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21 June 2010

REJECTED LEADER OF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CONTINUES HIS FACTLESS ATTACKS ON THE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

Former Cairns Chamber of Commerce head Bob Norman (who failed in his recent challenge to just-reelected president Jeremy Blockey) today was given more time on the MacKenzie Hillbilly show to spout more untruthful statements about the Performing Arts Centre proposal.

Two weeks ago blowhard Norman complained bitterly that there was "no business case" for the project. Mayor Schier on that Friday set the record straight for both Norman and John MacKenzie - an extensive business case prepared by council staff with the assistance of a large number of residents has been available on the council website for months. Reports that she tried to shove it up MacKenzie's nose are incorrect - however it's still likely that Macca hasn't even cracked the thing open to give it a read.

Today Norman complained that a "new $5 Million business case" was being funded by the state government and council, and he intimated that this was an obscene amount of money to be spent on this documentation. However again Vice Mayor Cochrane advised last Friday that this money wasn't for a business case, but in fact a full evaluation of the building design, resulting in a final, costed project design.

Cochrane in fact did a terrific job of outlining the decision-making procedure at council, and specifically pointing out that it wasn't council's job to put every decision to a referendum. Councillors are elected to make decisions, and the ones with backbone make the best long-term decision for the community. She also noted again that the "volcano" proposal was only an initial suggestion, and that a full design brief would be developed with the seed money being tipped in by state and federal governments.

MacKenzie's continued reference to the "Val-cano" is designed just to stir up the hillbilly element in the community. Another example of his divisive nature, used only for his sleazy self-promotion.

Is Bob Norman deaf? Or is his selection of facts designed only to build some kind of flimsy platform on which he can satisfy his political ambitions?

Norman then alluded to a secret cabal being manipulated by the Port Authority who were the real proponents of the Performing Arts Centre. He refused to say more saying he "didn't want to let the cat out of the bag".

That's not a cat, Bob. That's just cat shit. You've got bagloads of it.

5 comments:

Ed in Edge Hill said...

I heard Bob Norman ranting, and was considering reporting it myself. He's a wackjob and self-promoter. Couldn't run an ice cream shop on the Esplanade, and the business community didn't vote him back into the chamber because he's viewed now as a toxic, negative influence.

Him and Macca are made for each other!

Anonymous said...

Radio Listener said:

Ah MICK, mate, interesting take of your's on Bob Norman's call-in to the Mackenzie Radio Show. I didn't
hear it - and I am not inclined to
accept your biased interpretation
of it....

However, IF Mr. Norman really did
"allude to a secret cabal being
manipulated by the Port Authority
who were the real proponents of
the Performing Arts Centre" (which
does NOT sound like Bob Norman);
"not wanting to let the cat out of
the bag" (which DOES sound like
Bob Norman) - then this observation
should NOT be lightly dismissed.

Mr. Norman is well-connected and
well-informed - IF what you say
he said is true (IF?) - then
there are grounds for further
investigation....

Your biased, excessively simplistic
approach leaves a lot to be desired, but the merit of your blog
does emerge, albeit faintly, when
you 'report' comments of the kind
you attribute to, in this case,
Bob Norman.

IF there is "a cat in the bag" viz
the Performing Arts Centre proposal, not an impossibility,
it's not Mackenzie's responsibility
to reveal it - but given his opposition to "Val's Volcano", he
just MIGHT.

The reality is that there is a case
FOR the Performing Arts Centre -
and, equally, a case AGAINST it.

It is true, of course, that the
case FOR it is not being given
'equal time' on the radio program
you are 'monitoring'.

Radio listener.

Another Ratepayer Listener said...

Radio Listener,

The report on this blog is absolutely correct. I was gobsmacked when Bob Norman starting talking about the "secret cabals", too - I thought he'd start talking about martians next!

Of course a new performing arts centre is going to cost ratepayers something. Just like the tons of sports facilities around the place. I applaud Val for thinking big.

curly said...

***Heavy sigh*** The Cairns Cultural Centre is just NOT only a "performing arts centre" it is a multi-purpose centre....a big convention centre, a performing arts centre...and a MUSEUM. Christ, why do people forget the MUSEUM???

curly said...

***Heavy sigh*** The Cairns Cultural Centre is just NOT only a "performing arts centre" it is a multi-purpose centre....a big convention centre, a performing arts centre...and a MUSEUM. Christ, why do people forget the MUSEUM???