WHAT HAPPENS TO CAIRNS WHEN THE REEF DIES?

WHAT HAPPENS TO CAIRNS WHEN THE REEF DIES?
WHAT HAPPENS TO CAIRNS WHEN THE REEF DIES?

24 July 2016

CAIRNS POST CONTINUES JOURNALISTIC SLIDE FEATURING STORIES THAT MAKE NO SENSE AND PANDER TO THOSE WITH LOW INTELLIGENCE

It's hard to understand if ANY journalistic standards exist now at the Cairns Post - or if there really is someone attempting to be an 'editor'.


LOVELY CAIRNS COUPLE - 17 YEARS OLD
AND LIVING ON THE DOLE - NO PROBLEM
In just this week, we've been treated to a series of ignorant and nonsensical stories that reflect little reality.  And while the ComPost for years has dished out bullshit stories about projects that never get off the ground (a'la the Paul Freebody waterhole), even these stories are now lacking the allure of their usual fools-gold plating.

Take the headline story "MINER EYES CAPE YORK FOR LITHIUM EXPLORATION".  The ComPost touts the story as perhaps "heavy lifting. . .the Far North's Economy?"

So insignificant was this development the company Lithium Australia, didn't bother to even promote it.  So insignificant is the development that the Palaszczuk Labor government haven't even bothered to include it in their mining exploration plans.

Then the ComPost gets to the key facts they've uncovered with this "exclusive"!  Lithium Australia's CEO sez:  "It will be going through the normal routine process, but I've got no idea how long that takes".

So it's another ComPost story about NOTHING.  It should have been one sentence, but instead it's a headline-grabbing nonsense.

Then we get to one of our two phantom Chinese developers, Mr. Benny Wu.  The Cairns Post CONTINUES to claim Benny Wu is the owner of Double Island.  It was long ago established that Wu is just a "front man" for an Australian-based Director of China's Shandong Energy, Owen Huang (黄-平).  This kind of false stories can mislead local contractors and tradies if and when they contract for work.  The ComPost shouldn't be misleading the public this way.

The ComPost this week again flogs this dead horse by proffering the "latest and greatest excuses" from Benny Wu as to why after almost four years he's done NOTHING to reopen Double Island, or even refurbish the now-beyond-sleazy Acacia Court Hotel.  Ditto with the Kewarra Beach Resort.


WITH MOST OF THE GUESTS AT THE
ACACIA COURT NOW CHINESE, THEY TELL THEIR
FRIENDS  ABOUT CAIRNS INSTEAD OF
THESE PESKY
TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS
Benny Wu, who claims to be "Dr. Wu", has a diploma-mill doctorate from the disgraced Lincoln University - a scam closed down long ago by American authorities.

In a bizarre twist, the Cairns Post then allows new Advance Cairns CEO Kevin "Hiding from the Pakis" Byrne to give Benny a kick in the nuts.  Our new Cairns "Business Cheerleader" is quoted:  "The realist in me tells me that we're unlikely to see (these Benny Wu projects) proceed under the current ownership".  Perhaps Kevin believes his wife, Amanda Byrne, who was struck off for life as a property manager by the Queensland Government a decade ago, could do a better job.  We excitedly await the Byrne review of Aquis.

The third bizarre ComPost story this week involves perhaps the most serious social issue in Cairns - the huge youth unemployment rate.  A reported 26.6%, community leaders routinely quote 50% as closer to reality.


The Cairns Post gives us Kyle O'Donnell and Natalia Grasso,
TWO CHILDREN STRUGGLING
TO SURVIVE - BUT I'VE GOT
ENOUGH CASH FOR THE
NEW $1000 iPHONE 6
who claim they are "living week-to-week as they desperately search for work".  The ComPost gins up sympathy for the couple, who we find are "both 17-year-olds" who have to spend "their entire savings on living expenses".


First of all, WTF are these two children doing not living at home?  Well they weren't going to school - neither of these two "lovebirds" even bothered to finish high school.  So even the foreign backpackers have more skills to offer Cairns employers.

But a little troll through the young couple's Facebook pages paint a much different picture of these two children.

Kyle O'Donnell looks to have a seriously hardworking father.  No mention of a mother anywhere, so that's a worry.  Kyle has been boasting since he was 15 that he loves his grog.  Who's the alcohol enabler of a 15 year old?  No talk about a job, or career, or anything that might help his future.  But lots of talk about lifting weights, buying expensive body-builder supplements, and boasts about how "ripped" he's getting.  Put some of that effort into a job-hunt, kid.

Natalia Grasso's mother is one Christine Burke.  She says she's a hard working mum and works at a hospital in New South Wales.  As mother of three children all with different last names, she hasn't exactly been the world's best role model for Natalia, but the distance has sure lightened the load for mum. 

Natalia talks about "great weekends away" with her 17 year old beau, so you've got to wonder why the Cairns Post didn't dig a little deeper.  Where are these two kids living, anyway?  Are they collecting the dole from Centrelink?  What kind of job services are they being provided?  Anyone suggested that maybe they need to get a little more schooling?


KYLE MIGHT FIND IT EASIER TO GET
EMPLOYMENT IF HE AT LEAST
"HIDES" HIS IGNORANT
RACIST VIEWS
K
Natalia says "it's really hard", and that they had to spend "their entire savings on living expenses".  I see Kyle is using the latest model $1000 Apple iPhone.  Some things more important than food, I guess.  Boo fucking hoo.  I smell a Cairns Post setup.

These are the prototypical young people we're turning out in Cairns.  This isn't meant to be a critique of these two children, who apparently agreed to be featured in this Cairns Post story.  If your mother is banging out bastards left and right and there's no one at home being a parent and getting you schooled properly, its mum and no daddy that cop the blame.  The Cairns Post put a sad picture at the head of the story and then invested precious little in the way of actual reporting.  Another FAIL by the Cairns Post.  The viewpoint being promoted to the readers is that apparently Cairns has high youth unemployment and that government isn't doing enough.  It's an opinion with no substance - is John MacKenzie now editing the ComPost?

Yes, we DO have a massive youth unemployment.  Why hasn't the Cairns Post done a REAL story about the causes and solutions?

Finally, we've got a disjointed story about liquor use in the Cape York community of Kowanyama.  It's horribly written and makes no sense.  It talks about liquor-related offences being high, and then we find out later in the story that the majority of them are liquor POSSESSION, not public drunkenness, drink driving, or some "real" crime.  The only "real" crime is the fact that reporter Grace Mason can't write a coherent sentence, and that Julian Tomlinson can't recognise shit when he reads it.

The most shocking information however is put at the end of the story, almost as an afterthought.  It says that the Kowanyama Canteen "limits" a person to 10 cans of middle beer in the four hours they're open, except on "Super Saturdays" when there are NO limits.  No wonder the "canteen idea" hasn't fixed the problem.  


21 July 2016

CURRENT STRENGTH WITH INTERNATIONAL TOURISM BEING UNDERMINED BY QANTAS AND OTHER AIRLINE PARTNERS - WITH OUR LOCAL TOURISM LEADERS ASLEEP AS USUAL

The majority of Cairns international tourists arrive via domestic flights from other international "gateways" in Australia.  Warren Entsch promised YEARS AGO that he was "fighting" for requirements to triangulate new international flights with stops in Cairns - as Cathay Pacific has been doing for YEARS.  Like all Warren Entsch "promises", nothing came of this one, either.

New international flights are continually announced for Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth and all of these new flights OVERFLY Cairns on their way.  Forcing these passengers into domestic flights to visit Cairns.

Is it any wonder Qantas and Virgin profits are up?  

Qantas has quietly announced another change that will make international tourists jump through MORE hoops in order to visit Cairns - hoops that very well will mean they miss flights altogether.

Like their low-cost offering Jetstar, Qantas will no longer "interline" baggage between Qantas flights from Cairns to the other international hubs.  For the bulk of our visitors, transiting Sydney, this means they now:

  • Check luggage in Cairns ONLY to Sydney
  • WAIT and collect these bags at the Sydney domestic terminal
  • Wrestle these international bags (jammed with boomerangs, liquor, and baby formula) into the inadequate and overcrowded inter-terminal bus to get to the Sydney International Terminal
  • Pay $5 for this bus service
  • Wait in ANOTHER QUEUE to check-in their international bags
  • Wait in ANOTHER QUEUE to go through hand luggage screening
  • Miss their connecting flight

VS:

  • Check their bags in Cairns to their final destination
  • Take the inter-terminal "prescreened passenger" shuttle
  • Load up on more designer crap at the Sydney Airport

Where is the outcry from our Cairns tourism "leadership" on
this change?

The Australian airline industry was "deregulated" with no accompanying rules on their operation.  ALL the Australian airlines routinely ignore complaints about their operations.  The consumer organisation CHOICE notes that currently 1 in 4 passengers have had problems with delayed or cancelled flights.

With most getting NO assistance from the airlines - because there are NO RULES.  Deregulation in Europe, the USA, Japan, and other countries came with government regulations on their performance.  

WE HAVE NONE.

Choice has launched a new website for the lodging of consumer complaints.  We have learned that Choice has attempted to place advertising for the service in the Cairns Airport terminals by purchasing advertising space.  The airport has refused - any guess why?


16 July 2016

OUR FAVOURITE RADIO BIGOT PREPARES A DINNER PARTY FOR ONE


WHAT KIND OF VEGGIES LOOK GOOD THIS WEEK?  CAULIFLOWER?  
SHIT, NONE IN THIS EAR.  WHAT ELSE LOOKS GOOD?

LET'S ROOT AROUND IN THE PEAPODS.

I ALWAYS PREFER THE PEAPODS THAT HAVE A
FORTUNE INSIDE.  NONE OF THEM AT RUSTY'S


ALWAYS LOOK WAAAAAY IN THE BACK.  THAT'S WHERE
THEY HIDE THE BEST ONES!


SO HOW DO I USE A CREDIT CARD ON THIS THING?








Happy to insert more appropriate captions
Thanks to Anthony R. for the photos

13 July 2016

BOB MANNING COUNCIL "BUY LOCAL" POLICY RESULTS IN HIGHER COSTS, SHITTIER INFRASTRUCTURE AND RATEPAYERS PAY TWICE

During the 2012 Cairns Council elections, Bob "Sleepy" Manning and his Unity Team berated the Schier Council for purchasing a prefabricated bridge to form part of the Aeroglen Cycleway.  This bridge was purchased by Council staff after evaluating the quality and cost of the options.


"BUY LOCAL" BRIDGE PROVES
TO BE POOR ECONOMY
The use of a local contractor to custom fabricate a bridge of this type is MUCH more expensive than the alternatives.  One can understand this after we hear the bid for the Pacific Patrol Boat contract by the Cairns Shipbuilding Consortium was over 30% more expensive than the winning Perth shipyard.  

But Manning pushed forward to have bridges for the Southern Cycleway fabricated by a Cairns contractor.  

This week, one of these bridges was torched and made inoperative. Vandalism on the south side of the city is known to be rampant, and two of these bridges are in secluded areas inaccessible to police patrols.   

But the ignorance shown by Bob Manning and his "buy-local" policies are now costing ratepayers plenty. Engineers have discovered structural damage to the bridge due to the fire.  The warped metal superstructure might be a write-off according to Council insiders - meaning the entire bridge will need to replaced.  And this isn't the only dud bridge on the Southern Cycleway.  It's only a matter of time. . .


AEROGLEN BRIDGE -
LOOKS LIKE THE DAY IT WAS NEW
The Manning-contracted bridges have been built by amateur "buy-local" bridge builders and made easy to vandalise - as they have been on numerous occasions.  In particular the use of flammable decking material on the bridges made this a predictable outcome.  Since the Manning Council is now fully engaged in hiding financial decisions from the public, there's no way of knowing how much more this bridge cost than the better-quality options.

The Aeroglen bridge?  Cheaper, a better design, vandal-resistant, and with decking that can't be set alight.  Councils right across Australia have been purchasing these quality-designed and made bridges along with other public infrastructure without issue.  The vendor, Queensland-based Landmark, was dudded on these new bridges by Manning, despite their status as an Australian Local Government "Preferred Supplier".  Perhaps the only shortcoming by them is the fact THEY haven't given political contributions to the Unity Team.

Is "buy-local" right if the costs are grossly overpriced and the quality is shit?  Our Australian Navy didn't think so.  Neither do we.

The Manning "buy-local" policy is the mistake that keeps on taking - from us, the ratepayers.

12 July 2016

CAIRNS AIRPORT ENCOURAGES HOI POLLOI TO LEAVE DURING THE CAIRNS SHOW - AND GIVES THEM A DISCOUNT TO BOOT!


The Cairns Airport has today sent an email to Cairns residents, offering an incentive to skip the hillbilly "Cairns Show".  Apparently spurred by Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning, the airport is offering incentives to skip the show and get outta town.

Meanwhile if residents go to meet family and friends at the airport, they find a carefully crafted system designed to extract money from the public.  NO place to wait with the entire precinct plastered with "NO PARKING" signs.  NO mobile phone car parking as is STANDARD at virtually every airport around the world.  And a "free" parking period of 10 minutes in the carparks - not enough time to run from your car to the terminal and back.

Cairns Airport management now are encouraging Cairns residents to screw the show and get out of town.    





COMMUNITY SPIRIT BE DAMNED!


08 July 2016

JOHN MACKENZIE QUICK TO TALK ABOUT CRIME IN "THE COMMUNITIES" BUT A WILLING PARTNER TO COVER-UP POLICE MALFEASANCE

Since ejection of the reactionary Newman government by the voters of Queensland, we've noted an increased openness by the Queensland Police Service in their dealings with the public.

Cairns, like most larger areas, has a dedicated QPS Media officer in Senior Constable Russ Parker.  He's generally been a fair and reliable source of crime news in Cairns, and usually ensures that John MacKenzie doesn't step "over the line" in his reporting on local crime.  MacKenzie is known to be quick to point out allegations of crime against certain indigenous members of the community, and he's not unwilling to exaggerate situations.  Cueball has frequently said over the years that "hundreds of pushbikes are stolen from Cairns Central."  HUNDREDS.  MacKenzie is the bottom-feeder of broadcasters, trolling up misery for his own amusement.







SC Parker however has played along with MacKenzie in ignoring a serious crime charged this week.  On Thursday a 41-year-old male Constable was stood down by the QPS, charged with Grievous Bodily Harm of a 23 year old British tourist on April 17, in the Cairns CBD.  

The incident has been "hidden" by SC Parker twice - once when it occurred on April 17, and then yesterday when the Constable was stood down and charged.  We know about the incident ONLY because of the reports made by the Queensland Police Service Ethical Standards command, who released the information yesterday in Brisbane.

Not a mention of it by SC Parker to the Cairns community.  Not in his daily "media wrap", nor when he gave his 10 minute crime wrap-up on the MacKenzie program.  John MacKenzie who has little trouble reading all the bad news out of the newspaper was happy to play along with the local QPS media coverup, despite the story on this constable being featured in the Cairns Post.

All sadly typical.

And unlike most criminals charged with such a serious offence, no word on the name of the Constable involved despite the QPS asking for "information which could assist in this matter".  If we don't know his name, how can other possible victims of this copper come forward with their information?  Likewise if this Constable has an exemplary record of service, those people can't come forward either.  Because we're hiding his name - despite the Crime and Corruption Commission statement saying that "The CCC has reviewed all the available evidence and determined there are reasonable prospects of a successful criminal prosecution".

The victim of this alleged attack sustained serious injuries including a broken jaw and eye socket.  A great Welcome to Cairns for our wonderful backpackers.

This lack of candor from SC Russ Parker comes on the heels
AS PROMOTED BY SENIOR CONSTABLE
RUSS PARKER
of his promotion of a known Urban Myth about "credit card skimming" of financial data.  Parker stoked community paranoia by claiming that "he won't have an (RFID) chip credit card" because "he's heard they're not secure".  This is the kind of police information we are getting from our local constabulary?


For the record, RFID chips on your credit card (the part that makes the cards "PayWave" ready) contain only encrypted data and have had ZERO reports of actual fraud requiring the use of a special wallet.  Sure, they can be read - but it's gibberish that can't be decoded.  

You can't make this shit up. 

Sadly I guess SC Russ Parker is getting his technical information from Ouija boards and TV commercials.  

Trust by the public in their police service is a nebulous but necessary component of policing success.  And the trust can be squandered very quickly by them in short order with foolish mistakes and missteps. 

And in the case of this week's criminally-charged Constable, Parker seems happy to hide the truth from all of us in Cairns.  

07 July 2016

CAIRNS COUNCIL NOW BECOMING UNSTUCK WITH SECRET DECISIONS BY GOVERNING CLIQUE NOW BEING EXPOSED BY AN INCREASING NUMBER OF DEPARTMENT PROFESSIONALS

It's not clear what's more amazing.

  • The reports of fraud and massive malfunction at the Cairns (un)Regional Council
  • The refusal by Cairns Council CEO Peter Tabulo to fulfill a Right to Information Request on the now $12 million IT debacle
  • The lying by Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning on the real reasons for staff rejecting the Grass is Greener music festival
  • The lying by Mayor Manning on the huge cost overruns associated with the implementation and mismanagement of the Civica IT contract upgrade - claiming "in-confidence" agreements.
  • The ease at which Manning and Tabulo have thrown Council professionals under the bus for these fuck-ups
  • The actual investigative reporting now being done by the Cairns Post 


Cairns Post reporter Jim Campbell was the author of "fluff jobs" on Bob Manning and Cairns Council BEFORE the election. This included his ignorant reporting on the Bob Manning and Family mismanagement and finally bankruptcy of the formerly well-oiled business that was EventsNQ.  And the approval by the Manning Council of a sweetheart contract at the same time the business was Trading While Insolvent.  

Jim Campbell and the Cairns Post ignored all of it.  

But this week Jim Campbell has apparently decided that his ability to continue work as a "journalist" anywhere would be limited in the future if he continued with his fluff-piece writing ways.  We understand however that the Townsville-based editor of the Cairns Post, Julian Tomlinson (who has NO journalism education) has refused to take the next legal steps to get compliance with from the Cairns Council for the Right of Information request.  So Cairns Post editorial remains flaccid and refuse to back-up their reporter. No surprise there.

Manning's claim of "business in-confidence" agreements with Civica is a defence already struck down by Queensland Courts when tried by the government in the Queensland Health payroll system debacle.  Council has NO RIGHT to withhold this information from the public.  NONE. 


Civica Pty Ltd is a well-known and experienced provider of software management systems for councils right-around Australia. As well as schools and other public entities. Bob Manning has inferred that the "business in-confidence" requirement was at the insistence of Civica, and all but accused Civica of providing a substandard system to the CRC. Without a full explanation of the issues involved it's hard to determine what's gone wrong (and if it has been fixed).  However Civica is being portrayed as the "bad guy"by Cairns Council management who have obviously provided this "spin" to the Mayor.  Civica should be worried.  

Just recently Manning contacted some adjoining Councils including Douglas Shire, offering to provide contract services to these smaller Councils for these kind of management services.  We are reliably informed that management at several adjacent Councils were well-aware of the chaos that was the Cairns Council IT department.  They've demurred, of course.

We can also report that Right of Information requests on the Tobruk Pool are being rejected by Peter Tabulo as well.  Council insiders have previously reported substandard work done on the facility, and continue to report a massive overrun in the cost.  An overrun that cannot be ascertained by publicly available council documents as Bob Manning since Bob Manning began HIDING the council financial reporting that was routine under both previous Mayors Byrne and Schier.  Council staff has been interviewed by business solicitors hired by Council making preparations for a lawsuit against the contractor Adco.  This after the well-known cock-ups when the contract was first let to them and the refusal of Manning to back down despite the history of Adco and swimming pools.

And we've also got to ask - what happened to the $5M Health Club that was supposed to be part of the Tobruk Pool, and a key part of the financial planning?  HAHAHA

We've received widespread reports that Bob Manning, primarily resident on the Esplanade, has promised other residents and hoteliers to move all the "noisemaking events" off the Esplanade altogether.  This was the primary reason an outdoor concert venue was included in Munro Martin Park, as well as the reason this project got NO public scrutiny and was pushed into construction last year.  While Division 5 Councillor Richie Bates is talking tough now, we have seen emails that suggest he was aware of the decision - MONTHS ago.

Bob Manning promised before the 2012 election that his council would be "open and transparent".  That Council, along with this newly-elected Council, have been anything but  Financial analysts have been denied the information to evaluate the REAL financial position of this council.  While voters apparently can be bought with low rates and grandiose promises of a "Green" monorail, we're clearly on a negative trajectory. 

Would things have been different without such an inept and un-Australian Cairns Post?  


05 July 2016

FOGARTY PARK CONCERT FUTURE HAS BEEN DECIDED BY THE "BIG END OF TOWN" AS USUAL

VOTERS - UNIMPORTANT TO CAIRNS
CITY COUNCILLORS
When the Cairns Esplanade was upgraded some 10 years ago, hoteliers adjacent to Fogarty Park were livid at the inclusion of a bandshell on that site.  And they have continued muscle Cairns Council staff over the "doof-doof" musical concerts that regularly occur in the park.

When Bob "Sleepy" Manning was first elected as Mayor, he met with several of these hotel owners including the Kamsler family (Pacific International), the Darwin-based owner of the Hilton, management from the Shangri-La, as well as the Reef Casino and Hotel.  All demanded an end to concerts at the park (with the exception of the Christmas Show) due to guest noise complaints when they were underway.

The Pacific and Hilton are particularly affected because of the old, poor construction of those buildings including the lack of soundproof windows and doors.  

Manning was said to have ameliorated these business owners with the promise that the replacement of the Civic Theatre would include a concert venue in Munro Martin park - a venue that now looks to be almost completed.  And while the public was told concerts in Munro Martin would be "acoustic" in nature, clearly other plans have been in mind all along.  

We have on good authority that none of this was shared with
SOME OWNERS GIVEN "HEADS-UP" BY
COUNCILLOR ABOUT NEW DOOF-DOOF
MUSIC CONCERT POLICY
Richie Bates, who will now have to deal with the business owners and residents on Grafton Street who adjoin Munro Martin Park and will now be shouldering the noise from doof-doof bands.  We also understand that a back-door warning has been given to owners of units at 174 Grafton Street, who then began to sell these now devalued properties.  No word if the Coral Tree Inn and other businesses were ever given a chance to comment on the plans.


After the recent Council election, Manning instructed staff including General Manager Linda Kirchner:  start moving the concerts OUT of Fogarty Park and into other venues around the city, especially Munro Martin Park.  The "Grass is Greener" concert is just the tip of the iceberg as big business reaps its investment in the Unity Team and Bob Manning.

Richie Bates is still seen as an unreliable councillor by the majority.   Major decisions are reached by Manning, Terry James, and John Schilling and presented as a "fait accompli" to the balance of the Council - with no debate and no chance to make any changes.  One councillor has publicly complained that Bates is still "under the thumb" of the unions with a large part of his campaign finance coming from the Unions.  


UNITY TEAM FAILED TO
FILE FINANCE DISCLOSURES -
WHY??
It's unclear if any of these business owners financed the Unity Team and Bob Manning.  Despite the passing of the 15 week compulsory deadline for filing of campaign disclosure materials, only one sitting councillor (Linda Cooper) has made a timely filing.  The others have been withheld at, according to insiders, the  instruction of both LNP and ALP party leaders, to many of the councils in FNQ.  All but one disclosure has been filed by Brisbane councillors and candidates, with other large councils like the Gold Coast also seeing full compliance.  

General Manager Kirchner is also about to be holding another shitbag for Manning, as Council is said to be instructing barristers in Brisbane on what are described as "massive cost overruns" on the Tobruk Pool.  Which since the "splash" opening has been mostly seeing even fewer numbers of swimmers than before the rebuild.  More on this soon. . . .

So once again the business community in Cairns is making all the decisions for the public - now including who can use our "public" parks.  With the Division 5's Richie Bates again revealed as a spineless and "out of the loop".  

03 July 2016

THE ONE WORD THAT GUARANTEES THE COLLAPSE OF THE CAIRNS TOURISM INDUSTRY

WHY DO TOURISTS COME TO CAIRNS?

Many organisations are paid big money by federal, state, and local governments to answer this question.  Local resident Bill Cummings has been the recipient of this largess over the years, and has produced a vast quantity of reports that look at this question along with other tourism information.  And sadly these Compass Research reports are misleading and ineffectual. 


Many of the reports produced for the region ask the question "Why have you come to Cairns".  And then the surveys incorrectly and deceptively dump the answers together without ever finding out the REAL REASON.  They group "rainforest and reef" together because that's how we market Cairns to the world.  And yet less that 6% of visitors to Cairns go north of the Daintree (the REAL rainforest).  The survey publishers claim it's the "nature experience" that entices people to come to Cairns.  A fatal error in all of these surveys.  And if we don't know why our tourists REALLY come to Cairns, we're making a tragic planning mistake for our future.

One word drives tourism in Cairns.  It isn't "REEF".  It isn't "RAINFOREST".  It isn't "BEACH" OR "TROPICS".  In our world of social-media driven marketing superlatives, only one word drives tourists to Cairns.


GREAT


TROPICAL REEFS AROUND THE WORLD
Reefs aren't unique.  Nor are rainforests.  And the vast majority of the world's population live much much closer to both of these phenomena.  One of the greatest reef diving areas in the world are the reefs surrounding the Caribbean islands.  Bonaire, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos - all are well known reef diving locations, and the vast majority of the world's population doesn't have to sit on an airplane for 24 hours to get there.  

We've been living off our superlative for decades.  We hitched our wagon, and our economic growth, to this one word.  And blind Freddy can see it's about to come crashing to an end.


There is little doubt that climate change is damaging our reef.  It's damaging ALL the coral reefs around the world.  And this unchecked climate change is compounded by water pollution, sediment runoff, and other human activities.  The reef can't survive them all.  Huge areas of the reef north of Cairns were heavily bleached this year, with many of the opinion that much of it will never return. Increased water temperature will kill all but the most hardy of reef corals. Thermal adaptation isn't in the cards.

Protection policies touted by ALL the Australian political parties in the run-up to the election are money down the dunny.  As ocean waters get cooler further south of Cairns, coral is less likely to be killed off - at least in the foreseeable future.  But sadly the die is cast and no amount of carbon reduction schemes is going to stop the inevitable.    

NONE OF THIS HELPS CAIRNS.

Cairns tourism is built on the GREAT Barrier Reef.  Not the MEDIOCRE Barrier Reef.  Not the USED TO BE GREAT Barrier Reef.  And when the public's perception of the GREAT Barrier Reef changes from "GREAT" to any other adjective,the  Science is coalescing around the understanding that a 2◦C rise in ocean temperature will kill all but the most hardy of reef corals. Thermal adaptation isn't in the cards.

Protection policies touted by ALL the Australian political parties in the run-up to the election are money down the dunny.  As ocean waters get cooler further south of Cairns, coral is less likely to be killed off - at least in the foreseeable future.  

NONE OF THIS HELPS CAIRNS.

Cairns tourism is built on the GREAT Barrier Reef.  Not the MEDIOCRE Barrier Reef.  Not the USED TO BE GREAT Barrier Reef.  And when the public's perception of the GREAT Barrier Reef changes from "GREAT" to any other adjective, the raison d'être for Cairns tourism ceases to exist.



When it's no longer perceived as "GREAT", but "DEAD", Cairns tourism-centric economy goes into a death spiral along with it.  FACT.  

This is REAL and should be treated as the crisis that it is.  However our leaders are just sweeping it under the rug - content to deny the bleeding obvious.  John MacKenzie and his hillbilly listeners think that the media "should just stop talking about it".  Cueball regaled a group of blockheads at a restaurant recently about how TTNQ needs a team of "internet wizards" to go into social media sites and remove any discussion of the reef dying!

This has always been why diversification of the Cairns economy is so vital.  

However the concept of "diversification" eludes our leaders.  To them, "diversification" means more cruise ships, so dredge the harbour.  "Diversification" means a larger tourist airport.  Or a big fucking Chinese casino.  We'll still have the sugar cane, but the commercial fishing will be gone.  With upwards of 70% of the population living directly or indirectly on tourism, we won't need a population of 200,000 - 35,000 will do just fine.   

Without the perception by the public that we have a "GREAT REEF" to see, there is NO REASON to travel to Cairns.  Who thinks cruise ships will stop in Cairns to see a dead reef?  Why would anyone spend $300/person to take a high-speed catamaran to see a dead reef?  

$120M for dredging the inlet?  Thinking leaders would have insisted that the naval shipbuilding projects be given to Cairns, as we establish a REAL diverse economy.  Intelligent leaders would have demanded that a Tropical Medicine Research Centre and university study programme be opened in Cairns and not Brisbane - two hours flight time from the tropics.  

We haven't even invested in other tourism products that might ameliorate the dead-reef downturn.  Our beach resort suburbs have NO self-contained resorts and in fact no full-service hotels at all.  Our tourism neighbour to the north, Guam, is also seeing the death of reefs along their coast but as they have primarily marketing Guam as a Hawaii resort substitute, they continue to grow strongly.  They even market the "death of the Great Barrier Reef" as a reason to go to Guam, instead.

Unlike the death of coral reefs around the world, the end to Cairns will be swift when it comes.  There is no way to predict when the public will suddenly realise that 24 hours in a flying tube to see something that is no longer "GREAT" isn't going to happen.  With other drawcards Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast, and other Australian locations will thrive.  

Cairns?  Without a crisis plan to expand the Cairns economy in the face of this impending disaster?  Doomed.

(Staff have been working on this story for some time, and have been split over whether it should be published.  We're not doom and gloom people.  However sometimes you have to face ugly truths. . .ed)





01 July 2016

WARREN ENTSCH FRAUD CONFIRMED - BUSINESS INTERESTS MISSING FROM PARLIAMENTARY REGISTER OF INTERESTS

Warren Entsch, the current Turnbull Government Minister for Bloggers, has been found to have filed several fraudulent statements with the Australian Parliament.

A business on Mulgrave Road called  "Tuff Muff Exhausters" has been found to have Warren Entsch as co-director with his son, Jason Entsch on the registered corporation known as "Entsch Enterprises Pty. Ltd."  The business is only a couple hundred meters from daddy's government-paid office on Mulgrave road.

The business was formed on 1 December 2004, when Entsch was the Member for Leichhardt in the John Howard government.  No disclosure was made then.  Entsch has filed at least three disclosures since he reentered Parliament in 2007 and has not disclosed his directorship and interest in this business.  EVER!


Oddly, Gazza's son Jason has another ABN in his own name - 29390892925 attached to a business called "Tablelands Mini Excavator Hire and Mulch".  This ABN was lodged in 2010.   

Then there is Thiaki Creek Farm, registered to Warren George Entsch as a business name in 2003, with records updated in June of 2008.  Also not listed on his Register of Business Interests.

YIKES!  Then there's the Entsch Family Trust, registered just five months ago under ABN 24404033856.  NOT LISTED in the Register.  Entsch is required to update the register within 28 days of a new business or other business event occurring.

Warren Entsch has a long history of hiding his business holdings from the public and his Parliamentary colleagues, in violation of ethical rules.  This goes back to before 1999, when he held directorship and ownership interests in Cape York Concrete and pastoral company Vervale and then lied to then Prime Minister John Howard about it.

How many other businesses does Warren Entsch have financial or operational interest, and why hasn't he made a truthful and honest disclosure to the Parliament as required by law?  We continue to receive reports that business interests are being hidden by Entsch using other family members. . . .more soon.  

OUR SELECTION FOR LEICHHARDT - "ANYONE BUT ENTSCH"


ANYONE BUT ENTSCH
In keeping with the "ANYONE BUT TRUMP" voting philosophy, we have worked hard to evaluate the candidates for the parliamentary seat of Leichhardt.

The current member has two fatal flaws:




  • WARREN ENTSCH HAS FAILED TO FIX THE SERIOUS ISSUES OF THE FAR NORTH - INSURANCE, HEALTH CARE, AND INFRASTRUCTURE


  • WARREN ENTSCH HAS FAILED TO "BRING HOME THE BACON" WITH $100M SECOND STADIUMS GOING TO TOWNSVILLE AND NOT A SHILLING TO THE CAIRNS THEATRE


Despite the known limitations that come with electing an independent member, we believe this election is trending towards MORE independents and minor party candidates being elected.



We are pleased to support Independent Candidate for Leichhardt Daniel McCarthy.   While we're aware that he's a little neanderthal in his views on climate change, most of these are "settled issues" in which he's unlikely to make any appreciable difference now.  


We urge all voters to select the LNP LAST!


30 June 2016

JOHN MACKENZIE EMASCULATED IN ELECTION COVERAGE WITH 4CA IN TECHNICAL MELTDOWN - INDEPENDENT DANIEL MCCARTHY EMERGES AS LECIHHARDT LEADER

Cairns chat king John MacKenzie revels in his faux influence on the Far North.  As a shrill shock jock, he long ago gave up his dream to move up the broadcast ladder in Australia, as he was passed over time and time again by big-city broadcasters.  All they had to do is listen to his bigoted and pedestrian views, along with a review of his huge complaint file with the government regulator, ACMA.

He's living out his pathetic life for two events:  cyclones, and elections.

MACCA AND HIS FELLOW DJ'S ATTACHED TO THE
BUILDING WITH DOUBLESTICK TAPE FOR
EASY REMOVAL

This federal election cycle has seen MacKenzie gutted like a mackerel - as broadcast and transmission problems along with a failed phone system have left him little to do but play muzak to his fading audience.  4CA along with its other FM brand were required to move to a new location in the ghost town area of the CBD on Grafton Street.  Once the Post Office left, the area became as as sleepy as our Mayor.  A Mayor who failed to move forward on the planned and vital car parking structure which would have contained street-side retailing and kept lower Grafton alive.

The owners of 4CA were unwilling to invest much into the
FAILED SOLICITOR MURRY JONES
SURROUNDED BY THE
"NEW" STUDIO EQUIPMENT - ALL
MADE IN CHINA AND OTHER
ASIAN COUNTRIES
new facility - it's filled with cheap equipment, some of it new Chinese crap but much of it recycled from other Grant family-owned radio stations.  Yup, Cairns is even the dumping ground for the media.  

MacKenzie's fallen star is evident to all.  NEITHER the Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull nor the Labor Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has bothered to turn up for an interview. Despite furious pleas from MacKenzie to Warren Entsch to get Turnbull in the place, Turnbull just laughed!  Entsch has ZERO influence on his own government now and Turnbull refuses to assist Entsch, hoping for the independent candidate Dan McCarthy to get up into the seat.  

Gone are the days when Prime Ministers and Brisbane political leaders stopped in to talk to Macca.  They all now view him as part of the problem - a sad, bitter old man with glad-handers for friends and loathed across the young community.

So it was no surprise when MacKenzie was heard bellowing his abuse at acquaintances and strangers alike this week after another day with dodgy phone lines, and a couple washed-up, bitter pollies in the form of Michael "Where's the Backhoe" Trout and Pauline Hanson.  Yawn.

Under duress, MacKenzie became part of the only public debate among candidates in the seat of Leichhardt.  Valiant attempts to "control" the public at this debate were made, with onerous requirements to submit questions in advance and MacKenzie personally screening questions in a vain attempt to protect the Minister for Bloggers, Warren Entsch.

All that didn't stop Daniel McCarthy, who revealed with documentary PROOF that Entsch and the LNP have been taking hundreds of thou$ands of dollar$ from the insurance companies, all while Entsch has spent YEARS conning the Cairns public into thinking he was working to get some fairness in the home insurance system.  McCarthy confirmed what we all suspected - that Entsch is only interested in himself, and not the residents of Far North Queensland. 



The Cairns Post, who sent a reporter from Townsville to the debate, has yet to report this or any of the other Entsch scandals that have made him persona non grata even with his own Liberal Party "mates".  

I guess ol' Cueball will be hoping for a cyclone now.  His political influence days are well and truly over.