Tuesday 19th of November 2019

Halliburton South Australia- The South Coast Scenario

What follows, when you follow it to the other end, makes you wonder
how much infrastructure work is being "disguised" throught the SA
Tourism Budget, and how much of the money will end up in the hands of
Halliburton/KBR. I'm also pondering what funds the current Treasurer,
who was happy to stand on the Assembly floor and accuse the previous
Minister For Transport of using road money "to buy stained glass
windows" (I was there on the day) might be diverting across Cabinet
portfolios to achieve desired objectives.

[extract]

Keep an eye on SA Tourism tender chances

With the South Australian elections over, one of the keen points of
interest for Australia’s construction industry will be how SA joins
other State Governments in maintaining and hopefully lifting the level
of investment in State infrastructure. In the post-Olympic construction
lull, and with inner city residential activity levelling off, 2002
should be a good year for State Governments to get value for money in
providing a wide variety of needed and useful facilities.

In the SA tenders area, interested parties should be finding it
easier to get comprehensive information, following an announcement back
on May 15, 2001. The then Premier unveiled a policy development:

“A New Dimension in Contracting with the South Australian Government”.

Under this all major Government contracts, including industry
incentives, asset sales and consultancies, would be earmarked for
public release.
On the reasonable assumption the incoming Administration will maintain
this commitment to clear and open government, South Australia should be
just that bit more attractive for those interested in tenders and
government contracts.

Work on the Alice Springs to Darwin [Halliburton built and owned] railway link will be providing a lot of construction employment for some time, in SA and the NT.

Elsewhere in South Australia, tourism has so far been the best harbinger of possible future tenders.

These words were written after the second-last election

Those of you who've read my "Stranger" piece know that, in 2002 the CEO of the Goolwa-based local council was visiting the KBR's Infrastructure Division Global Headquarters to look at the plans from the local wharf (item 21 here. You'll also know that KBR have proposed as a PPP a freshwater reclaimation system in the adjoining lake, which runs near the town of Mount Barker, for which KBR laid out the housing expansion.

Now I learn that much of the money for the Goolwa wharf
redevelopment is coming not via roadworks but through tourism. Further
down the Tendersearch page you find the words "In December, 2001 the
outgoing [Liberal] Government foreshadowed work on a number of tourist
facilities to cater for an influx of visitors for South Australia’s
2002 Year of the Outback." closely followed by "Altogether, South
Australia would benefit from over $6.7 million in new Outback
infrastructure over the next few years."

I knew of course of the planned upgrade of the Adelaide-Victor
Harbour (which is a stone's throw from Goolwa) road and had been told
who its designers where, but was unaware until now of the turn-off that
would transform this road into the Southern Suburbs eastern roadlink that I was looking for earlier. 25kms before you get to Victor Harbour, you can turn eastwards at the Nangkita turn-off.
From there you could scoot, if you had a good road, eastwards to Murray
Bridge, and from there North to Roxby, North-East to Sydney or East to
Melbourne.

Let's return to the wharf of the Murray's Mouth, whose redevelopment was planned by Halliburton/KBR.

[another Tendersearch extract]

The historic Goolwa Wharf precinct, at the mouth of the
Murray River, has been earmarked for redevelopment, to help maintain
the tourist appeal of the Fleurieu peninsula, to the south of Adelaide.
The old wool and wheat paddle steamers which once plied the Murray
River, pre-railways, started up river from Goolwa. Now it is a focal
point for tourist vessels.

The project, with $1.2 million from the South Australian Tourism
Commission’s Major Infrastructure Fund plus another $1.5 million from
the local Alexandrina Council, would be implemented over a nine month
construction period.

The rejuvenation effort includes extending the wharf and jetty, new
and resurfaced road, car parking, pipes and drains, landscaping
including street furniture, lighting, signage and public art and four
new sites for commercial tourism enterprises.

Did I mention that the plans for the mid-lake water reclamation facility includes marinas and houses?

Back over at at Narrung, on the Lake's other side, the locals tell
me that there's a twelve-domicile townhouse development scheduled to go
up next to the wetlands... I don't have any paperwork yet but given
that its a resting-place for migratory birds, it won't be the brightest
place to be if Bird Flu breaks out.

Back over on the Goolwa side, there's something fishy five miles down the road from Goolwa at Port Elliot (where my parents run a pub)
involving a council-owned abandoned drive-in that has become, with all
the Halliburton-guided development, potentially very lucrative real
estate (item 30 here.)

As I've said before, development around this area has been "going
gangbusters" in what appears in hindsight to have been utilisation of
the knowledge (which many knew) of the Victor Harbor road development
that our peak automotive body RAA were championing. A drive-in lot can
hold a lot of townhouses. What was the conflict of interest here?

I spoke before the election with the local Labor candidate, Mary-Lou Corcoran (daughter of a previous Labor Premier Des, the still-undecided seat
last filled by Liberal ex-Premier Dean Brown.) Ironically she's facing
the Liberal mayor of Kangaroo Island, once abandonded as SA's capital
due to lack of water supply, now irrigated by Halliburton (Page 28)
She was very suprised to read the KBR Goolwa connections I posted on
the "Stranger" thread (partially to make them available to her) but I
bet her boss Mr Rann wasn't... he's been personally fielding enquiries from the council regarding the lake redevelopment(Items 15.1 and 15.2 ),
so I doubt he'd be unaware that Halliburton were sketching the jetty
that would launch residents and tourists out to it. It would also be
difficult for Rann to be unaware that the money wasn't coming through
Transport or Infrastructure but through Tourism.

If you look at this map
(on which Goolwa is at the lower left and realise that the southern
suburbs of Adelaide are around 50km northwest of that point, you'll get
the picture.

Another picture to think about is that if the author of the Tendersearch
piece is correct then these plans are making a successful transition
from government to government, no matter which political party is in
charge at the time.

Thick as thieves, the lot of em, and it's fairly obvious who's driving the bus down the road to prosperity.

Nest of Funnel-web spiders...

Lucrative real estate? Deals? Developments? Conflict of Interests? Wheat deals in Iraq? AWB shares? Telstra shares going down the gurgler slowly? Ministers with shares in former government property they sold to private enterprise? Lucrative wars? Management fees? Connected funnels? Robbing Paul Poor to pay Peter Rich? "Managing" nature dwindling reserves? "Beautifying" lake shores? Making armament our business? Development as a mean to shift usage? Real estate on nature reserves to pay for beautification development? "Public" interest? National interest? et al...

Prosperity is a 10 per cent value-added word for every transaction, and that's not the GST... and for some, it could be 200 per cent...