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Oscars Shock: Gong Eludes Lobbyist

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Host of the annual Oscars, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has snubbed a bid by lobbyist/councillor Bill Pickering to become the first recipient of a coveted gong in a new community category.

In the lead-up to today’s Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles, there was heavy speculation the Academy would introduce a category to recognise those “who achieved excellence in acting in miscellaneous community-related roles”.

Reports last month confirmed Pickering was the only nomination for the category after the Academy mailed several hundred prospects following a call for nominations from fans through its website.

Pickering’s now-famous performance involved a stint on the paramedics’ stretcher and in a neck brace after political rival Vic Tagg reacted to a year long campaign of provocation by Pickering with a misguided reflex action, that could only cause injury through lack of oxygen from uncontrollable laughter.

Set during a Ryde Council by-election last February, the elaborate display of performance involved his less-dedicated factional colleagues from the Liberal Party’s religious Right faction.

Their job was to deliver scripted accounts as the only ‘witnesses’ to the media. Despite providing reporters with three different versions of the performance’s centrepiece “coward’s punch” it worked, resulting in blanket coverage.

Even Media Watch got in on the act, running a story almost definitely provided by  Pickering or a Pickering theatrical assistant, to divert attention away from a real Media Watch story – the media’s lack of attention to detail that saw it fed a pup.

“I couldn’t believe it – all that was missing was lots of blood,” said one Putney resident, Bill Shamateur, who caught the performance aftermath.

“I saw him lying there, kind of lifeless and I said t my son: ‘this could improve his contribution to local issues, it looks as though he’s dead’.

“But seriously, he’s got some acting talent and he should follow his dreams to Hollywood or get his mates to arrange him a bit part in an evangelical flick or some Opus Dei production.”

Among the reporters that realised the media had been fooled by a brilliant display of raw street acting was Seven Network’s Robert Ovadia, who noted during a chat on Richard Glover’s afternoon radio show on ABC 702, that the picture of Pickering on the stretcher had been sent to media within 15 minutes of the performance.

Also raining on the parade was the duty doctor at Ryde Hospital, who wasn’t able to find as much as a scratch on Pickering. Did someone forget to send him the script?

Despite the impressive Pickering performance, it ultimately didn’t matter with the Academy making a last minute decision to defer introduction of the new community category until next year.

Meanwhile, there’s speculation NIDA may offer the lobbyist/councillor a scholarship, to allow him to hone his skills for roles requiring a sharia law-resistant robe.

Fun Facts & ICAC Incompetence

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ICAC’s Sham Ryde Inquiry Infographic


Vic Tagg v Bill Pickering Defo Case Kicks Off Tomorrow (Friday, 21st August, 2015)

Conga Lines, Fruit Punch, Street Celebrations & Tickertape Parades In Ryde – You’ve Been Slugged

Pigs Might Fly Pickawinner

You may have seen a front page, colour story recently about the gong Ryde Council received for apparently duping its ratepayers into a 28% rate rise in a campaign a year ago, before Pickering’s ICAC-assisted elevation to the chair.

But who would have the arrogance and guts to gloat about that, when residents hear regularly of Pickering’s Picks when it comes to big ticket items!


The ratpayers – only 57% of whom wanted a rate increase last year – should be asked now, after Pope Pickering chalked up:

  • More than $400k on a lobbyist and PR strategy to counter the ‘Fit For The Future’ inevitability.
  • Around $800k for a design comp to tart up and divert attention away from trhe dog of a civic centre proposal
  • His legacy project, potentially delivering millions of dollars in benefits to downtrodden councillors who want to sue – regardless of the strength of the case – but need the money for luxury car parts. Pickering’s Religious Right faction prohibits community criticism and Pope Picko’s defo action kicked off in a confidential session of council. Why invite the bad publicity he ultimately got?

Sorry Comms Manager Angela Jones-Blaney and GM Gail Connolly, if you think you’ve chalked up a win with the above campaign, unfortunately you’ve subsequently stuffed up with your disgraceful Updated Statement By City Of Ryde General Manager Gail Connolly effort.

We know Ms Jones-Blaney’s work and don’t think that post is something she’s put there as a professional communicator. Someone’s forced her hand.


As for you Ms Connolly, you have no obligation to do what a councillor tells you to do.

Former GM John Neish never ever listened unless it was something he wanted to hear. If you like, just communicate with the councillors you get on with.

That’s what he admitted to when cross-examined by ICAC as its star witness, who waited a few months to lodge his ICAC referal of “serious and systemic” corruption a few days after finding out he was odds-on to get the boot.

Why was there no explanation of WHY a revised statement was issued? Did it occur to you that the reason the statement was revised was because ICAC had cocked up yet again?

Did it occur to you that “considering the sufficiency of evidence” is another way of saying “we stuffed up twice, we concealed, obfuscated and mischaracterised but in the end we got nothing!”.

Given the amendment to the statement – hidden somewhere on the rabid watchdog’s website – suggested a mistake, abuse or interference, have you considered lodging a PID?

You really should given that a number of parties presently are conidering doing so. And perhaps for good measure you could detail how this statement came about.

The internal PID policy was introduced by your predecessor and was ultimately utilised by a Ryde staffer to report the discovery of porn metadata on his council-issued laptop, which of course he claimed he didn’t download because it was visitors from oversees that accessed the device.

The Ryde staffer was bullied out of your organisation  for following that policy.

Save Ryde would be happy to entertain an alternate version if any Neish-aligned employee can offer one.

Finally, did it occur to you that there has been serious criminality on the part of the ICAC and whoever pressured you to issue that release? Because no fair-minded person really would issue a statement that strongly hinted a perversion of process had taken place within ICAC.

It’s not too late, do not feel intimidated. You would be better serving the Ryde community by assisting to shine a spotlight on those behind the ongoing miscarriage of justice in Ryde.


Fair enough, Pope Picko is wildly popular in the community, mobbed by hordes of children each time he goes shopping, gushed over by little old ladies who can’t believe they’re in his presence and idolised by his fellow councillors as someone who is able to be caring, compassionate, respectful of the other side’s views.

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Pope Picko – magnanimous!

But despite his Justin Beiber-like popularity, word has it his long suffering political colleague, Roy Maggio, is more popular by a whisker. Even so, it would be a close call if they both ran for popular election.

Maggio would have  the help of sporting groups  and many others.

But Pope Picko would have the help of Tony Abboud’s army of pamphleteers and presumably, the army of contractors for the ill-fated Civic Centre v1.0 – who were collectively paid FIVE MILLION BUCKS without a solitary sod being truned on the project.

Former GM John Neish could also be handy and assist by reporting corruption a few months down the track if Pope Picko didn’t win at first crack. That could force a byelection and potential victory, second time time round.


Here Deputy Mayor Maggio is pictured after a frightening incident in Putney in which Pope Picko fell over backwards after an apparent hit from Vic Tagg, a bloke he knows who “couldn’t punch his way out of a paper bag”. Roy was clearly stunned at what happened, it certainly looked like a punch.


Former NSW AG Greg Smith’s son, Nathaniel, said “they’re describing it as a cowards punch” half an hour after it happened as if it had been the talk of the nation, dinner table conversation and a talking point on breakfast television.

The rookie Nine reporter, who didn’t know he was Pickering’s employee, ran with it.

Close encounter with death. We're glad Bill Pickering pulled through and what a relief to find that medical records showed no trauma, no bruising, noting indicating you were knocked unconscious. With all that life threatening action going on, it's great to see media got your stretcher pic within 10 mins of the

Close encounter with death – What a relief to find that medical records showed no trauma, no bruising, nothing indicating you were knocked unconscious. It’s great to see media got your stretcher pic within 10 mins of the “cowards punch” OR “king hit” (choose your own adventure) that put you into a coma!

Despite the knock-out hit/cowards punch/king hit/sidewinder/WWF wrestling ‘Suplex’ and subsequent convulsions and unconsciousness, medical reports from Ryde Hospital suggested his life could be miraculously saved with a Panadol.

If you’re keen to see your hero in the flesh, he’s happy to autograph shirts, socks, undies, a picture of him posing on a paramedic stretcher or a cheap photocopy of his most recent Ryde notices of motion. The Weekly Times reports that you can catch Pope Picko in the Supreme Court from Friday 21st August, 2015 when a defo action over a Ryde Byelection smear pamphlet kicks off.


In the interests of fairness, Save Ryde asks that you reserve your judgement and resist the temptation to base it solely on the leaflet – because it’s expected there will be much much more to weigh up.

We can’t confirm at this stage whether the front two rows of the court have been reserved for existing and prospective property developer clients.



On good authority, we believe that so Mother Theresa-like is Pope Picko that he’s hard to find around as he’s often doing voluntary deliveries for Meals On Wheels.

And while vigorously campaigning for Ryde to remain strong and small (and capable of forging ahead with unwanted and controversial civic precinct overdevelopments), there was also the hassle of moving his business out of the LGA into Parramatta.

Based on his uncanny ability to second guess what organisations like ICAC were going to do next – he would always warn his councillor opponents what ICAC had in store for them – I’m putting my money on Parramatta taking over Ryde.

Actually, pop in to PazMaz and see him some time. He’s actually not too bad with the spin – especially when targeting rivals.

He certainly got value for money out of his flimsy ICAC referrals – most of them didn’t get much of a guernsey – but the allegations against fellow councillors are defying the odds and hanging in there just waiting for an oversight process to wipe them away.

ICAC made a complete ballsup there and now it even looks like they’re tampering with the independence of the NSW Electoral Commission.


Anyway, especially go and see Bill if you want anything EXCEPT for lobbying, as they don’t do that any more, being off the register and all that jazz.

But do see him if you want some help with your DA, they “have a great track record with helping to get development approvals. With connections at all levels of Government our consultants can get developers in front of the real decision makers and help get approval for projects.”


Best way to check out whether you’re a suitable client is to check out LobbyLens, where you can see the type of clients Hugo Halliday has links with to date.


And remember, the firm no longer lobbies – it helps companies do their own lobbying. Which is OK, right?

After pondering his unique councillor/lobbyist existence for six years while on council and no one saying a word about any perceived issues of conflict, he made the magnanimous gesture last year of taking himself off state and federal lobbying registers.

That was only after featuring in ICAC-coverage of the Liberal Party donations probe and aspiring for an ICAC-assisted elevation to the chair. It worked!

It was one of the more ICAC-worthy inquiries in which evidence was given of third party-funded exotic boat trips starring all of his Religious Right mates in Macquarie Street’s corridors of power.

Bill Pickering wallowing in the mud again

 Gazcorp Lobbyist Bill Pickering ICAC Story in SMH

That’s the second newspaper graphic run featuring the crew of the NSW Religious Right, the first time was back in 2011.


Family tie risk for MP

Conga Lines All Round - You've Been Slugged!

Conga Lines All Round – You’ve Been Slugged!

Anyway, we’re getting a little off track now. Sorry to get it in your ear. Rejoin the Conga Line and celebrate your rate hike!

Bill Pickering Should Be Knocked Out Of Politics

punchingRyde Mayor Bill Pickering – who was punched but not injured at a polling booth in Putney during the Ryde by-election – distributed an inflammatory pamphlet in the week leading up to it.

It’s understood that the pamphlet particularly focused on Independent Candidate Victor Tagg and attempted to smear him as “corrupt” and that yesterday’s incident was provoked and possibly orchestrated by Pickering.

Pickering's provocative letter in which he attempts to smear Tagg with ICAC-related misinformation. As it so happens, ICAC has seriously bungled the original allegations - which were baseless -  against several serving and former Ryde councillros, yest another reason why it's appropriate that the High Court clip the wings of the underperforming, overfunded lost cause.

Pickering’s provocative letter in which he attempts to smear Tagg with ICAC-related misinformation. As it so happens, ICAC has seriously bungled the original allegations – which were baseless – against several serving and former Ryde councillros, yest another reason why it’s appropriate that the High Court clip the wings of the underperforming, overfunded lost cause.

“Independent candidate Vic Tagg was talking to two local voters at the Putney booth when Pickering jumped between them and told them not to vote for Tagg because he was corrupt,” a witness, who spoke to Save Ryde on the condition of anonymity, said.

Pickering was then allegedly hit.

Interestingly, the punch was initially described as a “coward punch” and this appears to have been encouraged by Pickering – who posted this on his company Twitter account – and his very few party allies.

Early, breaking news reports made reference to a “coward punch”, which was a term that came out assault incidents 2004 involving excessive alcohol and some form of premeditation.

This scenario was quite different – and was borne of provocation.

In a way, that punch is not just from Vic Tagg, but the broader community of Ryde who know that Pickering had been involved in the manipulation of ICAC to the extent that it had targeted six former and serving Ryde councillors.

Those councillors had opposed an unpopular and  calamitous plan for a “twin tower” development at Ryde. More than $5 million was spent on a conga line of consultants without so much as a sod being turned.

Pickering and the former general manager at Ryde, John Neish, spearheaded the failed proposal and lobbied other councillors for support amid a six-six split on council. The development would have generated up to a billion dollars in revenue for Lend Lease, the proposed joint venture partner, but very little for Ryde’s residents.

There was plenty of fat there to skim from.

ICAC didn’t investigate this though.

It investigated advertisements run in a local newspaper worth an estimated $4,000 and it seriously bungled this – but no one noticed. No one wanted to notice.

Pickering was clearly hoping to stay overnight at Ryde hospital to get some good publicity for himself. That didn’t happen.

“He was presented at Ryde Hospital and discharged from the hospital yesterday,” a hospital spokeswoman said.

It’s a miracle he hasn’t been punched in this way sooner.

Save Ryde does not condone the use of violence, but when the legal framework we have in NSW lets down taxpayers and political interference runs riot – it’s understandable that frustrations manifest in this way.

If the Liberals would like to do some worthwhile fundraising they could set up a Bill Pickering punching booth. There would be a queue down the street.

Request For Police To Remove Councillor Bill Pickering

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Rowdy Ryde Councillor

Click here for PDF: Cops Called In To Remove Liberal Ryde Councillor Bill Pickering

“Earlier this month someone in the public gallery yelled an insult at him and his response was to ask the man to step outside,” the mayor said.

“What can I say .. . his behaviour certainly is a challenge.”

From the worldwide news resources of TWT - a special commemorative document dedicated to rapidly-deteriorating Ryde Council mental case Bill Pickering. The federal government really needs to look after our war veterans a lot better. Poor Bill, it seems, was forced to sharpen one too many pencils from his post.

From the worldwide news resources of TWT – a special commemorative document dedicated to rapidly-deteriorating Ryde Council mental case Bill Pickering. The federal government really needs to look after our war veterans a lot better. Poor Bill, it seems, was forced to sharpen one too many pencils from his post.

Police were called to eject Clr Bill Pickering from last week’s Ryde City Council meeting. The police action followed Clr Pickering’s refusal to obey a mayoral order not to continue with his alleged abuse of other councillors and inferences of alleged corruption.

He left the chamber shortly before police arrived. Mayor Clr Ivan Petch said he had called C lr Pickering to order three times before a vote was taken by councillors to have him ejected.

“He refused to desist in his disruptive behaviour and after councillors voted to have him ejected he said he was not going,” the mayor said.

“It was then I took the appropriate action to call the police.”

Clr Pickering has claimed during recent council meetings he has been “gagged” by Mayor Petch who said his actions on Tuesday were not a case of
stiffling democracy and that he stood by the decision to call the police.

“It was the right action to call the police because Council’s security guards do not have the authority to forcibly remove a councillor,” he said.

Other councillors declined to comment on the incident which they say is the sole responsibility of the mayor under the Council’s Code of Conduct
and also because their comments could prejudice an active police investigation.

The mayor added that he respected Clr Pickering’s right to raise concerns about corruption but did not condone his recent derogatory comments about the local media or his inflammatory remarks to the public gallery.

“Earlier this month someone in the public gallery yelled an insult at him and his response was to ask the man to step outside,” the mayor said.

“What can I say .. . his behaviour certainly is a challenge.”

Councillor Pickering was named as the Liberal Party’s candidate for mayor shortly after September Local Government elections when the Liberals were defeated by Labor and the Independents.

Click here for the PDF: Request for Police To Remove Loose Councillor Bill Pickering