Cr. Paul Gregory was guest this morning in the place normally reserved for the Mayor. And again, the same seemingly paid shills are organised to call in and attack the Mayor, Council, and CEO on Rugnut Mackenzie's personal vendettas.
MEET THE TOOLS! Raj, Shorty, and the community's grumpy old man Martin Tenni all were lined up the again deliver the opposition talking points on the Cultural Precinct. We don't need it, we don't want it, we don't have the money, it's in the wrong place, it's too big. And again like Cr. Pyne last week, all were told by Gregory that it's GOING to be built, because a Cultural Centre and proper theatre are important to those that use such facilities. Also known as those who actually have an education.
Funny but Raj and his hillbilly buddies all like the option of spending EXTRA money on Hillbillyworld, even though this essentially free waterpark built without private investment costs council millions to run. Why don't they ask the same questions about the waterpark?
The funny thing is that this push to spend big on Sugarworld makes Paul Freebody's $50 a pop monstrosity even more of a white elephant, and completely guts his business plan. Goodonya, Paul!
The 300 hillbillies organised by MacKenzie and represented by these brain-dead callers still refuse to see that they're being manipulated. The development community has their had firmly up the rectum of John MacKenzie, because this port land that they claim is "needed as a port" was long ago quite rightly determined to NOT been needed, and instead zoned for tourist facilities. The corrupt business interests in Cairns want this precinct for another highrise hotel or Harbour Lights-like monstrosity, cutting the community off from the waterfront (which of course they believe is for "the privileged class") with massive profits to be made.
The Mayor and the majority of the community who voted her "sensible development" ideas have, by reclaiming the waterfront for the people, stirred up all the corrupt monied interests in Cairns who see their vision of "Cairns waterfront for the wealthy" sinking. MacKenzie has in the past shown his stripes representing these corrupt interests - in one case being sanctioned for his law violations in conjunction with Glencorp Homes.
The constituency for this precinct is working quietly, but firmly to build a world-class structure adjacent to the Convention Centre on Ports North land despite the 300 hillbillies being opposed. To all today's callers - how do you like being tools of the developers?