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14 February 2012

"THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK" - AND PROVES DODGY UNITY TEAM THEATER PLANS COST NO MORE THAN CURRENT APPROVED PLANS!

In an email reputedly signed by "Terry James" and sent by the "Unity Team", Mr. James has attacked the statement that the Kevin Byrne's Unity Team Hartley Street theater plan didn't include "a stick of parking".  Mr. James has attached an undated plan that cannot be verified (since the previous Unity Team council and Mayor Byrne refused to give the public access to council documents, unlike the current council).  However this unapproved plan does show 411 parking spaces as part of the Byrne, and now Unity Team theater plans.  

Fortunately, the plans proffered by Terry James provide clear insight into the theater they wanted to build, and they prove without question that these plans cannot be achieved for anything like the $84.5 million estimate of 2007.  And others on the steering committee in the mid 2000's confirm that other, later plans by Unity had scrapped the parking altogether.

In the Unity Team plan, the carpark of 411 spaces was estimated to cost $18,750 per space.  This estimate was thought to be dodgy, as were many of the other cost estimates.  However, to demonstrate how construction costs have increased since then, the current council is in the final stages of a similar carpark on Grafton Street, estimated by the contractor at $44,991 per space, 240% more.   

So the $70 million estimate for the Unity/Byrne plan (the theater without the parking or land) would cost today - $158 MILLION!  Identical to the current approved plan, except on a shitty site that has no attachment to the Convention Centre!

Thanks to Terry James for proving the reasonableness of the current Council proposal, and for exposing the nonsensical plan being flogged like a dead horse by Bob Manning, his dodgy leader.  Unity clearly can't deliver a "cheaper" theater, and all they want is to free up the needed cruise ship dock area for their developer mates, and another Harbour Lights monstrosity!  Water views belong to all the People - not just the wealthy or corrupt!



19 comments:

Bus. Op. said...

Yes but who owns the adjacent land in Hartley Street? Doesnt Byrne or Capital Globe own land there? Wasn't this the original plan that government funds build the theatre, then a hotel is built next to or adjacent to the theatre? So that the hotel becomes known as the "theatre hotel" and gains the theatre patronage?

Bus. Op. said...

Yes but who owns the adjacent land in Hartley Street? Doesnt Byrne or Capital Globe own land there? Wasn't this the original plan that government funds build the theatre, then a hotel is built next to or adjacent to the theatre? So that the hotel becomes known as the "theatre hotel" and gains the theatre patronage?

Tony Hillier said...

And weren't high rise luxury units mooted for the site as well? Nuff said!

Anonymous said...

Can you put this in the Cairns Post? The current cost included the port land value as well so I think the actual cost of Mannings plan could even be higher.

Anon No. 4 said...

Hang on a moment. Just hang on! Are you really suggesting that kevin Byrne and his glove puppets are sleazeballs?

Anonymous said...

So Now who do we believe,hey Hillbilly?? A Mayor who can't lie straight in bed, a Deputy who flip flops all the time, a blow in again who still owes money to Cairns business' and has the nerve to ask for sponsors or a Man who may or may not be able to stop the CEP??? My mind is boggled with what ifs, who's where who's who and who to vote for!!!! Are any of the other Candidates worthy of our consideration????? Boss Hog

Buzz said...

This is what the hysteria behind the Entertainment Precinct is all about. It's objectives have been to lead to Byrne's Hartley Street as "THE SITE" and free up the proposed waterfront site for developers. We knew all along there was an ulterior motive behind the unprecedented campaign.

Tony Hillier said...

UM, UM, UM ... yes, indeed, THE Ulterior Motive we knew existed. It all starts to add up, um, does it not? And most of Cairns plays dUMb as the power brokers and the morally bankrupt money men make their move!

SAPPHO said...

The dumb are screaming about "dredging" and having orgasms over it. Yes "dredging" is the buzzword and catch cry. Once we "dredge" Cairns will prosper beyond our wildest dreams and we will all be rich. But to "dredge" and dredge happily ever after into the rosy sunset, we must have that LAND for Ports expansion. Gah...it makes me sick what people will believe.

Anonymous said...

well stab me in the eye with a fork and bend me over, but its my fault we now know what butch manning is up to

Anonymous said...

You bunch of moronic online watchers have missed the point. you cannot see past your Edge Hill apartments and lower city waters views to see the future..
It does not matter who is on council next term or who is mayor...they will go bankrupt and be sacked by the Can do it man...
You fools look at the politics's of it all, obvious is the lack or business nous in this place, you haven't seen the fact council operations for years have been and are are buying product to supply local company's on the side, You like Pyne claim to be watchers, tellers of all that's bad, really ya a bunch who sit at home hoping one day is my day, what continues is the corrupt supply chains of this citys council operations to private gain. In tight times the lines get stretched...

Anonymous said...

SAPPHO..."dredging is the " be all end all of cairn's, Tourism is to lets take a land dredge to TTNQ, Advance cairn's and all the other minority functions in this city. lets land dredge them under the foolish ideals you all have a monument to VAL'S art curvature is going to save our city from the ruionous ALP..oops you have kept the the ALP here,
YOU ALL FEAR CHANGE>>>>>YOUR CUTE JOBS ARE UNDER THREAT....you all think ANONIMITY...BEWARE EVERYTHING CAN BE TRacked

bogan said...

They're all gonna dredge, yeah Margie is gonna dredge, Manning is gonna dredge, gobsnot King is gonna dredge, Newman is gonna dredge...there all gonna dredge hey. Hey ho hey ho a dredgin we will go, we'll dredge and dredge and dredge and dredge and a dredgin we will go.

Mr. Ramsey said...

Maybe we should get some dredging specialists up from Gladstone to show us how it's done.. we could drill the reef for oil while we're at it.

How about a tunnel to Green Island ? Isn't that something Mr. Can-Do specialises in ?

Neil, humming at work said...

bogan, you imbecilic irritant. You're like a persistent blowfly hovering around us night and day. Ive been spontaneously humming your stupid inane little ditties on and off for days in the shower and at my desk.Someone ought to give you a good spray of Mortein or knock you over the head with the can.

Anonymous said...

Seems that two kinds of people enter local government as politicians: 1) those who genuinely want to make a difference to their local community (economy, social cohesion, cultural diversity and environment), and 2) those who genuinely want to line their own pockets at the expense of the local community. It is clear who's who in the current crop and among those vying for a position on Council after April.

athena said...

I suspect it has always been that way Anonymous above, since time began and the first cavemen Ug, Gror, Gug and Wok stood up on a rock and grunted their promises.

Neil said...

And some of the biggest scoundrels in this years Council elections are those two unspeakable fiends who covet our most pulchritudinous Division 6 Councillor!

Dina said...

Ahh yes, a building of luxury units including a hotel on the ground floor situated right next to a taxpayer funded theatre, which is maintained and run by ratepayers. Now wouldnt that increase the custom at the hotel and wouldnt the performers at the theatre want to stay in the luxury units? Gosh yes, say Manning and Cochrane, how sensible.