In 2008, Cairns voters roundly rejected Kevin Byrne and the Unity Team. Residents around the city were tired of the secrecy, the lack of consultation, the abusive attitude towards the citizens, and other serious flaws. Monuments of the developer abuse are dotted all around the Cairns region - from the "prison tower unit blocks" constructed by Tom Hedley, to the ghetto apartment buildings built by Udo Jattke in Woree and Clifton Beach. This is what the Unity Team represents.
The Unity Team has fielded candidates this year, including Bob Manning for Mayor. While the Unity Team leader Kevin Byrne is busy filling his pockets with mining company money in PNG, he's still acting as one of the "black hands" pushing this same agenda back on the Cairns community.