News

Questions over Hard Yakka's bootcamp deal

Attorney- General Jarrod Bleijie and Premier Campbell Newman pictured with Hard Yakkas' Bob Davis after a tour of the property.
Attorney- General Jarrod Bleijie and Premier Campbell Newman pictured with Hard Yakkas' Bob Davis after a tour of the property. Robyne Cuerel

QUESTIONS have been raised about the legitimacy of an expression of interest process that awarded Oz Adventures/Hard Yakka at Susan River a $600,000 government contract - despite it not making the candidate short list.

After years of petitions and meetings with the State Government and local politicians, Bob Davis' Hard Yakka bootcamp program was awarded a contract to run a youth bootcamp in August 2013.

Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie visited Mr Davis' camp at Susan River in January 2013 to announce the tender process, and returned in August to announce it's success.

A right to information report seen by the Chronicle has revealed Hard Yakka was the tenth recommended program, and not even short listed for further consideration.

The panel did not endorse Hard Yakka, with comments about the submission lacking "clarity" and "explanation".

"The submission did not provide sufficient evidence or explanation across a number of elements of the criteria and proposes an unacceptable residential camp model," it read.

"Oz Adventures submission did not demonstrate understanding of the intention of the early intervention program and included some infeasible program elements."

>> Man will take legal action after rangers seize kangaroos

>> Probation for daughter who stole thousands from parents

About two weeks before the tender was announced, photos posted on Mr Davis Facebook page on August 8 showed an expansion to the residential section of his camp.

It wasn't until August 21 when Mr Bleijie announced Hard Yakka would receive government funding for a two-year trial as part of an overhaul of youth justice.

Queensland Shadow Police Minister Bill Byrne called on Mr Bleijie to step down over the decision - and the Premier to answer serious questions.

"Why did Oz Adventures receive the tender when the department advised so heavily against it?" He asked.

"If Jarrod Bleijie is going to override warnings from a department and a panel of experts about the extensive shortcomings of a tenderer, he must explain what's going on."

But responding to the Chronicle, Mr Bleijie defended overturning the decision by the expert panel.

"Bob Davis and his camp is a local success story which has been turning around the lives of young people from across Queensland for years and it is continuing to do so through the Government's boot camp program," he said.

"Oz Adventures had a demonstrated emphasis on the camp as a consequence of anti-social behaviour and an opportunity to instil discipline, structure and respect as well as established facilities which meant they were able to commence operations immediately."

Mr Bleijie said he had no personal, political or business connections with Mr Davis.

Mr Davis wasn't aware of where he placed in the expression of interest process and said he was always expanding his facilities.

Topics:  attorney general bob davis contract hard yakka state government



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Mary River croc search continues

CROCODILE: This crocodile was caught in the Mary River near Tiaro. Wayne Gosley is the little boy in the picture touching the creature.

The last reported sighting was less than a month ago.

30 speciality stores coming to new Maryborough Central

An $8 million revamp is underway at Maryborough Central Shopping Centre.

The leasing team are currently in negotiations with key retailers.

Court hears hammer attack followed death threats

RECOVERED: Gympie father Timothy Udris, who survived a hammer attack in June, 2014, outside Brisbane Supreme Court with his wife Emily.

Gympie dad says "I knew I was dying” following alleged attack

Local Partners

Have you downloaded the Fraser Coast Chronicle app yet?

The free Fraser Coast Chronicle phone app lets readers know when stories covering topics they are interested in are uploaded to the website.


Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Where to meet Santa on the Fraser Coast these holidays

Santa Claus is coming to the Fraser Coast. Four year old Jorja Dowman has been visiting Santa in the shopping centre since she was just six months old.

Don't miss your chance to tell him what's on your wishlist!

Countdown to Woodford Folk Festival begins

ECONOMIC BOON: Woodford Folk Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  Photo Contributed

The first larger-than-life inhabitants have stepped into Woodfordia

ABC's Fresh Blood graduates are a Skit Box full of laughs

Sarah Bishop, Greta Lee Jackson and Adele Vuko in a scene from the TV series Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am.

ALL-female comedy trio hitting the mark with new sketch show.

Kim Kardashian West said to be looking for a divorce

Kim Kardashian West is looking to file for divorce from her husband

HBO announces which show will replace Game of Thrones

Diana Rigg, Natalie Dormer, and Hannah Waddingham in a scene from Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones is definitely not coming back next April

Adele's Carpool Karaoke biggest viral hit on YouTube in 2016

The video has already attracted more than 135 million views

What's on the big screen this week

TJ Miller and Jason Bateman in a scene from the movie Office Christmas Party.

A COMEDY about a rowdy office Christmas party hits cinemas today.

MOVIE REVIEW: Moana is an original adventure in paradise

The character Maui (Dwayne Johnson) in a scene from the movie Moana.

One Boxing Day animated film has a heart as big as the Pacific Ocean

Council opens up on 'secret' private development companies

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!