Manning dutifully trotted out the MacKenzie/Blake/Norman line that use of the waterfront area adjacent to the cruise ship terminal is "unvisionary", and that somehow some kind of massive business is going to turn up needing huge areas of land. Perhaps the "big end of town" is working on a deal to allow the Chinese to set up a military base here - or suddenly hundreds of cruise ships are going to turn up wanting to park in Cairns (despite the fact that cruise ships are getting so big that ONE can't even park inside the inlet). Of course Bob Manning's talking this new story now, HIS JOB DEPENDS ON IT. Funny that!
The really disgusting thing about this change in opinion is that as CEO of the Cairns Port Authority, Manning was instrumental in development of the current port zoning plan which clearly shows the Cultural Precinct Site as "tourism related development", and he's also personally promoted using this area for a convention centre-related hotel development.
So as CPA CEO he "signed off" on use of this area for public services, and now as the guy charged with trolling for government money for his little shipyard, he's taking the opposing view. Keep in mind he's also the same guy responsible for the un-bid, secret sale of the Harbour Lights site to the developers that included the Chapman (Skyrail) family. Son Ken Chapman is now chairman of Ports North.
Manning is quoted in the Cairns Post this week: ""When times are tough, people will take any rope they can get,"
Nice job, Manning. You're the Jackass of the Week.
Go get the rope.