Researching Harold Shand – case still pending in Qld Court… due again 2011. I came across a story in the Australian re Ken Talbot.. Oh what a tangled web!
”But during the late 90s, something unusual happened that was to start a trail that would lead to criminal charges and a radically changed life.
The Liberal-National Party Coalition was in office. At 11.52am on May 12, 1998, an ALP backbencher from Brisbane, Nuttall, rose in state parliament to make a strong speech about “the questionable dealings and behaviour” of Talbot, who had won an exploration permit for a coal area in central Queensland against another syndicate.
Nuttall brought up Talbot’s connection with Bond, talking about “the days of deals done in brown paper bags between corrupt National Party figures and shady businesspeople of the ilk of Mr Talbot and Mr Bond”.
For good measure, Nuttall then quoted from Family Law Court proceedings in 1994 involving Talbot, which Nuttall said “showed he [Talbot] is not a man to be trusted”.
In the court case last year in which Nuttall was eventually found guilty, it emerged Nuttall had been given the information in the speech by a Talbot rival, James Gorman, and his associate Harold Shand, whom Talbot beat for the tender. As it turns out, Shand is also due to face charges relating to payments made to Nuttall.”
Shand’s business associate, millionaire businessman Jim Gorman, has testified Nuttall asked him for between $200,000 and $300,000 during a visit to his Jellinbah mine, near Bluff, 175km west of Rockhampton, in December 2000.
Gorman’s lawyer, Ray Lindwall, said he was present when Nuttall asked the millionaire up for a $1 million loan – to help buy his children homes — at a lunch at Breakfast Creek Wharf on January 23, 2002
In September 2001 Shand was appointed as director of WorkCover Queensland after a nomination by Nuttall.
He remained a board member until he was charged in December 2007, with Premier Anna Bligh immediately suspending the appointment in a move to distance her Government from allegations of impropriety.
Lawyers for Shand argue the payment was made to Nuttall under direct instructions from Gorman. excerpts from:http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/harold-shand-to-be-re-tried-for-alleged-corrupt-payment-to-gordon-nuttall/story-e6freoof-1225846027842
It was in the next street over where the Company bought out One house ajoining the corner of my block — and they bought & built beside it for more staff… before they outgrew the small town of Bluff & built most of their accommodation in Blackwater. Even today many of the employees are working for contractors that work at the mine site of Jellinbah & new pits opened since…The Xmas Party has always been catered for by local Lions & Shop in Picture is our Local store run by a members daughter & Husband.
”In the court case last year in which Nuttall was eventually found guilty, it emerged Nuttall had been given the information in the speech by a Talbot rival, James Gorman, and his associate Harold Shand, whom Talbot beat for the tender. As it turns out, Shand is also due to face charges relating to payments made to Nuttall.
So in 1998, Nuttall could hardly be called a friend of Talbot’s, yet only four years later, Talbot gave Nuttall loans that were never repaid.
In Nuttall’s trial, evidence was produced to show that from 2002 to 2005, Talbot made monthly payments to Nuttall of $8333.33, totalling a little less than $300,000. Unlike the brown paper bags that Nuttall had railed against four years previously, these payments arrived in his bank account via direct debit.
DeLacy seemed to have been the circuit-breaker in the feud between the two. As a former ALP state treasurer he had some standing in the party, and as chairman of Macarthur Coal, he suggested that it would be best for Nuttall and Talbot to make” up.”http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/maverick-magnate-who-dared/story-e6frg6z6-1225882450171
Rather like this creek crossing, the water is still over the road at the entrance of Bluff from the east. Water runs under the rail line and through a small culvert.. & overflows when there is substantial rainfall. Easy for Large Company like QRail National now to divert this water to it’s side of the line thus saving some section from flooding & holding up business… Just too obvious to make sense..