|BLUEWATER OWNER PETER SAYERS.|
MORON OF THE YEAR.
A story in the Cairns Post highlights the problems - payoffs from developers to Council wreck havoc on our residential neighbourhoods.
Here we have the owner of the Bluewater Bar and Grill, a waterfront bar in the Bluewater Marina project in Trinity Park. Bluewater was originally approved by Kevin "Hiding from the Pakis" Byrne as part of his "Fuck Up The Northern Beaches" agenda while Mayor. Bluewater was approved with narrow roads unsuitable for street parking, and little in the way of Council amenity for the existing boat ramp and fishing community. The master plan for Bluewater required the tavern project to have a minimum of 91 carparks. This figure of 91 was even known to be inadequate when the project was first approved.
But master plans are made by the Cairns Council only to facilitate the extraction of developer bribes later when they "modify" it.
The developers of the tavern then showed up. They wanted a (much larger) building and MUCH LESS parking on-site. You can read the modified development approval here. Why would they fight to reduce the parking? Apparently owner Peter Sayers is a moron. It was obvious to all that this tavern would be frequented by people who own automobiles - with no other alternative available to them. What kind of dickhead removes 30% of the carparks necessary to operate his business?
Well we know the answer to that in the CBD - where Council has allowed huge projects to be constructed with huge carpark shortfalls. Like the aquarium which is also creating turmoil in the CBD. And this shortfall includes Council's own projects - the Civic Theatre and Munro Martin Park being just two.
Kelly Reaston is the Council General Missmanager of Development who is
responsible for this dud development approval. Reaston (who tutored at the knee of previous development manager and Bob Manning lapdog Peter Tabulo) was well-trained in the Cairns Council drill. Kelly Reaston will approve ANY old shit as long as money greases the wheels. And in this case the developer paid over $275,000 to get this crap approved by Reaston and the lapdog Council.
And there are numerous other violations of the APPROVED development approval, with noise abatement, landscaping, bicycle parking, and other requirements never constructed. And since Cairns has NO process to evaluate DA compliance after a project is constructed, no worries, mate.
This is little different than the developer corruption recently exposed on the Gold Coast, and which will ultimately jail Ipswich mafioso Paul Piasale.
And all of this corruption impacts the regular residents of Cairns. Peter Sayers is now threatening to close the Bluewater Bar and Grill - to what end? Leaving an empty, cheaply-built, derelict building to rot in the sun?
|APPARENTLY FOOD AND SERVICE|
IS PRETTY SHITTY AT THE BLUEWATER.
THEY WON'T BE MISSED. . .
The wholesale disregard of state and local planning rules in exchange for what can only be described as developer "bribes" is just the tip of the iceberg in Cairns. We continue to look forward to continued sunshine on these corrupt local government practices by Cairns' Independent Member of Parliament, Rob Pyne.