Singer turns Green having been shafted by the Irish contender

Lord Mayor aspirant, Gary Singer, has changed preference on his How-to-vote cards having been shafted   in a preference deal with  incumbent City Councillor and Irish community leader  Brian Shanahan.

Shanhan, a member of the ALP, welshed on a deal to cross preferences with Gary Singer at the last minute as the town halls bells began to strike 12. The preference deal designed to boost Kevin Chamberlin’s chances of being elected betrayed Singer by relegating him to a position below incumbent Lord Mayor Robert Doyle – A deal that has angered Gary Singer.

Gary Singer in defiance has now distributed throughout Melbourne a How-to-vote card that places the Greens ahead of the Shanahan/Chamberlin Team.  The deal may well see Robert Doyle returned to office 

Singers re-alignment preference allocation to the Greens ahead of all other contenders will reduce his appeal to the electorate and increase Robert Doyle’s chances of being re-elected.

The X-Factor

Gary Singer’s attempt to capitalize on the good name of ex-lord Mayor John So is also beginning to faulter with the electorate showing signs of rejection of the John So dynasty and hand over to his son. Singer/So ticket is not pulling in the audience. He has been sidelined by the media and is no longer seen as a real contender for the leadership role – He just does not have the X-Factor.

The Avoidance

In a side show Gary Singer has come under criticism by a former City Councillor for not paying his debts.  Community activist and ex-City Councillor Fiona Snedden claims that Gary Singer crashed into her car in the Council Car Park causing over $3,000 damage.  Singer, a millionaire executive of Sothebys, admitted fault at the time but has failed to pay for the damage he caused leaving Fiona Snedden, a single mum, out of pocket and without a car for the last five years. 

Singer’s Team Melbourne shows promise Breaking away from the chorus Singer moves ahead of Catherine Ng in preview

The City of Melbourne count is labouriously proceeding as the numerous electoral officials proceed to deflap and open ballot paper envelopes. We are told that there are all up around 61300 envelopes received. The VEC could not provide an accurate figure as such we are left with an approximation only.

In the absence of a preliminary sorting of ballot papers as is the case in a Federal Election it is virtually impossible to properly scrutinise the ballot, The VEC rejected the recommendations made the the State Parliament that ballot papers be resorted into primary votes prior to data-entry. So it is now left to a random sampling process.

Whilst it is still too early to give an accurate trend, indications are that Robert Doyle is receiving 20% of the vote sampled to date. In a surprise, yet welcomed outcome, Gary Singer from Team Melbourne is doing better then expected and could outcall his running mate Catherine Ng. The combined vote of Singer and Ng, who preference each other, would be greater the the Greens. This could prove interesting as Shelly Roberts also tops up Singers vote before being distributed to McMullin. Singer could retain the vote and out poll McMullin. If this trend holds then we could see Gary Singer take Catherine Ng place rising above the chorus and becoming the lead vocal. His main competition would be Robert Doyle. Doyle’s campaign was noted for his absence from the campaign, relying purely on the name recognition factor.

Now I am not a Doyle backpacker, you understand, I think he would be a disaster for Melbourne (Mainly due to his choice of deputy lord mayor and his lead candidate in the Council ballot)

Again the information available is too patchy and too few to determine the outcome overall.There is also a built in bias in the count in that ballot papers are batched in a pseudo order based on the delivery time and collection, information that is not readily available to scrutineers. Unfortunately the count is not open and transparent, But we will keep you posted as results and trends become more clear.

Singer’s Team Melbourne shows promise Breaking away from the chorus Singer moves ahead of Catherine Ng in preview

The City of Melbourne count is labouriously proceeding as the numerous electoral officials proceed to deflap and open ballot paper envelopes. We are told that there are all up around 61300 envelopes received. The VEC could not provide an accurate figure as such we are left with an approximation only.

In the absence of a preliminary sorting of ballot papers as is the case in a Federal Election it is virtually impossible to properly scrutinise the ballot, The VEC rejected the recommendations made the the State Parliament that ballot papers be resorted into primary votes prior to data-entry. So it is now left to a random sampling process.

Whilst it is still too early to give an accurate trend, indications are that Robert Doyle is receiving 20% of the vote sampled to date. In a surprise, yet welcomed outcome, Gary Singer from Team Melbourne is doing better then expected and could outcall his running mate Catherine Ng. The combined vote of Singer and Ng, who preference each other, would be greater the the Greens. This could prove interesting as Shelly Roberts also tops up Singers vote before being distributed to McMullin. Singer could retain the vote and out poll McMullin. If this trend holds then we could see Gary Singer take Catherine Ng place rising above the chorus and becoming the lead vocal. His main competition would be Robert Doyle. Doyle’s campaign was noted for his absence from the campaign, relying purely on the name recognition factor.

Now I am not a Doyle backpacker, you understand, I think he would be a disaster for Melbourne (Mainly due to his choice of deputy lord mayor and his lead candidate in the Council ballot)

Again the information available is too patchy and too few to determine the outcome overall.There is also a built in bias in the count in that ballot papers are batched in a pseudo order based on the delivery time and collection, information that is not readily available to scrutineers. Unfortunately the count is not open and transparent, But we will keep you posted as results and trends become more clear.

Singer’s Team Melbourne shows promise Breaking away from the chorus Singer moves ahead of Catherine Ng in preview

The City of Melbourne count is labouriously proceeding as the numerous electoral officials proceed to deflap and open ballot paper envelopes. We are told that there are all up around 61300 envelopes received. The VEC could not provide an accurate figure as such we are left with an approximation only.

In the absence of a preliminary sorting of ballot papers as is the case in a Federal Election it is virtually impossible to properly scrutinise the ballot, The VEC rejected the recommendations made the the State Parliament that ballot papers be resorted into primary votes prior to data-entry. So it is now left to a random sampling process.

Whilst it is still too early to give an accurate trend, indications are that Robert Doyle is receiving 20% of the vote sampled to date. In a surprise, yet welcomed outcome, Gary Singer from Team Melbourne is doing better then expected and could outcall his running mate Catherine Ng. The combined vote of Singer and Ng, who preference each other, would be greater the the Greens. This could prove interesting as Shelly Roberts also tops up Singers vote before being distributed to McMullin. Singer could retain the vote and out poll McMullin. If this trend holds then we could see Gary Singer take Catherine Ng place rising above the chorus and becoming the lead vocal. His main competition would be Robert Doyle. Doyle’s campaign was noted for his absence from the campaign, relying purely on the name recognition factor.

Now I am not a Doyle backpacker, you understand, I think he would be a disaster for Melbourne (Mainly due to his choice of deputy lord mayor and his lead candidate in the Council ballot)

Again the information available is too patchy and too few to determine the outcome overall.There is also a built in bias in the count in that ballot papers are batched in a pseudo order based on the delivery time and collection, information that is not readily available to scrutineers. Unfortunately the count is not open and transparent, But we will keep you posted as results and trends become more clear.

Night Stalker Catherine Ng proposes city’s museums, galleries and churches open 24 x7

Melbourne City may soon have a 24 hour Art Gallery and City Museum if Catherine Ng has her way.

In a desperate move to attract attention

Catherine Ng who is chairwoman of the City Council’s planning committee has proposed that Melbourne Museum Art Galleys and Churches be open 24 hours a day so that Melbourne night life can benefit from the cultural and religious experiences. (Herald Sun) Cr. Ng failed to provide a costing for the proposal which came under criticism by other Candidates. Cr Peter McMullin, who is also chairman of the Melbourne Museum, said there Catherine Ng’s is in cloud cuckoo land, “there is no demand for a at night opening of the Museum” which is situated in the Carlton Gardens.

Meanwhile scare tactics have infiltrated Gary Singer’s campaign who came out and criticised proposed development of the Queen Victoria Market car park site. The QV site has long been the subject of proposed development and McMullins plan of action is not new but loNg over due. The Queen Victoria market was built on an early colonial settlement grave yard and if any development takes place any remains would be exhumed and reburied as was the case when the Market was first built.

Gary Singer like Catherine Ng are showing signs of desperation in promoting horror stories of “digging up dead” and their desire for more night life activity.

Could it be that Catherine Ng and Gary Singer are night crawlers and if so could be of great interest to Buffy?

Night Stalker Catherine Ng proposes city’s museums, galleries and churches open 24 x7

Melbourne City may soon have a 24 hour Art Gallery and City Museum if Catherine Ng has her way.

In a desperate move to attract attention

Catherine Ng who is chairwoman of the City Council’s planning committee has proposed that Melbourne Museum Art Galleys and Churches be open 24 hours a day so that Melbourne night life can benefit from the cultural and religious experiences. (Herald Sun) Cr. Ng failed to provide a costing for the proposal which came under criticism by other Candidates. Cr Peter McMullin, who is also chairman of the Melbourne Museum, said there Catherine Ng’s is in cloud cuckoo land, “there is no demand for a at night opening of the Museum” which is situated in the Carlton Gardens.

Meanwhile scare tactics have infiltrated Gary Singer’s campaign who came out and criticised proposed development of the Queen Victoria Market car park site. The QV site has long been the subject of proposed development and McMullins plan of action is not new but loNg over due. The Queen Victoria market was built on an early colonial settlement grave yard and if any development takes place any remains would be exhumed and reburied as was the case when the Market was first built.

Gary Singer like Catherine Ng are showing signs of desperation in promoting horror stories of “digging up dead” and their desire for more night life activity.

Could it be that Catherine Ng and Gary Singer are night crawlers and if so could be of great interest to Buffy?

Night Stalker Catherine Ng proposes city’s museums, galleries and churches open 24 x7

Melbourne City may soon have a 24 hour Art Gallery and City Museum if Catherine Ng has her way.

In a desperate move to attract attention

Catherine Ng who is chairwoman of the City Council’s planning committee has proposed that Melbourne Museum Art Galleys and Churches be open 24 hours a day so that Melbourne night life can benefit from the cultural and religious experiences. (Herald Sun) Cr. Ng failed to provide a costing for the proposal which came under criticism by other Candidates. Cr Peter McMullin, who is also chairman of the Melbourne Museum, said there Catherine Ng’s is in cloud cuckoo land, “there is no demand for a at night opening of the Museum” which is situated in the Carlton Gardens.

Meanwhile scare tactics have infiltrated Gary Singer’s campaign who came out and criticised proposed development of the Queen Victoria Market car park site. The QV site has long been the subject of proposed development and McMullins plan of action is not new but loNg over due. The Queen Victoria market was built on an early colonial settlement grave yard and if any development takes place any remains would be exhumed and reburied as was the case when the Market was first built.

Gary Singer like Catherine Ng are showing signs of desperation in promoting horror stories of “digging up dead” and their desire for more night life activity.

Could it be that Catherine Ng and Gary Singer are night crawlers and if so could be of great interest to Buffy?

Cyberwar or Hanke panky Catherine Ng ‘s "Children Overboard" scam

War of words and a free plug for Catherine Ng.

The Age newspaper published yesterday a free campaign plug for Catherine Ng who has falsely claimed that her opponents had initiated a google cyber attack against her site.

Catherine Ng’s claims are another example of the false and misleading statements of wrong doing that is being pumped out by her campaign director Ian Hanke – The Liberal Party “Spin doctor” who promoted the “Children Overboard” lie used to win votes for John Howard in 2004.

The Age, keen to promote Catherine Ng and cash in on the false and misleading statements, demonstrated an alarming lack of professionalism and bias in its reporting. If you look closely at the Google screen shot shown in the Age article you will notice on the right had side (slightly obscured) an ad placed by Gary Singer. The Age had deliberately sought to crop that out from the photo.

Catherine Ng’s spin masters tired to make our and imply that there was some of hanke panky going on in cyberspace. The only Hanke panky is coming from Catherine Ng herself. So desperate is Catherine Ng to seek headlines and attract media attention to her campaign that she has stooped to making false claims. There is nothing wrong or underhanded in a person buying advertising space on the Internet. in fact is is very much apart of the free market economy and a open democratic society.

Gary Singer, Catherine Ng’s running mate, admitted that he also had brought Google advertising space to promote for his campaign.

It should also be noted that both Ng and Singer also have placed ads using Google keywords.

Honesty overboard

Contrary to the statements published in the Age article hotlinks to Catherine Ng and Gary Singer’s web sites appear more regularly then they do for Peter McMullin who has been the target of envy, dirty ticks and lies by the Singer and Ng camps.

A simple Google search on the keyword “Lord Mayor” shows that all three candidates appear in the Google hot links page, proving that the statements made by both Ng and Singer that their ads only appear when you do a Google on their names are false.

False statements or deliberate lie published in The Age dirty tricks campaign?:

Cr Singer has an ad on Google. But like Cr Ng’s, his ad only appears when his name is typed.

Cyberwar or Hanke panky Catherine Ng ‘s “Children Overboard” scam

War of words and a free plug for Catherine Ng.

The Age newspaper published yesterday a free campaign plug for Catherine Ng who has falsely claimed that her opponents had initiated a google cyber attack against her site.

Catherine Ng’s claims are another example of the false and misleading statements of wrong doing that is being pumped out by her campaign director Ian Hanke – The Liberal Party “Spin doctor” who promoted the “Children Overboard” lie used to win votes for John Howard in 2004.

The Age, keen to promote Catherine Ng and cash in on the false and misleading statements, demonstrated an alarming lack of professionalism and bias in its reporting. If you look closely at the Google screen shot shown in the Age article you will notice on the right had side (slightly obscured) an ad placed by Gary Singer. The Age had deliberately sought to crop that out from the photo.

Catherine Ng’s spin masters tired to make our and imply that there was some of hanke panky going on in cyberspace. The only Hanke panky is coming from Catherine Ng herself. So desperate is Catherine Ng to seek headlines and attract media attention to her campaign that she has stooped to making false claims. There is nothing wrong or underhanded in a person buying advertising space on the Internet. in fact is is very much apart of the free market economy and a open democratic society.

Gary Singer, Catherine Ng’s running mate, admitted that he also had brought Google advertising space to promote for his campaign.

It should also be noted that both Ng and Singer also have placed ads using Google keywords.

Honesty overboard

Contrary to the statements published in the Age article hotlinks to Catherine Ng and Gary Singer’s web sites appear more regularly then they do for Peter McMullin who has been the target of envy, dirty ticks and lies by the Singer and Ng camps.

A simple Google search on the keyword “Lord Mayor” shows that all three candidates appear in the Google hot links page, proving that the statements made by both Ng and Singer that their ads only appear when you do a Google on their names are false.

False statements or deliberate lie published in The Age dirty tricks campaign?:

Cr Singer has an ad on Google. But like Cr Ng’s, his ad only appears when his name is typed.

Cyberwar or Hanke panky Catherine Ng ‘s “Children Overboard” scam

War of words and a free plug for Catherine Ng.

The Age newspaper published yesterday a free campaign plug for Catherine Ng who has falsely claimed that her opponents had initiated a google cyber attack against her site.

Catherine Ng’s claims are another example of the false and misleading statements of wrong doing that is being pumped out by her campaign director Ian Hanke – The Liberal Party “Spin doctor” who promoted the “Children Overboard” lie used to win votes for John Howard in 2004.

The Age, keen to promote Catherine Ng and cash in on the false and misleading statements, demonstrated an alarming lack of professionalism and bias in its reporting. If you look closely at the Google screen shot shown in the Age article you will notice on the right had side (slightly obscured) an ad placed by Gary Singer. The Age had deliberately sought to crop that out from the photo.

Catherine Ng’s spin masters tired to make our and imply that there was some of hanke panky going on in cyberspace. The only Hanke panky is coming from Catherine Ng herself. So desperate is Catherine Ng to seek headlines and attract media attention to her campaign that she has stooped to making false claims. There is nothing wrong or underhanded in a person buying advertising space on the Internet. in fact is is very much apart of the free market economy and a open democratic society.

Gary Singer, Catherine Ng’s running mate, admitted that he also had brought Google advertising space to promote for his campaign.

It should also be noted that both Ng and Singer also have placed ads using Google keywords.

Honesty overboard

Contrary to the statements published in the Age article hotlinks to Catherine Ng and Gary Singer’s web sites appear more regularly then they do for Peter McMullin who has been the target of envy, dirty ticks and lies by the Singer and Ng camps.

A simple Google search on the keyword “Lord Mayor” shows that all three candidates appear in the Google hot links page, proving that the statements made by both Ng and Singer that their ads only appear when you do a Google on their names are false.

False statements or deliberate lie published in The Age dirty tricks campaign?:

Cr Singer has an ad on Google. But like Cr Ng’s, his ad only appears when his name is typed.

Sail me a river Gary Singer river cruising

Here is another example of the hypocrisy coming from the John So team looking to become Melbourne’s Next Lord Mayor.

Singer wants to “engage the community” in consultation and feasibility studies to establish a River ferry service up the Yarra.

The idea of a Bayside ferry has been around before.It is not new, but always gets an airing come election time. Melbourne is not Sydney nor is it Brisbane. A Bayside ferry service from Frankston to Melbourne and Williamstown to Docklands has some merit But does it need to travel up the Yarra to Crown Casino?

The environmental and safety effects of a high speed river transportation service is prohibitive for a river the size of the Yarra. But hey Singer needs something to get his name out and about town.

Gary Singer’s proposal for a river ferry service one the Yarra has not been well thought out or researched. Why has it taken him so long to come out and promote this issue? He has been on Council for four years. It’s just another electoral pipe-dream to try and make Singer look good.


Singer is only interested in consulting when it suits his agenda and not the electorate.

Whilst Singer claims he is all for community consultation, like Catherine Ng, Singer thrice refused to allow the community the opportunity to consult and review Melbourne’s representative model. Thrice he and his team voted against consultation and refused to calling on the State Government to include the City of Melbourne into the formal review process. Every other Municipal Council is required to undertake a review every second term. WHY NOT MELBOURNE?

This will be Singer’s farewell swan song and I guess a bottom of the Yarra scheme is well suited to his professional experience. (See Singer trust 1 2 )

Singer is expected to attract no more then 5% of the vote. He is in effect a stooge candidate to collect preferences for Catherine Ng.

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Sail me a river Gary Singer river cruising

Here is another example of the hypocrisy coming from the John So team looking to become Melbourne’s Next Lord Mayor.

Singer wants to “engage the community” in consultation and feasibility studies to establish a River ferry service up the Yarra.

The idea of a Bayside ferry has been around before.It is not new, but always gets an airing come election time. Melbourne is not Sydney nor is it Brisbane. A Bayside ferry service from Frankston to Melbourne and Williamstown to Docklands has some merit But does it need to travel up the Yarra to Crown Casino?

The environmental and safety effects of a high speed river transportation service is prohibitive for a river the size of the Yarra. But hey Singer needs something to get his name out and about town.

Gary Singer’s proposal for a river ferry service one the Yarra has not been well thought out or researched. Why has it taken him so long to come out and promote this issue? He has been on Council for four years. It’s just another electoral pipe-dream to try and make Singer look good.


Singer is only interested in consulting when it suits his agenda and not the electorate.

Whilst Singer claims he is all for community consultation, like Catherine Ng, Singer thrice refused to allow the community the opportunity to consult and review Melbourne’s representative model. Thrice he and his team voted against consultation and refused to calling on the State Government to include the City of Melbourne into the formal review process. Every other Municipal Council is required to undertake a review every second term. WHY NOT MELBOURNE?

This will be Singer’s farewell swan song and I guess a bottom of the Yarra scheme is well suited to his professional experience. (See Singer trust 1 2 )

Singer is expected to attract no more then 5% of the vote. He is in effect a stooge candidate to collect preferences for Catherine Ng.

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Sail me a river Gary Singer river cruising

Here is another example of the hypocrisy coming from the John So team looking to become Melbourne’s Next Lord Mayor.

Singer wants to “engage the community” in consultation and feasibility studies to establish a River ferry service up the Yarra.

The idea of a Bayside ferry has been around before.It is not new, but always gets an airing come election time. Melbourne is not Sydney nor is it Brisbane. A Bayside ferry service from Frankston to Melbourne and Williamstown to Docklands has some merit But does it need to travel up the Yarra to Crown Casino?

The environmental and safety effects of a high speed river transportation service is prohibitive for a river the size of the Yarra. But hey Singer needs something to get his name out and about town.

Gary Singer’s proposal for a river ferry service one the Yarra has not been well thought out or researched. Why has it taken him so long to come out and promote this issue? He has been on Council for four years. It’s just another electoral pipe-dream to try and make Singer look good.


Singer is only interested in consulting when it suits his agenda and not the electorate.

Whilst Singer claims he is all for community consultation, like Catherine Ng, Singer thrice refused to allow the community the opportunity to consult and review Melbourne’s representative model. Thrice he and his team voted against consultation and refused to calling on the State Government to include the City of Melbourne into the formal review process. Every other Municipal Council is required to undertake a review every second term. WHY NOT MELBOURNE?

This will be Singer’s farewell swan song and I guess a bottom of the Yarra scheme is well suited to his professional experience. (See Singer trust 1 2 )

Singer is expected to attract no more then 5% of the vote. He is in effect a stooge candidate to collect preferences for Catherine Ng.

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Gary Singer exposed Melbourne City Deputy Lord Mayor caught out telling Grand Prix porkies in the year of the pig

Melbourne City Councillor and Deputy Lord Mayor has been exposed in an article published in the Age newspaper claiming that he was not properly informed and never told about the proposed 100km/hour Grand Prix horn ride down Lygon Street Carlton. Reports in the Age newspaper indicate that the City Council had been discussion the proposed 100km/hr promotional joy ride extensively over the last three month. Questions have been raised about the truthfulness of the Deputy Lord Mayor’s statements and claims that he was not properly informed.

Cr Singer is quoted as saying “‘I had no understanding as to what the speed was going to be‘ The deputy Lord Mayor admitted he may have received the note but not read it.”

Cr Singer ,who has been the subject of controversy, was the subject of an inquiry last year by the Law Institute for breaches of professional ethics in relation to his private legal practice. Cr Singer was de-registered from practicing law in Tasmania following a damming report from the legal professions watchdog to the State Parliament. In 2005 Cr singer was also the subject of a review by the Victorian Law Society were he was found guilty of professional misconduct for withholding funds and payments held in trust.

Councillor ‘not told’ of Ferrari limit
Source: The Age
Clay Lucas
March 3, 2007

DESPITE receiving a detailed briefing note last month saying the original plan for today’s Ferrari Festival on Lygon Street was to run a formula one car down Lygon Street at speeds of up to 100 km/h, Deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer says he was never told about the plan.

Today, an F1 car will drive down Lygon Street at 60 km/h an hour, despite the initial plans.

Melbourne City Council had for three months talked with the Grand Prix Corporation about the 100 km/h speed limit but the council and the corporation dropped the plans after pressure from Tourism Minister Tim Holding, who did not want to be seen to be promoting hooning.

“I had no understanding as to what the speed was going to be,” said Cr Singer, who admitted he may have received the note but not read it.

“I doubt I saw it — I get two inches of paper a day (from Melbourne City Council),” he said. “I was briefed on the day.”

Cr Singer said that the launch of today’s event had not been handled well, but that it would still be a wonderful day.

“It couldve been handled better but that’s life,” he said.

On January 20, when the council was still planning to run the Ferrari at 100km/h, local chef 27-year-old Damian Cooper was killed in an alleged hit-run collision.

His father, Mark, has campaigned hard against running the F1 car over Lygon Street’s 50 km/h speed limit, and wants the street’s speed limit reduced permanently to 40 km/h.

Accompanying the F1 Ferrari being driven at 60 km/h will be a parade of 60 vintage Ferraris celebrating the 60th anniversary of the car company.

Gary Singer exposed Melbourne City Deputy Lord Mayor caught out telling Grand Prix porkies in the year of the pig

Melbourne City Councillor and Deputy Lord Mayor has been exposed in an article published in the Age newspaper claiming that he was not properly informed and never told about the proposed 100km/hour Grand Prix horn ride down Lygon Street Carlton. Reports in the Age newspaper indicate that the City Council had been discussion the proposed 100km/hr promotional joy ride extensively over the last three month. Questions have been raised about the truthfulness of the Deputy Lord Mayor’s statements and claims that he was not properly informed.

Cr Singer is quoted as saying “‘I had no understanding as to what the speed was going to be‘ The deputy Lord Mayor admitted he may have received the note but not read it.”

Cr Singer ,who has been the subject of controversy, was the subject of an inquiry last year by the Law Institute for breaches of professional ethics in relation to his private legal practice. Cr Singer was de-registered from practicing law in Tasmania following a damming report from the legal professions watchdog to the State Parliament. In 2005 Cr singer was also the subject of a review by the Victorian Law Society were he was found guilty of professional misconduct for withholding funds and payments held in trust.

Councillor ‘not told’ of Ferrari limit
Source: The Age
Clay Lucas
March 3, 2007

DESPITE receiving a detailed briefing note last month saying the original plan for today’s Ferrari Festival on Lygon Street was to run a formula one car down Lygon Street at speeds of up to 100 km/h, Deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer says he was never told about the plan.

Today, an F1 car will drive down Lygon Street at 60 km/h an hour, despite the initial plans.

Melbourne City Council had for three months talked with the Grand Prix Corporation about the 100 km/h speed limit but the council and the corporation dropped the plans after pressure from Tourism Minister Tim Holding, who did not want to be seen to be promoting hooning.

“I had no understanding as to what the speed was going to be,” said Cr Singer, who admitted he may have received the note but not read it.

“I doubt I saw it — I get two inches of paper a day (from Melbourne City Council),” he said. “I was briefed on the day.”

Cr Singer said that the launch of today’s event had not been handled well, but that it would still be a wonderful day.

“It couldve been handled better but that’s life,” he said.

On January 20, when the council was still planning to run the Ferrari at 100km/h, local chef 27-year-old Damian Cooper was killed in an alleged hit-run collision.

His father, Mark, has campaigned hard against running the F1 car over Lygon Street’s 50 km/h speed limit, and wants the street’s speed limit reduced permanently to 40 km/h.

Accompanying the F1 Ferrari being driven at 60 km/h will be a parade of 60 vintage Ferraris celebrating the 60th anniversary of the car company.