It is important to note that the closing list of …

Comment on Local firms short-changed by government: councillor by Observer.

It is important to note that the closing list of the tender comprised of three applications by Asbuild (being three of nine). This is generally done to put in an “alternative tender”.
The end result being a complete lack of transparency in the works contracted for the money paid.
Some companies are extremely well known for getting the job cheap and then pushing for variations and cost increases – good to see there’s two million in the kitty!
The other problem is, why does the NTG demand capital works programs which are years in the planning stage to be tendered and completed on in such a short time frame?
This creates a constant boom and bust environment, leading to inefficient and expensive investment.

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If a person is unable to call a spade a spade (the police have released multiple photos of multiple offenders) then how exactly can we expect to accurately implement the myriad of discriminatory Government policies and laws under the guise of affirmative action?
Here’s a tip for 2017: Improve your job prospects and help your children have an equal opportunity of a government or trade job / apprenticeship. Tick the indigenous box.
As the comment below indicates, if it is racist to presume an Indigenous person to be Indigenous, the same overly PC attitude applies to presuming a white person is not Indigenous.
2017 – tick the box, break the system!


Boardwalk now a permanent blight on the landscape
The galvanized finish is indeed the end product. No painting or anything further to come.
I have always been uncomfortable with the notion that a sacred tree can have a price tag attached to it. However in this instance, I suspect the TOs (and the general population) would have been better of having a tree or two removed or cut back to allow the construction of a discreet, flood proofed footpath rather than the eyesore which has now been constructed.
A few other notes of interest: The project was designed in Darwin, according to a local structural steel worker the boardwalks were apparently manufactured interstate (good local support to our local steel fabricators) and it appears as if the boardwalks failed to avoid the sacred trees, requiring a costly rework. How much did this cost the taxpayer? $70,000? $90,000? A request to the appropriate department would provide this information.


Bulldoze vile, medieval Don Dale centre: CLP candidate
Steve, you have just gone and destroyed the CLP’s last chance of appealing to rednecks and revenge seeking cowboys.
Who is left to vote for the CLP now?
Certainly not the business community. They are fed up with the dodgy procurement practices, looking after “mates” and discriminatory tendering policies (this, you have gone awfully quite on.)
Dare I say, the only chance that the CLP will even exist come September, is if Giles is dis-endorsed now, the party admits he was a big mistake that should have been dealt with earlier and to stand people of integrity, consistency and critical thinking.
Of course the CLP will still not win, but it is better to start the renewal under your own steam than at the wrath of the electorate.


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Cue comment from CLP Araluen nominee, Steve Brown …


Black security guards hired to mask racism?
Your use of the term “indigenous” in referring to Sudanese people is ridiculous.
Aboriginal, African, European, we are all equally indigenous and endemic to the planet.


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