Proposed Scientology "super city" in Melbourne, Australia

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology link to plan for Werribee super-city

    By Simon Johanson and Clay Lucas, The Age, December 16, 2015


    A little-known consortium that Victorian Finance Minister Robin Scott has awarded "preferred bidder" status to for a huge tract of public land in Werribee is backed by property figures with strong links to the Church of Scientology.

    And since the Australian Education City consortium was named preferred bidder for the land, three Chinese investment firms have bought into the planned project – lifting the consortium's value from almost nothing to more than a quarter of a billion dollars.

    Australian Education City last month beat off three of Australia's largest property development companies to begin negotiation with the Andrews government on 400 hectares of public land in East Werribee.

    The consortium has promised a 1.5 million-square-metre city on the site with soaring residential towers and Australian and overseas universities providing an employment mecca it says will eventually provide 58,000 jobs.

    The company is led by Bill Zheng, a Chinese-born businessman who once worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, and who has made a fortune investing in property and other areas via his firm, Investors Direct Financial Group.

    Mr Zheng, along with several other shareholders in the winning consortium, has strong links to the Church of Scientology, a pseudo-religious cult invented by founder L. Ron Hubbard.

    The property developer is believed to be a "patron" of Scientology, having given the American-based sect a $50,000 donation three years ago. Ross Martiensen, another director and part owner of Australian Education City, is also understood to have donated a similar amount at the same time. Other investors in the consortium are also linked to Scientology.

    Mr Zheng has also given an endorsement to a recruitment company called Performia International which uses Scientology to help companies "hire only productive people". Mr Zheng's companies have not used Performia since 2011.

    Australian Education City was given preferred bidder status to build a massive education-led precinct on the site ahead of Singapore-controlled Frasers Property (the privatised and rebranded former Australand), Melbourne-based MAB Corporation and another property giant, Mirvac.

    But concerns about precisely who Australian Education City is, their lack of previous major infrastructure delivery experience and possible connections to the Chinese government prompted authorities to give the firm three months to prove it is capable of delivering on its massive proposal.

    It has until February next year to show the government it has an achievable plan for the Werribee land.

    Company extracts obtained by Fairfax Media show that on November 20, three companies owned by six Chinese investors tipped $4.25 million into the business for a 1.7 per cent share, giving it an imputed value of $254 million.

    Two weeks earlier, prior to Mr Scott naming Australian Education City the preferred bidder, the company had a value of around $16,000.

    The Metropolitan Planning Authority, which has run the tender process for the sale of the East Werribee land, has vetted Australian Education City for possible financial or other issues and been convinced of its suitability to develop the land.

    The Australian Education City consortium has also been told it will need approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board if it is to bring tens of millions of dollars of investor money into the country to pay for the land.

    The state government wants bidders on the Werribee land to deliver, over a time frame of 20 to 30 years, a precinct that is more than just broad-acre housing such as the nearby Point Cook. The government wants to see an innovation and research hub built, that will bring with it high-skill, high-wage jobs.

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    Australian media outs Scientologist behind ‘super city’ plans near Melbourne

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, December 16, 2015


    We want to thank to our friends Down Under, who sent us news early this morning about an intriguing story breaking in Melbourne. Aussie publication The Age has revealed that there are plans for a “super city” development in a suburb west of town known as East Werribee, a massive development that will include huge residential towers and an educational hub featuring overseas universities. It’s meant to be an innovation hub built from scratch and flourishing in 20 or 30 years.

    But hang on, The Age says, the businessman leading the company which has received “preferred bidder” status on the project from the local government, a man named Bill Zheng (pictured above), “has strong links to the Church of Scientology.”

    That certainly got our attention. We’re always interested when media talk about “links” to Scientology. No one has “links” to Scientology. They are either in or they are not, right?

    Well, Bill Zheng certainly looks like he’s in. With both feet.


    According to Scientology’s own publications, Zheng completed the very expensive and very weird “L Rundowns,” which are only delivered at the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida, Scientology’s international “mecca.” (Zheng did L11 and L12 in 2009.) There’s also a Vivien Lin listed in Scientology publications who completed L10 and L12 in 2010. But to do the L’s, you have to be a rather high-level Scientologist, with years of involvement behind you.

    Zheng and Martiensen show up in a 2012 list of Melbourne Scientologists as “Patrons” of the International Association of Scientologists, which means they gave the IAS donations of at least $50,000 each.

    In August 2011, Zheng was listed as a contributor to the fund for construction of the “Super Power” Building (now named the Flag Building) in Clearwater with a donation of $35,000.

    And Zheng also is listed multiple times at the website of Performia, a management consultant company that is a front for Scientology.

    According to the story in The Age, Zheng’s companies have not used Performia since 2011. But today, Performia’s home page still features a prominent endorsement from Zheng. (Just two days ago, we published a list of WISE companies and individuals taking part in a book-selling contest, and Performia was leading the pack.)

    So, Zheng does not have “links” to Scientology. Having done the Ls, and with substantial donations to the IAS and to Super Power, his involvement in Scientology is rather deep.

    We’ll be interested to see if that matters to the Victoria government, a state which once banned Scientology after an investigation in the 1960s. After our own tour to that country just two months ago, we can say that the patience for Scientology there was worn very thin.

    This should be interesting to watch.

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  3. ''Superman never made any money, saving the world from Solomon Grundy.''
    ''Scientology has scammed millions, saving the world from LRH Space Aliens.''

    Scientology Super City?

    No Thanks!

    Melbourne would prefer the real deal.
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    Scientology launches four month TV ad campaign across Melbourne and Sydney | mUmBRELLA

    March 27, 2016

    The Church of Scientology is starting a four month TV ad campaign in Sydney and Melbourne this Easter weekend featuring ads created for the Super Bowl and Grammys.

    According to the organisation the first ad in the series seeks to make people curious about one of the questions that modern technology has not yet answered, ‘Who am I?’.

    It is set to premiere on Easter Sunday in Sydney and Easter Monday in Melbourne on Channel Ten.

    The ad features an American voiceover and focuses on technology, and the place of spirituality in helping people define their lives.

    “We have increasing inquiries for information about Scientology with growing numbers of people logging on to take our free courses online from all over the world,” said Sei Kato, public affairs director for Scientology in Australia.

    “Scientology offers an exact technology with step-by-step procedures a person can use to improve their life right now. It is a scientific approach to spirituality that gets real positive results.”

    The second spot, which aired first during the Grammys in the US, gives stats on the amount of volunteers, members and literature the organisation has handed out globally in the past few years.

    A third spot on the founder of Scientology, science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, will also be aired during the campaign.

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  5. anon8109 Member

    Since when does the scientology corporation offer free courses online?

    Could this be referring to the free online personality test where to get your results you present yourself at an org?
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    Scientology’s next big opening — its totally unneeded ‘Advanced Org’ in Australia

    By Rod Keller, The Underground Bunker, June 5, 2016

    Scientology is recruiting Sea Org members to work at the new CLO and Ideal Advanced Org under renovations in Chatswood West, NSW Australia. The facility is the former National Acoustics Laboratory and will replace the facility on Greek Street in the Glebe area of Sydney. Staff will still be berthed in Dundas and travel to the Advanced Org by bus. Scientology has informed neighbors that the grand opening will be held in September. The Underground Bunker previously reported that Scientology is paying $37 million for this project, and admitted in its own economic impact report that this costly and huge facility will only serve about 87 Scientologists at any one time.
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    After all these years, I don't think it's going to happen.

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