NBN Co head of construction quits

NBN Co head of construction quits

Summary: The National Broadband Network Company's (NBN Co's) head of construction Patrick Flannigan has resigned amid controversy surrounding the company's decision to halt the bidding process for a network construction tender.

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The National Broadband Network Company's (NBN Co's) head of construction Patrick Flannigan has resigned amid controversy surrounding the company's decision to halt the bidding process for a network construction tender.

NBN Co confirmed the departure of the senior executive to ZDNet Australia this afternoon.

"NBN Co is disappointed that Patrick Flannigan, head of construction, has decided to resign. He made a valuable contribution to the leadership team and we wish him all the best in the future," the company said.

Dan Fleming, NBN Co's general manager of construction design and planning, will step up as acting head of construction, NBN Co said.

NBN Co declined to comment on whether Flannigan's departure was in relation to its decision to not forge ahead with network construction bids from 14 companies. The company had said that the prices on offer were higher than the company was prepared to pay.

Topics: NBN, Broadband, IT Employment

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  • Oh! a head has been removed!
    Knowledge Expert
  • Flannigan was the CEO of service stream a current A&AS contractor to TELSTRA,obviously HE KNEW from first hand expierence the REAL costs involved in constructing a network, and running a supply chain,with admin suppurt for the contract work force,maybe he quit on principal.knowing that the submittions recieved from the prospective tenders reflected,the real world,& not some pie in the sky govt. estimate based on 15yr old rate scheme.
    pete196600
  • I agree the government is dreaming if they think they get the rates lower. The industry is already at minimum wage if you count the cost of machinery.
    michaelsaunders
    • Hi Micheal, long time no see :)

      You exactly right, and the simple fact is the NBN management are too lazy to get best value for tax payers dollar by managing the contractors themself.
      Its easy to sit above large companies with a big stick kicking them for their mistakes, but it takes some real hard work and brains to manage a roll out of this nature.
      Paul Polmeer - google me Michael, it would be good to be back in touch
      fibretech
  • Less than minimum if you own the subcontractor co.
    pete196600
  • So here we are! The person should have known the full range of challenges rolling out this network, throws his toys out of the pram.
    Do we hear NBN Co making any statement to its shareholders (the poor taxpayer) Noooo!
    NBN Co have a short time before others fill that space!
    Blank Look