SLEEPY MANNING BUILDS NEW SHED TO REPLACE OLD SHED

SLEEPY MANNING BUILDS NEW SHED TO REPLACE OLD SHED

11 February 2016

"WHERE THE RAINFOREST MEETS THE BREWERY" - CAIRNS LIQUOR INDUSTRY FIGHTS TO INCAPACITATE AS MANY TOURISTS AND LOCALS AS POSSIBLE

Yesterday saw Jerrod Bleijie, former Newman government poodle, in Cairns for the first time after the havoc he caused during his short unsuccessful term as Queensland Attorney General.



The Bleijie-constructed Townsville/Cairns Boot Camp (a pet project of disgraced Cairns MP's Gavin King and Michael Trout) cost EIGHT TIMES the original cost and did NOTHING to stop youth criminal recidivism. After attending this LNP "teen resort" at a cost of over $2300 per day (each!), they went on to reoffend just like as if they had been in jail.  

You can't make this shit up.

Cueball MacKenzie heaped praise on this "common sense" plan by King and Trout.  Shows again why "common sense" is often just common bullshit.  

It was stunning to see Bleijie arm-in-arm with a handful of bar owners who've been using their media muscle to mislead and misdirect the public about the proposed changes in liquor service laws.

Opposition to the ALP proposed changes comes down to one simple statement from the LNP:  "If you want to be an international tourist destination, you don't want to send signals that you're not selling liquor to all comers 24/7".

It's a furphy of enormous magnitude.

The opposition to this plan for winding-back the overly permissive liquor sales across Queensland presupposes that backpackers are somehow picking destinations based on "easy liquor availability".  This dog doesn't hunt.  It's nonsense.

We know why people pick Cairns as a destination.  It's not where the Rainforest meets the Brewery.  It's an absurd commentary on the ignorance and self-serving wallets of the so-called "Cairns City Liquor Safety Accord".  An organisation that's works so well, we can see the evidence around the city with dozens of n'eer do wells consuming their Liquor Safety Accord Drink of choice from paper bags along most streets in the CBD.  Every bloody day.  Good job, mates!

These are the same publicans that pushed the laws demanding the aboriginal communities in Cape York become alcohol free "to stop the violence".  And then when residents showed up in Cairns and elsewhere looking for their grog,  these publicans helpfully adjusted their bottle shop sales hours to ensure they could get the financial advantage over these alcoholics.  

Letting business interests drive social policy in Cairns or anywhere else is the road to hell. 

John MacKenzie regularly rails on the "drunken itinerants", and at the same time defends the Cairns liquor industry.  Where is the logic disconnect in this position?  No one is saying we should end liquor sales everywhere, that would be patently absurd.  But no one said we have to sell liquor to 5AM, either.  What's good for the (Cape) goose is good for the (city) gander. 

Secondly, the proposed 2AM end to drinks conforms with best practice from around the world.  We've previously discussed this issue here.

Thirdly, the fastest-growing tourism group coming to Cairns, the Chinese, are for all their tourism faults no particularly fond of the pub scene.  Most bars in Cairns rarely see a Chinese tourist in their establishments.  Some say the Chinese are too busy gambling.  But at least they're not barfing all over taxis at 4 or 5AM.  That's for sure.

The facts are clear that we Australians drink too damn much.  It creates a whole range of social issues - domestic violence, killed innocents on our highways, family breakups, job losses, suicides. . .do we need to go on?  New South Wales faced the same choices and has discovered not only a huge reduction in city violence fueled by too much grog, but a reduction in most social crimes. 

And as Gavin King has previously pointed out, a woman
who's had a few drinks shouldn't be surprised when she gets raped.  After all she's part of the problem!  Changes to the liquor service hours will protect many a woman in Cairns from the "King Effect".  

This is in fact a gutsy and well-reasoned first step to be taken by the Palaszczuk Government in Queensland.  It has zero chance of driving tourists away from Cairns or indeed Australia.  

Cairns MP Rob Pyne is weakly calling for Cairns to be considered as a "special case".  His position is an unfortunate by-product of the political process where he's afraid this issue is going to be used against him at the next election by the cashed-up liquor interests.  Pyne has said "he's not about to toe the line" and has Cairns' interests in mind.  

Weak, Rob, weak.  Man up, sweetie.  We've got your back.  Plenty of other issues that you take a contrarian view on, in support of your constituents   This one isn't it.

As for Billy Gordon - Go have a pint and put your dick away. 


10 February 2016

CONTINUAL COMPLAINTS FORCE CAIRNS AIRPORT TO RELENT, NOW OFFERING CRIPPLED "FREE" INTERNET ACCESS

No one ever accused Cairns of being on the "cutting edge" of technology.  Or anything else for that matter.

Cairns Airport has been one of the worst, offering internet access only in 2011 at a high-cost and low performance. 




The Cairns Airport has relented on this issue in a typically dishonest Cairns Airport way.  They're now offering a speed-crippled connection for free - for only 30 minutes in the domestic terminal, and only 1 hour in the international terminal.  And since the system has not been extended to the baggage claim area, the passengers who arguably need this connection the most are denied ANY access!

AT THIS SPEED A FACEBOOK UPDATE
TAKES 40-45 MINUTES



Darwin Airport offered free time-unlimited internet access in 2011.  


I WOULDN'T BE GIVING THESE PEOPLE
MY PERSONAL DETAILS JUST FOR FREE WIFI





08 February 2016

WARREN ENTSCH, MEMBER FOR LEICHHARDT, TOLD PARTY WILL NOT SUPPORT RE-ENDORSEMENT

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull welcomed yesterday all members of parliament, both house and senate, to the Prime Minister's public home in Canberra known as The Lodge.  Seen with a glass in his hand was the Cairns-based Minister for Bloggers Warren Entsch, along with current wife and former government staffer Yolande Werner.  Along with Yolande's daughter, it was the first time most of the MP's had walked the grounds of our government house.


Upon arrival at Parliament House this morning, Entsch is reported to be among almost 10 Liberal Party parliamentarians told that their retirement has arrived.  Entsch was told to take his superannuation and gold card and bugger off.

The Queensland LNP was informed by the National Liberal Party leadership early this afternoon that the almost 66-year-old Entsch was among several MP's that would not be allowed to re-endorse for their seats.  This group includes 40-year parliamentarian, the Member for Berowra Philip Ruddock.

Insiders report Entsch has demanded to meet with Turnbull.  No word if/when this is going to happen.  No word if Entsch has acquiesced to the demand.  

Others targeted along with Entsch and Ruddock include John Alexander (Bennelong), Senator Bill Heffernan, Craig Kelley (Hughes) and Bronwyn Bishop (Mackellar). 

A NSW Liberal operative has been quoted as calling it "Worse than Game of Thrones".    

Warren Entsch's office refused to comment as of 3:13PM today.

More soon. . . .


06 February 2016

MAYOR BOB "SLEEPY" MANNING GETS FREE KICK - CAIRNS POST FAILS TO ASK THE HARD (OR EVEN THE EASY) QUESTIONS - AND MANNING MAKES STATEMENTS EASILY SHOWN AS MISLEADING AND UNTRUTHFUL


With the Mayor Bob Manning EventsNQ bankruptcy raising serious questions about the ethics and competency of the Cairns (non)Regional Council Mayor, the Cairns Post gave the Bob & Claire Manning a "free kick" in Saturday's ComPost.

The puff piece does manage to confirm the allegations raised by Hillbilly Watch almost two weeks ago - a massive entitlement shortfall made good by the Federal Government, the clear warnings the Mayor received and then ignored (and in the learned judgement of many, led to months of Trading While Insolvent), and the community embarrassment of having a Mayor who's Mayoral wages are being garnisheed as a debtor. 

Can you imagine?  A mayor who's salary is being docked because he's a deadbeat?  Is this an Australian first?? 

You can't make this shit up.

It also explains why this 70-year-old man who promised people like Cr. Terry James and former Mayor Kevin Byrne that he would only stand for one term as Mayor has reneged on this promise in order to allow ratepayers to give him even more money!

Individually any one of these now admitted charges would lead to a resignation by an ethical man.

Robert Manning has now been shown clearly that he's NOT an ethical or moral
leader, and should stand aside immediately for the good of the Residents of Cairns.

With Cairns Post "reporter" Jim Campbell clearly disinterested in facts and happy to churn out CRC puff releases as news, it's clear that the community can only rely on the blogger community for the real, unvarnished truth.  

The Manning story is filled with untruthful statements that should have been challenged by the "reporter", using the documents on record. (We note that there were three downloads of the Liquidator's Final Report, a document we've hosted for public access, from an IP address listed to the Cairns Post).  Did Campbell not even speak to the Liquidators?  The Mayor's statements in this Jim Campbell puff piece are contradicted by the public record.  

The story desperately tries to paint the Mayor and his wife in a favourable light despite the facts - with Campbell referring to the public who've asked for more information as "relentless scrutiny", "intense rumour and speculation", and "reopened old wounds".  Several of the over 10 employees summarily ejected from their jobs (which many had for over a decade) had brought this matter to the HBW's attention when the ComPost ignored the facts in the collapse for months.  So too were the many wedding couples and others who contracted with EventsNQ who were left out of pocket and in a lurch when the Mannings put their business into liquidation.  We're not going to feel bad about "relentless scrutiny" of our elected Mayor in his dealings - public OR private.  

Manning proffers as an excuse that he was working "60-hour weeks in his role as Mayor".  So what, Bob?  That's YOUR JOB.  That's the job YOU told us you would do, and that we elected you to do.  That's why we pay you over $210,000 a year, Bob.  So you work for US, and don't spend your time on setting up tables and chairs for your own events planning company.  

Excuse rejected.  Go fish.   

Manning pleads that the bankruptcy is a family matter and doesn't involve his role as Mayor.  BULLSHIT.  As we've all come to recognise, this is a blatant falsehood.  As public records show, just weeks before the collapse (and apparently after he had been "advised to get out"), Manning had the Cairns CEO Peter Tabulo put forward his company to the CRC as a "Preferred Supplier" that would cater Council events without any further bidding!  While Manning recused himself from the vote, clearly his councillor poodles all voted to approve.  Manning apparently dishonestly withheld this critical information from the Council - one councillor has told us that they had no idea the business was going to shortly collapse.  In today's story, Manning now admits he knew at the time this approval was before Council; he knew that the business was close to collapse, likely trading while insolvent, and operating with professional advice to "get out".  He now says he was ". . . thinking something would happen".  Yea, he was hoping that Council and ratepayer money would bail him out!  We all see that now, Bob.  Pretty despicable.    

How can a man who's withholding material information from his fellow councillors be trusted?  Like in a courtroom, once a person makes a material falsehood about one fact, the jury is instructed they can infer EVERYTHING that's being said is untrustworthy.  

Bob Manning should immediately stand aside as Mayor of Cairns.

The Manning story quotes him as suggesting that everything was OK until Claire Manning was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of 2013.  But this is contrary to the Mayor's previous statements that "they'd never taken a wage" or any other money out of the business.  This statement also by inference blames the professional staff who had in many cases been running EventsNQ for years.  

Where is the the recitation of the real facts surrounding the operation and collapse of this formerly profitable business?   Instead we get a cheap attempt at sympathy.  

Bob Manning should immediately stand aside as Mayor of Cairns.

And then in the height of arrogance, Manning suggests that his mistake was "failing to do due diligence" before spending investing his money in this business.  Due Diligence.  Otherwise known as Consultation.  We now have the only two big-spend projects underway by this Manning Council - the Tobruk Pool Reconstruction, and the replacement to the Civic Theatre.  NEITHER HAS HAD PROPER DUE DILIGENCE BY THE COMMUNITY but were rushed through Council at Manning's insistence.

This is sadly a personality trait in Bob Manning that has cost him a few hundred thousand dollars, but is about to cost the Cairns Ratepayers almost $100M dollars!  Most professional staff at Council believe the Tobruk Pool is in the wrong location for our city in 2016, and none want to be responsible for what many believe will be a white elephant.  And the proposed Cairns Civic Theatre replacement is so misplanned that the State Government won't put a shilling into it!  Manning is laying the groundwork for ratepayers getting stiffed at the feet of the Queensland Government with his public statements.  But the facts clearly show that the CRC professional staff, primarily the General Manager for Planning Kelly Reaston, have failed to lodge the appropriate funding request with the state government.  Unlike bats, even state government money doesn't grow on trees!

Bob Manning should immediately stand aside as Mayor of Cairns.  

The final troll for sympathy is the statement that the family "that never wanted for anything" have somehow been reduced to paupers by the bankruptcy of what was a rather small business.  Pensions and superannuation from 8 years as CEO in Longreach, 18 years at the Cairns Port Authority, General Manager at NQEA, CEO at airports in Cyprus - we're supposed to believe it was all squandered by a few hundred thousand in debts at EventsNQ?  

That doesn't pass the laugh test.  

You can't make this shit up.

Stupidity alone disqualifies Bob Manning to be Mayor of Cairns.

To his credit, Mayoral candidate Jim Brooks has remained mum on this issue, despite Manning's allies at the ComPost already using their position to attack the Connect Cairns team.  But these are not trivial issues.  The fact that Manning put forward the business when it was known to be failing for no-bid Council contract approval alone is worthy of investigation by the Crime and Misconduct Commission.  


BOB MANNING SHOULD IMMEDIATELY STAND ASIDE
AS MAYOR OF CAIRNS REGIONAL COUNCIL

03 February 2016

ANNOUNCED CANDIDATE BRONWYN THOMAS TRANSPARENTLY UNQUALIFIED FOR CAIRNS COUNCIL SEAT DESPITE HER LNP PUPPETMASTERS

HOWIE'S BIG PLAN TO BUILD BRONWYN'S
CAMPAIGN AROUND THIS PHOTO
HAS OBVIOUSLY RUN AGROUND
Many in Cairns are aware of South African business migrant Howie Thomas, and his airhead wife Bronwyn.  Howie has been an LNP ratfucker for a long time - he was responsible for despicable attacks on Member for Cairns Rob Pyne as well as Member for Barron River Craig Crawford on behalf of the LNP during the last state bloodletting.  He couches behind a "company" called "The Social Guy".  

Howie has been behind other questionable money-raising ventures, which have included unregistered "fund raising" for Murray Street.  He's also actively promoted dodgy Facebook "likes" - in a moment of euphoric stupor he bought the Aquis website over 40,000 "likes" for his brief client, Tony Fung.  The fact that there aren't anywhere near 40,000 Facebook users in FNQ immediately caused this promotion technique to smell.  Howie has also been connected to a dodgy scheme called "Save the Reef Now".  This fraud was discussed on another Cairns-area blog, and quickly exited when exposed.  

Thomas then unsuccessfully attempted to use his LNP connections to get his wife Bronwyn a spot on the Manning-led Unity ticket for council.  Bronwyn has little education and only suspect business experience (we'll get to this in a moment).  But when people need money and can't succeed in the business community, it's natural that they attempt to get a job as a pollie.  What more do you need but  a mediocre marketing campaign???

So with Howie well and truly covered with layers of LNP mud,
THOMAS' CAIRNS BUSINESS WITH
GOLD COAST PHONE NUMBER  HUH??
the couple has cooked up a scheme to put Bronwyn forward as candidate for Division 9.  


While some of their public records claim residency in Caravonica, and some claim residency in Trinity Park, neither of these locations is in Division 9.  This unfortunately exposes an electoral problem that's never been fixed, where elected officials don't need to reside among the people they intend to represent!  Of course if Bronwyn were able to snag a cushy councillor job, they'll finally have some income to move up The Social Guy ladder.


Bronwyn is running under the guise of being a "Business Person".  But her so-called business credentials are tissue-paper thin and even a cursory check of them raises serious questions about what kind of.  Even her education record is thin.  

She first claims to have had a business called "3 Minute Angels".  However 3MinuteAngels.com claims to have been started and run by Andrew Ward. 

You can't make this shit up.

Then Bronwyn claims to be running a company called "Aussie Logos".  This business name *IS* registered to BD Thomas & HD Thomas under ABN 94290841574, and looks to have operated for at least 7 1/2 years without any GST registration.  And if you sign up for an "Aussie Logo" from Howie and Bronwyn's company, you get a receipt without any GST shown (and essentially a "cash transaction" using Paypal).

WHAT IS THIS PHONY LAWYER'S OFFICE
AND WHY IS IT CONNECTED TO THE
THOMAS-OWNED "AUSSIE LOGOS"
Aussie Logos has gone to extraordinary lengths to hide their location and masquerade as a Gold Coast, and/or Sydney business.  They have a GC phone number (which is never answered), and a search shows the phone number listed to "Southport Lawyers".  There is a law firm with a similar name, but not at that location, and not with that phone number.   Likewise Bronwyn's "Aussie Logos" Facebook page shows the company located in Sydney.  

She also claims that "Aussie Logos", "Founded March 3,
2006" is "Australia's largest online design company" and has "40 freelancers working from home".  Generating lots of income.  Where's our cut of the GST, Bronwyn - you've been raking in this cash for almost eight years without even bothering to register for the GST.  Is the income reported to the ATO?

Then there's Bronwyn's hyper-support for the American ridesharing system Uber.  


Puppetmaster Howie has been promoting Uber for over a year, and is well-connected to the Uber Cairns representative Troy Haines.  As you'll recall, Haines is now promoting a "rideshare" system despite having been the Cairns organiser for Uber just last July.  Bronwyn is now double talking on Uber - with some already pushing back against her cheap attempt at populism.

All of this courtesy of the Cairns LNP.


BRONWYN HAS TOLD ASIC THAT THEY LIVE HERE.  OR IN TRINITY PARK?
NEITHER IS IN DIVISION 9.  
There's a lot more to report on the Thomas family.  Having Bronwyn splitting the rightwing vote in what's shaping up as a three-way race for Division 9 bodes well for Connect Cairns candidate, Sarah Flenley.  We'd also like to know why Bronwyn isn't running in the division where she lives.   

You can't make this shit up. 
BRONWYN AND HOWIE AND FAMILY.  KIDS GET BIG SO FAST!


01 February 2016

CAIRNS POST HEADLINE - UNINTENTIONALLY CORRECT?

YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS SHIT UP:




30 January 2016

BOB MANNING'S INSOLVENT COMPANY STIFFS CREDITORS OVER $500,000 - WITH TAXPAYERS FOOTING THE BILL AND MANNINGS BUSY PLANNING THEIR NEXT OVERSEAS HOLIDAY

MAYOR BOB MANNING THINKING
ABOUT HOW TO AVOID SELLING HIS
EXPENSIVE GOLD WATCHES TO
MEET EMPLOYEE OBLIGATIONS
A recent survey found only 6% of the Cairns ratepayers were even aware that Bob Manning and his family were the last owners of long-time party planning company "EventsNQ".  Anyone traveling the Cook Highway has seen this business near the airport - it's a frequent location of QPS radar coppers who hide in the bushes there.  

EventsNQ was a successful, well-respected, and growing company when owned by Degno Pty Ltd - the owners and operators were Donna Maree Anderson and her partner Peter Anderson.  They sold this great local company to our Mayor, Bob "Sleepy" Manning and his wife Claire.  So sure were the Andersons about the success and future operations of this business, they carried part of the sales price on a promissory note from the Mannings.

Who would believe you couldn't trust the mayor???

The Manning's ownership under corporate registration "Belmar Events Pty Ltd" began in September 2012.  Despite the business having survived, and even flourished, when managed by the Andersons during the 2008 downturn, Bob "Sleepy" Manning drove this company into a ditch, in very quick time.  The company was in liquidation by February, 2015.  

Although Cairns Post "reporter" Nick Dalton reported some of the facts surrounding the collapse last year, he's refused to report on the wind-up by liquidators at (formerly KPMG) Grant Thornton.  Dalton has had no problem taking the stick to announced Mayoral candidate Jim Brooks despite the fact that nominations have not yet even been officially made.  But Dalton has refused to make public the details of the Manning mismanagement, and the huge cost that taxpayers are paying to bail out the Manning family.

That's our raison d'ĂȘtre.    

Manning also announced that his flock of councillors had voted '100%' to not ask Manning to resign as any elected offical would do if they incurred an insolvency as a director.  When the deaf-dumb-and-blind councillors took this vote they had no indication of how massive the extent of this company wind-up.  And how immorally the directors of Belmar Events Pty. Ltd. have acted.  Manning said at the time that they had acted to put the company into liquidation "to ensure the 10 staff received their entitlements".  Did the Mannings act morally in getting the Federal Government to payout these entitlements??  We think not.   


  • Belmar Events P/L (Mannings) have unpaid liabilities for their two-year operation of almost $500,000
  • Of that amount, the previous owners (the Andersons) are owed $218,000 - but the Mannings gave them a "personal guarantee" for this amount.  As of the last liquidator's report, this amount was unpaid and the Andersons have lodged a Proof of Debt.
  • Belmar (Mannings) owed $143,000 in unpaid employee wages and entitlements. 
  • Belmar (Mannings) owed at the time of collapse $23,691 to the ATO for unpaid superannuation.
  • Belmar (Mannings) had cash-on-hand at the time of collapse of about $600.  This is in February, just after the busiest period of Christmas, New Year's Eve, and Australia Day parties and events.  In the view of experts this shows unequivocally that Belmar (Mannings) were trading while insolvent for some period of time.

HOW CAN BOB MANNING CONTINUE ON AS MAYOR WITH THIS KIND OF DEPLORABLE (AND PERHAPS CHARGEABLE) RECORD AS A BUSINESS OPERATOR?

According to the Liquidator's last statement, the Mannings have not stepped forward to payout the shortfall, leaving many creditors and the employees to cop it sweet.  The Feds have stepped in to guarantee the entitlements for the stiffed employees.  USING OUR MONEY!  

However the concept of "rich people" sticking the taxpayers with their screw-ups is well-entrenched - something that Clive Palmer is now doing to the Queensland Nickel workers.  Palmer claims he withdrew from that business three years ago.  Bob and Clair were the directors running the company when it collapsed.  If Palmer believes his withdrawal three years ago protects him from personally protecting the company, clearly the Mannings should have gone to their pockets to make it right.

INSTEAD BOB MANNING DECIDED THE TAXPAYERS SHOULD PAY.  

It's hard to understand how Bob and Claire so royally fucked-up a perfectly good company.  Although some have defended Bob Manning with the claim that Belmar Events P/L was only in the name of Claire Manning, this is nonsense.  Bob Manning himself recused himself from consideration of a Port Douglas Carnivale contract in March of 2013!  It is noteworthy that the EventsNQ Website is still online showing both the Mannings and the Andersons as owners of this failed business!  And the "testimonials" on the website are led by one Malcolm Robertson, who has been the Cairns (un)Regional Council manager in charge of the Esplanade (where most of the Cairns Council events are held).  Robertson was so-employed when he wrote this "testimonial".      

Insiders have noted that after the transition, "we hardly ever saw Bob and Claire" at the company.  Some have speculated their purchase and wind-up are some kind of "tax dodge", but we don't know how that might work and don't see any evidence for this.  Most believe that they just don't know how to run a business.

So the voters did the right thing and let Bob Manning run a Council.  Oddly, we have a precedent for this in Cairns - with unSir Bob Norman, who fouled up TWO ice creameries (one on Grafton Street and one near the Esplanade).  After this debacle, we then let him run the Cairns unBase Hospital.  

You can't make this shit up.  

And just a few months before the collapse the Cairns Council approved Belmar (Mannings) as a "Pre-Qualified Supplier", a process that is supposed to include financial vetting of the company.  What role does Council Chief Financial Officer John Andrejic (a crony of Bob Manning from the Port Authority) have in allowing a vendor, weeks from bankruptcy, to get approval as a "Pre-Qualified Supplier"???

How financially viable are ALL of the council pre-approved vendors if Andrejic missed this warning sign?

It's no wonder that Mayor Manning and his financial henchmen at Cairns Council are hiding the financial performance of the building projects at Moody Creek and Tobruk Pool.  And how we're going to get royally screwed on the misplaced Cairns Civic Theatre.

DOWNLOAD FULL LIQUIDATOR'S REPORT HERE


26 January 2016

CUTBACK IN VITAL TOURISM SERVICES BY CAIRNS COUNCIL - RESULTS ALL TOURISTS CAN SEE AND REPORT BACK TO THEIR FRIENDS

The current Cairns Council, led by Bob "Sleepy" Manning, has stuttered their way into a new year as questions grow about the loss of vital services so that Council can boast "they're showing a profit".



One of the huge cutbacks has been on restaurant and other food service inspections.

This is despite a growing number of eateries failing their inspections.  And while most other tourism-centric destinations REQUIRE periodic inspections and posting of an inspection grading in their windows, Bob Manning has bowed to business interests and refused to implement this kind of consumer protection.

The results of this Unity Team policy were subject of a recent posting to social media, where the pic has gone viral with the heading "Sweaty Sushi a Cairns Speciality".  This "chef" was making sushi rolls and serving customers, dressed in ONLY in board shorts and a baseball cap.  Fully in public view on Shields Street, the busiest tourism route in Far North Queensland.  


We understand when contacted, on a Friday afternoon, Cairns Council refused to send an officer despite being provided a copy of this internet photo.

The Unity Team is boasting on their "Vision".  Where is the "Vision" in protecting and enhancing our primary industry?
THESE INSPECTION RESULTS ARE REQUIRED TO BE DISPLAYED
BY RESTAURANTEURS IN HAWAII





25 January 2016

BOB MANNING ARROGANCE MAKES CAIRNS COUNCIL THE LEAST TRANSPARENT COUNCIL IN QUEENSLAND

Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning knows best.

Since taking office almost four years ago, he's steered the Cairns Council into being the most secretive and least consultative council in Queensland, perhaps in all of Australia.  

The result of the darkness that's fallen over Spence Street is now rearing its ugly head as a small-business victim is telling their story in the media.

Consultation is supposed to be a good thing.  Consultation is the time when the ratepayers and others impacted by proposed Council decisions are allowed to comment on the proposal and in many cases share their expertise with our leaders to provide a better outcome.  Especially when Council outreach on decisions is narrow, a wise leader recognises that there is a lot of brainpower and experience in our community that can be harnessed with using a "bigger net" and a wider-reaching consultation.  A Council that deliberately undercuts or ignores the consultation process produces lower-quality outcomes that are, in some cases, very expensive mistakes.  

In December, Cairns Council released for "consultation" 14 proposed new Local Laws to replace the current set of laws.  Issuing such a major overhaul of these laws after the Christmas holiday period has started is dishonest on its face.  The 'consultation period" was only 19 days and ended the day before Christmas.  And while over 1000 residents had expressed interest in the plans to overhaul these laws previously, the actual "consultation" only a pithy 50 responses.  This isn't "consultation", Bob.  It's a shell game.  

This (dis)Unity Team council has had four years to do this work on the Local Laws.  Management failures account for the slowness of council staff work on most of these big issues.

Bob Manning's achievements as Mayor are tissue-paper thin.  Basically we've got a rock wall in Machans Beach and the Moody Creek Retention Basin.  Both projects were in the consultation stage under Mayor Val Schier, so Manning can't take full credit for delivering them.

And the public doesn't know any of the details on the cost overruns, suggested to be some $4M OVER on the Moody Creek project alone.  The reason we don't know is that Council public reporting has been slashed under Bob Manning and city manager Peter Tabulo. 

And the Tobruk Pool rebuild (which community consensus suggests will be a failure in this location as he tennis centre has failed) is running way too late as well.  How much over budget is anyone's guess.   

We've had glimpses into the secrecy failures of this council as early as the Tobruk Pool contracts, and with this suspect contractor now months late at delivering this project (and unknown Million$ over budget), Manning ordered both the tendering process as well as the project management OFF the future council agendas.  This information, so easy to find at every other Queensland Council hasn't been in Council reports for YEARS.  
CASSOWARY COUNCIL HAS NO TROUBLE SHARING
FULL TENDERING DETAILS WITH THEIR
COUNCILLORS AND THE PUBLIC

It's unclear if even the councillors are being provided this information.  Cairns Council agendas are run through in sometimes as little as 15 minutes with nary a comment or discussion in public.  


You can't make this shit up.  

Manning promised four years ago he would DELIVER a new Civic Theatre - this hasn't happened.  He boasted during the election that it would be built on land adjacent to the Cairns Convention Centre, and in fact insisted that the location of this infrastructure for Convention use was "vital" to the project.  We're now getting a project much too small, which along with the parking dispensation handed out to the Cairns Aquarium project, will dump hundreds of cars into this area of the CBD with NO off-street parking available to support these projects.  The so-called two week consultation period ended with the project contracts being issued THE DAY AFTER THE CONSULTATION PERIOD ENDED.  

This isn't consultation.  It's a consultation charade.  Bob Manning believes public consultation is an annoyance and a hinderance instead of a road to a better city.     

Cairns has had the important consultation process with our local government hijacked by a group of people that frankly don't give a shit about our opinions on anything.  

21 January 2016

BOB MANNING ATTACKS PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE WHEN HE SHOULD BE SACKING HIS OWN INCOMPETENT STAFF (AND WE NEED TO SACK THIS COUNCIL)

Cairns Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning, living up to his moniker, has lashed out angrily at the  Queensland Parliamentary Committee taking public testimony on the Pub and Club Lockout Law changes today.

Cairns Council has already made their thoughts clear on the proposal in a letter to this committee  So why is Sleepy so angry?  Manning is angry because he won't get his opportunity to stutter and stammer his opinions on this important legislation like other Mayors across the state.  

Manning however is lying by suggesting the Committee has snubbed Council's testimony.  As was made clear to Bob Manning and the Cairns (un)Regional Council CEO Peter Tabulo, all they had to do was make a request to do so.  

Manning should be angry at the incompetents he's hired to manage our city.  It's their fuck-up.

But sadly, it isn't the first.

Manning has been in such a last-minute, pre-election rush to do SOMETHING about our derelict Civic Theatre he rushed the announcement and contract WITHOUT any meaningful public consultation - the result of which was that NO proper application for funding was made to the Palaszczuk Government.  

And even almost two months later, Council staff STILL hasn't made a proper application!  They also haven't made any federal application for funds, either!

This is Manning Council Incompetence of epic proportions.  

And it's going to cost the ratepayers MILLION$.

We always hate to admit when John MacKenzie gets something right.  But like a broken watch, MacKenzie identified the problem yesterday in a rant with a caller.  MacKenzie relates a story about how government officials typically get incomplete or ignorant proposals from Cairns, when places like Townsville know how the paperwork gets the job done.  Kevin Byrne and Val Schier knew how to get the proposals properly made, which got Cairns MILLION$ for the Lagoon and almost $100M for the Manning-ditched Entertainment Precinct.




When Bob Manning took office he sacked our very experienced and successful CEO Lyn Russell (who often gave testimony to government committees, and got competent requests into the government on-time) with the Developer's Poodle Peter Tabulo.  As CEO, Tabulo has been the key mis-manager of these important issues. 

You can't make this shit up.

This kind of mis-management is governmental malfeasance. And Manning now tries to blame it on a government committee that has advised "we would have been happy to take Manning's testimony - but no one asked us for the time".  It's spineless and dishonest, Bob.  You're not fooling anyone.

Cairns Ratepayers are being victimised by the Manning Council Incompetence.  We all want a proper share of our tax money returned to us.  But we've elected idiots and layabouts who don't get it done, and hire other idiots and layabouts that don't get it done.

John MacKenzie, having identified the problem, should be asking the hard questions of our elected leaders and their poor performance.

Nah.  No testicles.   

20 January 2016

TRINITY BEACH MAN PRAISED BY JOHN MACKENZIE FOR INVENTING UBER RIDESHARING

"RIDESHARING INVENTOR" TROY HAINES
WITH FORMER IT WORKER ICKY JURD.  YOU DON'T
NEED ANY MORE ICE CREAM!
"Cueball" John MacKenzie has been the taxi driver's best friend as Cairns has become one of the few holdouts against the Uber Ridesharing system.  Taxi drivers around the world have had varied responses to Uber.  Most major cities in the world now embrace the Uber experience - which they describe as ". . seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through the Uber app, making cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders, and increasing business for drivers". 

In many cities around the world Uber is being used as an adjunct to taxi services, and many of those licenced taxi owners are also now Uber-activated.  In high-taxi-use areas like the Gold Coast, taxi drivers are many of those who also work as Uber drivers.  

So it was a mystery this morning when Cueball welcomed the initiative by a Mr. Troy Haines in Trinity Beach who invented the "Carpool Northern Beaches" service for residents "fed up with traffic headaches on the choked-up roads".  

Troy Haines has "invented" Uber for Cairns.  Sadly, without the technology, driver investigation, licencing, insurances, and other requirements of Uber.

Haines is a self-described start-up and innovation coach who says he has a "knack for coming up with bright ideas".  Sure, it's easy when you steal someone else's idea - but hardly an "innovation"!

Haines has suggested his idea innovations include:


  • Connecting riders with drivers (Same as Uber)
  • No smoking, no unplanned stops (Same as Uber)
  • Decisions about charges for each trip (Yup, same as Uber)
  • Save on petrol, parking, and congestion (Same as Uber)
  • Heaps of people interested  (Same as Uber)
  • Using Facebook as internet connector (Worse than Uber, which has a dedicated app)
  • Calls it "ridesharing"  (Lipstick on a pig)

The idea was also supported by MP Craig Crawford, Member for Barron River - who's ALP leaders are currently opposed to ride sharing services like Uber.

Haines crows he's "on the creative edge" with something that's "never been done before".  Sadly ol' Cueball doesn't have the brain cells to nut out the absurdity of this statement.  But we recall John MacKenzie was chief spruiker for the Lutec 2000, a "perpetual motion" machine that was supposed to provide free power for everyone in Cairns.   We're still waiting. . . . 

Ironically, Haines is known to be a registered Uber driver, and has been surreptitiously working as an Uber driver since mid-2015.  He in fact was a local driver in the Uber "Free Ice Cream" promotion last July - including to us.  



So it's hard to say what the real nefarious reasons are behind the flurry of (Un)Uber activity that Haines is taking credit for creating.  Taking credit for inventing the Cairns-version of Uber doesn't do anything to lend credibility to his faltering "innovation training business", that's for sure.  The only "innovation" here is that Haines has recognised that neither the Cairns Post nor John MacKenzie has the brainpower to get past well-crafted bullshit.  

But we can always count on John MacKenzie to get to the bottom of every fly-by-night venture that shows up in the Cairns Post.  

AUSTRALIANS SHOWING BIG BUSINESS STRANGLEHOLD ON GOVERNMENTS AROUND THE WORLD NO STRANGER HERE

It's been hard to understand the level of anger that has gripped the American political system - an anger so profound that the two leading candidates for President are "outsiders" - Donald Trump, an egotistical blowhard and Bernie Sanders, a "social democrat" in the mold of Theodore Roosevelt.

At the core of the anger is years of big business and the wealthy taking an increasingly larger piece of the pie as the middle class sees their dreams of a better future for their children gutted.

Australia is no stranger to this phenomena.

Today Cairns is getting an obligatory pre-election visit by current Labor leader Bill Shorten.  He's here, not to support an overhaul and modernisation of the Australian tax system, but to lodge his objections to the suggestion that the GST is going to rise.  Gutless politics at its best.  

And then there's Bob Katter - Donald Trump with a big hat.


 
Katter yesterday shocked some (not us) when he endorsed the idea that the failing Palmer Nickel Mine in Townsville should get a federal government bailout.

That's Right.  Bob Katter, "Populist", wants to spend OUR tax money on a bailout of his fellow parliamentarian, Clive Palmer.  

As always he claims he's on the side of the "battler" - but if this were true, he'd be asking for money to retrain workers for the 21st Century economy and an investigation into the books-fiddling being done by this Palmer company.  Katter is just as corrupt as the rest of them.  Where was Katter and his mouth when Palmer was stripping hundreds of millions out of this company??

And the situation at the Yabulu Townsville location are even more dire than most of the lamestream media have discussed.  Palmer's companies have systematically stripped Palmer Nickel of assets, including the required clean-up fund for the toxic environmentally damage to the site and surrounding areas.  

Palmer purchased this nickel refinery from BHP Billiton in 2009 for a reported $35M, after which Palmer has taken over $335M out of the operation - much in cash, but much in a "fiddling" with the books that has left NO MONEY left to do site remediation.  This is a world-class scandal.

Meanwhile a collapse of the refinery has also left the government of New Caledonia in a precarious position, with President Phillipe Germaine warning Palmer last year of likely civil strife the result.  This after Palmer Nickel strong-armed the Noumea government into exclusive sales contracts with the Yabulu refinery, leaving the country now unable to secure new customers for their nickel laterite mines.

And the LNP response?  Some silliness about demanding the Palmer Party parliamentarians return Palmer contributions to help the nickel mine.  They don't want the real situation exposed either, because the next one will have THEIR name on it.  

All the politicians are in it together.  And we're the victims of this massive collusion between big business and our elected "leaders".

Meanwhile the Cairns Post suggests that we deserve a pennies-per-litre price reduction on petrol that SHOULD cost about .80 cents.  We're still getting screwed on insurance, on electricity, on food, on most commodities, with another 5% GST coming.  

It's no wonder the Americans have turned to a TV Reality star and a socialist.