How, you ask, can a small businessman and Managing Director spend so much time on the 'net? Because his business, Snap Printing, is a complete bust. So much so, it's been up "for sale" for quite some time. This is the usual Cairns real estate agent trick by the way - take a broke, unviable business and put it "up for sale" to see if a new resident of Cairns will be stupid enough to buy it. Patel doesn't have the skills of a real, competent printer so he shows up at his office every day and trolls the internet for useless nuggets of nonsense.
Patel is often seen at the Centrelink office on Aplin Street, so it's clear why he has so much time on his hands. Another migrant sucking on the teat of generous Australian public welfare.
Patel can be counted on by Rugnut to bring spout new "facts" about the Cultural Precinct in his desire to derail it. Some of his "facts" include a 1000 seat theater built in Rockhampton for $25 mil - wondering why we can't have this kind of theater! Despite being told at a recent meeting that a $25 mil theater wouldn't have any stage space, nor dressing rooms, nor acoustics, nor sound system, he insists that "the ratepayers are getting gouged". And he rants endlessly about his idea that "the state" should pay more of the cost - conveniently forgetting that whether local, state, or federal money is used, IT'S ALL OURS, DICKHEAD. WHERE DO YOU THINK THE GOVERNMENT'S MONEY COMES FROM?
And apparently Raj's "digging" hasn't yet uncovered an important fact - rates in Mackay, Gladstone, the Gold Coast, and Townsville are HIGHER than rates in Cairns, and Cairns Regional Council debt, per residemt, is among the lowest in Queensland and only 1/3 the debt being carried by the Townsville council. Amazing! (not!)
Challenged recently to "put up or shut up" by a Cultural Precinct supporter, he yammered and stammered and hung his head in shame before slinking out the door. It's sure is a lot easier attacking people on the radio, isn't it Raj? None of them pesky facts to get in your way, and Macca loves to have you on your knees servicing him as you do.
In short, Raj Patel is just what a $200,000,000 Entertainment Precinct DOESN'T need - business advice from a failed copy shop owner!
Finally, Patel starts yammering about the "entertainment centre" built in Mackay totally with state of Queensland money. He's right, the state built it. And he's wrong, it wasn't built as an "entertainment centre" but as a "convention centre". And like our convention centre in Cairns, both were paid for by the state government.
The "theater use" in Mackay is complete bullshit. It's got a partition running down the centre, so that it can be used as two separate meeting rooms. There was NO acoustical design and virtually no fly space, rigging, and other theater-specific equipment. In short, it is in NO WAY applicable to a comparison with the needs of a region three times the size of Mackay, and is actually LESS equipped then our current Civic Theater. It's a 1000 seat toilet.
Raj, you're an idiot.
Funnily, Macca was overheard recently at Villa Romana mocking Raj with his "fake Indian accent" routine, which he does often to peals of laughter - his own.
Raj Patel - the butt of John MacKenzie Indian jokes and little else! Our Rugnut wanker of the week!