CAIRNS FOR SALE

CAIRNS FOR SALE
EVEN JOHN MACKENZIE IS SHUT OUT OF THIS BUSINESS

19 April 2014

TOURISM OFFICIALS BICKER OVER TRIVIA WHILE AMERICANS START CLEANING OUR CLOCK

The big tourism news in Cairns this week?


TOURISM OPERATORS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF JOHN
HASLER, WHO ONLY SELLS MISERY THRU HIS
LIQUOR BOTTLES
Continued bickering among the so-called tourism professionals in Cairns over "branding" - the "hook" in the marketing that ensures our destination stands out over the myriad of other options being touted to prospective travellers around the world. 

These self-appointed tourism professionals took to the media this week with their "plan" for Cairns tourism.  The plan?  

A stupid fucking sign (SFS) in front of the lagoon that says "Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef", and oh, by the way, please return all of our stupid fucking A-frame signs that have been the curse of tripping tourists for years.

Charlie Woodward says the group should be "respected and their concerns considered".  This despite the fact that the SFS has been considered, and rejected, by two different councils.  After all, do tourists need to be told where they are AFTER they've spent a thousand bucks to get here? And how is our swimming lagoon (where the wankers demand the sign be installed) the "gateway" to anything?  It's most usually called an over-chlorinated backpacker toilet.

What a group of small-thinking wankers.

MP for MacKenzie Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King is disappointed that his slogan "Welcome Chinese Freaks and Weirdos" isn't in the mix for consideration.  This campaign he then fouled up with his "Bolt to Cairns" bullshit.  Meanwhile the "pros" at TTNQ invested heavily in a Canto-Pop singing group promotion in mid-2011 that was one of a series of abject failures by TTNQ's so-called Chinese expert Vicki Tang.  Tang was hired despite limited experience at tourism marketing, and a Hong Kong expat to boot.  Kinda like hiring a Pakistani to run marketing for the Indian subcontinent.  Apparently TTNQ still hasn't figured out how Hong Kongers are perceived by the vast majority of mainland Chinese.

But there is hope - the wankers are demanding their A-frame signs back!

Meanwhile, Hawaiian Airlines this week announced new nonstop air service between Beijing and Hawaii.  This just following on the heels of the startup of Air China flights to Hawaii.

How do the Hawaiian tourism professionals market their destination?

They say the fucking word "Hawaii", and show a representative picture.  The word "Hawaii" means something.  Cairns does not.  Why did China Eastern pull out of Cairns so quickly?  FAILED MARKETING.

Sadly, the self-appointed "respected" leaders have proffered no solutions to fix Cairns' image problem.



Sure, Hawaii has its share of drunken, homeless, and other street people.  Every destination has their share of "people" problems.  However a powerful brand can overwhelm any shortcomings in the destination - but instead we get calls for more police action to solve our tourism ills.

And with Hawaii and Guam set to get "preferred destination" status from the US Immigration officials soon, will Cairns ever be able to catch up with the real marketing pros in these competing destinations?  Cairns has never captured more than 200,000 Japanese tourists a year, while Guam saw over 900,000 last year and Hawaii close to 2,000,000.  Quality marketing and a quality experience are the keys. 

Meanwhile, much of Cairns is staking its future on tens of thousands of gambling Chinese.
  

With this kind of short-term thinking leadership, we're doomed.  


Will our leadership committee please ensure Tony Fung is allotted plenty of A-frames.  

18 April 2014

BY POPULAR DEMAND - STEVE GRASSO/WARREN ENTSCH REJECTION OF UNENROLLED CONSTITUTIENT

The original complainant has provided the original email from Steve Grasso.  The name has been redacted for their own safety.






11 April 2014

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES!

4CA owners are engaged in a silly dispute about payment of music royalties for their web stream - a payment that amounts to little more that $100 per month.  This dispute has seen regional areas silenced on the internet while the city located stations have continued.  

As this powerful storm approaches the Cape, a flood of complaints have gone into Radio Station 4CA, along with the offices of MP David Kempton and Minister for Blogs Warren Entsch about the loss this communication channel.  

Discussions between Kempton and 4CA management have resulted in the station resuming their internet streaming.  

http://4ca.com.au/streaming/

However the same complaints into Warren Entch's office by Cape residents (many of ATSI origins) got a response from the Entsch office refusing to take complaints from "those not on the electoral roll".  Perhaps even those who posed for the picture shown in Entsch's logo!

This idiotic response was signed by the #2 dickhead in the office, the self-appointed future of the young LNP, Steve Grasso.





Everyone be safe.

01 April 2014

JONSSON'S FARM MARKET




Some signs need no further explanation.

28 March 2014

QUEENSLAND LNP SETS NEW STANDARD FOR POLITICIANS RORTING THE PUBLIC PURSE **UPDATED**

We all understand now how this scam works.  It's the same reason executive salaries have skyrocketed.

Joh Bjelke Newman complains "Queensland's MP's are underpaid compared to the other states".  Then NSW (SA, TAS, WA, etc) complain 'our salaries have fallen behind the other states".  

And round and round it goes, with the taxpayers the ones to pay.

Whatever happened to the concept of "public service" in Australia???







26 March 2014

LIBERAL AND LNP GOVERNMENTS CONTINUE TO ERODE PERSONAL FREEDOMS ALONG WITH SEPARATION OF POWERS - ABBOTT REAFFIRMS AUSTRALIAN LOYALTY TO CROWN

Liberal and LNP "Policy on the Run" is turning the orderly running of governments into a hodgepodge of extra-constitutional edicts.  The implementers (there are no architects) of these proclamations are running roughshod over the flimsy Separation of Powers arrangements and expanding police powers to saber-rattle their critics into silence.  Australia is well and truly on our way back to the Middle Ages.


In Queensland, Joh Bjelke Newman is interfering in the judicial process using bully BOY Jerrod Bleijie, who's legal intelligence can fit on the head of a pin. The Queensland LNP was elected in part on the oft-used bogan tactic - "Law and Order".  This tactic has allowed the LNP to hastily enact laws to deal with the "bikie" crisis, the "sex offender" crisis, and the "teen crim" crisis.  This last is the easiest to understand and rectify, and yet Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King and his mouthpiece John MacKenzie refuse to acknowledge any connection between teen crime and Cairns' highest-in-the-country youth unemployment.  

And as some of the more courageous of the Queensland judiciary has squeaked out an objection to these draconian laws, Bleijie has chosen to attack the judges.  And the judges, understanding full well that their "separation" from the ruling party is built on a quicksand of tradition instead of the constitution, have also begun acting as political animals - the latest dust-up between Bleijie and Court of Appeal President Margaret McMurdo seeing McMurdo using her position to "lobby" for her husband to be appointed as a judge.  

Apparently the judges, running scared, are failing to heed the
common wisdom "when you wrestle with pigs, everyone gets muddy and the pigs enjoy it".  This after the lefty Chief Judge Paul de Jersey was easily moved aside by dangling the keys to the Governor's office at him.  Gutless, the whole lot of 'em.  

Not to mention the castration of what formerly was a bipartisan Crime and Misconduct Commission.


"KNEEJERK" IS NOT A POLICY


Newman and Bleijie are also jumping on the "draconian sentencing" bandwagon. The 20-year non-parole period for repeated child molester and killer Brett Cowan (44 years) was immediately appealed by Bleijie as too short.  The Noosa Heads king hitter, Virgil Power, was released with no jail  - largely as the result of Power's family legal connections.  This has seen "one-punch" laws rushed into Parliament with Newman calling for life imprisonment.   This at the same time governments ignore calls for increased penalties for the far-more-prevelant domestic violence that plagues Australia.  A plague fueled by the increasingly lax liquor licensing requirements, a tax bonanza that no government will stanch.  Gavin King still sees nothing wrong with 5AM closing times in Cairns while drunken assaults are unabated in the CBD after midnight.  

And drink drivers continue to be fined (money good for government) but not imprisoned (costs too much).  Ask the parents and friends of Tanya Roneberg how much drink driving cost them. 

Prime Minister Tony Abbott did another flip-flop yesterday, restoring the government's ability to issue "knighthoods" and "dames" in consultation with the Queen.  As recently as last December Abbott, an avowed monarchist, promised he would not return to the issuance of these English titles.

It is unknown how Abbott makes this square with his Catholicism - the Monarchy hates Catholics so much that they are barred from the throne.  But the push back towards Monarch-like powers undermines our existing constitution and allows longstanding principles like "separation of powers" to be attacked with impunity. 

The ad-hoc "policy on the fly" being run by the LNP at both State and Federal levels is eroding public confidence in the Liberals and LNP.

It was therefore no surprise when a convicted criminal, guilty of some 65 charges of theft and dishonesty from a public purse, heard a judge call him "brazenly arrogant" and then sentence him for a piddling 3 MONTHS!  Despite being a lying cocksucker and keeping a corrupt Julia Gillard in power, Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg has kept in mind that pollies and judges are all in the same boat together. 





20 March 2014

CAIRNS HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL AS unSIR BOB NORMAN AURALLY FELLATES MACKENZIE EXPLAINING HIS 180 DEGREE SPIN ON EDMONTON HOSPITAL

LNP poodle unSIR Bob Norman has thrown the entire Cairns community under the bus this week as he placidly agrees to
CAIRNS VOTER REGRETTING HER
SUPPORT OF CAMPBELL NEWMAN AT
LAST ELECTION
abandon any hospital facilities in the fast-growing southern suburbs of Cairns - as ordered by his LNP Brisbane mates.  In the stunning announcement, we learn that we were lied-to by the ALP as well - told the Edmonton site for a future hospital would be purchased with money from the Cairns Airport privatisation, but instead we now discover that all we did is resume the land and give the owner a token deposit.  Cairns residents get lied to by all the pollies, left AND right.


Norman claims Cairns won't need additional medical facilities "until the population reaches 400k or 500k people".  Apparently he hasn't listened to his mate, Minister for Blogs Warren Entsch, who has visions of Cairns at 500,000 in 20 years!  With Cairns locked in to only one access route from the fast-growing south to the CBD and the existing hospital, Norman will need to explain this stupidity in the future.  

This as the doctors prepare to resign en masse, disinclined to sign contracts that allow one party (the LNP) to change them at will.  Not much of a contract provision, and one feared to open the door for full hospital privatisation.  

Norman's also proposed a cost-saving move that's breathtaking in its racial bias.  He's proposed that kidney dialysis patients in Yarrabah receive their periodic treatments without even the presence of a registered nurse.  Instead Norman plans to use TAFE-trained health care workers at the Gurriny Yealamucka facility in Yarrabah, almost an hour from Cairns Hospital should an emergency occur.  

Sure, let's do cost-cutting experiments on our indigenous population in a place that votes ALP anyway.  Under the bus they go!

Kidney failures are closely tied to the generally poor health of our indigenous population, including the high incidence of Type-2 diabetes.  

All of this on top of the news (unreported by the Cairns Post) that the Cairns Hospital has been serving tainted meat to patients who already are sick.  Perhaps the Norman-ordered switch from beef to skippy was part of this problem, too.

The loss of the south side hospital site is especially troublesome when you understand that eventually, the Cairns Hospital sitting at sea level will most assuredly be flooded and heavily damaged during a weather event.  Guaranteed.  Cairns has had now two golden opportunities to move this disaster waiting to happen, and we can thank John MacKenzie for this callous disregard of facts.

Norman meanwhile continues to use his LNP mates to push thru pocket-lining measures at the Cairns nonRegional Council.  Pilebridge Pty. Ltd. has gotten access to a landlocked development site via a Council-owned road for a "tip" of $55,531 (including GST).  Suddenly a virtually worthless piece of land is now worth. . . .millions?  unSir Bob Norman is allegedly the director of Pilebridge.  

Meanwhile, the money-strapped Queensland Government (led by Treasurer Tim "The Sky is Falling" Nicholls), has unveiled their latest tunnel boondoggle gift for Brisbane, in part from the taxpayers of Far North Queensland.  We certainly want these city folk to be comfortable!  Welcome, the $5 billion dollar "BAT" Tunnel!  





17 March 2014

DRAFT CAIRNS PORT DREDGING REPORT REVEALS FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND AGAIN SCREWED OVER BY BRISBANE ELITE

A draft of the Cairns Ports report on the proposed dredging project makes good Premier Joh Bjelke Newman's promise to do this project.  

We remind you, he never said he was going to pay for it.

Taking a page out of the ALP playbook, the Newman government will propose the >$100M cost of this project be paid for BY CAIRNS.  The report lists a range of options which include stripping money out of Cairns Ports operational profits, selloff of several Cairns Ports properties including the former Schier entertainment precinct site, the Cairns Ports office site, and additional properties south of the oil storage farm in Portsmith.

This is reminiscent of the "new" hospital we were promised that saw our airport sold off to outsiders. Unlike every other new hospital in Queensland in the last 15 years, which was paid for by ALL the Queensland taxpayers, Cairns somehow doesn't get the same return on our tax dollars from the state government.

Other proposals to finance the dredging project include a
tourism "bed tax" imposed on all the hotels, motels, and unit holiday letting accommodation in the city.  While Cairns and other Australian tourism destinations have lagged in taxing the tourist visits to pay for local infrastructure compared to other tourist destinations around the world, this would essentially be an additional tax levied on our tourists by Brisbane.  Guaranteed to generate squeals of protest from the tourism professionals in Cairns.

The draft paper also confirms what many professionals have already pointed out - the very largest cruise ships can't use our harbour now, and won't be able to use the newly dredged harbour.  And as the cruise industry continues to move into larger ships, the number of ships docking offshore at Yorkey's Knob will continue to INCREASE, not decrease.  In short the report confirms that this is a colossal waste of taxpayer money, but since its CAIRNS' money, who cares?

We understand Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning has been briefed on some aspects of the report, but it's understood the Member for MacKenzie Gavin King has not seen it.  King's seat is being canvassed among LNP insiders, as he's deemed unelectable - King's been tapped on the shoulder so many times he's developed a noticeable bruise.  Urged to use his health issues to step aside, Steve Grasso has been using his insider access to pave his way into the slot.

Huge efforts are being invested with marketing professionals to develop a strategy to "sell" the dredging plan to Cairns residents.  Some of these strategies include calling it a "creative and exciting" plan to finance the project despite the "dire straits" that Queensland is in, financially. 

Business as usual.  Grab your ankles.




14 March 2014

WARREN ENTSCH'S TENUOUS GRASP ON REALITY, OR THE SECRET LNP TRUTH FOR FNQ?

As most are aware, Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch was bounced from the Tony Abbott management team at the last election.  Continual gaffes and outright lies to Abbott and others left Entsch with an untenable position as LNP Party Whip.  

Luckily for Entsch, he retained his title as Minister for Blogs.

Entsch was given the busywork task of organising a "white paper" about the economics and growth prospects for North Queensland and the Northern Territory.  

ESPLANADE MACCAS UNVEILS NEW
"CAIRNS READY" DESIGN
So Entsch's statements to Cueball MacKenzie on Thursday seem puzzling given his recent actions, or prophetic.

Entsch claims that the population of Cairns, which he puts at "between 150,000 and 170,000 now" will "treble in the next 20 years under the LNP government".  He then claims Cairns will be a "safety valve" relieving the population pressures on Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.  

Treble.  Entsch believes that the LNP is preparing for a Cairns population of 500,000 by 2034.  This represents a population growth rate of 6.3% - over double the population growth rate of Western Australia the last 20 years and, if true, among the highest 20-year growth rates in the world.  EVER!  

It's absurd.  Until you look at what's happening in Cairns.

We're told that Aquis, along with other Chinese-funded projects, are "absolutely going to be approved"  (the words of Queensland LNP Premier Campbell Newman).  Where are the construction workers going to come from - there aren't 10,000 workers ANYWHERE in Australia to be rounded up and sent to Cairns for this project.

Quietly, the Abbott government has re-opened the previously closed 457 Visa rules, allowing employers to bring in virtually UNLIMITED foreign workers for large projects - for which Aquis qualifies.

Who thinks these workers are going to return to China after

Aquis is finished?  Raise your hands!  

(seeing none. . )

APPLE/FOXCONN EMPLOYEE ACCOMMODATION
AT SHENZHEN FACTORY (SUICIDE NETS
INSTALLED FOR EMPLOYEE CONVENIENCE)
Then there are the 10,000 workers needed to RUN Aquis.  Where are they coming from?  

Insiders report that the existing public drawings showing ONE "worker accommodation" tower block on the site in fact have been planned to have THREE of these towers - accommodating almost 12,000 workers in Chinese-style accommodation.  

Aquis and the Fungs have already rejected calls for a monorail or other light rail service from the airport to their cash machine.  (Let's forget for a moment that it should be our elected representatives that set the terms for their operation, not the other way around). Instead they've announced that the resort will create enormous road impacts, with up to 170 coaches needed along with a fleet of cars and limousines, all flooding the Cook Highway up to 18 hours a day.  Not to mention the "local workers" who will need to drive due to the lack of a proper public transit network.  Given the levels of pollution that the Chinese have willingly accepted into their own country's environment, I guess they won't be troubled about fucking up our air and water.  Just a little.

In fact the joke around town, started by ol' Wazza, is that he's in fact writing a YELLOW paper on the future of Northern Australia.  With proposals already discussed between Chinese business leaders and FNQ pollies for the sale and/or lease of millions of hectares of scrub, soon-to-be farmland to the Red Chinese, Cairns residents are starting to grumble about the zero consultation with the public that's gone into these plans.  Even Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King is on board with his mayoral push to allow tower blocks around the CBD.  

If Entsch has believed all along that Australians from southern capital cities would be flooding into Cairns, why did he oppose building of a new theater?  Why does Cairns continue to suffer at the end of a national highway that is a world-class disgrace?  Where's the water we're going to need?  The police, the schools, the jails?    

And what secret plans does the LNP have to flood FNQ with a tidal wave of Chinese migrants in support of these tourism and agricultural projects???





12 March 2014

INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT MISMANAGEMENT BY MANNING COUNCIL STARTS TO COST RATEPAYERS BIG MONEY

Insiders are reporting major errors are being made on expensive infrastructure projects by Bob "Sleepy" Manning and his disUnity Council.  You'll of course recall Manning promotes himself as an experienced financial manager - although you'd never know it from his time at the Port Authority.


SOUTHERN CYCLEWAY

People like Bob Manning and Marge Cochrane "ginned up" the MacKenzie mouth breathers to attack the CBD to Aeroglen cycleway, like it was some kind of leftwing conspiracy.  One of the key attacks was against a bridge over Saltwater Creek, purchased by the Schier Council using the State mandated purchasing office - a money saving move that resulted in a wonderful bridge made in Germany, at a cost cheaper than local vendors.

Manning instead has implemented a "buy locally no matter how much we get screwed" policy. Council awarded the Moody Creek bridge contract to local vendor NQSF Pty Ltd, t/a Fitzroy Fabrications for the Southern Cycleway - being built at a cost much greater than the Aeroglen works.    

Despite the massively increased cost, Fitzroy Fabrications went belly up on November 8, leaving Council without the contracted and partially paid for bridge.  And insiders indicate that the contract with Fitzroy Fabrications is written improperly and will require Council to pay TWICE for this bridge.

LAKE STREET REHAB

Insiders indicate that huge overruns have been accumulated on this project, with Council yet to be told of the overruns.  Hardliner Terry James has aggressively opposed any compensation to traders on Lake Street despite causing great financial harm to them.  Contrast this to the $100K gifted to the bus company operators - apparently needed to teach their drivers how to get to the Pier.  This project is expected to be over budget by $1.5M.

MOODY CREEK DETENTION BASIN

This major project was needed as the result of the Byrne Council's penchant for allowing massive housing developments to be constructed without any provision for the massively increased rainfall runoff.  Developers normally would be responsible for upgrading these facilities to avoid flooding of downstream properties.  Community Activist Thelma Spelta has been hard on the case, and yet she's been told furphys by Council staff as well as her councillor Terry James.

Design delays have plagued this project.  Council is continually told by Project Manager Stephen Bolden that these delays are due to "project complexities".  HBW is advised that these "project complexities" are the fact that this project will NOT stop the downstream flooding!  Consultants told Council during the design phase that the detention basin needed to be large enough for Q20 flooding events - the kind that have hit these downstream neighbourhoods regularly since 2004.  

Consultants have now advised city manager Peter Tabulo and staff that the detention basin now under construction will NOT be large enough to mitigate these Q20 events!  The detention basin will fill, overflow, and then flood everyone downstream as before.  The $4.5M budgeted for this important project is now $1.2M over, and now we know it's money pissed away.

Nice work, Thelma!  


LAKE STREET EXTENSION TO AIRPORT ROAD

Now $900K over budget.  


MACHANS BEACH SEAWALL

Now $1.9M over budget


TOBRUK POOL 

Can you say clusterfuck? 


Over $5.5M in unbudgeted overages in THREE MONTHS! Nice work, Sleepy! 



10 March 2014

TROUTY JAILED - FAMILY A NO-SHOW AT SENTENCING

Steven Trout, brother of Barron River MP, was sentenced this morning for drug dealing.  Neither daddy Peter nor brother Michael were present for the sentencing.  

Again.  Sigh.

The Honourable Justice James Henry sentenced Steven Trout to seven years in prison, and made him eligible for parole on 13 March 2016.  

So two years for this repeat offender?  Fair?  

Here's the range of drug sentences imposed by New South Wales courts.




05 March 2014

CAMPBELL NEWMAN GOES FERAL AS BRISBANE MP DECIDES HIPPOCRATIC OATH MORE IMPORTANT THAN LNP LOYALTY OATH - MEANWHILE CAIRNS MP GAVIN KING GOES INTO FULL BULLSHIT MODE

When is a contract not a contract?

When it is an employment document proffered to Queensland Health's doctors that Joh Bjelke Newman is demanding they sign.

While Cairns doctors are being branded as "troublemakers", Gavin
"Don't Rape Me" King, the Member for MacKenzie, has claimed Cairns doctors tell him the "relationship (with the local hospital board) is fantastic!".  You wouldn't know it from the hundreds of Queensland Health Staff that have been demonstrating their anger in front of the hospital.

In addition to dismissal clauses that compromise patient care, for the first time the contracts include a clause that allow one party - in this case the government - to unilaterally modify the contract.

While assistant minister for health Doctor Chris Davis launched a scathing attack on the contracts in Cabinet, he was "dissuaded" from submitting his formal letter of complaint.  We don't know if there's any truth that the AG threatened to add MP-Physicians to the Bikie Law.

Meanwhile our local MP Gavin King, apparently high on petrol, calls the agreements "simple and perpetual agreements" - ignoring the fact that you can't have an "agreement" when only one party is bound.  The contracts will clearly deter physicians from work in remote areas, as pointed out by the AMCQ.  But since we're going to be sending liquor into the "communities" again soon, there will less need for all public services there.  

King also notes that doctors are free to continue negotiating with unSir Bob Norman and the hospital board.  Norman as the community knows was given this position after being rejected by the Chamber of Commerce membership as their leader - and failing at even running an ice cream shop.  I'm sure the highly educated physicians are looking forward to going toe-to-toe with Norman.

As the deadline for these contracts to be signed approaches, the Cairns (non-base) Hospital operations approach a precipice.  

Stay tuned.

24 February 2014

REGIONAL RADIO VIA INTERNET SHUT DOWN WHILE CITY BROADCASTS CONTINUE - GREEDY RADIO STATION OWNERS AT HEART OF ISSUE

Regional radio stations around the country are the only media that is capable of providing local content to their audience.  And with so much of regional Australia distant from regional centres, these stations have grown in prominence as rural residents access these broadcasts via the internet.

Even low-speed internet connections are capable of providing these stations - in areas where traditional AM or FM broadcasting would not reliably reach.
CHILDREN OF MEDIA MOGULS HAVE
MASERATI'S AS "LEARNER" CARS
So the rural users of these services have been stunned at the continued stoush between the radio station owners and Phonography Performance Company of Australia (PPCA), with some 200 station owners shutting down internet streaming of their stations.  City-based radio stations have agreed to the additional payments (although they continue to lobby Minister Malcolm Turnbull for an overhaul of the legislation).  

So as usual, regional areas are treated like second-class citizens while the city folk receive every advantage.

Cairns 4CA radio is owned by Sydney family, Grant Broadcasters Pty. Ltd.  The Grant family has gotten fabulously wealthy running rural radio stations across Australia since 1942, and currently run over 50.  Radio stations - the publicly owned airwaves, have made the Grant's multi-millionaires.

The stations are run by Janet Grant Cameron, along with her daughter and two sons, who've obviously grown up with silver spoons in their mouths and don't give a shit about the regional areas like Cairns, all while shoveling our money into their wallets.

The fee demanded by the PPCA for distribution to the recording artists?  

$325 per quarter.  $108 per month!

About what one of the Grant kids spends a week on fancy coffees.

These radio station cretins should be ashamed of themselves.

20 February 2014

SLEEPY MANNING VOLUME 3 - EMERGENCY LEAVE FOR MEDICAL PROCEDURE?

As council officers continue to exit the dysfunctional nonfunctional Cairns nonRegional Council, insiders continue to report internal planning underway for likely Bob Manning resignation in the next few weeks.

The collapse of the Arts in Cairns is now almost complete
with the apparent sacking of Rob Brown, the last council employee with any experience at running the Civic Theater.  Brown, an avid still photographer,  had antagonized some councillors with his petition to rescind the photographer fees imposed by this cash-grabby council.  This comes after the departure of Phil Finklestein, who ran the Civic Theater for over 20 years until the disUnity Council established their "Arts-Unfriendly" policy.

This comes during a week that has seen the unconfirmed sacking of Ian Lowth, General Manager of Community, Sport, and Cultural Services.  Ian, hired by Kevin Byrne originally, has been extremely successful in this job - apparently a threat to the disUnity plan to gut much of this budget.  This was the second time disUnity councillors came after Lowth, and the spineless sock puppet Peter Tabulo let another good manager get thrown under the bus.  These same councillors are working hard to push out Corporate Services General Manager Linda Kirchner, as well.  

Council staff morale is at an all-time low, with much of the normal workings grinding to a halt as people have become increasingly afraid to even sign a report!  Some "house-cleaning" is expected when a new government takes over administration.  But because Manning has no leadership or decision-making abilities, the bloodletting continues almost two years after this council was elected as personal agendas and "get-squares" are unable to be stopped by the flaccid Manning.

Manning has gone to the hospital today for what's said to be "minor surgery", which we understand may involve leeches and a witch doctor.  And then he's taking almost three weeks leave in conjunction with this procedure.  Additonally, he has also quietly resigned as the Far North Queensland representative to the LGAQ, which will now require a by-election for the region in this important organization.  Cairns may very well get their views shut-out of the LGAQ with many of the members referring to Manning's attendance as "seat warming".

We're expecting Manning to quit as Mayor very soon.  Stay tuned.


17 February 2014

"TEFLON BOB" MANNING PART 2 - WHY DO AQUARIUM DEVELOPERS CLAIM MANNING ASSURED THEM LAKE STREET STRUCTURE WAS ENOUGH PARKING FOR THEIR PROJECT?

Developers of the Cairns Aquarium project were gobsmacked last week when the Council brought forward their development approval with a $3,000,000. parking brick attached.


These developers, Cairns Aquarium and Reef Research Centre P/L, were planning their project with NO onsite parking.  Their parking consultant, Arup, is well aware of the off-street parking requirements in Cairns.  And yet their development package suggested they would need less than 40 spaces, and (wink, wink!) we can let these employees park on the street.  The developers have told many in town that they were deceived - they had been told by at least one councillor with development experience that there was no sentiment to burden this project with on-site parking. 

The developers were therefore stunned when they first saw the Council officer's recommendations for parking.  Numerous attempts were made by them to get to the Mayor thru the various high-paid suits he has running interference for him.  We understand when finally confronted about this parking requirement Manning said he 'tried to get the bats moved but Terry James insists all the councillors should get croc skin Birkin bags first'.  

Nor would the rest of the Council who voted to demand their $3M payment for parking they didn't provide.  And even this number is generous by those who looked at the business plan - other experts believe this project should have 200+ spaces to service staff and customers. The Peter Tabulo short parking requirement strikes again - with evidence all over town that Cairns developers rarely pay their own way.  The current Aquis Casino and Hotel proposal is short about 2000 carparks. . . . we wonder what kind of "winks" have been given to *THEIR* consultants???

Of course in Saturday's Cairns Post some blockhead in Machans Beach (we know, that's redundant) has computed that the meter and painted lines can't justify a Council charge of $26k+ for one parking spot.  I guess the hillbilly moron thinks land and/or parking structures are free. . . .

Other callers expressed outrage that Council would demand 114 parking bays for this project - despite the fact that traders around the CBD routinely complain of parking shortfalls.  

It's clear that there is little support for $3M in "corporate welfare" while so many other ratepayer needs go unaddressed.  The same reason Council is stiff arming the traders on Lake Street who've seen their businesses decimated by the inept execution of the Lake Street upgrade.   Manning meanwhile just shrugs his shoulders and says "not my problem" while the developers contemplate suing the Council for misleading them.  


15 February 2014

BOB "SLEEPY" MANNING ATTEMPTS "TEFLON BOB" STRATEGY WHERE NOTHING IS HIS FAULT OR RESPONSIBILITY

In one interview, Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning attempted to blame everyone else for his troubles while claiming he's "too nice".

Let's get one thing straight - Manning and the disUnity Team were elected on a policy of slashing costs.  And they've done some of that (except in the Mayor's office - Manning INCREASED the number of un-posted sweetheart jobs and added THREE "EXECUTIVES" at $180K/plus per year -  rewards dished out after the election).  Neil Quinn- exhibit #1.

Cueball John MacKenzie switched into high pitched indignation when
THESE NEW AWARDS ARE BEING WORN WITH PRIDE
BY THREE COUNCIL OFFICERS THIS WEEK
 word got out that council staffers (who he repeatedly called "ratbags" with no intervention by the Mayor) had again decided to go after coconut palms in some kind of Greenie, anti-palm tree conspiracy.  Manning AGREED with this assessment but then changed into his cape and mask, defending palm trees far and wide!


Instead of defending the council officers who signed the report (General Manager and King Ratbag Bruce Gardiner, Assistant Ratbag Helius Visser, and Greenie Ratbag in Chief Pieter Taylor), Manning well and truly thru them under the bus! 

Did Manning even READ the report?  Does Manning read ANY reports???  

In reality the whole issue has been raised because Bob Manning and his Council slashed the budget for denutting and maintenance of these trees by 76%!  And as these senior ratbags managers have rightly brought to the Council's attention, they are now becoming a hazard that must be mitigated.  This is the responsible thing to do, what city managers are trained to do.  A tourist killed by a jellyfish crocodile indigenous drunk Fettas coconuts will ring the death knell to Cairns tourism, according to a widely raised Cueball metric.  

The report says simply - 'raise the budget for coconut palm maintenance back to $349,000 (where it's been for years) or accept the fact that person or persons will be injured or killed eventually.'

And we continue to hear ratepayers far and wide wonder why the parks aren't being mowed as often, or potholes being filled quickly, or the verges on our highways going in and out of town look like overgrown weed fields - THIS is the Council the majority demanded!  Cut expenses, slash services, and only build "pet" projects instead of real, useful infrastructure.  And these ignoramuses call in to MacKenzie about all these things that aren't being done.  THAT'S WHAT YOU GET FOR LISTING TO A DICKHEAD RADIO TALK SHOW!

The only ratbaggery is the boozed up hillbilly population that somehow believes council services are free.  Then they will drive their little darlings to a shitbox theater firetrap that is a shame to this community, and wonder why we don't have a proper theater.

It's clear Manning either isn't even reading the summary reports being provided this Council (while previous Councils demanded and read FULL staff reports), or he's a degenerate liar that would rather denigrate the Council professionals instead of explain the issue properly.

Earlier former Mayor Byrne criticized the current Council for their inaction on *HIS* theater project that was 'shovel ready' (it was not).  That plan, that Byrne agreed was costed at $84M almost ten years ago would cost - wait for it - $142M today!  And while this Council seemingly has enough spare cash lying around to spend $26M on a dilapidated, poorly located and hardly used swimming pool, they instead have been deluded into thinking that an Aquis theater will make a dandy community facility as well.  

Manning and his team are an abject failure.  

10 February 2014

BIG TIME CRIME AT AGE 18 AND PROUD OF IT - CAIRNS MEET HARLEY RICHARDSON

CONVICTED BURGLAR - PHOTO POSTED BY HARLEY
RICHARDSON ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE
Meet Harley Richardson Steele.  Don't know who "Richardson" and "Steele" are, but he likely just another south side bastard with an unknown father and a mum busy collecting welfare.

Harley seemingly "masterminded" the burglary of a home in Woree, stealing safes and jewelry in excess of $70K with two of his pals, aged 17.  And the other one of them a 17 year old girl.  It's unknown if the accomplices are in this picture, but from the caption it would seem a distinct possibility.

So lousy were Harley and friends at burglary that the coppers showed up just a few hours later and arrested the trio and recovered all the stolen property.  Good police work relies on coppers that know their area and who the dickheads are - and once you've identified one suspect, Facebook helps in rounding up the rest.  

Hauled before the court the next day, Harley pleaded guilty
 and was released pending sentencing later this month.  Both of his partners in crime will need to appear again later.


So far, not so much different from a teen burglary investigation ten years ago, although the inclusion of women is a twist.  

But then we get the confounding acts of the "Facebook" generation.

As Harley is released from the watch house on bail, he decides to launch verbal attacks on law enforcement and the media.  His mum must be proud!  Or maybe passed out drunk somewhere.

Then Harley takes his attacks to his Facebook page, attacking the judge for "having everything on a silver platter" and then announcing to his "brothers" that he'll be having a big party "rage" before his court date on the 28th.  Along with professing his true love to some woman named Yazzie Jean.

A read thru Harley's FB page along with those of his "bros" confounds even experienced FB readers.  This is a group of young men who seemingly attended local schools (Woree High, Trinity Bay, Bentley Park College) and yet have no grasp of our language.  Or seemingly any language.  If the schools are graduating such ill-equipped juveniles, it's no wonder we have a crime epidemic!

Prosecutors should front up to court with printouts of all these Facebook pages as proof the two year good behaviour bond likely to be given out will be ineffectual.  

NOTE:  The blog is now under attack by persons apparently allied with the convicted criminal shown.  In part they consider it "unfair" that photos posted by them are now being seen by a wider audience.  Go fish.

Wonder how the coppers rounded up this group so quickly?  Find one and then go to their Facebook page - a technique being used to great success in Cairns, and elsewhere. 


07 February 2014

MISGUIDED LABOR PRESELECTION PROCESS HAS SOME CONTEMPLATING UNELECTABLE CANDIDATE MICHAEL HEALY

There's no doubt that Cairns region voters, who generally have been progressives, began lamenting the election of Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King and his LNP partners almost immediately after Campbell Newman took office.

King in his first act of bastradry went back on his promises and shoveled over $100M in signed-off investment back into the Brisbane area for more tunnels, bridges, and Gold Coast light rail.  So sure was he of the sleaziness of this deal, he conducted it via private email accounts with Sleepy Bob.

Throwing his hat into the preselection ring is the obvious choice, Cairns Councillor Rob Pyne.  Pyne, first elected to the Kevin Byrne council, is considered by many to be the hardest working councillor in what is a very diverse and fast-growing electorate.  Pyne stays on top of the issues, and is seemingly everywhere around the traps.  Compare that to Greg Fennell (who??), a councillor who virtually no one in his Clifton/Palm Cove division has ever seen.  

ROB PYNE WITH LOCAL SUPERBANTAMWEIGHT
BOXER FRED MUNDRABY.  MUNDRABY'S BENTLEY
PARK STREETS GYM HAS GOTTEN MORE
CAIRNS YOUTHS ON TRACK THAN
A DOZEN LNP BOOT CAMPS
Local grass roots politics at its best - which is why that ALP's preselection process for Cairns seems to some bent on running off the rails.  

Pyne is being challenged by Michael Healy - a private school, Sydney North Shore blueblood transplant to Cairns.  Currently lead salesman at Quicksilver, Healy's been employed at a number of Cairns hotels during his time here.  And given the full colour mailers being sent to a small number of ALP preselectors, Mr. Healy's views (fluffed-up by socialite PR hack Pip Miller) are receiving serious scrutiny.

And when you read his published views, it's obvious he could easily be mistaken as an LNP candidate!

He mouths all the ALP dogma - against sale of Government assets, protecting environmental areas, more money for hospitals.  He attacks the Newman government and Gavin King for rising electricity prices, lack of government investment in the region, and sacking 17,000 government employees.

But despite his opening claim that the recipient of these expensive brochures would learn "more about what I stand for", we couldn't find anything but ALP boilerplate. 

The AWU, who hold a 2010 labor agreement with Quicksilver negotiated in part with Healy, has insiders who claim that in fact many of the previously hard-won conditions for these tourism workers were thrown under the bus by the business-minded Healy.  And yet Healy claims that 'It is not acceptable for the rights and conditions of workers be eroded'.  

Healy would seem to be the usual big business progressive
MICHAEL HEALY, SPORTING A GOLD WATCH
FEW VOTERS IN THE SEAT OF CAIRNS
COULD AFFORD
with little interest or track record with the people, at the grass roots, letting his actions speak for him over time.  


And as a result, this no-name ALP member is wholly inappropriate for the Seat of Cairns, in our view.  He would make a far better ALP candidate for the Federal Parliament where business connections often can make the difference.  The ALP should apply his talents at this level.

Rob Pyne on the other hand is exactly the kind of grassroots candidate that a party in "rebuilding" mode needs to win the seat and restore ALP credibility to Cairns.  Pyne's name recognition built on not just his years of council service, but his father Tom's decades of pragmatic ALP leadership are the kind of qualities that tip the balance in close elections.

Factional party politics do nothing to advance the cause of progressive leadership in the region.  The public is tired of divisive politics.  Hasn't the Cairns ALP branch learned anything from the last elections? 

We would urge local ALP preselectors to put aside this divisive factional thinking and act for the good of the whole community by supporting Rob Pyne to oppose the dysfunctional Gavin King. Voters everywhere are rejecting "insider" politics that ignores the people, and their values.  Getting a practical, well-liked progressive in place at this first occasion after electoral wipeout puts Cairns residents at the front of the pack as the ALP rebuilds in Queensland.   This is the kind of leadership that will ultimately return the ALP to an influential position in Australia politics.    


30 January 2014

HIGHLY PROMOTED "NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH" GROUP IN YORKEY'S KNOB FAILS TO IDENTIFY LOCAL DRUG TRAFFICKER

When the LNP took control in Cairns, new pollie Michael Trout was given the responsibility of setting up new "Neighbourhood Watch" organisations in suburbs right around Cairns.  While there was terrific fanfare at the outset, the public has now discovered the fatal flaw with them.

If there still is no police presence to back them up, they become merely a place for residents to meet and eat bad snags.

However the Yorkey's Knob group has this week been singled out for their failed performance as they see one of the operators of tourism business "Blazing Saddles" hauled before the court.  Again.  For trafficking dangerous drugs.  Again.

One Steven James Trout.  Brother of Michael "Hide the Backhoe" Trout.  The MP for Crime Fighting.

If he didn't have such a long criminal history would he be shuffled off to boot camp?  But hey, these Trout boys GREW UP on a boot camp, run by their daddy, Peter Trout.  They grew up with hard work on the rural Kalinga Station, just like our Million $$$ LNP Boot Camp, and grew up to be - - ratbag criminals!  Hard to understand why Peter Trout didn't question where this ratbag father of six got a backhoe, but we all love our kids, now don't we?

Steven along with his brother Luke were on 4 year good behaviour bonds, dished out by those goddamned lefty soft-on-crime judges that are now being threatened by this LNP government.  And Steven clearly didn't learn his lesson, caught now apparently for a second time in less than a year.

We await a judgement in this crime because like the bikies, Steven Trout is guilty until proven innocent.