NSW Police have discussed the threats with Nine’s security and management team, who interpreted the comments as a threat to staff.
“Neither you nor the SMH nor anyone else have anything to fear from me,” LoGiudice told dem herald in an email.
He initially said the talks may have been “rigged” but then claimed it was “a hoax”.
“There was nothing to suggest I would hire an Italian hitman to shoot you,” LoGiudice said, noting that the “Italian boy” he spoke of was a happy former patient of Teo’s. The family wanted to “come to you personally” to talk about the good outcome, he said.
“The wolf pack was just a nickname based on our love for dogs,” he said.
He also offered that an “empty” 44-gallon drum could be used “to ignite physical copies of the newspaper articles” instead of burning them down heralds Office. “I believe that no sane person would feel threatened.”
Teo declined to respond to questions about the content of their group chat.
Later, at a big fundraiser for his Charlie Teo Foundation and in front of hundreds of paying guests, Teo called this reporter a “C—“. The heralds The editors filed a complaint with his charity. There was no answer.
The herald May reveal that the City Council Chief Executive announced a $100 million land sale in 2021 to BBSI Group for its multi-billion dollar development in a presentation on “Blacktown’s transformation.”
In March of this year, however, the property was sold without a public tender for US$ 42 million to project developer Lang Walker’s company.
On the same day that Walker Corporation bought the land, Manassa resigned as sole director and he, Teo and LoGiudice resigned as shareholders of the BBSI group, according to ASIC documents.
Head office has been relocated from Manassa’s Auburn one-story office for his demolition business to Walker’s premises in Governor Macquarie Tower in Sydney’s CBD.
“Should Professor Teo not be involved in the project, the BBSI developer would lose a $2 million bank guarantee,” the council previously stated in public documents.
Teo, Walker Corporation and Blacktown Council did not answer specific questions about the status of the project and Teo’s involvement.
Concerns about reputational risk were raised within the Council back in 2019 herald revealed Teos and LoGiudice’s connection to Melbourne underworld figure Mick Gatto. The article also addressed the multiple attempts to bankrupt LoGiudice, mentioned numerous times in the diaries of now-imprisoned former Secretary of Labor Eddie Obeid.
In a confidential meeting, the city councilors brought this up heralds Investigations into Teo and his associates, which Mayor Tony Bleasdale brushed aside, according to one of those present, saying it was “just a journalist with a complaint.”
The council’s own risk report of March 2021 stated that there would be a “catastrophic” risk if Teo were not involved in the BBSI as the project “is built on the professional reputation of Dr. Teo AM is based”.
The council’s risk report also acknowledged concerns about Teo Group’s ability to get a project of this magnitude off the ground and expected the project would be resold to a major developer.
Former Labor Councilor Kevin Gillies, a former chief health officer at the Western Sydney Area Health Service, said people in Blacktown may have been misled about Teo’s “vanity” proposal from the start.
“Show me the money,” Gillies urged the City Council when the BBSI project was first launched. “There was no paperwork or anything like that. Basically it was just rhetorical stuff from the mayor [Bleasdale] about what a wonderful surgeon Teo was.”
Concerns over the sale of common land due to an unsolicited proposal and other issues resulted in Gillies not running in the 2021 council election. His parting remarks to the council read, “This thing will never be built the way you propose.”
In July, Teo was found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct. A professional standards committee concluded that he behaved unethically, failed to exercise adequate skill and lacked discernment and judgment.
The findings against Teo and the imposition of onerous regulatory conditions have effectively ended Teo’s ability to operate in Australia. Any future role in an organization like the BBSI would carry the burden of potential reputational damage.
According to council minutes, on March 15 at least half of Blacktown councilors sought to overturn the decision to sell the council’s land to the Walker Corporation.
Bleasdale used his decisive vote to push through the sale and the deal was signed the next day. Neither the council nor Bleasdale responded heralds Specific questions about the BBSI project, which is currently estimated to cost $2 billion.
“Charlie Teo’s BBSI without Charlie Teo, I don’t even know how that works,” said a sitting councilman, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals.
The council has previously stated that “a key benefit of the BBSI proposal is that it offers the opportunity to fund a significant proportion of the cost of a new council administration building.”
It’s not clear how the $150 million community building will be funded, however, as lease documents indicate it will cost the community nearly $30 million over ten years to have their buildings owned by the Walker Corporation rent back.
“It’s an absolute disaster,” said the councilman, who explained that the property’s initial valuation of $100 million was based on the sale containing a residential component, making it more valuable.
Walker Corporation acquired the land “for less than half” because there was no residential component and the borough council pays huge rents, and acquired the borough council’s land “for almost nothing,” the councilman said.
“They are giving away the farm,” said a second councillor. “The numbers don’t add up.”
Tariff payers have contacted the herald He raises concerns that the council has been “cheated” by the Walker Corporation deal and that rate hikes or further asset sales may be needed to fund the new council chambers.
The council said in a statement herald: “The City Council takes great care in all real estate transactions to analyze and weigh the risks and benefits to the city’s ratepayers. The process took several years.”
Walker Corporation did not answer specific questions about Teo’s role in the project or whether she had secured a private hospital or medical research institute.
“The project will provide opportunities for thousands of jobs, quality education, medical research and healthcare facilities for future generations in western Sydney,” said a spokesman for the developer.
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