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Old 12th Apr 2016, 06:33
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Jeez Tinny, don't remind me.

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Old 12th Apr 2016, 06:48
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what are you talking about 5050, they did paint the hanger?

They painted over the lost sponsorship logo of Bendigo Bank.
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Old 20th Apr 2016, 03:55
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Tipsy, do you recall the brouhaha when it was discovered that there wasn't a CP appointed? It certainly caused some consternation at the time! I was told that WG was the CAA/CASA person who originally did the organisation's approvals. Oops.
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Old 20th Apr 2016, 05:09
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Rumour has it that 4 Corners is all over it....?
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Old 20th Apr 2016, 06:54
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Originally Posted by Tinstaafl View Post
Tipsy, do you recall the brouhaha when it was discovered that there wasn't a CP appointed? It certainly caused some consternation at the time! I was told that WG was the CAA/CASA person who originally did the organisation's approvals. Oops.
Yes he did, I read the paperwork that related in the little office above Op's. The required "job requirements" were written by him when he was Safety Regs Mngr (NSW Region) in the early 90's. Coincidently he happened to have the exact qualifications and was subsequently appointed. Must have been a a coincidence surely.

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Old 20th Apr 2016, 23:20
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Of course it was.

Still boggles my mind that the place was approved - and for some years operated (!) - without anyone noticing the missing, required position. I'd been a CFI/CP a couple of times prior to working there so even I knew about that requirement.

So much for CAA/CASA oversight, and the organisation meeting the very specific regulatory requirement for approved personnel with the necessary knowledge & experience.

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Old 21st Apr 2016, 08:17
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7:30 Report from my understanding Haratio
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Old 27th Apr 2016, 08:35
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Exclamation 7:30 Report

For those interested, story on the Australian Aerial Patrol goes to air tonight at 7:30PM on the ABC. Features interviews with former employees regarding conduct of the organisation - get the popcorn ready!
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Old 27th Apr 2016, 11:56
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http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-27/shark-patrol-charity-under-investigation-over-alleged-fraud/7364360
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Old 28th Apr 2016, 01:49
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I hope he finds my money when he "lifts the roof off". Crime commission and journalists knocking, things are getting serious for Harry. I wonder if "I don't know where the money went" will be acceptable as defence. The General Manager of any organisation is ultimately responsible. Those traffic reports that were paid for and not conducted don't look good. What was it? $127,000, straight in Harry's pocket.
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Old 28th Apr 2016, 02:20
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For those who missed it last night, you can see him sweating here:

7.30 - 27/4/2016 : ABC iview

The sharks are circling.........
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Old 28th Apr 2016, 03:35
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Anything to do with the Merlin getting seized at WOL a few years back for allegedly being involved in unlawful activities?
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Old 28th Apr 2016, 04:17
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Duck - no - that was Middle East organised crime related.

.....not directly attributable to Harry at any rate ;-)
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Old 28th Apr 2016, 13:11
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Some more details in this report:

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/3877604/aerial-patrol-under-investigation-report-lays-finances-bare/?cs=298

Could be an interesting front page on the Illawarra Mercury tomorrow morning.

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Old 30th Apr 2016, 08:59
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http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/3879432/ive-got-nothing-to-hide-harry-mitchell-insists/?cs=298

It seems even after a public media shaming he's refusing to step down from his role as general manager. How delusional is this guy?

I sincerely hope the remaining pilots come to their senses and walk away from this crook - given the organisation won't see a single cent more of donations I doubt it'll make it through the month. The sooner it collapses, the sooner someone can start up a decent flying school.
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Old 30th Apr 2016, 11:13
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The forensic accountant says Harry was paid $331.54 a week for work he didn't do. Harry says, "No it's only $200 a week and it's board approved, you're wrong". The board that consists of Harry's hand picked mates, that he's the President of, approved giving him money? You're kidding!

Well, they used to be mates anyway.
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Wollongong City Council has known of “difficulties” within the region's aerial patrol for about six months and has withheld its latest payment to the service, according to Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery.
Wollongong was due to provide payments totaling $25,432 as a subsidy for the shark patrols for 2015/16, a spokesman said.
Council made the first payment in September.
However Cr Bradbery said the second half of the money - which was due in April - was not paid due to concerns over the recent resignation of the patrol's chief pilot and the "accusations that it was having some difficulties".
Despite these issues, Cr Bradbery said he believed the aerial patrol had "delivered on the expectations [of the council] up until recent times".
"The service that they offered was something that was very important for the safety and wellbeing of our swimmers," he said.
"We were one of the first to have anything like a shark patrol, and having this service coordinating with our lifeguards, this was a really significant contribution to the safety on our beaches in Wollongong."
Cr Bradbery said he did not know if there had been any assessment of how effective the aerial patrols had been, except to say that shark attacks had remained low.
He also noted the $25,000 contribution made up "a tiny fraction" of Wollongong council's $12 million aquatic services budget and $5 million lifeguard services budgets.
"This is relatively speaking, a small amount in the great scheme of things," he said.
He said the council would need to look at how it would patrol the beaches before the start of the next peak season.
Shellharbour council gave the aerial patrol $16,588 in 2015/16 and Kiama council provided its annual funding of $2500 in November 2015.

Asked in late March whether the council intended to renew its agreement, a Shellharbour spokeswoman said a meeting “was being sought with the operators of the aerial patrol about its future operations”.

Cr Bradbery said charities and community groups should exercise "good governance and transparency".
"I'm just disappointed that the trust of the community has been violated and let down," he said.
- Wollongong council pulls aerial shark patrol funds | Illawarra Mercury


I hope Harry isn't planning on any home renovations this season
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Old 2nd May 2016, 20:38
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Originally Posted by dhavillandpilot View Post
Didn't they sell their chieftain recently. Surely the cash from that even to retire debt would have been positive for their business.

WG has been going to retire for sometime, is there a fishing line in the back of his car?????

All the dealings I've had with HM have been reasonable and business like, so what's your problem 50/50.

Like all small GA business it's tough out there and the Aerial Patrol are no different.
Are there any other small GA businesses out there that receive $500k annual funding? Imagine what a difference that would make. If you can't keep yourself going with that sort of coin you shouldn't be in business at all.

I think all the news articles adequately illustrate what my problem is. If it was money missing from a cancer charity you wouldn't be so forgiving.
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The state’s consumer watchdog is investigating the region’s troubled aerial patrol but has so far resisted calls to appoint an administrator.



Patrol insiders contacted the department in December, alleging funds intended for the region’s charitable shark-spotting service had been misappropriated.


The group – treasurer John Weston, vice-president Mike Galliano and board adviser Graham Pike – provided a forensic accountant’s report in a bid to prove wrongdoing, and asked that an administrator be appointed.



Mr Pike claims the board was “completely blindsided” by patrol president and general manager, Harry Mitchell.


“Fair Trading has a legal obligation to clean up organisations like AAP, and certainly to protect donors’ money,” Mr Pike said.


“An administrator can help us sort out some of the administrative and financial problems.”


Mr Mitchell denies the claims against him. He told the Mercury the patrol’s finances were the responsibility of its treasurer.



“In any organisation the treasurer has responsibility to ensure those processes are adhered to and followed through – anything to do with financial records and activities and statements of accounts.”


A NSW Fair Trading spokeswoman confirmed the department had reviewed allegations of “internal governance issues, misappropriation of funds and pecuniary gain by Mr Harry Mitchell”.


“However the [forensic accounting] report very clearly states that the documentation on which the forensic report is based is incomplete”.
“Fair Trading requested various documentation from the association and its auditor to determine whether there is any evidence of breaches of the Act.”



“Fair Trading’s detailed review indicated significant internal governance and control issues, including an apparent lack of review of the association’s affairs by the previous committees.


“Fair Trading does not have the authority to deal with matters of internal governance which are largely governed by the association’s constitution. The Committee collectively is responsible for the ... internal governance of the association’s affairs.”



“This includes the employment of staff and contracts entered into as well as contractual performance issues.


“Fair Trading is continuing to make inquiries about the association’s compliance with the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 in order to determine whether any enforcement action is required. However based on the documentation currently available, Fair Trading cannot be satisfied that grounds exist for it to appoint an administrator.”
- Fair Trading holds off on aerial strike | Illawarra Mercury
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