While former Mulgave Shire chairman and Cairns Mayor Tom Pyne was laid to rest today, Cueball MacKenzie along with his call-in cohorts extolled the former Mayor and Labor Party leader in glowing terms. As the Cairns Post called it the "vision, passion, and drive" for the good of the Cairns community.
This despite ol' cueball having led the hillbilly naysayers in a vicious campaign against Tom Pyne's last major project, the Spence Street Council chambers. MacKenzie attacked Pyne as he does to all the politicians - never to their face, but in the end the almost $100 million consolidation has saved ratepayers untold millions. Tom Pyne steadfastly refused the calls from these people to "put the new council chambers to a referendum", believing rightly that councillors and the mayor were elected to make hard decisions. What the ignorant MacKenzie rabble refuse to understand is that we don't live in a direct democracy. We live in a representative democracy. We've elected people to make the hard decisions for the good of all, not shirk from their responsibility in the face of one dickhead with a microphone.
MacKenzie and the hillbilly ratbags ignored the guest editorial by Tom Pyne on March 19, where he wholeheartedly supported the current Mayor Schier and council for the Entertainment Precinct project suggesting that like other "big thinker" projects, it would be a great success.
He pointedly referred to the MacKenzie hillbilly ilk as "naysayers and knockers".
We therefore propose that the Cairns Regional Council chambers building be renamed the "Tom Pyne Memorial" Council Chambers, in recognition of his big-thinking approach to Cairns and the region, or perhaps the Entertainment Precinct when it is so constructed.