It would be ludicrous for the Cairns Regional Council to approve any kind of commercial "theater" project on this site as a competitor to the new Cairns Entertainment Precinct. Can you imagine the additional traffic created on the already heavily used, 2 lane Cook Highway?? And it would be more ludicrous for government to give this failed developer Marriner any more taxpayer money to squander. Propped up by "mystery money", Marriner has a penchant for leaving a trail of unpaid bills to councils and the tax department.
Serious questions abound about the mystery "Chinese investors" in the project - these investors have so far used Marriner as a frontman to shield their purchase of this iconic resort from the FIRB approval process without any disclosure of their intentions, and the source of the money used to invest here. Foreign investment corruption is rife in Mainland China, and the Mirage took years to shed its dodgy Skase history. A Chinese scandal tied to Cairns and North Queensland will do irreparable damage to our just-beginning Chinese tourist relationship.
Premier Bligh has already indicated to Marriner on other Queensland projects that his plans are ill-conceived, short on detail, and commercially unviable. In response, Marriner lashed back saying "his money would be safer in South America".
Has Port Douglas suddenly become the investor equivalent of "don't ask, don't tell" South America for the Chinese?
Is Marriner unaware that MP Warren Entsch, who's clearly been signed on to spruik the project, is increasingly looking like tainted goods as his CEC Group relationship goes unexplained while the company he formerly chaired
collapses into bankruptcy with "Trading While Insolvent" allegations as yet unanswered?