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20 January 2012

BOYCOTT IGA STORES IN CAIRNS FOR SUPPORT OF DISHONEST PETITION DRIVE LED BY PAUL DRABBLE AND JENNY GLAZE


Led by Cairns Regional Council division 2 candidate Paul Drabble, a splinter group of malcontent hillbillies has taken to organising a misleading petition drive against the CRC-approved Entertainment Precinct. In addition to failed Kiwi restauranteur Drabble, the group is led by failed artist and ex-airline hostie Jenny Glaze along with Division 7 "Community Alliance" (Cochrane) candidate Steve Grasso.  Drabble is also employed by the Piccone family at their IGA Grocery in Edmonton.


Last weekend, this group of hillbillies with the support of the Piccone family set up a petition table at Piccone's IGA stores in Edmonton and Manunda.  While promoted by Glaze and Drabble as a "voice your opinion, yea or nay" on the Entertainment Precinct project. there was no "yea" petition to be found and in fact the signage was deliberately misleading of the public.  


Glaze was overhead telling one young mother "Val Shier and her supporters want to close the port, which will force petrol prices up since it will all be trucked from Townsville". One resident from Port Douglas has written to claim that he was told "fags are running Cairns Council now".


This past Wednesday in fact another resident, Alan Selby of Redlynch, had a letter published in the Cairns Post in fact complained about these same issues at the petition set up at the IGA store in Redlynch.  


IGA grocers were founded on community values.  For the Piccones and other IGA stores in Cairns to be blatantly taking political sides in a local election is a violation of their code of conduct, and abhorrent to most of the public who want to do their weekly shop in peace.  While the Piccones have previously been financially supportive of local community groups, they've just squandered all these works in this stupid action. 


A discussion with regional managers for both Coles and Woolworths confirms that they have strict guidelines against "political" soliciting in or around their shops, including prohibitions in their store rental agreements with the landowners.  They were both shocked that IGA would condone such polarising community activities.


IGA is owned by Metcash Limited (MTT) in Australia, and their executive in charge of the IGA operations is Harry Rumpler.  Metcash CEO Andrew Reitzer has an "Ask the CEO" contact page on the Metcash website.  Perhaps a few questions to Mr. Reitzer about the community interference by IGA stores in a local election would be appropriate.  In addition, the Piccones can be contacted at peter@piccones.com.au.

36 comments:

Tony Hillier said...

As a regular IGA punter, I am appalled that the Piccone family are allowing this Glaze woman — who the hell is she anyway? — to pull the kind of political stunt that wouldn't be out of place in a Third World country. Even though I despise the Coles/Woollies duopoly, I will have to think hard about switching supermarkets.

Anonymous said...

As a shareholder in Metcash I've sent emails to the CEO and Mr Rumpler. Will be interested in their responses.

Smithfield Sam said...

I agree this is a new low in the Cairns business community. This clearly an attack on the arts community and the majority of Cairns ratepayers who support this project. It is devious and disgusting.

Like others, I will now avoid IGA, and Mitre 10 as well (which is a Metcash company).

Anonymous said...

I can't recall Val promising us a $250 million cultural centre before the last council election.
Nor do I remember any community consultation before this monstrosity was announced.
Piccone is just giving the non arty-farty citizens of Cairns a chance to have their say.
A say that was denied them right from the start!
Piccone you are a true local, not a "blow in" from Tasmania.

RichardR said...

Hillbilly Pearl from Wangetti, who's been MANNING the table in Port, whinged to Paul Gregory this AM about the CEP. To his credit, Gregory said that it was democracy at work, and basically told ol' Pearlie to get over it.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Lou, I've been a regular supporter of your IGA stores, but no more. I'll now use the IGA at Raintrees.

Anonymous said...

really some of you need to get over yourselfs, some not going to shop at piccones just because of the bullshit put on this blog site, gee who are the real hillbillys here.

Leigh Dall'Osto said...

I have just read this post and the comments above and there are a few points I would like to clarify from my personal experience with this petition and Piccones.

First, please be aware that Peter Piccone has been away on holiday and until his return on Thursday was completely unaware that this petition was installed in or near his stores.

Several local residents down here in Edmonton wrote to Peter to inform him of this biased petition and the fact it is front and centre at this store. I had a few come up to me and express their disappointment in this and a few other incidents which were deemed unfair and unnecessary.

Peter has responded immediately. There is now NO SIGNAGE on the tables. There is a specific table for the "FOR" vote and one for the "AGAINST" vote. These tables are not allowed to be manned and they are not to have any further information or pamphlets on or near them.

As a community advocate and one who consistently encourages community gatherings and community assistance etc, Peter and his son John have a great deal of respect within our region. I would hate for that to wane at all based on something that occurred in their stores while they were not there.

I'm not sure about the Manunda store and it's petition but assume the same has occurred there.

Leigh Dall'Osto said...

Sorry, Obviously Lou is the father.....not Peter!

Anonymous said...

I also went to Redlynch I.G.A. to sign the "FOR the Precinct Form" as advertised and it wasn't to be seen. I created my own and left details of Dubbo Cultural Precinct for M/s Glaze and others to read. Dubbo has population of 41,000 and has a new Centre built in 2010. Oh yes, there were some rednecks down there against it!! It has since had 130,000 visitors and sold 55,000 tickets. A city now very proud of it's asset and the spin-off it has created. Jenny Glaze as an artist, ex airline cabin crew, tour escort and now cafe owner on the tourist track should be supporting this development with open arms for the jobs, visitors and opportunities for artists it will create. She has surely seen in her travels what visionary development can do for a city. It appears that her main complaint is lack of community consultation well that is furtherest from the truth - Where were you when the community meetings, workshops were conducted at regular times?

Jim McMahon said...

The "petition" is totally fraudulent.

Promoting it with signs saying "Save the Port" makes all the signatures null and void. This has nothing to do with saving the port, and many or most have signed under false pretenses.

The campaign against this project has been the most vitriolic I can remember in Cairns, or in fact anywhere in North Queensland. Orchestrated by John MacKenzie, the real black hands have been Bob Norman and others coveting this inlet frontage for commercial reasons. It would end up another Harbour Lights monstrosity if these people had their way.

jim cavill said...

wounder once the election campaign for council is announced /notified if it breaches the act.

Anonymous said...

Hold The phone anyone can apply to use the space at the front on a IGA store this sounds more like a personal attack! I myself have used this spot for fundraising for a local youth group... But I did not represent the store! Why attack the store because of a stupid woman's actions! If you have a problem with what someone says or dose at the front of the store! Grow some balls and tell them!

Anonymous said...

So what you are saying is that the community engagement sessions held by such people as Curtis Pitt, Rob Pyne and the like at shopping centres are not condone? Having lived here almost a decade I have witnessed it not only at IGA stores but at Mt Sheridan (outside a Coles store), at Stockland (the display was both at the foodcourt and outside Woolworths) and Smithfield. I bet you supported these activities but because this one does not follow your way of thinking it has provoked this outburst.

The Piccone Family are a major supporter of this area and as such provide space outside their stores for any community group or person to be able to have access to sell raffle tickets, provide information about new businesses in the area and allow our elected representatives to meet with the people they represent.

For someone claiming to be about the community, with the unemployment rate in Cairns as high as it is because we like to keep our eggs in the tourism basket, what effect on locals employed by these IGAs will your boycott have if these businesses have to cut jobs because of your campaign?

Anonymous said...

SOMEONE SHOULD TELL PEARL THAT A MCNAIR RADIO SURVEY FIVE YEARS AGO SHOWED ABOUT 4000 PEOPLE A DAY LISTEN TO JOHN MCKENZIE(MOST STATIONS IN CAIRNS HAVE THE SAME KIND OF FIGURES)SO THAT WHEN SHE SAYS 90% OF PEOPLE DON'T WANT THE PRECENT SHE MEANS THE 90% OF HIS LISTENERS.IN MARCH THE OTHER 151,000 WILL VOTE YES OR NO.UNTILL THEN TAKE A BIG BREATH PEARL,TAKE YOUR BEX,AND HANG ON FOR THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE.THE END

Terry Towelling said...

"...what effect on locals employed by these IGAs will your boycott have if these businesses have to cut jobs because of your campaign?.."
I'd imagine Coles and Woolworths would have to employ them because of the added business??? Supply and demand etc... Personally, I think Lou has made his political views pretty obvious to the Cairns community over the years.

Anonymous said...

Have just returned from the NSW central coast and was very impressed by the recently completed (2009) Glasshouse Entertainment Centre in Port Macquarie. Just goes to show what positive community spirit and support can do in a town/city that is smaller than Cairns. Bet they don't have a whinging MacKenzie. Cairns could certainly take a leaf out of their book.
Check it out here:
http://www.hastings.nsw.gov.au/www/html/1272-glasshouse-arts-conference-and-entertainment-centre.asp

Anonymous said...

So Terry, you would rather have our money being spent at Woolworths and Coles who invest nothing in this community over IGA who gives so much back?

Yes people would have jobs but the lose of the money invested back by IGA would see more clubs and facilities suffer.

People wonder why Townsville goes ahead in leaps and bounds while Cairns stagnates? Although the Council down there is not one of the best, they are planning for the future and providing what Townsville needs to diversify and survive economic hard times.

I personally think an entertainment precinct is needed but do not agree with where it is to be located nor that I would have to foot the bill for something I may only use once or twice in the next ten years. Instead of inflicting the cost on rate payers, place a levy on the tickets so those who are going to use it fund it rather than those who don't want it or aren't going to use it.

Peter Piccone said...

After reading the above post there are a few things I would like to bring to your attention.
Jenny Glaze is the principle petitioner that approached us in regards to displaying a Cairns Entertainment Precinct petition.
The petition was to give people the choice to support the council decision or not to support the council decision.

Unfortunately senior management did not get to screen the petition before they where displayed. I was away on business and was not in the office from Wednesday the 11th to Sunday the 15th. I was informed on Monday afternoon about the signs and petitions that were displayed and after receiving the information I immediately informed Paul Drabble and Jenny Glaze of the concern the customers and myself had. I was then away at a funeral on Tuesday. 

Due to the nature of my concerns with the headings and posters of the petition Jenny kept me in the loop and produced the new petition on Wednesday night.

The new petition I believe made it easy for interested customers to register their support ether way.
 
As long as our customers support us we will provide an avenue for information, fundraising and connecting people in our community.

TT said...

Geez, Anonymous, I don't think people will be going to performances at the CEP for free. They WILL be paying a levy through the purchase of tickets! I've been a ratepayer for 35 years and yet I have never been to Barlow Park, frequented the City Library or swum in the Esplanade Pool. Perhaps we should place a levy on users of these facilities for balance as well? By the way, I think you'll find that Townsville would give its right arm to receive the funding that Cairns has managed to get to build its own Entertainment Centre. Perhaps Townsville's success is due to the fact it doesn't have the overabundance of Neanderthals that Cairns has that want to hold it back.

Bus. Op. said...

You all better get round the fact that Cairns residents have a lot of rednecks in them. Rednecks who truly believe culture and sophistication is watching porn or dog fights. The likes of Margie Cochrane, Warren Entsch and Madthead Manning know this and they are manipulating these neanderthals. Cairns is REDNECK CITY.

Anonymous said...

well thats amazing i didnt relise Paul Drabble worked at Piccones, as i shop there all the time and now realise who he is and he has never said hello to me or evan givin me good service, always seems to busy as is Peter Piccone bit up him self, but as for John his always says good day

JahFe said...

This issue has nothing to do with IGA versus Coles or Woolworths. It is a question of freedom of speech, and participatory democracy.

JahFe said...

I would also say that the petitioners do not need to provide a petition or form for people wishing to express support for the CEP.

The claim that the petitioners advertised this as more of a survey (that people could vote either way), and the claim of somewhat exaggerated statements (CEP will mean the end to our port, and higher petrol prices) is another issue. But this has been countered with complaint letters to the Cairns Post, and in this and at least one other blog.

Anon No. 4 said...

Anonymous, what is the name of her cafe and where is it?

Jim McMahon, spot on. That's also the long-term game at the hospital site.

Anonymous said...

Hey Peter Piccone you are full of bullshit. Also this petition is a waste of time as Council have already voted on it.

athena said...

To Anonymous above, who claims there was no community consultation etc about the Entertainment Precinct. I don't know where the hell you come from, but there has been a lobby for a regional museum dating back 40 years to my knowledge. Also the Cairns Choral Society and other groups have been lobbying for a new performing arts theatre since the time of Tom Pyne as Mayor. Mackenzie won't tell you this of course.

Anonymous said...

Anon No. 4 You will find the cafe on the left hand side of Bruce Highway half-way to Innisfail. Also agree with Jim McMahon - so true.

Fran Lindsay said...

Leave Piccone family and IGA Stores out of the political stirrings. They have always kept their opinions to themselves and support privately where they wish. Piccone IGA Edmonton have supported locals promoting local issues for decades. They do not publicly or personally get caught up in individual politics.I would not want to see the day when we do not have a local venue for our stalls,raffle ticket sales, information table, and petitions.
I did go down and signed the support of Entertainment Precinct document.
Fran Lindsay. Edmonton.

Bus. Op. said...

Fran Lindsay, you are wrong and once again trying to deceive the enormous amounts of non locals, the Mexicans whio have poured into this city and who are continuouslty being manipulated by unconscienable, conniving dishonest people. Vic Piccone stood for the National Party against sitting Labor Member Ray Jones in the 1980 State Election. The Piccones were great public supporters of Joh Bjelke Petersen.

Alison Alloway said...

I can't help but despair that one of the greatest things to happen to Cairns in a long time - the Entertainment Precinct - has been turned into a political football.
The Entertainment Precinct will be a major stimulus to the tourist industry offering show packages in connection with airlines, bus companies and hotels, as well as a major attraction in the museum showcasing our history. The Entertainment Precinct will also stimulate the development of further university courses at James Cook, ie curatorial skills which are vast and diverse. One such aspect of curatorial skills which interests me personally is fabric preservation, important to all the women in Cairns and the Far North who make quilts!! In time we can see the performing arts theatre stimulating the need for a Fine Arts Institute. The Entertainment Precinct provides for an extension to the Convention Centre upgrading from 2,500 seats to 5,000. This would mean we attract more globally prestigious conventions and conferences putting up well and truly on the world stage. The Entertainment Precinct is something we need, and it isn't just for Cairns people. It belongs to all the people in Far North Queensland! Can't you just imagine all the Italian people coming from all over North Queensland, filling our hotels and restaurants, to see VIVA ITALIA!!!

Tony Hillier said...

There is reason to despair, Alison. Present-day Cairns is chockablock with philistines and people who are indifferent to civic and community matters, which makes them vulnerable to exploitation by pernicious and myopic motor mouths like Cueball and leaves the city at the mercy of developers out to make a fast buck. Many punters, I suspect, would be unable to differentiate between the tiers of government, let alone have any awareness of what candidates stand for. Sadly, our daily organ provides only superficial and dumbed down coverage of local affairs. Thus, residents are ill informed. The sort of background that Hillbilly Watch provides needs to reach a wider audience.

Alison Alloway said...

Tony, I agree with you. It is just so disheartening that we have a chance of gaining a regional museum after FORTY years of having it put on the back burner. A museum to showcase not only our regional history and culture, but also if Museums Queensland moves in to operate it, will showcase our wonderful exciting paleontology discoveries.

Anonymous said...

Petition table outside Redlynch IGA this evening with the save our port signs on front of both tables. Null and void and a waste if time as the CEP has been voted on by our by elected Councillors.

Anonymous said...

Saw the red headed bitch at Redlynch today with the misleading "save our port" signs. Hope this stupid stunt backfires and her petition is deemed null and void.

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