APEC Minister’s planning application creates confusion over his company name
Papua New Guinea’s Minister for APEC, Sports and Special Events is applying for planning permission to build an elaborate mini-estate on an 8.5 acre property, 15 Upper Brookfield Road, recently purchased, in his wife’s name, in a the suburbs of Brisbane.
There is, however, confusion in the official documentation submitted by the Tkatchenko’s to the Brisbane City Council, over the name of the company making the development application.
On June 1, 2016, Tkatchenko’s wife, Catherine, signed a form stating the planning application for 15 Upper Brookfield Road is being made by an Australian company, Kitara Pty Limited.
The Planning Consultant firm Catherine and Justin have hired to manage their planning consent application, Clegg Town Planning, then submitted the full development application to Brisbane City Council. In their covering letter, dated 9 June 2016, Clegg’s clearly states the application is being made on behalf of their client, Kitara Pty Limited.
As an extract from the Australian Securities and Investment Commission shows, Kitara Pty Ltd is an Australian listed company owned by two Chinese nationals, Lam and Hung Kam, based in Melbourne.
What is the connection between the Kam’s and Minister Tkatchenko’s planned rural estate in the Brisbane suburbs?
Perhaps none, as other documentation filed in respect of the planning application for 15 Upper Brookfield Road uses a completely different company name, Kitoro No.33 Limited – documents such as the Development Application Lodgement Form, lodged on 19 July, 2016:
And the IDAS Form:
Kitoro No.33 is, of course, a PNG registered company long associated with Minister Tkatchenko and some of his dubious business dealings.
So what is going on here? Did Catherine forget the name of her and her husbands company is Kitoro No.33 and mistakenly sign a form saying it was Kitara Pty Limited?
Or was this an attempt to intentionally mislead and deceive?
Maybe Kitara Pty, and the Han’s, are somehow connected to the Tkatchenko’s and their planning application?
But if so, why the sudden switch in the documentation to using the name Kitoro No.33?
If nothing else, someone needs to clear up the confusion and inform the council and the people of Brisbane just who is making the development application!