Bankrupt Ray Mackereth loses Q News & White Wolf

The tribute team at RayMackereth.com have known for a while that our ‘hero’ Ray Mackereth has worked as a council bus driver. Honest work for an honest day’s pay. More power to him.

So that should have been the end of. Of course, it should have. But this is Ray Mackereth,  not your everyday hero.

Mackereth sold or lost most of his assets after he lost a Federal Circuit Court case brought by a former employee and then he declared bankruptcy. This included his shares in Q News Pty Limited that owns Q News Magazine, now run by the fabulous all round good guy Richard Bakker and his brand new team of editors and contributors.

Quickly on the new-look Q News Magazine. It looks fabulous, is elegantly designed and really talks to and about the LGBTQIA community in South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales as well as some national stuff. You can read it online here or the online magazine format here. It is no longer run from the gaudy Paddington mansion but out of new premises at 349 Montague Rd, West End.

When our hero Mackereth sold and transferred his shares to Mr Bakker, also went his legal access to the Dance Party physical and intellectual property assets of Brisbane White Wolf, including websites and branding.

Co-founders of Brisbane White Wolf Brenton Larcombe and Deeje Hancock from Number 29, are the new controllers of the White Wolf brand after a deal was made to resurrect the parties.

Deeje and Brenton are bringing the party back this weekend. But alas, as White Wolf now takes off under new leadership, some sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, (but anonymous) person has said “an event claiming to White Wolf and using our branding

“To clear up an enquiry, We ARE NOT holding a White Wolf party this weekend guys …. Beware of imitations. We have been told that somebody is using our White Wolf name and pretending to be White Wolf …
LOL … “They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery”, but we are told that there may be an event claiming to be White Wolf and using our branding for this Easter 2018???”

Oh, Puhhhhhlease, let’s go to some forensics, shall we? Also note the words above are all plural “WE”, “We, “we”, “our”. Not I, or my?

Q News Pty Limited owns www.whitewolf.net.au as shown by the AusRegistry. Sources have told RayMackereth.com that there may be some lighting and sound equipment that may still be floating around with a curious custodian, but that, of course, is a matter for the bankruptcy trustee, not a humble tribute page.

The White Wolf branding above was once owned and paid for by Q News Pty Limited and so when Mackereth sold and transferred his shares to Mr Bakker just weeks before declaring bankruptcy, he also lost access to this branding and the new director of Q News has shared the intellectual property assets with two of the original three founders of White Wolf.

If it was the case that Mr Mackereth continued to use the branding of his former company and its branding and those pesky lights, he, of course, would have had to disclose that to the public trustee and an undischarged bankrupt.

Indeed Mr Mackereth’s own ABN search shows that he is no longer the owner/user of any business name or trademarks of White Wolf (or even a Black Sheep as it turns).

What the same searches do show is that Number 29 Pty Limited does have a registered business name of “White Wolf Brisbane”. You may know Number 29 better as the award-winning men’s SOPV venue that arose from Ray Mackereth’s very own gutting of the old Klub Kruise when he was the sole director of it.

Klub Kruise crashed under massive debt and liquidated because it owed the taxman and other creditors (including Mr Larcombe) over $150,000.

Speaking of Mr Larcombe, he is the sole director of Number 29 Pty Limited which is the new owner of White Wolf Brisbane. Larcombe’s partner and co-manager of Number 29, David (Deeje) Hancock is the registrant’s contact for Whitewolf.net.au that used to be controlled by Mr Mackereth when he still had a relationship with Q News.

So after all this boring corporate stuff, here is what makes it SAD! Q News Pty Limited owner Richie Bakker went online on 31 March 2018 to disabuse the sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, (but anonymous) posting that there was not White Wolf this easter in Brisbane.

Bakker thundered back saying:

“What a load of rubbish. White Wolf has changed hands due to stupidity and neglect.  (Ouchies). The previous publisher needs to accept this and move on.”

 

The last White Wolf that had anything to do with Mackereth was in October 2016 – when he was bankrupt.

Fun fact, the old, Brisbane White Wolf FB page that suggests the last event was all the way back on 2 October 2016.

But before we go, and while we are not saying the sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, (but anonymous) poster to the old Brisbane White Wolf page is Mackereth, and others such as Mr Bakker seem to suggest.

So let’s go our favourite bits from the online rant in full glory below.

  • “Imitation is the Greatest form of Flattery”. Another fun history fact: Brenton Larcombe, Ray Mackereth and Deeje Hancock created White Wolf on Brenton’s 40th and collectively build the event up. So no imitation, rather White Wolf is just back in hands of two of the three founders.
  • NO headline interstate DJ“. Misconceived belief the interstate DJs are somehow better than local talent. Hmmmm.
  • “No excellent venue”. Uh huh. We guess a venue that is all kitted out with equipment owned by the promoters ain’t all bad.
  • No large sound and lighting system” – nor was there when the bankruptcy sheriff arrived at Paddington – but more of that later old chap.
  • “No Community Benefit” and look we know you are flogging a dead horse, but it is simply not cool to not pay taxes, super, long service leave and divert those funds to allegedly “community events”.
  • “We apologise if you have been mislead (was that meant to be “misled” old chap?) by others and yes it is sad what some people will do.” Oh, Oh, Oh, without a hint of irony, a failed event promoter who literally only has the FB page which Q News rightfully owns access to, is calling the rightful owners “sad” while being a keyboard warrior to try to wreck the very event Mackereth lost only because of his insolvency.
  • We don’t know, we will try our best to find out” was written in the old Brisbane White Wolf post comments, when someone asked how the mailing list got to him. Speaking of LOLS, there is no mystery. Q News Pty Limited owns the site and the lists and WWB does not. No mystery. It is just what happens you go bankrupt. You just don’t own stuff any more old chap. We wonder why the old WWB commenter would not be candid about the cold reality. SAD!

Now, now, now, Raymackereth.com can’t say that when the post refers to “We” or “Our” it really means “I” or “my”. But we do note that is a similar Qmunity theme, eh “fellas”?

By the way, we were happy to not have our hero pictured tucking into a Taco Bell meal on the bus run, as an honest day’s pay is just that.

But it looks like there still may be some personal reflection needed by the big man about what it is like to let go and grow from your failings.

It really does have an “If I can’t have it, no one can” feel about it, doesn’t it? Why is that feeling so familiar?

Happy Easter “Fellas

Boycott Call Against Ray Mackereth’s Q News

This first appeared in Samesame.com.au on 24 Octoer 2012.

The owner of Queensland gay magazine QNews is facing a community-driven boycott campaign as suspicion about his involvement in the defunding of a local gay men’s health network intensifies.

Rumours have circulated for some time in the Brisbane LGBT community that Ray Mackereth met with key government officials to convince them that Queensland Association for Healthy Communities (QAHC) did not deserve the millions it gets from the state. Then as Campbell Newman’s team swept into power earlier this year, QAHC’s funding was swiftly cut off, seemingly with little or no consultation with its stakeholders in the gay and HIV prevention communities, ostensibly as part of the new government’s controversial cost-cutting measures.

Concerned that Mackereth aimed to profit from QAHC’s demise, as the government’s new HIV awareness campaign is now advertising in QNews, the recently-created LGBT activism blog The Stirrer went public with the allegation yesterday, under the title ‘Gay Businessman Claims He Brought Down Queensland AIDS Council’.

The story, which quotes unnamed ‘well placed sources’ close to the situation, spread quickly via social networks to a mixture of responses yesterday. Its author was a previous contributor to QNews, who says he left the magazine as the QAHC situation developed.

Several commenters via social networks backed up the article’s central claim, saying Mackereth had “bragged” about his involvement in QAHC’s defunding. “He’s a traitor to our community,” read a typical comment, and it wasn’t long before a Boycott QNews Facebook page appeared.

Noticeably absent from the blog’s exposé is a reaction from Mackereth himself. Speaking to Same Same yesterday evening, he flatly denies all the allegations in the article, describing them as “completely untrue” and the work of “people with a vendetta” against him and his business. Last night he was even considering legal action, eager for the article to be taken down.

Mackereth’s lengthy statement now appears on the QNews website, in which he says he has always been a supporter of QAHC, and has never lobbied the government for its defunding.

“Let me state very clearly – not only are these allegations total nonsense, they are just plain wrong and downright offensive,” he reacts.

“We (at QNews) have long prided ourselves with the strong relationships we have built with Queensland’s LGBT community groups and I hope that we continue to do so.”

Our own GAY State of Origin

This story first appeared in Q News on 20 May 2012

OUR OWN GAY STATE OF ORIGIN

OUR OWN GAY STATE OF ORIGIN

Queensland is under threat with Sydney wanting to take over the stakes of gay media. In recent years, many mainstream independent publications have disappeared or been swallowed up by larger Sydney based companies. Gay media is no different and right now Queensland has the battle of its life to retain one of the last independent gay magazines in Australia. Sadly we do not have the large subsidies offered by Sydney and Melbourne businesses to help run magazines in Queensland, where business is hurting and still trying to recover from the devastation of floods, cyclones and the negative on-flow effect to tourism, mining and other major economic driving forces.

One Sydney gay paper recently offered advertisers free adverts to Queensland businesses to win over “all their advertising” to effectively try and wipe out QNews. Thankfully almost all those who tried advertsing with them have returned to QNews after receiving little or no response from their Sydney magazine advertising. A senior Queensland bureaucrat also pointed out that Queensland organisations funded by the Queensland Government could be in breach of state policy if they spent government funds in magazines that were not distributed predominately in Queensland unless they were targeting areas such as tourism, and that just one complaint to the CMC could see them liable to serious repercussions.

QNews is now proudly the only independent magazine servicing Queensland, based in Queensland and owned by Queensland, with 100% of resources churned back into our community. Whilst the bigger companies fight to try and seduce Queensland businesses and community groups, the Sydney based papers objectives are to simply take money from Queensland to feed back into their bottom line in Sydney. This means we have our own battle raging and QNews will not lay down.

Only QNews has an extensive reach into every part of our region, which includes the Northern Territory, Northern NSW and throughout Queensland, from the Gold Coast to Roma, to the far north of Port Douglas and most places in between. Unlike other magazines, QNews proudly delivers state-wide and invests $77,000 for regional delivery for less than $1,000 return annually, ensuring a printed gay magazine reaches all regional
areas. QNews understands the importance of servicing a state where more people live outside our capital city than in it, a state population distribution unique to only Queensland and Tasmania (who both have the highest suicide statistics).

QNews has also created community resource websites such as www.qgroups.com.au that supports over 120 groups and services & provides FREE connection with our community at large. QNews actively works with all levels of government to help improve our community. QNews is able to exist thanks to a team of people, some of whom have volunteered their efforts for over ten years, including doctors, lawyers, psychologists etc. They work hard to help make this part of the world a better place. 

Recently QNews was shocked to learn that after many years of support, some community groups have been seduced by “exclusive deals” with Sydney based magazines, a similar situation to the one that nearly caused the second financial collapse of Mardi Gras.  Exclusive deals mean they exclude QNews from being able to help or assist such groups. As an example, Brisbane Pride Festival (BPF) has been supported by QNews for many years, especially last year when they found themselves in financial difficulty. QNews provided BPF large amounts of free advertising and also staged a Fair Day Brisbane Carnivale, directing part of the profits back into BPF, with the rest being donated to youth suicide prevention.

Additionally, QNews sold the BPF guide that lead to a $7,000 cash donation to BPF. Immediately after the festival we wrote to BPF and congratulated them on their financial recovery and hard work, whilst also offering assistance with the 2012 festival, asking how we could offer our resources. QNews strongly urged BPF to associate with and seek support from all gay & straight media outlets, including QNews, to help re-build their brand and to avoid exclusive deals. We were told by inside sources BPF would do everything possible to help facilitate working with a Sydney based publication that portrays itself as a Queensland publication when it really only distributes a minimal amount of magazines Brisbane only. QNews was advised that we would have to tender to spend QNews resources to sponsor BPF and this would need done before Christmas, leaving only a few days. BPF got their way and now have an exclusive deal with a Sydney based publication. It is estimated that the new BPF gay newspaper sponsor distribute only 12% of their publication to Queensland.

The new BPF committee has also raised a few eyebrows when they decided to reject the offer of a free venue to host an event in June and instead chose to commit an estimated $10,000 to hire and fit out a venue instead. Further to this, QNews received complaints that BPF committee meetings have ostracised some of the more respected brains trust of the committee, causing them to resign. Their dwindling committee also has no active lesbian participation at all. QNews will revisit BPF next year and hope a new committee will bring new ideas energy to this long running festival. We also hope that BPF remains independent and is not taken over by another group or southern interests.

QNews offers support and substantial amounts of free and sponsorship to all community groups. We divide
the sponsorship up across our regions and are proud of many achievements thanks to the support of our team. We will remain fiercely independent and we also deliver excellent results for those people and companies who support us through advertising. So next time you support one of our advertisers, please remind them you found them in QNews.

We would like to say a big thank you to our readers for supporting QNews and allowing us to help around 200,000 GLBT Queenslanders, Northern NSW & NT people stay connected. We can assure you that your QNews is winning this State of Origin, as evidenced by the number of advertisers that have tried the new Sydney based newspaper and returned to QNews plus the support we have received from our readers. The true test
is that QNews continues to be the most popular printed gay press to be picked up and is 10 times more popular at some distribution points. Thank you Queensland!

FOOTNOTE: To set the record straight, QNews is a team of over 20 people who are mostly volunteers.  Although we operate as a business only a few staff are paid, only fair as it is their full time job. The owner of QNews does not draw a wage nor profits.  What we make gets pumped back into our community, with around 120 groups benefiting thanks to the generosity of our team.