He was called on Rugnut this AM to whinge about the fact his mates at CEC didn't get any "lucrative roadbuilding contracts" after the recent weather problems. He is quoted as saying he's "disgusted". Entsch neglected to mention his years on the CEC board where he helped drive this company into the ditch they're now in, and somehow believes that this company of ill repute should be "bailed out" by government contracts. It would seem that the Queensland government isn't interested in a company teetering on bankruptcy that's reportedly failed to pay local tradies for long periods of time. Can you imagine the whinging by residents if a collapsed CEC left half-completed road building projects??? What kind of government pumps money into companies that are mismanged and near-death???
He then got bitchy about Cairns Regional Council rejecting the CEC bid for the tennis centre. Despite the fact that CEC had never built a tennis centre before, didn't have the specialised equipment to make the surface flat, had a suspended building licence, and has never been any closer to a tennis centre than a glass of chardonnay!
We all know what happens when "local companies" are given the task of building something. Tom Hedley's legacy is prison-tower looking apartments all over the city, many with massive defect issues. Udo Jattke's contribution is ghettos built with guaranteed-to-flood ground floor units. CEC killed a guy working on the East Trinity abortion known as False Cape.
The reality is that Entsch has never been any good at securing dollar one for FNQ. He's given to grandiose plans (the $1,000,000,000 tunnel from the CBD to east Trinity, for example) and has a history of angry tirades and bullying staff and supporters. Likely the reason he was given the job of "whip" at Parliament. Projects secured for Cairns in the past were the result of local planning and a balanced viewpoint of Cairns by former PM John Howard, who visited Cairns often. Entsch was only around to take credit for them.
As usual Rugnut MacKenzie hangs on every word said by Entsch, shamelessly embarrassing the community with our own hillbilly "Brokeback Mountain".
The Entsch-effect is likely to stick Cairns with Labor state parliamentarians after the next election, with Entsch pushing unelectable "mates" for preselection. Paul Freebody. The peals of laughter have begun! His meddling in private business is unproductive and tiresome to the public. The fact is his mates at both CEC and Glencorp are doomed to liquidation. Government dosh shouldn't be used to "bail them out" from their own greed and stupidity.