Daddy not so cool: City of Melbourne moves on Australia’s Rock Legend

The City of Melbourne continues to bring itself into disrepute and highlights the stupidity of its administration.

Melbourne and international visitors to our city were given a rare and magnificent impromptu concert from Australia’s Rock legend and arguably the best guitarist in Australia, Ross Hannaford of Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock fame.

Hannaford accompanied by a percussion drummer had set up on the corner of Flinder’s Lane an Swanston Street and soon  attracted a sizable and appreciative audience. It was one of the best street performances I had seen in a long time. Ross had a busking permit.

The site he had chosen was perfect, in front of a flower bed and inconvenienced no one. Just two legendary musicians playing music in the sun to everyone’s enjoyment

Within a a few minutes of his performance Melbourne City Council Officer, Michael Kuma, oblivious as to the quality of the music on offer, moved him on. It turns out he was on the wrong side of Flinders Lane.

For those who know the work of Ross Hannaford this was akin to asking Sting or Jimmy Hendricks busking on the main street of London or New York, to move on .

If ever there was an example why Street Trading and Busking should be removed from Engineering Services this is it. Stupidity at its best.

Top honcho lycra wearing Geoff Robinson, head of Engineering Services, has no idea of what makes a great city. Clearly there are problems with Street Trading being under Engineering Services.  It seams all the problems facing the City of Melbourne of late arise from Robinson’s department, be it his autocratic style of management or his constant harassment of Street Traders to the detriment of the city.

 

The sooner the City of Melbourne transfers Street Trading to the Small Business Tourism portfolio the better off we will all be.

Daddy not so cool: City of Melbourne moves on Australia’s Rock Legend

The City of Melbourne continues to bring itself into disrepute and highlights the stupidity of its administration.

Melbourne and international visitors to our city were given a magnificent impromptu concert from Australia’s Rock legend and arguably one of Australia’s best guitarist Ross Hannaford of Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock fame.

Hannaford accompanied by a percussion drummer had set up on the corner of Flinder’s Lane an Swanston Street as soon  attracted a sizable and appreciative audience. It was one of the best street performances I had seen in a long time. Ross had a busking permit.

The site he had chosen was perfect, in front of a flower bed on the corner and inconvenienced no one. Just two legendary musicians playing music in the sun to everyone’s enjoyment

Within a a few minutes of his performance Melbourne City Council Officer, Michael Kuma, oblivious as to the quality of the music on offer moved him on. It turns out he was on the wrong side of Flinders Lane.

For those who know the work of Ross Hannaford this was akin to asking Sting or Jimmy Hendrick, busking on the main street, to move on . 

If ever there was an example why Street Trading and Busking should be removed from Engineering Services this is it. Stupidity at its best.  Engineering services is not the appropriate department to advocate or develop policies to encourage and manage Street Trading. The sooner the City of Melbourne Transfers Street Trading to the Small Business Tourism portfolio the better off we will all be.

Art scandle reflects poorly on City Council Deputy Lord Mayor must distance himslef from controversy and his appointment of his personal mates

The Herald Sun reports on issues of concern about conflict of interests when appointing personal friends to positions of public office mixing love art and politics. We contiue to express out ongoing concern ofver teh appointment of Deputy Lord Mayors personal partner to overseas Melbourne Art development. Melbourne City Council and the deputy Lord Mayor Garry Singer continues to be btrought into disrepute. Garry Singer should act decively and request his partner to stand resign from the Council postion. There is a question of conflict of interest one that does not serve the City well and only be distancing himeslf from teh controversy can this matter be resolved. Failing Mr Smith’ resignation Gary Singer should resign. Time to act in the pubics interest.

Officials to act on art wrangle
Karen Collier
12jul06

THE National Gallery of Victoria has ordered an official investigation into a curator amid a conflict-of-interest storm.

The development follows an exclusive Herald Sun report revealing curator Geoffrey Smith’s court battle with his former lover, Robert Gould, over art treasures worth $7 million.
Some arts world insiders have concerns about Mr Smith’s close links with a commercial business during his relationship with Mr Gould, who runs a private gallery in South Yarra.

The Supreme Court has banned the sale of 23 paintings by famed artists such as Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Brett Whiteley and Charles Blackman until the dispute is settled.

In documents before the court, Mr Smith claims he used his special expertise and connections to lift the reputation and profits of Mr Gould’s gallery in South Yarra.

The NGV has seen copies of the affidavits and last night announced an investigation.

“The NGV has policies and procedures in place to ensure staff adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct and to investigate any alleged contravention of such standards,” the statement read.

“In light of the material contained in these documents, the NGV has now commenced an internal investigation.”

Mr Smith has been a curator at the taxpayer-funded gallery since 1991, and is understood to be on approved leave.

Mr Gould denies Mr Smith played a pivotal role in his business’s success, saying it was he who introduced Mr Smith to key figures in the arts world.

In the court documents, Mr Smith is accused of having a secret, long-running affair with his new partner, Deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer.

Mr Smith’s appointment last year to a committee to advise Melbourne City Council on art prompted controversy.

The investigation comes just weeks before Mr Smith’s major retrospective on Charles Blackman at the NGV.

Art scandle reflects poorly on City Council Deputy Lord Mayor must distance himslef from controversy and his appointment of his personal mates

The Herald Sun reports on issues of concern about conflict of interests when appointing personal friends to positions of public office mixing love art and politics. We contiue to express out ongoing concern ofver teh appointment of Deputy Lord Mayors personal partner to overseas Melbourne Art development. Melbourne City Council and the deputy Lord Mayor Garry Singer continues to be btrought into disrepute. Garry Singer should act decively and request his partner to stand resign from the Council postion. There is a question of conflict of interest one that does not serve the City well and only be distancing himeslf from teh controversy can this matter be resolved. Failing Mr Smith’ resignation Gary Singer should resign. Time to act in the pubics interest.

Officials to act on art wrangle
Karen Collier
12jul06

THE National Gallery of Victoria has ordered an official investigation into a curator amid a conflict-of-interest storm.

The development follows an exclusive Herald Sun report revealing curator Geoffrey Smith’s court battle with his former lover, Robert Gould, over art treasures worth $7 million.
Some arts world insiders have concerns about Mr Smith’s close links with a commercial business during his relationship with Mr Gould, who runs a private gallery in South Yarra.

The Supreme Court has banned the sale of 23 paintings by famed artists such as Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Brett Whiteley and Charles Blackman until the dispute is settled.

In documents before the court, Mr Smith claims he used his special expertise and connections to lift the reputation and profits of Mr Gould’s gallery in South Yarra.

The NGV has seen copies of the affidavits and last night announced an investigation.

“The NGV has policies and procedures in place to ensure staff adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct and to investigate any alleged contravention of such standards,” the statement read.

“In light of the material contained in these documents, the NGV has now commenced an internal investigation.”

Mr Smith has been a curator at the taxpayer-funded gallery since 1991, and is understood to be on approved leave.

Mr Gould denies Mr Smith played a pivotal role in his business’s success, saying it was he who introduced Mr Smith to key figures in the arts world.

In the court documents, Mr Smith is accused of having a secret, long-running affair with his new partner, Deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer.

Mr Smith’s appointment last year to a committee to advise Melbourne City Council on art prompted controversy.

The investigation comes just weeks before Mr Smith’s major retrospective on Charles Blackman at the NGV.

Art scandle reflects poorly on City Council Deputy Lord Mayor must distance himslef from controversy and his appointment of his personal mates

The Herald Sun reports on issues of concern about conflict of interests when appointing personal friends to positions of public office mixing love art and politics. We contiue to express out ongoing concern ofver teh appointment of Deputy Lord Mayors personal partner to overseas Melbourne Art development. Melbourne City Council and the deputy Lord Mayor Garry Singer continues to be btrought into disrepute. Garry Singer should act decively and request his partner to stand resign from the Council postion. There is a question of conflict of interest one that does not serve the City well and only be distancing himeslf from teh controversy can this matter be resolved. Failing Mr Smith’ resignation Gary Singer should resign. Time to act in the pubics interest.

Officials to act on art wrangle
Karen Collier
12jul06

THE National Gallery of Victoria has ordered an official investigation into a curator amid a conflict-of-interest storm.

The development follows an exclusive Herald Sun report revealing curator Geoffrey Smith’s court battle with his former lover, Robert Gould, over art treasures worth $7 million.
Some arts world insiders have concerns about Mr Smith’s close links with a commercial business during his relationship with Mr Gould, who runs a private gallery in South Yarra.

The Supreme Court has banned the sale of 23 paintings by famed artists such as Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Brett Whiteley and Charles Blackman until the dispute is settled.

In documents before the court, Mr Smith claims he used his special expertise and connections to lift the reputation and profits of Mr Gould’s gallery in South Yarra.

The NGV has seen copies of the affidavits and last night announced an investigation.

“The NGV has policies and procedures in place to ensure staff adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct and to investigate any alleged contravention of such standards,” the statement read.

“In light of the material contained in these documents, the NGV has now commenced an internal investigation.”

Mr Smith has been a curator at the taxpayer-funded gallery since 1991, and is understood to be on approved leave.

Mr Gould denies Mr Smith played a pivotal role in his business’s success, saying it was he who introduced Mr Smith to key figures in the arts world.

In the court documents, Mr Smith is accused of having a secret, long-running affair with his new partner, Deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer.

Mr Smith’s appointment last year to a committee to advise Melbourne City Council on art prompted controversy.

The investigation comes just weeks before Mr Smith’s major retrospective on Charles Blackman at the NGV.

Melbourne Graffiti – Restraining Vandals Herald Sun criticises the City of Melbourne’s policy of encouragement

The City of Melbourne again has come under fire for its extra-ordinary Arts Grant Policy of supporting Melbourne’s Graffiti vandals. The City of Melbourne can not get it right as its 4 Million Dollar Arts budget to spent on the wrong side of the tracks. (Was this the same committee tied up in controversy over the appointment of Deputy Lord Mayor’s Gary Singer’s de facto partner?) its one thing to place political messages on a building sites hoardings but another to wilfully damage property by painting unwelcoming and unauthorised graffiti on private buildings and public property. The City of Melbourne continues to be touch with community expectations and social values. If they seriously believe in their arts programme expenditure then lets paint the LM and Deputy Lord Mayors Car with graffiti and see how they like it.

Just vandals

UNLIKE Melbourne City Council which plans to spend ratepayers’ money “mentoring” graffiti vandals, police in Melbourne’s south east are unequivocal.

They are treating them as criminals — which is what they are.

Investigators from Moorabbin police regional response unit have arrested four members of a gang alleged to have caused more than $100,000 damage.

Sen-Sgt Vic Kostiuk introduced a welcome reality when he told the Herald Sun: “There’s no thought behind it. It’s just mindless vandalism”.

And so it is.

Melbourne Graffiti – Restraining Vandals Herald Sun criticises the City of Melbourne’s policy of encouragement

The City of Melbourne again has come under fire for its extra-ordinary Arts Grant Policy of supporting Melbourne’s Graffiti vandals. The City of Melbourne can not get it right as its 4 Million Dollar Arts budget to spent on the wrong side of the tracks. (Was this the same committee tied up in controversy over the appointment of Deputy Lord Mayor’s Gary Singer’s de facto partner?) its one thing to place political messages on a building sites hoardings but another to wilfully damage property by painting unwelcoming and unauthorised graffiti on private buildings and public property. The City of Melbourne continues to be touch with community expectations and social values. If they seriously believe in their arts programme expenditure then lets paint the LM and Deputy Lord Mayors Car with graffiti and see how they like it.

Just vandals

UNLIKE Melbourne City Council which plans to spend ratepayers’ money “mentoring” graffiti vandals, police in Melbourne’s south east are unequivocal.

They are treating them as criminals — which is what they are.

Investigators from Moorabbin police regional response unit have arrested four members of a gang alleged to have caused more than $100,000 damage.

Sen-Sgt Vic Kostiuk introduced a welcome reality when he told the Herald Sun: “There’s no thought behind it. It’s just mindless vandalism”.

And so it is.

Melbourne Graffiti – Restraining Vandals Herald Sun criticises the City of Melbourne’s policy of encouragement

The City of Melbourne again has come under fire for its extra-ordinary Arts Grant Policy of supporting Melbourne’s Graffiti vandals. The City of Melbourne can not get it right as its 4 Million Dollar Arts budget to spent on the wrong side of the tracks. (Was this the same committee tied up in controversy over the appointment of Deputy Lord Mayor’s Gary Singer’s de facto partner?) its one thing to place political messages on a building sites hoardings but another to wilfully damage property by painting unwelcoming and unauthorised graffiti on private buildings and public property. The City of Melbourne continues to be touch with community expectations and social values. If they seriously believe in their arts programme expenditure then lets paint the LM and Deputy Lord Mayors Car with graffiti and see how they like it.

Just vandals

UNLIKE Melbourne City Council which plans to spend ratepayers’ money “mentoring” graffiti vandals, police in Melbourne’s south east are unequivocal.

They are treating them as criminals — which is what they are.

Investigators from Moorabbin police regional response unit have arrested four members of a gang alleged to have caused more than $100,000 damage.

Sen-Sgt Vic Kostiuk introduced a welcome reality when he told the Herald Sun: “There’s no thought behind it. It’s just mindless vandalism”.

And so it is.

Big Spenders City Council spends up big on Games

Melbourne City Council spends over $4 Million opn Gasmes parties. Herald-Sun Newspaper March 8, 2006

Melbourne shouts a $4m party
Shaun Phillips
08mar06

MELBOURNE City Council will spend $4 million on public parties and celebrations in its $31 million Commonwealth Games budget.

The big-ticket item is a $3 million contribution to the river parade that will form part of Wednesday’s Opening Ceremony.
Some $315,000 will be spent on a street party to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay on the eve of the ceremony.

Estimates last August put the cost at $120,000.

The council hopes tens of thousands of people will congregate on the corner of Bourke and Elizabeth streets from 5.30pm on Tuesday.

Paul McDermott, Christine Anu, Mark Seymour and Rogue Traders will perform.

The council will spend $500,000 on the Moomba parade for Monday. An Indian festival on Saturday will cost $90,000.

The council will host a cocktail party reception for Australian athletes on Monday night.

The council revealed the cost of 12,000 potted plants to be placed around the city in 375 crates had risen to $200,000, up from $160,000.

About $19 million of the budget has gone to capital projects including Bourke St mall, Queensbridge square, and Sandridge and Princes bridges.

More than 10km of road and footpaths have been resurfaced for the marathon and cycling races.

Almost $5 million will be spent on operations, including employing 320 contractors to work around the clock clearing an estimated 500 tonnes of rubbish.

The council will spend $170,000 hosting guests from around the world at Games events.

Lord Mayor John So said he hoped two of 72 giant fish moored in the Yarra for the opening ceremony would find a permanent home near the Melbourne Aquarium.

Big Spenders City Council spends up big on Games

Melbourne City Council spends over $4 Million opn Gasmes parties. Herald-Sun Newspaper March 8, 2006

Melbourne shouts a $4m party
Shaun Phillips
08mar06

MELBOURNE City Council will spend $4 million on public parties and celebrations in its $31 million Commonwealth Games budget.

The big-ticket item is a $3 million contribution to the river parade that will form part of Wednesday’s Opening Ceremony.
Some $315,000 will be spent on a street party to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay on the eve of the ceremony.

Estimates last August put the cost at $120,000.

The council hopes tens of thousands of people will congregate on the corner of Bourke and Elizabeth streets from 5.30pm on Tuesday.

Paul McDermott, Christine Anu, Mark Seymour and Rogue Traders will perform.

The council will spend $500,000 on the Moomba parade for Monday. An Indian festival on Saturday will cost $90,000.

The council will host a cocktail party reception for Australian athletes on Monday night.

The council revealed the cost of 12,000 potted plants to be placed around the city in 375 crates had risen to $200,000, up from $160,000.

About $19 million of the budget has gone to capital projects including Bourke St mall, Queensbridge square, and Sandridge and Princes bridges.

More than 10km of road and footpaths have been resurfaced for the marathon and cycling races.

Almost $5 million will be spent on operations, including employing 320 contractors to work around the clock clearing an estimated 500 tonnes of rubbish.

The council will spend $170,000 hosting guests from around the world at Games events.

Lord Mayor John So said he hoped two of 72 giant fish moored in the Yarra for the opening ceremony would find a permanent home near the Melbourne Aquarium.