MP JOHN MACKENZIE AND HIS BOOTLICKER GAVIN KING SHARE THE SAME ETHICAL SYSTEM - NONE!

MP JOHN MACKENZIE AND HIS BOOTLICKER GAVIN KING SHARE THE SAME ETHICAL SYSTEM - NONE!
MP JOHN MACKENZIE AND HIS BOOTLICKER GAVIN KING SHARE THE SAME ETHICAL SYSTEM - NONE!

20 September 2014

COUNCIL REFUSES TO LEARN LESSON THE FIRST TIME - "COLOR ME RAD" (ASSOCIATED WITH "THE COLOR RUN") GETS SUPPORT FOR SCAMMING CAIRNS RESIDENTS. AGAIN. SIGH!

Hillbilly Watch gave several stern warnings to the Cairns public about the scam organisation "The Color Run" last year when they harvested over $400,000 of Cairns money, with a piddling $9000 being donated from race proceeds to the Cairns Base Hospital, who provided "volunteers" to the company for free.


COLOR ME RAD AUSTRALIA OWNER -
AMERICAN BRAD MADER!  WTF!
These race companies were started to financially benefit from the plethora of true Charity Runs that began in the 1990's, and put virtually all of their proceeds into the sponsoring charity.   The 5K race was INVENTED with charity fund-raising in mind.   With a gullible public and mastery of social media, these companies have piggybacked on these true charity runs, and instead put all of their proceeds in THEIR pockets.

So deep was the criticism last year, "The Color Run" isn't coming back to Cairns this year.  But like all good Utah-Mormon scams, they've got a backup plan, and in this case a backup scam organisation.

Enter "Color Me Rad".

"Color Me Rad" by all reports is a group that is substituted for The Color Run when a community "gets wise" to the scam.  The Cairns public should be proud - while we lost almost half a million dollars that could have gone a long way if donated directly to local charities, we learned earlier this year that "The Color Run" wouldn't be coming back.

Like all good Yank scams, this one is also headquartered in Salt Lake City Utah, just down the road from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the Mormons.  This "religion" has about as much to do with Jesus Christ as Color Me Rad has to do with charity.

The state of Utah has the highest rate of affinity fraud in America.  A US newspaper called Utah "the test market for scams".  And the most fruitful of them get exported, with Australia being seen as a prime location for "The Color Run", and "Color Me Rad".

The Charity being promoted with the Cairns Color Me Rad run is the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland - who have not responded to our requests for information regarding this sponsorship.  Neither has Color Me Rad, but no surprise there.

Some comments on Color Me Rad from around the 'net.

BUFFALO, NY
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
KNOXVILLE, TN
BAKERSFIELD, CA
KITCHENER, CANADA


Various news organisations have estimated the actual cost of the event at between $21,000 and $27,000, about 7% of the total.  With less than this going to the charity, this leaves over $350,000 PROFIT for Color Me Rad!




PAGE FROM BRADLEY MADER'S
CLEARLY OBVIOUS US PASSPORT
We've asked for a comment from the sole owner of the Australian Color Me Rad licensee business, a man by the name of Bradley Mader.  Mr. Mader is a former bartender from Chicago.  And an American apparently living in Australia on successive tourist visas.  Many of us are also wondering how he can even register a company in Australia alone, much less work here. 

Ironically, the owners of "The Color Run" and "Color Me Rad", all originally acquaintances, are now suing each other for cutting into each other's gravy train.  I would guess a bigger percentage of the race fee is spent on lawyers than on charity!

If the community wants to have proper 5K charity runs, the boards of Cairns Charities need to get off their arse and organise them.  If they don't, Cairns will continue to be easy pickings for American scammers who have only their own Mercs and Ferraris in mind. 




16 September 2014

CAIRNS CONTINUES DOWNHILL SPIRAL UNDER MALFEASANCE OF SLEEPY BOB MANNING AND HIS disUNITY TEAM

Last night's ABC Four Corners program exposed to Australians the rampant corruption and Triad (Mafia) control over the Macau casinos.  While there is little evidence that the Macau regulators are interested in excising this corruption, the program highlighted the connections to the Packer-owned Crown Casinos in Melbourne and Perth, the now under-construction Barangaroo in Sydney, and the Packer investments in Macau.

No surprise to HBW readers, where this subject was first discussed over a year ago.

With the project under review by Joh Bjelke Newman and his rubber-stamp government, attention will soon focus on the lack of leadership being shown by Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning and his crew of misfits.  

Just after the Aquis project was first announced, Manning and another councillor were asked during a community luncheon if either had ever even been to Macau.  Neither had.  Manning was asked if he thought it prudent for council to educate themselves about what was being proposed by Aquis by paying a visit to Macau.  Manning agreed.  

To date he, nor anyone else in Council, has paid a visit to Macau.

And despite throwing a few million into Lake Street, the shortcomings for transit access and the danger presented to pedestrians has caused Manning to admit that the consultation was a sham.  

But the changes being wrought on the Esplanade are even more dramatic.  


Council approved conversion of one upscale restaurant, Mangostins, into a Sports Bar.  But since no smoking area was provided by the owners, Rattle n Hum, smokers piled into the space adjacent to upscale restaurant Kani's - which forced this restaurant to close.  All while Council
officers stood by and did nothing.  Can't even get all the illegal signs removed from the front of this rathole.

And now this iconic building that anchors the busiest corner in Cairns, at the corner of Shields and the Esplanade (anchored by Maccas) has been purchased by an investment group led by used car salesman Adam Adams.  (With parents that obviously had a sick sense of humour.)  Adams has trashed Kanis by putting a Night Owl overpriced convenience store where Kanis was.  Complete with gaudy, all-night signs.

And the wonderful upstairs area of Kanis, and the former Johnno's Nightclub, both overlooking the Lagoon and Pacific Ocean?  Bob Manning has approved (with no public notice) conversion of this space into 200 backpacker beds.  With the plans showing 100 with no outside light, in "cells" that bring conjure up visions of the Childers Backpacker Fire.  Council also approved this use with no additional parking, and not even bicycle parking!  


One afternoon last week we saw that the gaudy signs on the corner of Shields and Aplin have been removed, leaving the mess that will welcome our G20 visitors.  This along with bicycles chained up to any immovable object, and filthy footpaths that haven't been cleaned in years.


But while gazing at the increasingly downmarket filth being pushed into the Esplanade by Manning, residents and visitors looked overhead as they saw (and heard the roar), gleaming in the sun, Tony Fung's new, multi-million dollar 757 "high roller" aircraft.  (Well, not really "new".  It's 24 years old, and sat for seven years in an airliner graveyard until purchased by Fung).  An airplane that is registered in Barbados - apparently to avoid Australian inspection regimes.  

Fung has made a point of how he's "Australian" and has resided and invested in Queensland for a long time.  And his first action is - avoiding Australian registration and inspection by hiding behind Barbados?  But we digress. . . .

We were reminded again what the priorities are now in Cairns.   The CBD and Esplanade no longer need to be the "jewels" in the Cairns tourist infrastructure.  So Bob Manning has no problem putting backpacker prisons and tourism gouges on what was formerly our attractive waterfront area.  

And despite being scheduled as a dignitary to be present at the opening festivities for the Festival on Collins, neither Manning nor anyone from his council appeared to show their support of this event.  There's much too big a chance of being heckled, and worse, as much of Cairns has become aware of his rudderless leadership.  Manning and his partner boast about attending "real entertainment" shows in Sydney whenever they want, and yet haven't once poked their heads into The Tanks - Cairns' award winning entertainment centre.

It's time to face facts.  Manning just doesn't give a shit about Cairns, its citizens, and its future.  He's satisfied to believe that the Tony Fung Aquis project represents the prosperous future of Cairns.

Without even taking the time to take a look at what's in store for us.

    

06 September 2014

AS QANTAS COLLAPSES, CAIRNS DEPENDENCY ON JETSTAR SUBSTANDARD SERVICE IS DAMAGING OUR TOURISM INDUSTRY

With Qantas losing over $2Billion over the last year, QF services continue to be pulled out of Cairns to be replaced by Jetstar.

Seldom do Jetstar run "sale fares" originating in Cairns, instead taking advantage of our minimal service by gouging us.

But the biggest surprise for travellers is the onerous and abusive booking process at Jetstar.  Let's run thru it.

First in the process, on the home page.  Select your destination and dates of travel.






Hey, that's a pretty good airfare!









Then the next screen, we start to get an inkling of the fine print.  Here Jetstar proffers an "extra" bundle.  What is an "extra", in their view?  Selecting a seat is an "extra".  Food or a beverage is an "extra".  















Of course they're going to charge you extra if you bring a bag.  And you HAVE to bring a bag, as they've now started weighing carry-on bags at the gate.  No explanation why luggage FROM Cairns is more expensive than TO Cairns.







Then another page.  Care to join the "Club Jetstar Australia"?  A $39 joining fee, and then $39 annual fee.  For what?  "Member only exclusive sales" - in fact you're PAYING THEM to send you spam!

  





No, not through yet.  Buy a "snack voucher" with a 10% discount.  However if you don't use it all, no refunds.  How many things on the plane do you think are exactly $5.00??

Oh, and then the movie rental.  On a loner iPad.  Yuck, do they ever clean these things?



Are we almost done?  Here, wouldn't you like a copy of your reservation sent to your telephone?  This one stunned me - 90 cents.  What's the cost of an SMS?  1 cent? 
  




Sorry, we forgot your seats.  No business class on these flights, but if you want to sit "up front", it's going to cost you.  Keep in mind, those in the front get to the crash site sooner then those in the back. 

But even a STANDARD seat costs - $6!  How can this not be required to be put in the airfare?  Sorry, I forgot.  The LNP has gutted the ASIC so companies are free to run rampant.



Would you like insurance?  We've got it for you.








And conveniently for those not paying attention, we've SELECTED "YES" FOR YOU, along with the appropriate charge.

Airport parking?  You can buy this from Jetstar, too.  Sure it's cheaper elsewhere, but what the fuck, you're going on holiday, anyway.  And it isn't 'at the airport' parking, but somewhere else.  They don't say.




Hotel?  We can get you one.





Car Rental?  Sure, we've got that, too.




Want to help us out with the carbon offset tax?  Here ya' go.



And after Jetstar has worn you down with all these bullshit fees and charges, wouldn't you like to leave a little something to these nice-looking children?  We've got poverty and underfed kids in Australia, but forget them - we're sending your dosh overseas.  We've conveniently selected a contribution for you - if you're not paying attention, you've been dudded.




And the last indignity - $17 to use a credit card to pay us.

So the $125. "SALE" price, if you take all the options (or miss the selections that you've been "tricked" into taking):

$509.84.  ONE WAY.

This doesn't include hotel, car rental, or car parking.

What kind of mood do you think holidaymakers are in after having to negotiate this kind of nonsense?

We've asked the Ass. Minister for Tourism, the Member for MacKenzie, Gavin what's-his-name for a response.  He's too busy giving $500 to some garden club.




05 September 2014

CRAFTY NEWMAN ANNOUNCEMENT DESIGNED FOR BRISSY SUPPORT - BUT INSIDERS REPORT THAT COST BLOWOUT OF CAIRNS DREDGING WILL PUT AN END TO THIS IDIOTIC PROJECT

In a major announcement that the LNP PR machine is spinning mightily, Campbell Newman has performed a world-class backflip, announcing that NO dredging spoil would be dumped in the ocean.

As the reactionary and fascist Queensland LNP attempts to steer left as an election comes close, the Queensland LNP has ordered police to drag the homeless, the mentally ill, the vagrant, the sick, the needy, and the youthful OFF the Cairns CBD streets during the upcoming G20 finance ministers meeting.  An overhyped event if there ever was one.  Good thing Cairns is the speed capital of Australia - we're all going to need a dose for this crowd.

CBD denizens have noticed that for the first time in 10 years
SOME OF THE BRISBANE DICKHEADS WHO WILL
NOW SUPPORT THE NEW "GREEN" LNP
the Courthouse and Police Headquarters have been cleaned up.  Not for US, the taxpayers.  But for the foreign visitors.    


Gavin King, these days taking credit for anything and everything, said that it was important to stop "itinerants" from competing with tourists.  Which "word of mouth" about Cairns is more effective - what 2000 foreign bureaucrats will experience (which will, days later, be overshadowed by the REAL G20 meetings in Brisbane) or what the flood of foreign tourists that come to Cairns tell their friends about Australia?


JUST AFTER JEFF SEENEY TELLS GAVIN KING
AND MICHAEL TROUT THERE WON'T BE ANY CAIRNS
HARBOUR DREDGING, HE GIVES THEM BOTH
A FREE LIME
LNP insiders tell us that the shock announcement for Cairns will be made soon - there will be NO harbour dredging for Cairns.  Sadly, as Joh Bjelke Newman tries to appease the big city liberals to get his government a second term, the cost of dumping on land in Cairns is now estimated at $135,000,000!  With Newman only promising $40M for the dredging before the last election, the whole project will be shit-canned with Newman pleading "fiscal responsibility". 

Reports also suggest that Aquis developer Tony Fung "prefers" cruise ships to dock at Yorkey's Knob.  Michael Trout bitch-slapped again.    

Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King was told yesterday by Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney that the dredging of the Trinity Inlet is a no-go.  Seeney instead gave King some of our tax money to dole out as a distraction - with King giving money to kid bicycle racers and some pocket change for the Cairns High Canteen.  And during a lunch event, King's big contribution was an assertion that "building bigger roads makes traffic worse".

For all you cruise ship dredgers, remember you heard it hear first:  It Ain't Gonna Happen.

Meanwhile, Paul Freebody has announced that he's prepared to have cruise ships dock at his newly-revamped Adventure Waters.  

28 August 2014

FREEBODY REDUX - Reprint of one of our most popular exposé reports

INSIDE THE HEAD OF
PAUL FREEBODY
Over two more years elapsed since our last review of the ill-conceived waterpark in the Barron River floodplain.  And we'll say again - Paul Freebody has the hide of a walrus.  

No single Cairns resident has made more fuck-ups, pissed off more people, and gotten more deserved bad press than this former Cairns City Councillor, the "born again" Paul Freebody.  

Can we have an Amen? 

He's back AGAIN in today's Cairns Post, his company Felhope Pty. Ltd, again spruiking the $12m $20m $22m $28m $35m $41m  NOW A BIG $43M!! Adventure Waters project in the Barron River floodplain, which despite his self-proclaimed religiosity has been a project damned to hell since first announced by him in 2008.  And would have flooded twice since then, too.  

Let's review Felhope P/L, shall we?  

Owner of the local Toyworld, a well-known story around town suggests the city slickers from Toys R' Us snookered businessman Paul out of his toy shack.

Then the Freebodys (Ms. Good Christian Wife Kim set up a "we hate Val Schier" page on Facebook) decided to conquer the car wash market in Cairns.  Claiming they had "heavily researched" the business in the USA, this Felhope project has been another dud.  Unfortunately, a $5 car wash in the USA using cheap labour doesn't work in Australia where the minimum wage is pushing $17/hour, and the market for $30 car washes in Manunda is painfully small.  Numerous attempts to sell the dud business to others has proven to be unsuccessful and trouble-ridden.    

Then after being ousted as Cairns City Councillor by 21 year old Kirsten Lesina (his campaign featuring handbills with misspellings, grammatical errors, and other dodgy English), Freebody announced the Adventure Waters project in late 2008.  And while other more appropriate (and out of the flood plain) sites were offered to him, he asked council for development approval on the current illogical and carpark short location.  When council declined to approve the project, he famously got on Cueball's radio show and screamed and snarled at the council, calling the female councillors "witches and bitches".  

Can we get another Amen??

NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE INVESTORS:  IS THIS THE KIND OF MENTAL STABILITY AND CLEAR-HEADED DECISION-MAKING YOU WANT IN A BUSINESS PARTNER ???

After negotiation with council and other adjacent property holders, Felhope Pty Ltd received a development approval in 2009.  Then said "negotiations almost complete".   More bullshit.   

Freebody claimed the project would be finished in 2009, then mid-2010, then early 2011.  When even MacKenzie wouldn't promote the failed project any longer, Freebody decided that he should be the LNP candidate for the Queensland Parliamentary Seat of Cairns.  What else does a failure do?  Run for another government job!

His preselection for this seat went over like a lead balloon, with even Warren Entsch telling voters to give Freebody a pass.  And as predicted, Paul Freebody's marginal grasp on reality quickly gave way, with Freebody sending emails around Australia advocating the "JFK solution" for Prime Minister Julia Gillard.  

As LNP and public anger at the idiotic email exploded, Freebody first claimed the email was "doctored", then in a stunning reversal claimed one of his kids did it!  Yes, that's right, he threw one of his own kids under the bus!  

Can we have an "Amen"!  

The LNP expelled Freebody from the party, but not without first having an LNP meeting bugged by the sleazy Freebody who then released the recording, claiming to be bullied by Can-Do Newman.  DOWNLOAD HERE

NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE INVESTORS:  A BUSINESS PARTNER THAT BLAMES HIS KIDS FOR PERSONAL FAILURES, AND THAT SECRETLY BUGS PRIVATE MEETINGS - IS THIS THE KIND OF NORTH QUEENSLAND CHRISTIAN INVESTMENT EXPERIENCE YOU WERE HOPING FOR???

In October 2011, Paul Freebody famously begged the media "Please Leave Me Alone".  Until today, when he's laughably trying to get this unwanted project over the line. Again. Yawn.
  
In today's New Testament chapter of Adventure Waters, Freebody sez his now $41M project is back on, claiming he's "secured the backing of two banks".  While this may theoretically be true, it's irrelevant as any bank is going to want substantial investor equity before lending on unmarketable waterpark equipment.  Likely 50-60% equity, or $20-25M from private investors, according to Cairns bankers.  And these are investors that are no where to be found.  Today's story is just more Felhope fluff.  Yawn.  We've heard it all before, Paul.  You're a laughingstock.

So then two weeks ago Freebody tweaks the media into another round of promotion by claiming he would have been finished except for the fact that Ergon is dragging their feet.  Perhaps Ergon doesn't like the idea of dropping a hundred thousand dollars of equipment into an area known to flood.  

And then when Ergon stops laughing at this Freebody foolishness, Freebody claims the project is getting "a rethink" because of the Aquis development, which he suggests will benefit by a 30% increase in guests.  However the project still sits on a two-small site that was approved with inadequate parking the first time.

The Freebody brood, NathanTrent, and Daniel all have exited Cairns for the Caloundra area - the excitement of the car wash business apparently overwhelming for them.  And Paul's Facebook page is replete with his misspellings, grammatical errors, and general nastiness.     


Give me an Amen!  And pass the Jesus Fish.


13 August 2014

MICHAEL TROUT & GREG FENNELL ANNOUNCE NEW CAIRNS LNP POLICY - TEARING OUT INFRASTRUCTURE NOW FIRST LINE IN CRIME CONTROL

A recent series of stories in the Cairns Post have featured a Trinity Beach groundskeeper at the Marlin Coach Soccer Club complaining about the continual vandalism and burglary at their building, along with other sport clubs in the vicinity.

Cairns Council and MP Michael Trout (who's brother Steven is again being indicted today in Cairns Supreme Court for more criminal offenses) gave no response to this plea by groundskeeper Heinz Kach.

This first blast of stories did however get a community response - the
vandals struck again.  Neighbourhood Watch, the responsibility of Michael Trout, has been completely ineffectual in Trinity Beach.  The small group of local teen toughs have apparently used the nearby Cairns Council-constructed youth skate park as their meeting place during nighttime hours.  

So yesterday MP Trout and the never-seen-before Councillor Greg Fennell made the strangest of all announcements - they said they're going to tear down the skate park and replace it with a parking lot!

What about all the legitimate users of the skate park?  Granted they've been run off by the little gangsters, but are the police now impotent in law enforcement?  Why do law-abiding youth have to pay the price for failed law enforcement? 

This is apparently a new policy of the Queensland LNP government.  If shown to be successful here, they plan to rip up the Cook Highway between Holloways Beach and Yorkey's Knob, where speeding drivers refuse to slow down and slow drivers refuse to use the left lane.



The Queensland Police Service should be ashamed of themselves - their failure to address crime in the Northern Beaches (apparently too busy in the CBD) is legendary.  And now for QPS officers to be seen standing behind the pollies nodding at this so-called "solution" is frankly disgusting.

We would however suggest that we extend this policy to the jailing of the parents and siblings of criminals.  This would see both Michael Trout and his father Peter, neither accused of anything, jailed in a bid to stop the criminal actions of their brother and son Steven Trout.  

Makes as much sense as tearing down a skate park. . .

UPDATE:  Indictment of Steven James Trout this morning in Cairns Supreme Court:

3 counts - Possessing a Dangerous Drug in excess of 2gm
8 counts - Possessing a Dangerous Drug
1 count  -  Possessing a thing used in connection with possessing a dangerous drug



10 August 2014

AS PERFORMANCE DATA COMES IN, QUEENSLAND LNP & LOCAL MP'S GAVIN KING AND MICHAEL TROUT STARTING TO SMELL LIKE COMPLETE FAILURES TO THE ELECTORATE

The Queensland LNP, led by the soon-to-be ousted Joh Bjelke Newman, has been flooding the public and media with "performance data", hoping the public and journalists will be too lazy to parse it for the real facts.  The journalists are asleep in a fog - the Weekend Courier Mail featuring polar bears instead of real news on their front page.

The reports for the Cairns Base Hospital are abysmal, and getting worse.  

Cairns is awash with reports of specialist doctors leaving, critical heart patients unable to receive basic care, and a new (grossly over budget) almost $1B hospital addition that can't be opened due to massive electrical problems that haven't yet been found.  


And now we have factual evidence that key operational measures - ambulance response time, and emergency room waiting times, have blown out under the LNP government. 

Hospital chair unSir Bob Norman is being pushed daily to use the MacKenzie microphone to shout about how great the LNP hospital has become.  Norman, the same "business leader" ousted by the Chamber of Commerce membership, and unable to even run an ice cream shop, is now privately telling everyone within earshot of the poison chalice he's been given.  Norman's deceptively "cleared the waiting lists" by getting rid of them, and is now attacking local GP's for making surgical referrals!  

MP Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King, who famously boasted that one of his 100-day priorities would be to remove the smokers from the front of the hospital, has failed at even this simple task.



King and his local cohorts Trout and Kempton are now working together - to make sure at least one of them is in the media every day spinning the horrible facts.  With the Queensland unemployment rate pushing 7% and public anger with all varieties of LNP increasing, the inability of this mob to do any better than the last mob is creating strange political bedfellows.

Queensland Health employees are now starting to call attention to the problems - BADHEALTHQLD.COM

05 August 2014

NEW QUEENSLAND COMPETITION SEES BOB "SLEEPY" MANNING THE FIRST WINNER OF THE "JOH-HOLE OF THE WEEK" AWARD

In a special Cairns nonRegional Council meeting called for this morning, Council went into closed session for a "Prejudicial Matter" - Review and Submission of the CRC EIS submission on the Aquis resort and CASINO.  

It's absurd to believe that this submission, made on behalf of the ratepayers in Cairns, is prejudicial to anyone.  Presumably all the issues raised by Council on our behalf are known to Tony Fung and his representatives.  A local barrister has asserted that this Council has abused their power under the Local Government Regulation-2012 by even holding this meeting in secret.  There is no "prejudicial" consequence in sharing this information with the public. 


On completion of the meeting, Bob "Sleepy" Manning released a "Community Statement" that only outlines the Aquis EIS and the areas of interest to Council.  It confirms that Council's "Detailed Analysis of the EIS" include reports on Economics, Social Impacts, Town Planning, Water and Waste Infrastructure, Ecology, Flooding, Transport, and Visual Impact.  

But the public can't read the document, because Bob Manning has decided it's SECRET.  WE CAN'T BE TOLD WHAT *WE* HAVE TOLD THE QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT!  Representations have been made in OUR name (the Ratepayers of Cairns) but we're not allowed to know what we've said!

And while there's no precedent for the secrecy order surrounding this public report (a copy of which Gavin King has been waving at locals for a week), Manning then went the extra mile and issued a gag order on the Council Meeting!

Under penalty of discipline (including possible ejection from Council), Bob Manning has ordered that NO COUNCILLOR may discuss any portion of the EIS response and closed meeting with ANYONE.  All statements about the EIS can only come from Bob Manning!

For police-state style secrecy, arrogance, and disrespect for the public above and beyond, we nearby award Cairns Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning the "Joh-Hole of the Week" award.  

04 August 2014

SELF-APPONTED BICYCLE REPS SETTLE FOR HALF A LOAF, GUARANTEE MORE BICYCLIST DEATHS AND INJURIES ON THE COOK HIGHWAY

In July we saw the start of more so-called upgrades on the dangerous Cook Highway roundabouts to "protect the bicyclists" who use the road.  These so-called "upgrades" began construction in usual Newman fashion - with no consultation with the people who use them.  As the idiocy of the redesign became apparent, both bicyclists and car drivers voiced disgust with the changes.

WE SHOULD BE PLANNING NOW TO
ACCOMMODATE THE INFLUX OF
AQUIS RESORT AND CASINO WORKERS
The redesign has required a slight widening of the road's edge, and then the installation of a >200mm high square kerb to act as a physical barrier between the bicyclists and the cars.

One needs only to look at the kerb on the northbound Machans Beach roundabout to see that, in the course of just two weeks, the kerb has been struck at least a half-dozen times.  A strike that likely leaves the tyre and wheel severely damaged.  With the poor maintenance of the street lighting now rampant across the city (a side-effect from the Newman cost-cutting, not doubt), it's only a matter of time before a car is rolled by this new roadway obstacle.  

This kind of kerbing has been called "a dangerous obstacle for all two wheelers" in the UK, where the standard for roundabout design includes the warning "Cycle lanes on a the circulatory carriageway are not recommended".  

Like the hurried upgrades to the Trinity Beach roundabout after the death of Dr. Hossam El-Shazly in 2009, these upgrades are being done as a public relations exercise with little hope of improving the situation.  So a meeting was hastily organised to paper over the problems, with the bicyclists represented by Colin Gilbert.  The presence of MP Michael "hide the backhoe" Trout and Aquis developer apologist Pat Flanagan as another "concerned cyclist" confirms that FNQ has gotten rolled again by the slick-o's from Brisbane.  And who was representing the motorists?    No one - with the TMR policy on these matters being "divide and conquer".  Why isn't the RACQ in there representing the motorist-member??  

Queensland Department of Main Roads Road Planning and Design manual on roundabouts says: ". . . a separated cycle path, located outside of the circulating carriageway, is the safest design when there are high vehicle flows".  It goes on to say:  "Separate bicycle paths have been found to be safer than a bicycle lane within the road carriageway, particularly at highly trafficked roundabouts".   

The fact is that the geometry, design, and construction of the Cook Highway roundabouts is substandard.  The only roundabout that fully complies with the Austroad and Queensland design rules is the Reed Road (Trinity Park) roundabout - which was the last built, in 2000.  The Smithfield roundabout is functionally broken. With heavy traffic on all four legs it should have been replaced years ago with a proper overpass and ramps.  But this is the nature of Far North Queensland infrastructure - even the safety rules aren't followed and we end up with a dangerous patchwork of roads. 

Witness the Western Arterial at Parkridge/Ramsey Drive.  No way would this shit be built in Brisbane.  TMR has been band-aiding it for years instead of tearing it out and building it the right way.  

And these roundabouts were installed almost thirty five years ago.  The volume of traffic now on the Cook Highway would preclude new roundabouts today.  

And now we have "improvised" designs with car-flipper
THIS IS A BICYCLE-FRIENDLY ROUNDABOUT -
THE STANDARD IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
(EVEN IN REGIONAL AREAS!)
kerbing - designs found in NO road design manual.  Dreamt up by TMR lunatic.  Why is Cairns the testbed of unproven designs?  Why aren't we using proven designs that protect the motorist as well as the cyclist???

Even Michael Trout, not the sharpest (stolen) tool in the shed, claims "the roundabouts are only designed for 60km/hr".  So why have the Queensland Police Service signposted them at 40km/hr?

Bicycle spokesman Colin Gilbert calls this a "massive win for us" instead of what it really is, a guarantee of more bicyclist deaths on the Cook Highway.  

These roundabouts need to be replaced with proper road infrastructure, overpasses and dedicated bikeways, if nothing else to support the massive influx of Aquis-generated bus and truck traffic on the highway (and through these substandard roundabouts).


31 July 2014

ON THE DAY THE "QUEENSLAND PLAN" IS RELEASED, CAIRNS FINDS OUT THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT HOW OUR HARD-WON LIFESTYLE IS GOING TO BE DEGRADED

Since last weekend, the bogan media has been whipped into a frenzy about the "great new project" that is now up for development approval before the Cairns Council.


THE FIRST HIGHRISE GHETTO
STREET FOR CAIRNS
The project has been named "Central Park Cairns" - it has neither a park, nor is it central to anything - jammed behind the police station and courthouse, hard up to the railroad tracks.  

Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King crowed "I've met Mr. Koh (Wee Seng, Aspial CEO) several times and I'm extremely impressed with Aspial's diligence, professionalism, and design principals.  This is truly an exciting time to live in Cairns".

Bob "Sleepy" Manning was roused and spewed "Cairns, and indeed this region, is on the cusp of the most exciting time in its history".  This after calling the Aquis resort and CASINO "a whole new paradigm".

So why is Cairns the recipient of such Singaporean largess from Koh Wee Seng and his company?

Because we're about to see Cairns transformed into a completely Asian city, with standards much lower than those demanded even in Singapore - standards that are only acceptable in Mainland China.

The Cairns nonRegional Council has posted on their development applications website the package of fancy drawings and lovely colour renderings of the beautiful towers Aspial is planning. (Can't hotlink, sorry).  Clearly much more impressive than the prison towers built by Tom Hedley in his runup to bankruptcy.

But Koh is building a project that WOULD NOT GET
FAMILY MEAL TIME BRINGS US CLOSER
APPROVAL FOR A UNIT PROJECT IN SINGAPORE.  And the biggest breach of Singaporean development requirements?  The project would not meet Singaporean law on minimum floor area in each apartment. 


The law, called the "Shoebox Apartment" law, was implemented as greedy developers built smaller and smaller apartments while jacking up the prices there.  This not only pushed low and middle income residents into deplorable living conditions, it overloads the area infrastructure.  Since November of 2012, the Urban Redevelopment Authority in Singapore has required the AVERAGE apartment size in a project be 70 sq meters.


HOW LONG CAN TWO ADULTS
LIVE IN A SPACE THIS SMALL
WITHOUT HOMICIDE?
70 square meters isn't even very much.  Most of the Hedley apartments around the CBD are  85+ square meters, and most have higher than average height ceilings.  

But wait to you see the shit that Koh wants to build.

Tower one, the first up for DA, has an average unit size of:


55.25 SQUARE METERS

Even the two bedroom units, about half the total, are only 66.9 square meters!

And along with this rabbit hutch that wouldn't even be allowed in Singapore, Koh has asked for fewer on-site carparks than even the deficient Cairns code requires - HUNDREDS FEWER, under the delusion that "CBD Living" without a car will ever be the norm in Cairns.

I didn't see any proposal for a subway, however.



"A whole new paradigm?"  "An exciting time to live in Cairns?"

Yes, we're about to sign it over to non-Australians, with non-Australian living standards.  The elderly and poor are now sitting in the dark at night, with electricity too expensive to use.  A growing number of citizens can't afford homeowner's insurance, so they're sitting in the dark hoping that they don't have a fire or a burglary.  And now we're being told the future for Australia is as a third-world, has-been country as we're stuffed into apartmentoriums.  Welcome to the Queensland Plan!  


THIRTY YEARS?  IT'S ALREADY HERE!


28 July 2014

LNP MOUTHPIECE JOHN MACKENZIE STIRS UP THE FLUORIDE ARGUMENT, DOG-WHISTLING THE ELECTORATE IN THE CLASSIC BOGAN DIVERSION TECHNIQUE

Right on cue, one of the two bogan issues for Cairns has been thrown on the table - signaling that a State election is on the horizon.

And the Voice of the Bogan, John MacKenzie, under orders from his dark masters, is giving the uneducated hillbilly view equal voice to that of learned medical professionals.



Bogan Mackenzie allowed some brain-dead moron to claim "fluoride was used by the nazis to keep prison populations docile".  The same "forced medication" argument that is used by parents who've decided that childhood vaccines are "voodoo science", too.  Ignoring not only the vast majority of the world that values fluoridated water, but the large swathes of population that have been for eons drinking NATURALLY fluoridated water.

Nor has the Israeli supreme court banned fluoridation.

The American Dental Association along with every other national dental society on the planet recommend fluoride in the water.

                       


69 PAGES OF SCIENCE, or idiotic blathering by the MacKenzie hillbillies?  We're anticipating the return of Annette Sheppard after she locates her hemlock and pointy witch cap. 

We're now on the cusp of the "daylight savings time" argument, and discovering again that celestial mechanics can be trumped by an FNQ bogan turning the hands on his clock.


24 July 2014

LAKE STREET OPENED UP THROUGH CITY PLACE - BUT WHY HAS THE AIRPORT CONNECTION STALLED?

Bob "Sleepy" Manning has sent out today's Cairns nonRegional Council's "inFocus" email, touting the City Place destruction project's early finish.  No mention about the dodgy consultation period and bankrupt businesses.



We  started asking questions of Council earlier this week about the stalled Lake Street connector to Airport Road.  This intersection has been finished for weeks, and yet hasn't been opened.

Turns out Council forgot to order the traffic lights.

That's right.  THEY FORGOT.

Several Council managers have been pointing the finger at
each other, so it's likely this will be another Council SNAFU from these high-paid managers that will see no one copping the blame.

So we're likely to see cones and poles san lights for quite some time.  Do you get to use "the dog ate my homework" as an excuse in your workplace?
  

UPDATE:  Embarrassed by the HBW report, Cr. Terry James ordered the southbound slip lane opened today so they could pretend to hide the screw-up.

And we've learned the screw-up is bigger than reported.  Not only are the traffic lights missing, but so is all the signage.  The left turn slip lane is now open, but with no signs to indicate where the road goes, most of the southbound traffic is still going to Sheridan Street.  The lawyers among us voice concerns about liability issues in opening a half-finished and unmarked intersection.