Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The University of Newcastle and city development - was McCloy involved?

"Plans shown to Newcastle councillors on Tuesday night include a 45-metre tower, to be built at the corner of Hunter and Auckland streets, and a 30-metre building that would adjoin the Civic Theatre."

"Newcastle City Council has agreed to sell the derelict former Civic Hotel site and surrounds to the university for about $3million, but the sale is conditional on a $65million federal grant application."

"Newcastle’s application was shortlisted, along with 40 others."

"One hurdle might be planning regulations. The 45-metre height of the proposed building is over the 30-metre height restriction at the site. Additional height is needed mainly to accommodate large lecture theatres. "


  1. The plans for high rise developments in the city have been met with stiff opposition from both;

    a) the general public
    b) outside experts on city planning who have seen what happens when height restrictions are ignored.

    Most experts advise against it. People who live in the city don't want it either.


    The university has ignored both a) and b) just like Jeff McCloy (the recently court martialled ex-mayor)

    The new University building plan (which also keeps changing)


    How can a building designed for the public be purpose made if the planners are conscientiously and deliberately ignoring outside people?

    The planned building has not been subjected to public opinion or student approval before being green-lighted. Just like all the other high rise applications. This seems highly suspect and too coincidental for it to be just chance.

    The building is too high and is spread over a much greater outside surface area than necessary. It is also arching over a deliberate archway constructed from two architectural supports which aren't parallel.

    The design is completely incongruous with the surrounding buildings of the town hall (traditional), Surrounding shops (slim line modern facade and traditional), the civic theatre (also traditional), nesca house (art deco).

    This building looks experimental and avant-garde. What if the building fails to meet its purpose? Does anyone care or do they just want to build it first and then decide?


    The hut on fowl's legs it is. The unnecessary arching and twisting of the building make it;

    a) harder to keep heated due to greater surface area exposed to outside.
    b) will become structurally unstable in future generations given its shape. The maintenance will become a huge extra cost in the next 10 years.
    c) a poor use of the space given the location. Why not use the foundation area in whole?

    The plans are as half baked and as rushed as the rest of them. Highly suspect and made without any long term impact study or proper consultation.

    The University is proposing a style of "online learning" which hasn't been tested or been given a feasibility study. Yet they are going to spend 95 million dollars to see how it goes. They claim it will revitalise the city but haven't researched exactly how. How un-academic.

    The university and the council operate in the exact same way. How does a failing university with a terrible reputation get a huge portion of the city to do as they please?

  2. Both the state and local governments are completely dysfunctional and corrupt.

    It has been suggested that the final collapse of government in Newcastle is the process of decades of shady dealings and illegal pursuit of advantage.

    A town that has always been a bully town.

    The University has always been corrupt. This is because it has always been molded and shaped by the local government. They rely on eachother for development funding.

    Even if people are honourable in Newcastle they are forced to change position here because the polotik is set up to give advantage to the bully only.

    People have tried to challenge this system, myself included. It was very disappointing to discover how deep corruption and bullying are ingrained as culture in Newcastle.

    Those who refuse to bully here are often bullied and refused. I was.

    Non-bully types make far better long term educators and council members because they have empathy.

    This town insists on disposing of the gold and instead paves its glory with tin.

    ICAC have confirmed what I always suspected about both UoN and council.