Building workers love Tom Tate

What’s happening in Moreton Shire, Gold Coast councils?

I asked my source in local government about what’s happening in Moreton Shire. Here is the response: “I think there could be charges in Moreton: Sutherland, deputy mayor Mike Charlton, CEO Daryl Hitzman and businessman Shane Newcombe.

But remember the CCC took the unusual step of months ago saying they would be charging Tom Tate so I suspect Gold Coast Council is next and I would say some of their councilors could be in trouble.”

Yuhu/Multiplex group laid off workers at the Jewell development last year. There have been a number of industrial accidents on site. Tom Tate’s council approved the beach front development.

Tom Tate gave evidence before the Crime and Misconduct Commission where he denied receiving any donations but admitted to not using a dedicated bank account during the election:

Council AssistingCan I ask you about campaign funding and take the 2016 campaign to illustrate. How was your campaign funded, Mr Tate?

Tom Tate: Well, it’s fully self-funded by my wife, Ruth, and myself. Out of our own bank account, it’s a little bit over $182,000.

Tom Tate is pretty unpopular in some quarters even among traditional LNP  voters. As mentioned they hold the Mayor responsible for ‘Tom Tate sand bank‘ which has disrupted their surfing.

In September 2017, ABC Television’s Four Corners program questioned the Mayor’s close ties to Gold Coast developers. Tate denied the allegations saying, ‘Quote me on that, you idiots.’

Meanwhile Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has claimed that  “Once opened in early 2019, the Jewel will be Australia’s largest hotel and residential complex, and such a significant investment from China’s private sector shows the value the international market places on this booming tourism hub right here in Queensland.” – Brookfield Multiplex wins Jewel hotel construction contract in Australia. The report claimed that there would be more than 2,700 jobs and another 500 post-construction jobs coming from the Jewel project.

Ian Curr
30 April 2019

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