water problem, I want our Council to be more like Ipswich Council, Jamie Drury, the Impaler and Stephen Beckett here to focus on the Mullets re- election campaign paid by who? the ratepayers.Re Shayne Sutton, can we expect she will join “Captain Snooze” on the Townsville Port Board?.

  2. Alahazbin says:

    Pie, That’s exactly what I thought when I saw that ‘fanfare’ in the Astonisher re tender for “to promote positive behaviour changes for water usage”
    Why call tenders when it is councils role to advise ratepayers. Why can’t they have a section in each councillors letter box drop phamplet which is printed at great expense to ratepayer already.
    Maybe Linda’s WFTAG can put in a tender. After all they have more a grip on water issues than TCC.

  3. Cantankerous but happy says:

    You are spot on Pie about the town becoming accepting of the rorts around the Mullet and council, it’s almost as if the people of this town just shrug their shoulders in happy denial. Whilst I was absolutely bagging the Mullet and council during a conversation this week the other person responded that yes, what I was saying all might be true but even though she gets things wrong he believed that Jenny Hill genuinely had the best interests of Townsville in mind. I couldn’t believe it, what I though was a reasonably intelligent person sucked in by this crap, I wanted to give him a Bud Spencer style slap across the head and tell him to wake up to himself, dickhead.

    • Concerned says:

      Some people just have political blinkers on and just follow blindly

      • The Magpie says:

        In the case of The Impaler, that would be a case of the blonde leading the blind, eh? (Guffaw, chortle, blurt!)

    • The Magpie says:

      The sad thing about your friend’s belief that she has the city’s best interests at heart, the plain fact remains that she is a devious, scheming dud doing massive damage that will take years to repair, maybe never when you look at lost opportunities.

      And anyway, anyone who knows Mayor Mullet knows full well that the interests harboured in the mayoral heart revolve exclusively around the advantages of Jennifer Lorraine Hill.

    • Old tradesman says:

      Did the same with another of these so called luminaries the other day, thought he was on my side, wrong, soon as I mentioned the corrupt council he told me to stop talking Townsville down,didn’t know it was going up. another penis cranium to the list.

      • The Magpie says:

        Interesting point you make there, OT. There are many such ‘luminaries’ who say one thing under their own name but sing a very different tune when they make comments on this blog under a pseudonym. And NO, The ‘Pie doesn’t automatically know who all the commenters are, but has learnt the identity of some over the years who have tripped themselves up in their identity games. Not that that info would ever be revealed.

        But in their dual roles, therein lies testimony to Mayor Mullet’s vindictive personality. She barely speaks to anyone she knows may have supported opponents in the past, she has no policy of talking people around, although no doubt counselled to do so by the far smarter Dolan Hayes. She certainly can’t win people back by her manipulative and sometimes infantile but damaging revengeful actions.

        And The Magpie cops such criticism from time to time, but it is interesting the attacks are always ad hominen, going for the man but never arguing coherently against the premise.

        Let’s face it, some people just DON’T want to know. So The Magpie’s self-appointed role is to ensure that come the day, they can never weasel out of their damaging delusions by saying they didn’t know.

        • Cantankerous but happy says:

          Very true Pie, as you identify in your blog with Shayne Sutton, who the fuck is dumb enough to think that this woman would give up a gig in Brisbane close to $200k a year as a councillor to head up north with Beckett without a firm understanding of what is being promised in a back room deal in the first place, yet when bought to the attention of many in this town they simply reply the other side do it also and that it will all change again down the track, what a pack of dickheads, do they not realise the costs invlolved in paying out all these parasites the Mullet is appointing if the mayor and council do change.

          • The Magpie says:

            The conventional reason, which Sutton gave to local media on her resignation, was that with two kids, it was a difficult family balance that was the problem. On the face of it it, fair enough, but The ‘Pie’s problem with that is that if Sutton is on such earner and has prospects of considerably moving up the chain in Brisbane LG, why did the dice fall that she takes the fall when her hubby gets gig out in what folks down that way consider to be Woopwoop. The council staff and elected representatives are simply being stacked by Labor. A perfectly understandable tactic, one which the LNP or anyone else in a position to do so would do, but the overweaning arrogance of the manner that all these carpetbaggers with no real interest or permanence in the community, are injected into our lives is a deep insult to those of us who want to stay, build and contribute to the overall community. Or to have that growth hindered by wide ranging political considerations that can work to our detriment.

          • Robert is your Mother's Brother says:

            I am get sick off by people dismissing the nepotism of the ALP by saying the other side do it to. Here is a suggestion, why don’t we as a collective say “Bullshit! You mob are in power and that is not good enough! When the other mob are in power, we will hold them to the same standard!” Perhaps then elected officials of all colour might start acting with some responsibility and accountability.

            It doesn’t matter what has happened in the past, it is what we want to happen now and into the future that is important!

            Just where the fuck is the Fourth Estate? Surely the magpie isn’t the only journalist unwilling to accept the pap dished up to the masses?

    • Jatzcrackers says:

      Should have wacked him Cranky ! Some people around this town deserve a good belt in the chops to see reality !!

  4. A Keen Eye says:

    On the “Hive” . The whole thing is bent if there are donors involved . Lancini is involved . There were donors at the last council election who may of been of the wrongful assumption that if they donated $990 that was not going to appear . Griffin was one of them. Griffin is Geon and Geon and Griffin appears to be “Interlaken” and “Sonnenberg PTY LTD “ in the team Hill return https://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/62353/Team-Jenny-Hill-3.pdf . All you do is compare addresses and PO boxes in Google https://www.whitepages.com.au/griffin-group-11609759/albion-qld-11609757B . Griffin Group may be facing financial trouble as it seems they may be linked to Coal. Dont forget that Geon was in dinkum battle with The Mater and Pat Brady because of the competition caused by the West State private hospital . Incidentally Pat Brady was a donor though to Arlett via his UDP Group . But that was for the pipeline . Type “Lancini” “Geon” then “Griffin” into these sites http://democracyforsale.net/search-aec/ can be checked off against the AEC search https://periodicdisclosures.aec.gov.au/ https://disclosures.ecq.qld.gov.au/Map and see Lancini’s other donations on these links https://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/candidates-and-parties/funding-and-disclosure/disclosure-returns/election-disclosure-returns/2012-queensland-local-government-elections/townsville-city https://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/candidates-and-parties/funding-and-disclosure/disclosure-returns/election-disclosure-returns/2016-local-government-quadrennial-elections/townsville-city-council

  5. Kenny Kennett says:

    Apologies if you already know ‘Pie but in case you don’t, Therese Smith is Jack Gleeson’s daughter

    • The Magpie says:

      Figured it would be something like that. The ‘Pie has always understood the Gleeson family have always been straight shooters. And they have been very patient on their prime real estate, decades in fact, and then they run into the thick fog that is our current mayor. Damn shame, but guess who will come out smelling of roses and as the saviour of the CBD?

  6. A Keen Eye says:

    As for jobs for the boys/girls and whether it may be on a factional basis . We are dealing with public service . There is a very underused section of the Qld Code s118 Bargaining for offices in public service. Remember That biso with the dodgy appointment of Carmody as Chief Justice under Newman , he said publicly to D’ath in the media he wouldn’t step down unless he got a tribunal job . He still wasn’t charged.
    118 Bargaining for offices in public service
    Any person who—
    (a)corruptly asks for, receives, or obtains, or agrees or attempts to receive or obtain, any property or benefit of any kind for himself, herself or any other person on account of anything already done or omitted to be done, or to be afterwards done or omitted to be done, by the person or any other person, with regard to the appointment or contemplated appointment of any person to any office or employment in the public service, or with regard to any application by any person for employment in the public service; or
    (b)corruptly gives, confers, or procures, or promises or offers to give or confer, or to procure or attempt to procure, to, upon, or for, any person any property or benefit of any kind on account of any such act or omission; is guilty of a misdemeanour, and is liable to imprisonment for 3 years, and to be fined at the discretion of the court.

    • Kenny Kennett says:

      If truth be told there’d be more public servants & politicians in jail than in Government. Particularly in Townsville.

    • Council workers "shovel" says:

      What branch of the labour/union movement are you? Do some digging on who’s in power I. E. Labour! All this rubbish is mind numbing about past who cares they are gone. Focus on the corruption now it’s right there or are you paid to only offer up liberal donations. If any of these things you say were relevant if the party was in power

  7. One legged tap dancer says:

    I would be placing way more trust in Therese Gleeson and the Gleeson family than the big talking Mr Griffin.
    As has been suggested on more than one occasion since he lobbed in town – “Griffin needs biffin”.

  8. A keen eye says:

    On Dolan Hayes he put the same address as empower/ BMD in the team hill amended return above. Let’s play a game , which donor is mconaghy retail,/ castletown?

    • The Magpie says:

      Above? Did you leave out a link there, KE?

      • A keen eye says:

        In the team hill link on my comment re hive

        • The Magpie says:

          OK, but to save people scrolling in search of such, or trying to work out what you’re on about, best to include the link again, mate.

          And The ‘Pie is seeking advice on how to make the comments sction more coherent, like grouping comments under separate headings if that is possible. It’ll be more work, but hey, The ‘Pie is a slave to his readers, eh?

  9. upagumtreeperson says:

    Thanks Magpie for your comments on local politics. The local media groups, including the ABC do not seem to handle big issues like you raise in the magpie. I do not subscribe to the Bulletin and get my local news via local media. They do not handle the heavy stuff such as The Hive or Rollingstone. The commercials play it sweet with the council because of revenue and do do not want to be criticised through local government circles. Local media groups do not have the courage to report fully on local events. If we could live in an ideal world we would not need councils. However, I must admit that I am ignorant of what goes on behind local government circles. Am I alone? I do not like socialist governments such as the TCC and wished that Jayne Arlett and local council candidates had won the last local election. If it was not for your magpie I would be living in ignorance. Thanks. How can people like me be more informed about local politics?

  10. In the know says:

    I very much doubt Sutton or her husband are genuine “friends” of Jenny Hill. Both will outdo her in any state or federal preselection. They are in fact a sign its all over for her and quite possibly some others in the labor party. Sutton being on a health board in the state division of Mundingburra is interesting.. and its one year to a Federal election.. Thats the thing with all this stacking, how does the Mayor know she will come out on top or that she hasnt been played? Sutton and Beckett are big fish. I believe the mullet is a small one.

    • The Magpie says:

      The ‘Pie has believed from the outset of this manoeuvering that The Impaler is the one that The Mullet has to watch … she just might throw the mayor some irresistible burley that will hook her comprehensively.

    • The Magpie says:

      The Magpie is in error (gasp! yes, it occasionally happens).

      He made light of the remuneration for Labor appointment to the Townsville Hospital Board trough, Shayne Sutton, suggesting the money involved was of little import and Labor’s manipulations of her into a starting gate for a political gig was of more interest. Well, that is true, but the money isn’t exactly piddling. Someone with better research skills than The ‘Pie (faint praise indeed) points out that Ms Sutton gets a handy part-time stipend of $44,503 as a member and an extra $4000 for each committee she chairs and an extra $3000 for each committee she is on.

      And you can bet you’re house she’ll be on two or three committees, so this Labor-sponsored blow-in picks up a handy $50K at least for the next year for doing absolutely bugger all (don’t kid yourself otherwise, it’s a dead set rort) until she gets a pre-selection nod. Understand she’s been sniffing around Hinchinbrook … good luck with that, me old chiseller, they go in for a different brand of electoral lunacy up that way which will see the Katter Party’s Nick Dametto tighten his grip on the seat unless caught doing exotic exercises with small furry animals.

      Actually, in Hinchinbrook, caught doing that may even increase his margin.

      • Cantankerous but happy says:

        Sitting on govt boards is the great reward in the Labor world and Townsville the gold medalist, I have never seen a town like it, it”s “Parasite Central”
        I wouldn’t mind it if any of these people actually had skills and something to add but clearly this woman and her husband are nothing but first class parasites who have attached themselves to Townsville and plan to suck everything they can out of the joint, a couple of fleas really.

        • Old tradesman says:

          That’s what happens when you sleep with dogs.

        • No more dredging says:

          Cantankerous, are you suggesting that there shouldn’t be government boards? If not then who are you expecting to be appointed to them? Obviously, people with public service experience (dealing with government, public administration, policy development etc) would rank highly – possibly higher than people with ‘corporate’ business and management experience. Either way, an ex-councillor with 14 years experience (if that is truly the case) would be off to a good start. Have government appointments ever been otherwise?

          • The Magpie says:

            Indeed a very valid point, but it would be surely preferable to appoint someone with local knowledge, and whose public service has been to the benefit of the community where that board operates. Not some blow-in appointed as a political encouragement award. And there is no shortage of people with that sort of experience in this community who would qualify … Les Tyrell, Vern Veitch, Trevor Roberts, Jenny Lane, Gary Eddiehusen, Pat Ernst … the list goes on. But oh dear, you cry, wrong list, ‘Pie, wrong list, oh dearie me no.

            Please reply to this observation NMD, many are dying to hear from you on this.

          • Cantankerous but happy says:

            Not at all NMD, but as pointed out by others there are many from the Labor or left side of politics in this town who could have been asked to sit on the board, why this ring in was picked is obvious, a reward for Labor party affiliations in the big smoke or a reward for Jenny Hills little lap dog. The point is this is way beyond the normal back and forth of both sides of politics, these pair of fleas represent the level of toxicity coming from this place currently,, it is no longer the Townsville Hospital board, it is the Townsville Labor Hospital board, the Townsville Labor Port Authority, the Townsville Labor City Council and many others. Why would I give a donation to the Townsville Labor Hospital Foundation, all I would be doing is supporting the Labor party, might as well buy myself a couple of nice bottles of scotch.

          • The Magpie says:

            And you’ll need ‘em before this is over.

          • No more dredging says:

            Old Tradesman, yeah, nah.

        • No more dredging says:

          ‘Pie, it appears that the only thing wrong with government boards is that governments put their own mates on them. I think I get that and am way past caring. I can’t actually remember who the Campbell Newman government appointed to various Townsville-based boards but I would be surprised if anyone with the slightest Labor or Labour connection ever got a nod. I can remember a couple of beauties from federal Labor governments (for example – to the board of GBRMPA back in the day) but I’ve just discovered a ripe one from the Liberal government, written up in colour in today’s Crikey:

          “And thus perhaps the most eccentric appointment of the Tony Abbott era ends with a whimper following the announcement that John Lloyd will be stepping down as head of the Australian Public Service Commission. Lloyd is an industrial relations warrior and former Institute of Public Affairs ideologue, and most recently earned a stonking $670,000 a year to head what is basically the HR department of the public service. Job description: support the government’s efforts to cut public service pay, issue draconian attacks on free speech and, it seems, help your old mates at the IPA out with a bit of research.”

          When the trough calls the toilet wet . . .

          • The Magpie says:

            And so it follows that many board members across various sectors should not be appointed by governments, there should be an independent evaluation tribunal to stop governments of any stripe using such appointments as a slush fund for their buddies. No way could one suggest under that system that Shayne Sutton would’ve got th nod for our hospital board over say Tyrell or Jenny Lane, or maybe any of the others menioned and even some former Labor stalwarts – Eamonn Call Me Ted Lindsay maybe – (no Snooze, not you, you’ve gorged enough on the public purse, you old preening poser). Of course, the catch 22 there is that any such tribunal would be set and selected by … the government of the day.

          • Hercule Poirot says:

            Someone who has not been given a mention is ex Councillor Deanne (Ding Dong) Bell . I would have thought she was a moral on either the Hospital or a medical Board with her experience. Nice Lady that’s why she would’nt be considered

          • No more dredging says:

            One tiny observation I could make is that Labor governments seem to be able to find more capable women than LNP/conservative governments. Since the pool of possible appointees is much larger (if not deeper) than that for political candidates and the selection criteria much broader, it seems appropriate that governments of whatever stripe should take these opportunities to address some of the larger diversity issues that are known to plague boards at every level of society.

          • Old tradesman says:

            NMD what you are forgetting is that the Beattie/Bligh governments had willy nilly boards,it was the Newman government that reversed the situation where the boards,especially the hospital were put in the hands of local people with local knowledge,there now seems to be a big u turn happening and it is reverting to the bad old ways. Lets not forget the payroll debacle and ramping issues. Springborg as health minister was bring it all around.

          • Robert is your Mother's Brother says:


            Bio just updated on Hospital website.

  11. Critical says:

    If my sources are right, Beckett certainly has his snout in the TCC ratepayers trough, apparently was in New Zealand with Cr Doyle about 3 weeks ago and now in the USA with Mullet. Be imteresting to know how his trips are contributing to the city’s future and who is going to present public reports to open council meetings.

    • The Magpie says:

      It is hard … no it is impossible … to see how a trip to Chicago for a technology conference fits in with the job description in Beckett’s title of Community Engagement and Cultural Services manager. And as for sending a former lab assistant who was elevated to mayoralty to the same conference begs the same question. We are a small community who should not be allowing our elected representatives to vote themselves expensive overseas jollies, leaving the real work they should be doing behind pro tem. There is absolutely zero benefit for this city in this and many other of these rorting trips.

      • Council workers "shovel" says:

        I can guarantee you all this money sending these clowns over the world is having an effect on services. Just take a look down Web drive at the workshop everyday to see how many vehicals are being repaired everyday because there’s no money to replace them. One of the driver’s in the waste services department said everyday either before they start or just after they do 2 or 3 break down due to stretching out of servicing and repairs that were reported weeks or months ago. Some trucks are 500 hrs overdue for service and rusting out. Mechanics can’t keep up because of the managers in fleet. The moral in outdoor staff is the worst I’ve ever seen in 25yrs here. While everyone is talking about CCC and corruption and the idiot ceo the real damage is being hidden everyday under our noses and if it wasn’t for the staff who actually care about there performance nothing would get done. Go for a drive and see how many weeds are growing in traffic islands or rubbish scattered on highways. Remember 10k people living in nth beaches won’t have a tip or transfer station soon but have to drive nearly 2hr round trip. All services taken by this council

        • The Third Reader says:

          I have said in this forum previously and will say it again. If the Mullet and the Impaler think I will be making this trip from northern beaches, and then get stung as well to drop off my rubbish, they will be very disappointed. What I can’t burn I will bury. In the words of another commenter, Pluck you Mullet.

        • Alahazbin says:

          Hey Shovel,
          If the ‘Steering Wheel Attendants’ didn’t flog the shitter out the trucks and treat them like there own and some othe mechanics at the workshop actually did some work for their pay, maybe there wouldn’t be such a line up of vehicles waiting to be repaired.

          • Council workers "shovel" says:

            Completely missed my point. Yours is irelavant and just wrong. Read my comment again please

          • Alahazbin says:

            What I know of the waste fleet is that it is a modern fleet apart from the vehicles purchased for hard waste. Those vehicles have a 7 year life cycle and when they meet the criteria they are replaced. As for Citiworks fleet they are on a 10 year cycle.

  12. J jones says:

    Who would use a massive building like the Hive?
    Just interested.

    • The Magpie says:

      usually in projects of this nature, the developer/owners get anchor tenants signed up before building … the location and design is used to attract tenants. Apartments would also be ideal for part of the project. In the initial phase when the GO announcement was made, there was an understanding that the TCC may move all or some of it’s offices there, but that fell over for reasons that are not clear (at least not to The ‘Pie). General opinion is that Mayor Mullet nixed the deal because she hadn’t done the financial homework properly.

      • Alacan says:

        Some years back up to 1M was spent on developing the master facilities plan for tcc

        Dont believe this was ever in the mix

      • Ezra Pound Axe King says:

        Originally, a cultural facilities triple bunger were going to have facilities there. The regional gallery, city library and new concert hall. This was scuppered after the infamous restructure. As we know, when Shane Fitzgerald was ousted, a bunch of money pledged to the new gallery soon followed, and TCC realised it needed to rethink (ie delay and shrink) said plans. And here we are today with a lonely concert hall on the horizon, possibly for 2020.

        • The Magpie says:

          You mean a concert hall that could have – with imaginative management – attracted several thousand people each WEEK year round, when instead we are getting a footy stadium which will attract a fraction of that throughput for just six month of every year?

  13. BB342 says:

    I wrote in last week – I think I used the this moniker – or similar – I just made it up. I said I was impressed with Phil Thompson – candidate running for LNP preselection for Herbert. I was accused of being an LNP voter (well that was a no brainer …) and then someone else googled my made-up name to hopefully uncover some sort of conspiracy.) what is wrong with this picture is the bleating that goes on in this blog about the corruption and self interest of our labor council- and the useless 3 labor members for Townsville and Kathy O’Toole- another useless and uninspiring labor voice for the north. If you want this lot back in power – you may get your wish. We need a thorough look at all candidates who put their hand up to run in this city (both sides) so positive change can be made.

    • The Magpie says:

      Written before the morning latte and croissants, BB432? Before logic kicked in? The ‘Pie speaks here of language not your political penchants. You apparently believe readers (and The ‘Pie) are ‘wrong’ to ‘bleat’ about the behaviour of (mainly) our Labor reps but in the next breath appear to suggest this will contribute to the return of these very same reps.

      As with everyone published here, you are entitled and welcome to your opinion, but in your case, chum, what the is your opinion?

  14. The Magpie says:

    For that reason, your post – which may or may not have a valid point – was not published.

    Tidy up your act mate, you are very clever at research, but like Linda Ashton, you simply do not know how to be succinct and risk boring people into ignoring you.

    • No more dredging says:

      I wonder if Keen Eye was dumping some recent paydirt about the block/s of land just off Castle Hill Rd at the back of Yarrawonga – that kinda don’t have street access (but might one day)?

  15. Not a Greenie says:

    I see in this morning’s rag that a couple of protesters have been arrested for putting up an anti-Adani banner in front of the shonky Indian’s offices in South Townsville.
    Obviously they were threatening public safety or is there a new law that prevents anyone having a view opposed to Mr Adani who is gradually winding down his staff numbers in Townsville.
    But no jobs lost by Townsville residents as they are going back to where they came from – Brisbane. Part of his long term Australian based staff no doubt.
    Explains why there hasn’t been any Adani jobs advertised in the local rag for months, if ever.
    Can Jenny Hill or one of her puppets please advise how much ratepayers money has been spent on Adani to get jobs which never eventuated?

    • Sandgroper says:

      The hypocritical point of the police exercise was that they charged the two women protesters with engaging in a “high-risk activity” when hauling up the banner — then ordered them to pull it down before confiscating the sign.

      The world knows I’m also no Greenie, but this smacks of Joh-era policing.

  16. The Magpie says:

    And about time too.

  17. Woodduck says:

    I read a news story yesterday that said Pauline pants down, was going to approach Prince Peter to jump on board. Maybe jumbo Jones might want to dips his toes in also.

  18. Cantankerous but happy says:

    It’s a good thing Numbskull Gill managed to convince the Qld govt to stump up $10 million of taxpayers money to improve the hard stand and apron at the airport, just in time so they had somewhere to park a Jetgo Jet for god knows how long now that they are in receivership, good timing.

  19. FNQ says:

    I think the Durie deal might be dead.


    As for the old General Hospital site units, the owners are being told its council telling the developer it needs to be a desert proofed landscape and they can’t do anything until the water restrictions are lifted.. This has to have been bonded by the council to get title.. Where is that cash? It is one of the main streets in North ward and you would think you where in Aleppo..

    Its more a case of the developer saying we can’t spend a $1m as promised on landscaping as we sold shells of units that needed to be fitted out.

    We still half half of them left and we don’t have the jink…

    Again was it Bonded?

  20. The Wulguru Wonder says:

    Another complete piece of puffery on the front page and also page 4 of today’s Astonisher. Mayor Mullet has signed a “high-level agreement” with some “consortium” regarding the much hyped battery plant, while on her overseas junket.

    Plenty of pap about thousands of future jobs yet absolutely no mention of what the “high-level” agreement covers or commits ratepayers to do or pay (or both).

    Tony Raggett is a decent journalist . He is better than this. Surely he must hate being forced to turn out this drivel under his by-line.

    • I'll be plucked says:

      It’s all just BS Wonder – all of the trough swillers are over there to go to the Jeff Horn fight. That is all. The result of this MOU will be the same as the Adani one – ZILCH!

  21. I'll be plucked says:

    A while back someone commented that the one you call ‘Dill’ had his house for sale. Stretching the bow, try this – the newly appointed Darwin Council CEO was the Rockhampton Airport Manager – let’s hope Mr Dill is an applicant for the Rocky job and will get the pluck outta Townsville. Labor leaning Mayor down there………

    • The Magpie says:

      With Gill’s work record, he’d be pushing shit uphill with a bent safety pin finding another real job, unless it’s one for the boys.

  22. Kingswood says:

    Ergh, did you see that ‘dirty daddy’ headline in today’s TB? Really inappropriate and making light of a disgusting criminal offence. I really can’t understand how that one got past the keeper…..

  23. The Magpie says:

    The Astonisher on the ball … finally.

    Just four days after the rest of the world, and three after The Magpie, our whip-sharp paper shows it cannot be beaten for yesterday’s news tomorrow.

  24. Linda Ashton says:

    To help change the perception of Brownsville, the first step for the new “marketing campaign” might be to advise ratepayers they can use the allocation determined through scientific modelling. Council published new triggers and descriptors in Aug. 25th 2015.

    • The Magpie says:

      Excellent letter in today’s Astonisher – and despite the very apt name, Mr Squelch is a real person, a counsellor who appropriately enough considering his letter, specialises in depression and anxiety.

      • No more dredging says:

        ‘Pie, I think Chris Squelch exaggerates a bit when he suggests the Haughton pipeline [duplication] will be an “expensive white elephant”. There’s no doubt it will be expensive, both to build and operate, but to describe it as a white elephant (burdensome possession) is to suggest we’d be better off without it. Townsville has to have a water supply beyond the Ross River Dam (and Paluma) and this will entail a pipeline and pumping. As soon as pumping started last year (in the existing pipeline) a chorus of complaint about the cost, reputed to be $30,000 per day, arose from the back stalls. Clearly ratepayers want to pay as little as possible for a ‘secure water supply’ and many are prepared to severely limit consumption in order to achieve that. If (some) ratepayers want to have all year round wet tropics gardens then it is likely that daily consumption will double from the 100ML per day aimed for or settled on during Level 3 water restrictions. That will mean that the dam is lowered faster and the pump/s will need to be started earlier and run longer – unless the weather/climate takes an unusual turn, which I know is not out of the question. I know there are nuances to this and various ‘user pays’ arrangements that can help but generally speaking it is not a good idea to promote and support water consumption through wet gardening in a notorious dry tropics location. Yes, it is possible to green Townsville beyond Brownsville but ratepayers have made it clear they don’t want to pay the price to turn Townsville into Cairns. Getting most ratepayers to be happy with our lot will take some clever politics – which I grant may be beyond the capacity of our current crop of politicians. But it might not be beyond the capacity of other marketing types who promote mulch, wattles and grevilleas ahead of palms, lawns and fountains. This is not a zero sum game.

        • The Magpie says:

          Mr Squelch (gotta love the name) is talking about the insulting duplicity of the council spinmeisters and the mayor (who has shovelled this one off to paid staff). And you defeat your own argumnt … you take Mr Squelch to gentle task for the term white elephant and then spent some length in proving just that.

          Social engineering requires great skill, the main skill being hiding your own inadequacies, errors of judgement and other agendas. This is jackboot stuff that requires an entirely different strategy.

        • Old tradesman says:

          Just a couple of questions NMD, you seem to be full of Labor spin, you nearly had me sucked in a while ago. Firstly, where is the tender price for the supply of the plastic pipe or is it just a commercial in confidence schedule of rates, and secondly won’t it be a white elephant and a millstone around the future neck of the Townsville rate payers as the pumping costs will now double.

          • No more dredging says:

            June 6, 2018 at 10:03 am
            Jeezus, Old Tradesman, I don’t know where the tender price is. If I can’t find out in Magpie’s Nest I simply can’t find out, OK? As to pumping costs, when the city next needs to start pumping we will find out for sure how much it costs. Presumably the new 1800mm pipeline will be in place by then but it could be years away depending on rainfall. But rest assured, if Council lifts all restrictions on water consumption (within the current 776, 000 litres annual allocation), the dam will empty faster, maybe a lot faster. Of course some people will expect the Council to keep up the water supply to whatever consumption ratepayers want but I suspect the thrill will wear off when we find out how much that actually costs. Then we will start to look for ‘water wise’ strategies and wonder why we didn’t get them going back in 2018 when we had a good and proper taste of restrictions, pumping costs and Brownsville political argy bargy. Or maybe not.

          • Alahazbin says:

            NMD, It’s ok to spend $5.6 billion to get 200,000 people home 30 minutes earlier (CRR) but we can’t spend approximately $1.2 billion on a gravity feed pipe line.

          • No more dredging says:

            Alahazbin, we CAN spend $1.2 billion if we want to (or if we can get it from somewhere) but obviously we don’t want to – and haven’t wanted to for 30-something years since the Burdekin Dam was built and 40-something years since the RR Dam was built..

        • Mike Shearer says:

          What is never mentioned is that regardless of the size of the pipeline, there’s no point in pumping water that will just evaporate. The dam is too shallow for it to be kept full other than by rain. What management policy will apply when the new pipeline is in place? Pump when the dam is less that 20% full to replace daily drawdown, whatever that is, with the price to users set to cover pumping and treatment costs? Be nice to know…

          At the current rate of use the dam will be 60% full at the end of the year, 40% full in June next year, and back to level 3 restrictions by September . That is, if there is no rain for the next 12 months.

          • The Magpie says:

            Has anyone seen anywhere an official outline of how the pipeline will work, as pondered above? The ‘Pie certainly hasn’t. And if not, why not? Oh, hang on, this is why, all sorted. Note the date.

          • Old tradesman says:

            You are speaking a lot of sense MS, with NMD’s essay I probably won’t get to see SOO tonight.

          • Cantankerous but happy says:

            Spot on Mike Shearer, the pipeline will travel across to the Toonpan Flats where it will enter the dam, the evaporation will still be the same once it hits the dam, so we will pumping water to evaporate in the storage as that flow gradually makes its way through the dam and down to the treatment plant. The only areas where evaporation will be saved is in the pipeline itself v the current open channel. Where the other saving will be is if the dam is allowed to fall to around 5% capacity before pumping starts, that is how the original system was designed but politics got in the way and to appease the nervous nellies pumping started at 15%. A larger pumped pipeline will allow the water to drop to 5% without an issue as the flow from the pipeline will be approx 2x daily consumption where the current pipeline is only one.

          • Non Aligned Worker says:

            Gravity fed is free. Better than solar, wind and coal. Unless we are hit out of orbit, gravity is there for ever. Cost benefit has been lost in the cheap options. Bored 3 m diameter concrete lined from Burdekin dam is around $450 million. Should have been done fron the start. Could also hook in a turbine or on the downstream for free electricity.

          • No more dredging says:

            Non Aligned Worker, gravity fed might be “free” once you get the pipeline or tunnel built. But do you really have any idea how much a “bored 3 m diameter concrete lined” tunnel from the Burdekin dam to (say) the Ross River dam wall (about 140 kms as the crow flies) would cost in 2018 dollars? After all, the proposed 40 km X 1800mm Haughton pipeline is said to cost over $200 million – without anyone going underground and without thousands of tonnes of concrete lining.

          • No more dredging says:

            In addition to the above on cost of gravity-fed option, the 2017 Taskforce Report had a little detail about that (though not an actual 3m bored tunnel):
            “For example, a gravity fed pipeline from immediately downstream of the Burdekin Falls Dam to Ross River Dam (including incorporating new outlet works at Burdekin Falls Dam) would be a very expensive short to medium term option (likely to be in excess of $1.2b) and be likely to require significant time to plan, design and construct.”

  25. Lucifer's Love Child says:

    I see lots of glass frontage on “The Hive”, will be interesting to see what happens in a cyclone when stuff is flying through the air. The other question is insurance – given its design can it be insured? No doubt when the thing is built it will have about a zillion defects from air con and other peculiarities that impede plumbing, data and leaks when it rains and suffer cracking like “Urban Quarter” i think it’s called.

    • The Magpie says:

      What design? Artists impression NEVER bear ANY resemblance to a finished product, The ‘Pie has a special folder for such bumf, especially about the changing whims about the stadium. Artists impressions are simply PR lies to win over any possible public opposition.

      The rest of your comment about glass in cyclones, insurance and forecast of defects is just … was going to say speculation, but will settle for just silly. But clearly, you’re not to blame, the devil made you do it.

      • A keen eye says:

        What was the name of that cowboy job on the side of the hill in town.? Had its carpark level with the dunny windows of the qld’r next door. They sold off the plan but it was so shoddy they cancelled them all , even those paid up front. It may have been “Parkview”.

  26. Old tradesman says:

    Looking at the headline today, it looks like when the cats away the mice will play.

    • The Magpie says:


      And on more than one front.

      • The Magpie says:

        Well, looks like Jenny has found a spot for her Brisbane BFF. At least we now know where blow-in trough-snuffler Shayne Sutton will be standing at the next council elections.

        • Old tradesman says:

          No wonder his Radiance has been in a lot of photo ops lately, and Mrs Sutton-Beckett suddenly appearing on the hospital board. The dots are all aligning.

        • Doxie says:

          So, what did the Angry Ant do/propose? The paywall doesn’t allow us lesser mortals access to his histrionics!!!

          • The Magpie says:

            Haven’t seen the whole story yet, but seems he wants to run a Labor team against Jenny’s ‘independent’ mob of loafers in the next election.

          • Tenacious D says:

            Doxie the motion to run an ALP candidate has been around the branches for a while, the idea is that ALP members will need to be held accountable by their branch as well as the public.

            It also reflects the large level of dissatisfied ALP members with the current mayor, Paul did after all vote against the Adani Airstrip.

            I dont think the candidates will win, but they will split the Mayors vote to allow another candidate to free this city from the current administration.

          • Tenacious D says:

            Mr Pie

            It will not be an ALP team, just endorsed candidates, the team mode of governance has clearly failed this city.

        • Alahazbin says:

          Looks like Labor are not going to let go of this Local Government gig easily, although the Mullet will be collateral damage. Will be interesting who they run for mayor.

          • The Magpie says:

            Whoda thort that there would be a Labor-side split vote? You can bet the poohbahs will be hitting town … and Jacob … very soon.

      • Memory Man says:

        You can imagine the spin defence … hear nothing, see nothing, smell nothing … yup, what the Poisoned Dwarf Steven Buckett run the “we know nothing” line …

        Buckett is baloney is what it will be. The Pie long ago aired concerns about the Durie Empire, and the idiots in the Walker St Bunker should have noted the “red flags”.

        Another case of economic and financial stupidity.

  27. Dave of Kelso says:

    Greetings Dear ‘Pie,
    Just back in radio range having been off line out Bush’s in the NT for a while.

    Caught a snippet in NT Local Radio this morning. Seems the CEO and all General Managers in the Darwin Council have resigned on mass, or so the bit I heard implied. Something about trust between elected members and the Staff. Seems all the GM were recruited by the CEO.

    Could this happen in Townsville after a change of council?

    • The Magpie says:

      Hasn’t hit the news wires as far as I can see Dave.

      • Dave of Kelso says:

        Now with bit more coverage could not find anything on ABC news website. Interview was with a past Darwin mayor. Perhaps I got it wrong?

        Not got enough net coverage here (Bridge Creek) for a pod cast of the programme. Will keep looking closer to what passes for civilisation out here.

        ps today had to show photo ID to purchase take-away wine. how quaint?

      • two bobs worth says:

        Magpie – FYI and others

        New CEO hints at Darwin Council changes
        June 5, 2018 12:00am

        NEW Darwin Council chief executive Scott Waters is tasked with recruiting employees for a number of new executive positions as one of his first duties.
        It indicates the shape and direction of council will be undergoing significant change in the coming months despite no changes in the elected-members department.
        “We have this really great opportunity in the Territory to be able to take forward growth and development, we need people who are wanting to take that step as well,” Mr Waters said.
        “(We want) somebody that is inspiring and wanting to be inspired, that’s a really key component for is,” he said.
        The new chief executive has officially started his tenure in the top job, which will see an economic mindset at the fore.
        Mr Waters’ financial experience will be a huge asset to the council, having worked in a number of aviation roles in his home state of Queensland, including heading the Rockhampton airport – the state’s largest local government owned airport. Mr Waters said his time at the Whitsunday Regional Council gave him significant knowledge of running local councils.
        “(My time in the Whitsundays) not only gave me the opportunity to head up my local government career, but also have that commercial slant, which is really important for what we’re doing with local government.”
        Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis applauded his experience in economics and governance.
        “We are going to make some significant agreements with the university, and other areas in our city,” he said.

        “We need this financial experience to be able to deal with it – we’re elected members, we’re not financial councillors, we’re not bankers, we’ve got a broad level of understanding of the city, but we need somebody with clear financial understanding.”

        • Hercule Poirot says:

          This is the Scott Waters That Resigned (sic) from Townsville Enterprise several years ago Became Airport Manager Proserpine , Got a drink driving conviction Left The Prosperine Council in the lurch after Airport Runway Works and next bobbed up at Rockhampton Airport.You can draw your own conclusions …. Edit Magpie A right little sponger….

          • The Magpie says:

            Sorry Hercule, don’t understand what your talking about, Back referencing what?

          • Hercule Poirot says:

            The Vic Park Hotel…

          • The Magpie says:

            We’ve really got ourselves in a tangle mate. The ‘Pie was rferring to yur mention of airport managers, which didn’t seem to fit in with any thread. Did you accidentally send in an old comment or what?

          • Hercule Poirot says:

            Sorry Pie my Fault was re Scott Waters being Appointed CEO Darwin Council

  28. Achilles says:

    From todays The Oz online contradictory statement by Ms. Trad and opposing record in last paragraph re funding for road to the Got’em Adani Carmichael mine.


    • The Magpie says:

      Wouldn’t carry the rider that he will do so only if the recently imposed freeze is lifted, would it?

  29. Linda Ashton says:

    LETTER TO COUNCIL TODAY in response to the Jamie Durie update.

    Dear Council Reps

    WFTAG has completed thousands of volunteer hours to the Water Security Taskforce Infrastructure deliberations, early WTP processes, meetings with council, politicians, civic leaders,TEL and community groups. Our work, as the City Deal Community Partner, has has not received funding from any of the three tiers of government.

    Our research, regular newspaper articles, meetings with stakeholder groups and local businesses, and the busy FB site have been crucial for keeping the community informed. Without this commitment very few would know about the City Deal or how it is supposedly connected with the top priority of water security. Council information and communication to the public has been sparse, irregular and at times ambiguous.

    At the first WTP meeting in 2017 we expressed disappointment that a celebrity would be heading the community education process, given the wealth of local expertise. We suggested many alternatives and as requested, submitted a list of 20 names of members who were keen to lead workshops/webinars or involvement of some kind in their various fields of expertise. The WTP rollout was to be in October in National Water Week. The meetings stalled in September with no explanation.

    In April we submitted a proposal to Council requesting in principle community partner funding support for a research tour of the Haughton Channel Infrastructure. This was rejected without even knowing the amount. To read in today’s paper that Jamie Durie has already been paid almost $34,000 was, as you would realise, incredible.

    We believe, more than ever, that it’s time the local government City Deal signatory showed some leadership and support for our continuing community advocacy. We look forward to meeting again as soon as possible. We would like to discuss specific funding support and a more inclusive agenda for WFTAG as per Council’s Mission Statement.


    Linda Ashton
    PhD Education
    ACTION GROUP (Convenor)

    • Alacan says:

      All of the above Linda is classic local authority behaviour particularly in north queensland and in particular TCC.

      They are a contemptous arrogant bunch

    • Non Aligned Worker says:

      Linda, maybe you can find out how much the Iplex GRP supply contract will cost the rate payers?
      Nobody else seems to know.
      Is it an open chequebook? Even +/- 10% would be something.

  30. Guy says:

    The fastest, cheapest most efficient way to alleviate ongoing water issues is to recycle ALL water. Recycling water is the only affordable way to do anything. To be honest pipelines are nice if you state / federal funding it, not if its ratepayers. Once the pipeline is built the whole up stream network will have to be funded too. The proposed recycled water supply to sunmetals knocks 5 percent off consumption. You can have lots of plans and schemes but in the end recycling water is the only way in practical terms.

  31. Dave Nth says:

    Evening all. Just graced the airport arrivals hall & couldn’t help notice the nice new toilets are already a mess. Stained floor that looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in a while around the urinals, paper everywhere as I walked past the stalls. Great advertisement for as gateway to our town…

    Notice all the traffic nazis are gone replaced with er, concierges. Whatever the title small mercies they are actually moving people on again. Also interestingly contractors, wonder how much the poor blighters are being paid…

  32. Non Aligned Worker says:

    Hey Magpie, just a personal comment. Pipeline supply is probably $60 + million or so. Why don’t we know how much?

  33. Memory Man says:

    Another day, another stunt.

    Most people of good will would wish for the battery project to succeed and be commercially sustainable. What we won’t cop is a lack of transparency from the Mayor about what exactly is in the “high level” agreement signed with one project proponent.

    Publish the agreement in full so the community knows what you’ve actually done, Madam Mayor.

    Or is it another “deal” like the Adani airstrip (“still in negotiation”, so we’re now told), or a secret “exclusive” mandate for a developer connected to a Key Mullet backer for the Hilton project?

    • Cantankerous but happy says:

      Very true Memory Man, this is one long fishing trip full of travel and meetings in all sorts of places. The Mullet and Flea have attached themselves to Magnis Recources who have organised this fishing charter go go fishing around the world to find people to invest in this battery factory. Magnis recources is a pissy business that hasn’t made a cent in years, it has mined some Lithium in Tanzania and has some other deposits of various metals around the place. In typical Townsville style we have attracted another two bit operation with no money and fuck all expertise who wants to build a battery factory so they are fishing for people who do actually have money to commit to being involved, then can try and convince other people that have money, banks, super funds and of course the good old taxpayer to invest money. As for the ratepayers of Townsville who knows what the fuck the Mullet has committed us too but it seems free land at Woodstock and a commitment to provide services etc would be part of the deal, but with business illiterate Mullet on the case who knows what these people have conned her into signing.

    • seagull says:

      does a picture really say a 1k words ? ……. I hope I’m wrong … but…. our clueless duo are all smiles.. well they are on a fully funded junket of course.. old mate with the other pen has committed to nothing with nothing to lose so he’s fine with it too…. but the three guys in the background who know full well what’s going on (actually nothing) really tell the story with their “who is this clown in the blue dress.. from where? looks !

  34. Memory Man says:

    Reality indicts the spin merchants’ fabricated imaginations about the state of the North.

    Enough said. While Mullet inks hollow “agreements” local businesses go to the Wall. Well done. NOT.

  35. Mike Douglas says:

    Can any shed any light in the inner workings of the local labor party?. Is Paul Jacobs move to run under a Labor ticket just a smart way for him to sure up his Councillors job as Mayor Mullet couldn’t sack another fellow labor member and candidate?.

    • The Magpie says:

      Let The ‘Pie have a stab at answering your questions, Mike.
      1. Not even long term members of the local Labor Party (or state or federal) know the inner workings of the Labor Party and its cast of faceless men and women. And they sure as hell aren’t going o reveal their factional cackling around the candidacy cauldron.

      2. She couldn’t? Hahahahahahahaha … wanna bet?

    • The Magpie says:

      Let The ‘Pie have a stab at answering your questions, Mike.

      1. Not even long-standing and even some senior members if the Labor Party know the inner working of the faceless men and women controlling the party, and are not privy to their factional cacklings around the candidacy cauldron.

      2. She couldn’t? Hahahahahahaahaha … wanna bet.

    • Non Aligned Worker says:

      An exclusive online poll by the Townsville Bulletin found an overwhelming 85 per cent believed the big parties should stay out of council elections.
      Meanwhile, only 15 per cent of respondents believed local government election candidates should have allegiances to major political parties.
      So no one was undecided? Neat story.

  36. The Magpie says:

    The ‘Pie has occasionally made mention of the London Telegraph’s brilliant obituary section, which gives elegant but warts and all, tell-all biographies of departed worthies.

    But even the Telegraph couldn’t match this one, which has gone viral on the internet. And it was placed by the family!

  37. The Owl says:

    Think you’re underestimating the cunning of the Mullet.
    This Labor council ticket is another stunt, this time with the aim of showing the voters that her team is really “independent”.
    I’m betting that the Labor ticket will never happen.

    • The Magpie says:

      Reckon you might be right. But don’t know if she’s smart enough to have engineered the Angry Ant in to both the Adani no vote and now this.

  38. Wounded Bull says:

    Mike Shearer Maybe part of the pipeline design would include a large treatment plant/reservoir at Toonpan directly feed from pipeline for when it is required to eliminate evaporation? It would also service Rocky Springs.

    • The Magpie says:

      Also could be site for solar farm, since the level could be maintained and evaporation eliminated or controlled? Maybe enough power to cover pumping requirements (plus a modest kick-back to Jenny Hill who will have thought up this idea after she reads this).

  39. The Magpie says:

    Dragnet, well spotted but keeping that for detailed story on Saturday … can’t see the Astonisher touching it.

    But thanks anyway.

  40. Benigànim says:

    Media Release: Few remaining open streets in Townsville CBD to be closed by next Friday.

    After over 12 months of road work causing closures on many roads in the Townsville CBD, a representative from the Townsville City Council major projects department announced plans to go ahead and shut down all remaining roads by next Friday. Sources say the closures have caused headaches for many CBD commuters, and some have even resorted to driving on bike lanes more than they usually would.

    “Drivers will be advised to take alternative routes, such as driving thru the Ross Creek or by parachuting from a passing plane,” explained a council spokesman. “We hope to have every road reopened in about seven months, after the Christmas trading period, just to keep things a nice pain in the arse.”

    • Robert is your Mother's Brother says:

      All part of the Mullet’s plan. Completely destroy the CBD and then rebuild with a Blue Lagoon, sadly it will be sans Brooke Shields.

  41. two bobs worth says:

    I hear a favourite watering hole for many the VIC PARK HOTEL in South Townsville was destroyed by fire in the early hours of this morning.

    • The Magpie says:

      Yup, sad news, only lots of a happy memories left.

      • A Keen Eye says:

        Vale The Vic Park . Lovely old style pub. Got pissed there many times as a young fella .

      • AIRLINE says:

        When I first came to Townsville it was the in place to have a Counter Lunch which cost $2.00 which included a pot… Cheapest expence account meals i ever bought any one… Oh the good old days

  42. Memory Man says:

    A prime example of how our schizophrenic newspaper is damaging not just its own but the city’s credibility. Clearly the house prices story and the Maidment story are linked and begging questions of each other.

    Here’s a trio of well-placed pieces, illustrating reality versus spin versus unsubstantiated puff.

    Reality = property values over a cliff.

    Spin = housing market on the rebound as Maidment expands. Those in the development game (a la Maidment) have little choice but to build a facade of impending explosion.

    Puff = more “could be” nonsense from the Bullsheet. Residue value in Yabulu’s tailings dams have long been part of industry speculation. Efforts to develop a cost-effective recovery method (that is, a profitable one) have so far floundered. 

    Why didn’t the Bully ask Glen Maidment what he thought of the “prices over a cliff” reality? 

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