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14 April 2011

IDIOTIC PORT ARGUMENT CONTINUES TO BE PUSHED BY RUGNUT DESPITE BEING COMPLETELY WRONG

In what is looking to be a "last gasp" of opposition to the waterfront Entertainment Precinct, John MacKenzie and his couple dozen hoons are now focusing their attacks on the waterfront site. In this attack they're relying on Fred White, the articulate owner and CEO of Sea Swift shipping.

White was vociferous in his attacks on the location of the Entertainment Centre at the dud community meeting held a fortnight ago and organised by Barry "Residents against Aboriginals" Neale. White continues to claim that we shouldn't be building on this waterfront site because "it's needed for the ports".

This argument has been continually refuted by the trustees and planners over the land, Cairns Ports, who are happy to whack another shitty apartment building on this site if the council fails to move forward with the Entertainment Precinct.

Goaded by Rugnut MacKenzie, Fred White this week has attempted to sharpen his attack, now pretending to be a swami looking into the future. His argument is thus: we shouldn't use this land as part of this CBD project because perhaps 50 or 100 years in the future, we *MAY* need this area for shipping needs. This despite the fact that he, as owner of the largest shipping company in Cairns, has shown no need for this area in their business plans.

There are two problems with this argument. The first is that historically, as cities grow, their in-city port land is abandoned to shipping needs and pushed further out of the city centre. No one wants a city centre built around a dirty, noisy, congested and sometimes dangerous port. If you're really thinking 50 or 100 years into Cairns future, any city planner would agree that all of this in-town port land (including the petrol farm) will be pushed elsewhere, eventually. THAT'S the future of the port, not some mythical use of port land at the end of Sheridan Street for some kind of heavy port use.

But face it, the use of the Cairns Port was set in 1925 when the Tully Mill decided to ship their sugar from the Port of Townsville, instead of the much closer Cairns. The government's description of Cairns as a "boutique port" is apt.

If we really wanted to improve shipping service into Cairns, we'd upgrade the rail from Townsville port to Cairns to world standard gauge instead of the "Mickey Mouse" narrow gauge trains we're forced to run, and build an intermodal train to truck terminal in Portsmouth, designed to move standard intermodal containers used all over the world. THIS should be the 50 to 100 year plan for freight movement into Cairns, not Fred White's ignorant musings.

This "future" argument is ignorant of the facts and history. The "future" argument is a red herring, designed only to derail the Entertainment Precinct. It's the kind of argument that hillbillies without two brain cells to rub together jump on when Rugnut tells them "how high".

Secondly, any major port expansion will require at least one heavy port crane, like found at Townsville. Townsville invested in their first heavy crane in 1896, and installed their current container-ready crane in 1974. I don't see Fred White stepping up and investing in this kind of infrastructure - he's apparently happy with his inefficient, expensive, and environmentally unfriendly operation of his fleet. When business owners like Fred White start pushing their own agendas under the cover of "helping the community", it's usually the first step in then making some argument that WE, as taxpayers, should be paying for HIS shipping infrastructure.

See Fred, this is what *REAL* thinking about the future looks like, not some scam designed to get others to pay for your infrastructure!

12 comments:

Mike said...

One thing - there is no need to go to standard gauge (widening the tracks) to realise efficiencies in the Cairns to Townsville rail corridor. The narrow gauge railway is moving tonnages (10,000 tonnes per train) through central Queensland that are only surpassed by the big miners in the North West of WA. Standard sized shipping containers can do travel on intermodal trains on the corridor right now. But the line does need to be straightened especially between Cairns and Innisfail, and the crossing loops lengthened. No need to introduce yet another break of gauge in this country, let alone in the state.

Bus. Op. said...

I doubt this will be a "last gasp". Mackenzie is an obsessive type and won't leave this issue alone until he has succeeded in Cairns not getting a new performing theatre, upgraded convention facilities etc. He had enormous success in 1995/1996 in leading the charge against the State Government's plan to build a $billion new hospital.

Curly Joe said...

There isn't any doubt in my mind that there is a conniving scam going on. Fred White, I suspect, is just being used, as are several other naive, gullible people. The "future shipping needs" is just pure bullshit. No I agree with Bus. Op. above, this isn't a last gasp by Mackenzie. I reckon he has a personal monetary interest in seeing the Cultural Precinct scuttled. For the record, I believe we will lose it. Newman will be elected as Premier. Schier will be sacked, Cochrane appointed as Actg Mayor, the State Government's $40 million will be immediately withdrawn and will disappear into Brisbane's reconstruction. Cochrane will then sell the waterfront land to a "business consortium" for high rise, and start moves to redirect the $40 million Federal funding to Entsch's Chinese corporatists in Port Douglas. Mackenzie and King will cheer this on with great rapture. However shortly after, Mackenzie will "retire". In fact, shortly after all of this, we will see a number of Cairns people "retire" to a very wealthy retirement. Wait and see.

Curly Joe said...

There isn't any doubt in my mind that there is a conniving scam going on. Fred White, I suspect, is just being used, as are several other naive, gullible people. The "future shipping needs" is just pure bullshit. No I agree with Bus. Op. above, this isn't a last gasp by Mackenzie. I reckon he has a personal monetary interest in seeing the Cultural Precinct scuttled. For the record, I believe we will lose it. Newman will be elected as Premier. Schier will be sacked, Cochrane appointed as Actg Mayor, the State Government's $40 million will be immediately withdrawn and will disappear into Brisbane's reconstruction. Cochrane will then sell the waterfront land to a "business consortium" for high rise, and start moves to redirect the $40 million Federal funding to Entsch's Chinese corporatists in Port Douglas. Mackenzie and King will cheer this on with great rapture. However shortly after, Mackenzie will "retire". In fact, shortly after all of this, we will see a number of Cairns people "retire" to a very wealthy retirement. Wait and see.

Leigh Dall'Osto said...

I was at the Precinct 'forum' a few weeks ago and listened to him speak. The most effective argument against his diatribe is an obvious one. In 50 years, if we build the Precinct today, we will be tearing it down to build a better one as it will be obsolete by then. The current Civic Theatre is ten years off that age and it's been decrepit for a decade or more. All infrastructure has a used by date and not very many live that long without expansion or re-build. Worrying about what port expansion may, or may not be required several decades from now, is ridiculous. The ports in Mourilyan and Innisfail will be expanded by then and Cairns is not in a position to do so partly because of it's location in the centre of our city and partly because of it's scope. Foolish man.

Bus. Op. said...

I see Entsch in todays "Cairns Post" is again making demands for the Government funding for the Cultural Precinct. This time wanting it for his rectangular stadium and not for his mates in Port Douglas. Here we go again. As has been pointed out before on this blog, having a 20,000 to 30,000 crowd all fired up after a game and close to the booze laden CBD is begging for bloody trouble.

Entsch is playing dangerous politics, all for the sake of his own ego and popularity.

Arthur said...

It was an interesting story. Vis-a-vis the revelations by Kitchen Slut about Mr Entsch continuing to be a consultant to CEC - and presumably one of the lucky ones still being paid - shouldn't he have declared a conflict of interest in that CEC will undoubtedly seek at least part of the work on ALL the projects he talks about?

Or should he be touting ANY project in which CEC may have an interest?

There is clearly a link between CEC's parlous state and Mr Entsch's continual calls for "shovel-ready projects".

Charlie said...

Well here we go again. Everything was going for the Cutural Precinct until Stench nominated for Leichhardt. He and a few embitted tories thought opposing this would be great. Then their mates on Council started to express a different view and set about slowing down the whole process. Rugnut hasn't helped but he is good a killing things like a new base hospital on a greenfield site. The Cutural Centre and Museum with the added ability for the Convention Centre to hold Convertions for up to 5,000 people would employ more people in the building and businesses in the City will benefit ten fold from this. I can't understand why business hasn't jumped on Stench and the Councillors opposing this. Cairns will benefit more for the Cutural Centre than from a rectangular stadium. A new Stadium will send the Rugby Codes broke because they will be expected to play there instead of having games at their own Stadiums. These sporting codes don't need this as they have their own stadiums. Why do we need another. If the Cowboys were to play in Cairns the locals would not fill the Stadium. Stench now being in the opposition just criticizes everying the Governments are trying to do. When he was in Government we never heard from him.

Bernie W. said...

Arthur, I agree. On the Mackenzie program Entsch actually mentioned CEC in connection with "shovel-ready" projects. A curious anomaly - in todays Cairns Post, Entsch describes a "square" sports stadium, yet previously he has spoken of a "rectangular" stadium. There is little doubt he is trying to grab the Government funding for the entertainment precinct for his mates, no doubt giving himself a fair share as well.

Kel said...

It boils down to a handful of politically motivated people who are so intense on destroying one individul ( Mayor Schier) that they just don't give a shit about Cairns and the economy and how Cairns will miss out big time.
I was talking to a bloke in Townsville on the weekend who is connected with Townsvilles think tank for their own new performing centre and he said they are investigating grey tourism ie looking at negotiating with National Seniors to sell theatre subscriptions, organise theatre tours etc and generally encouraging grey tourists. (Not a bloody bad idea when you look at the numbers of them) They also are tapping into the huge Italian market and looking at bringing over top contemporary Italian performers.
Jesus bloody Christ when I compared what he was saying with what rugnut, Cochrane, Blake etc are all saying about a new performing centre being a white elephant I just wished rugnut was in front of me so I could have decked him.
What bloody lunatic hate filled one eyed f#@**s we have in Cairns. No wonder Townsville is romping ahead of us. no bloody wonder.

Alison Alloway said...

Very interesting comments there Kel. Cairns has in the past totally rejected "grey" tourism by closing all the caravan parks to the grey nomads. I agree that with the retiring baby-boomers (25%of the population and all cashed up with their super.) "grey" tourism is a lucrative field to tailor tourist "products" for. No it doesn't surprise me that Townsville's entrepreneurs are on to this. The biggest single group to purchase yearly theatre subscriptions are retirees, for example. And the oldies of course love their "Morning Melodies."
It doesn't surprise me either that they are tapping into the regional ethnic population. There are tens of thousands of people in FNQ of Italian extraction. But...according to Mackenzie, some of the City Councillors and their supporters...these people have no role as "cultural" tourists.
Sad.

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