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26 February 2012

SOURCE OF BIG-MONEY IN CAIRNS ELECTIONS REVEALS REAL MOTIVATION OF UNITY TEAM AND GAVIN KING

Money is flooding into the state and local council elections in Cairns.  Huge money.  More money than ever seen in Cairns elections before.


Reports are that one donor alone has pumped over $100,000 into the Unity Team and their local councillor candidates, as well as the LNP candidate for the electorate of Cairns, Gavin King.  


This donor is reported to be companies and individuals associated with shopping centre giant Westfield.


When reports first circulated about this largess, questions about their motivation to influence the Cairns local elections began to surface.  


We can report that a massive expansion of APPF/Westfield's Cairns Central Shopping Centre is in the final stages of planning, as well as a huge expansion at Smithfield Centre.  While Smithfield is essentially owned by Dexus Property Group, interlocking arrangements between Dexus and Westfield are known to exist making Smithfield essentially a Westfield investment.  And while Westfield announced last October that it had sold its 50% ownership to APPF (Lend Lease), the APPF fund is a private investment vehicle and Westfield is still said to have management influence over the group - including guarantees to add Kmart and David Jones to the centre.  As well as the political muscle.


Cairns Central is reported to almost double in size, with the addition of a third "anchor" tenant with whispers of David Jones being the likely occupant.  However a doubling of Cairns Central will likely do irreparable harm to the retail environment in the CBD.  When Cairns Central first opened a wave of vacancies occurred in town.  A doubling of Cairns Central, in the current retail environment where almost 200 empty shops dot virtually every street, would see retailing decimated in the CBD for a decade or more.  Leaving the only retailers selling stuffed kangaroos and overpriced coffee.  The expansion is also set to include a "restaurant experience" - not just a bigger food court, but one with full upscale restaurants, like their new shopping mall in Sydney.  Even the CBD restauranteurs won't stand a chance to compete on a level playing field.


FRANK LOWY AND HIS SONS, SMILING OVER THE
RAPE OF CAIRNS PLANNED TO START SOON
In addition, despite retailers across the city reporting business takings down 20-40%, Westfield/APPF is playing "hardball" with current tenants, demanding increases of 30-40% on leases already too dear for the amount of business.  They're playing exceptionally tough with the current food outlets, offering only short leases so they can be swept out in the new upscale plan.  Westfield is out to decimate the Cairns retail environment and force everyone into their overpriced shopping mall.  Screw the local merchant.  Screw the shop owner.  More money for the Lowy's (and the pollies) on the back of the Cairns battler.


Hence the campaign contributions from Westfield/APPF.  The balanced development approach taken by the current Mayor and Cairns Regional Council would likely unfavourably look on such an aggressive move by Westfield.  Even if approved, conditions imposed by a moderate-thinking council could add millions to the cost of the project.  A few hundred thousand dollars splashed around to pro-developer council candidates like Bob Manning, Gavin King, Alan Blake, and others would see council packed with pro-developer lackeys under the leadership of the Byrne lookalike.  The bad old days would be back with the gunslingers in charge.


Westfield is said to have retained some of the same local "black hands" that were previously ousted by the Chamber of Commerce for their anti-small-business stance.  We're working to confirm and out these cretins.  


Keep watching the money!





62 comments:

Nanna Kay said...

It will kill the Cairns Central Business District stone cold dead.
From the very day Cairns Central opened its doors, the business district has been in decline. It doesn't surprise me at all with reports that Cairns Unity and Gavin King are set to have their palms greased with pieces of silver. It has happened in Cairns before.

Tony Hillier said...

At the risk of being cast as a pessimist or an alarmist, a return to the dark days of conservative rule, a la the Bjelke-Petersen regime, is a scenario we face.

Curly Joe said...

No wonder Unity has a "oncer" in Manning. He's only going to serve one term, if that, if he is elected as Mayor. You can bet however he will campaign on being "accountable". Also have a look at the Unity Team's Council candidates, unknowns most of them, and all looking as weak as piss.

nomooremike said...

How can they expand, where to .... the car park?

athena said...

The sad thing is it looks almost certain that a new Council will have a highly disparate group of "conservative" and self-proclaimed "progressives". Amongst these candidates there is already division over the Entertainment Precinct, dredging the inlet etc.
I predict the new Council will be plunged into a continuation of the existing issues of external interference and a manipulative, polarising media machine. Looking at the candidates, I can see only a scant few (three) with the personal strength not to be swayed by "black hand" pressure or an officious media attack. In fact some of the candidates are already saying and I quote almost verbatim, "You have to build up a relationship with the media...". (Whatever happened to the media respecting an elected community official??) Very scarey stuff coming from the candidates. It gives a picture of how they will operate as well as their own insipidness. Frankly, I view the next Council with some forebodings.

Liz said...

It is hard to know how Cairns Central can expand unless they decide to go up a few further stories. It is a very scarey thought however, just when the community are arguing about reviving the city mall and the heart of the CBD and the State Government has pledged amounts of money to do so. An expanded Cairns Central complex will kill any possibiity of the Cairns CBD reviving. Moreover a large restaurant area will take business away from the esplanade and the CBD. All up, it would be a very wrong decision for the city to approve such extensions. However, I fear that with the Entertainment Precinct being scuttled, dredging prohibited because of environmental factors, the pro Westfield Cairns Central expansion group will shrilly argue "jobs, jobs, jobs!" A decision will be made in view of the short term gains at the cost of the long term and lasting consequences.

Leigh Dall'Osto said...

Makes a mockery of the much appreciated but small donations for my Campaign.

I pledged at the beginning, when I first announced I was running, to not accept any money from a business or developer. Part of the reason for that was because most of the businesses in my area who would support me are very small and struggling themselves.

Any huge expansion of either shopping centre, but most particularly Cairns Central, will cause irreparable damage to those unique, but small retail outlets peppered through the region. These locally owned and operated businesses are an integral part of our make-up and should be supported as much as possible. Ensuring that they have access to the population in a fair and equitable playing field is the best way to achieve that.

In a perfect world, each Candidate for Local elections would have a cap of 10'000 to spend on their campaign and a maximum of 60 corflutes (or even better.....none). It would certainly mean that the best Candidates are elected.

The fact is, if you aren't already walking the walk and talking the talk, you currently have the ability to simple spend up big on ads instead.

We may well end up with Councillors who have no real intention of listening to those they represent or paying any attention to those 'little things' like parks, street lights and paths while they focus their attention on the wants of those who have funded their campaigns.

I have found that people are in general much more political than they have been in the past. They now question everything, they ask me very difficult but important questions, they want to know detail (not just platitudes) and you can bet that they will be expecting you to keep your word.

Here's hoping that Cairns votes for Candidates who best represent their own values and goals for the area they live in, not the ones with the prettiest cars.

Anonymous said...

You poor fools, if you believe this rubbish, you believe in Santa Clause.

Fatfking Kev said...

I'll be back!

Anonymous said...

Yea just like you fools who believe the CEP will explode if one of you farts

Mr. Ramsey said...

Maybe the long term plan is to destroy all small businesses in the CBD, so all the charming 2 story buildings can be turned into high rises. Hedley is waiting in the wings....

Dina said...

Yes indeed Mr Ramsey, so if you are Gavin King,you can use the shabbiness and the poor usage of the CBD as an "issue" with which to blame both the Cairns Regional Council, the Mayor and the State Government. Yes King is openly using this as part of his election strategy. "I will revive the CBD". In the back ground however, out of sight, are the Cairns Central developers, cultivating allies. Of course the CBD will eventually be full of high rise apartment buildings.

Ron said...

You are right Dina. Cairns is running out of space for new residential buildings, and people would pay a premium to live close to the Esplanade and with sea views etc. Yep the CBD will in future be chockers with high rise apartment buildings, only they will be called "condos". Of course if the Entertainment Precinct goes ahead, then that will make the CBD even more valuable for developers.

Destiny Prophet said...

"I hate to be the first to say it out loud, but I don`t think it would be such a bad thing for the Far North to hit the bottom of the boom and bust cycle again.

The market will dictate the winners and losers. Quality operators will survive, sub-standard operators will not."

Gavin King, Cairns Post, May 24 2008

Be careful what you wish for...

Council Insider said...

I can confirm plans have been reviewed, but not yet officially submitted to Council for an expansion. Up, as well as out on the carpark is what is proposed. More movie theatres, too.

I also believe the Mayor has seen the plans as well.

Anonymous said...

God help us. The CBD is rooted.

Michael Weitzmann said...

I find the comments on here very strange, given that this blog ohas previously asserted that current CBD landlords are charging too much rent, hence the numerous empty premises.

Large corporations such as Westfield are not stupid or reckless, they rely on analysis of trend data to plan their developments and trends are definately for people to be able to shop in large, pedestrian friendly and air conditioned shopping malls, with ample car parking provided. In Cairns Central, this is provided free for the first 3 hours, whereas in the CBD this charged from the minute you park. Wheather you like it or not, people will vote with their feet and as most local population is suburban in Cairns, they prefer one stop parking retail ammenities.

Further, the trend is also for inner city appartment housing in all cities. The only problem with Cairns is the current insurance issue. This trend is not only inevitable, it is desireable from sustainability, transport and population growth perspective. As for all the "charming" low rise building in the CBD, there are very few (Bollands, the Art Gallery, former Courthouse, Cairns Post Building, a few pubs and just a some others)& I can't see these being demolished. Yes, if the rest with no architectural merit go to make way for residential buildings, so much the better.

The other retail areas of the CBD, esp. close to the Esplanade will never die but will increasingly be given over to tourist related retail and eateries. Local residents everywhere, and especially here in the tropics, perfer shopping mall shopping and this has to be accepted rather than resisted. Only when our population reaches a "critical mass", driven by inner city residential housing, will the old style strip shopping be viable again, and this in itself recomends futher such high density residential development in the CBD.

Anonymous said...

The CBD has been rooted for years. There is nowhere to park and the parking inspectors appear from nowhere 20 seconds after your meter expires. I only go in there if I have to. At night it is populated by gangs of drunken thugs. Labor has buggered this state and the sooner we get rid of them and their incompetence the better...

Michael Weitzmann said...

Thanks Anonymous, I did forget to mention that people also feel SAFER in large modern shopping malls due to the filthy, violent THUGS that are currently permitted to infest the CBD and inner urban areas. We are currently buying them off, as the Romans did with the barbarians threatening their city, but will WE be saved once the Labor coins run dry? The Romans were not.....We must deal with this scourge if the CBD is to have either a retail, tourism or residential future!

Ron said...

By gangs of drunken thugs? Well Cairns has a long history of having drunken thugs in the CBD, The string of hotels along Wharf Street were not named "the Barbary Coast" for nothing. Fights were commonplace, as were wandering drunks and vagrants. The old police "black Maria" was repeatedly filled Friday and Saturday nights with wasted individuals to be thrown in the lockup overnight. Funny thing though, all this happened through various successive Governments, not just the Labor Party,

Ron said...

By gangs of drunken thugs? Well Cairns has a long history of having drunken thugs in the CBD, The string of hotels along Wharf Street were not named "the Barbary Coast" for nothing. Fights were commonplace, as were wandering drunks and vagrants. The old police "black Maria" was repeatedly filled Friday and Saturday nights with wasted individuals to be thrown in the lockup overnight. Funny thing though, all this happened through various successive Governments, not just the Labor Party,

Anonymous said...

Who the hell are YOU Michael Fucken'...Oh thats' right....WHITE-MAN...Piss off IDIOT, before Bogan besets you...

Miss Conduct. said...

So what is the Councilor of division 5 doing to advance his district?
Where are his ideas for reinvention of the CBD?
Maybe you should start up a lawnmowing bussiness.

Anonymous said...

Leigh, I commend you on your stand, however I know quite a lot of the Unity 2012 people and they ARE out there walking the walk, talking the talk and DO NOT HAVE UNLIMITED BUDGETS, they have had to pay quite a lot for the priveledge of representing their division! Also, the only large number of corflutes we see all over the place are from YOUR PARTY ALIEGIENCE people in Kirsten Lesina and Curtis Pitt. Find out the truth before you believe everything the Hillbilly wants to feed you!!!! Boss Hog

athena said...

Some of the points made by Michael W above are correct. There is a world wide trend to inner city living (as we once did, prior to the suburbs!). There are aleady plans by developers to build huge apartment complexes in the CBD area. I have seen one such complex, the drawings of which are on a website, however I have forgotten it!! People reading this blog need to realise that thse plans are underway. The CBD is poised to undergo a massive transformation whether we like it or not. It is also true that people like shopping in a one stop air conditioned building. I was in the CBD over Christmas, and there was hardly anyone out in the CBD but on the other hand Cairns Central was packed to the rafters with people.

Dina said...

This is going to cause a lot of angst to Cairns people, many of whom want the City Place retained and who lament the loss of the charm of a frontier country town. However I agree with what Michael Weitzmann has said and that there is a trend back towards inner city living. The CBD is almost dead as it is with many shops unoccupied. I doubt we can ever go back to the days when it was the hub of Cairns. Those days are over and the community meeting place has moved to the Esplanade or Munro Martin Park. I believe we have to steel ourselves into accepting a major change within the CBD and within a few years!

Michael Weitzmann said...

Dear Anonymous (27/2/12 21:03)

The erudition or your respose to my post left me breathless!

Seriously, if all you do to refute my point is make some obsene grunting threat towards me, then I feel I have won the argument??? Maybe you would like to have another try and explain why you don't agree with me, rather than just calling me names. Oh and by the way, why don't you have the courage of your convictions and put your name to your comments? Wish "Hillbilly" would consider doing that too.
:-) Michael

D.J.HUNT said...

Given our stance on duopoloys wiping out small operators we know why they don't donate to my campaign. A local business person advised me there were a number of local businesses that wanted to support my campaign but because of reporting requirements are not game to contribute for fear of retribution if the other parties win and form government. Pretty sad really but if people aren't prepared to stand up to bullys and thugs we'll get more of what we've been getting in FNQ for years. Stuff all. This shows only people with money get a say in our democracy and wield all the power and Joe Average has no say when candidates sell out to the highest bidder.
I have demonstrated my commitment to the people of Cairns by having to fund my own campaign as billionaire mine owners, transport barons and major shopping chains can't buy me out. I'm not for sale to the highest bidder.

JOHN MACKENZIE'S HILLBILLY WATCH said...

Like many other commenters I agree with much of Michael Weitzmann's commentary. Clearing out many of the shop areas is definitely in the cards for the CBD in the future. I am tired of the developers piling the buildings right on the property line, especially in the front. These buildings should have greenspace around them, and be set back from the street. The MacCormick buildings built by the state government are a great model for this kind of park-like atmosphere (which is found in most modern cities, including Hong Kong and Singapore). Sadly the state used their powers to be arseholes and didn't build any parking at these buildings, nor at many of their health buildings in the suburbs.

What is the core issue however is the developers "greasing the pollies" with money that will not be disclosed until much, much later. This is a legitimate area of concern.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure high rise will ever be a big hit in Cairns. Needs residential blocks for sure, but should be resort style or townhouses. The high rise lower the value of the city and miss the point entirely why people are attracted to the area. Gold Coast is far superior for those wanting a high rise lifestyle with superior views and beaches.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
who the hell are YOU Anonymous said ...Oh thats' right....BLACK-MAN...Piss off IDIOT, before Bogan besets you...

Anonymous said...

ABC news are currently running with a story that Anna Bligh has accused Campbell Newman of receiving a substantial "donation" from a major developer whilst Mayor of the Brisbane City Council.

Whale Oil Beef Hooked said...

Yep ... them thousands of Kirsten Lesina corflute signs musta costa bigga bucksa.
Probly Westfield money I reckon ...

Michael Weitzmann said...

Dear John MacKenzie Hillbily Watch,

I'm glad we have found some point to agree on. Yes, greenspace around building would be great, esp. if it incorporates nice large shady trees & gives a feeling of tropical ambiance. I contrast the current state of the Cairns CBD with that of Port Douglas, where the street plantings are far more ambient than those of Cairns (excepting the Esplanade)even though most buildings in port are quiet modern.

I am, as a conservative commentator, very happy to take on board your grievance with big business greasing the hands of political aspirants, though I'm not going to comment on specific instances. This would be if it is happening clearly innapropriate. Having said that, it is also gossly inappropriate that unions fund ALP campaigns under their own auspices. Not only does this get around donor declaration regulations, it is also the money of working people being used to fund a political end not necesarily in in their best interests. Both these issues need to be addressed if we want our democracy to remain healthy.

Further as a conservative commentator, I was saddened to see tonight a report regarding a heritage and beautiful theatre in Brisbane under threat from developers, inspite of asurances of protection. I would HATE to see this situation arise in respect of what heritage we have left in Cairns after the mistakes of the past. But I must say that I agree with Mr. MacKenzie that the REX Theatre and the old hospital on McLeod Street do not really fall into this catagory. Bolands, or the Art Gallery, or Old Mulgrave Shire offices etc different story.

Whilst I (possibly) have your attention, I would like to say that by coming together and working through the issues, we of both "conservative" and "progressive" persuasions can maybe come up with solutions that reconcile all both left and right, as I have no doubt we all believe we have our communities best interests at heart and have good ideas to contribute. It would be good if democracy was about sharing and discussing ideas rather than adversarial combat (get back to the real world Michael!!!!).

I really do feel strongly that name calling, vilification and demeaning language towards people who dissagree with our point of view is devisive and unhelpfull and premotes a view of their being "winners" and "loosers" in our community.

I would love to see us all have a "win" but we can't do it without confronting the issues in a rational balanced way. Tell me I'm dreaming......

PS sorry for length of comment but hard to say much constructive in a couple of lines.

Anonymous said...

Be interesting if gav supported cc expansion having been so vocal in cbd revival

Anon No. 4 said...

Look at all the brown paper bags Conman Campbell is getting from his white-shoe mates.

What we want is full disclosure of all his campaign donations from developers, plus details of all his family investments in secret property deals.

The same goes for Gobshite: he should immediately disclose all the slush funds he is getting from the property spivs who are backing him.

Tony Hillier said...

Michael Weitzmann's latest epistle is replete with reason and sense. Of course, we should be working together for the future of Cairns and environs. But I cannot for the life of me see inveterate hate merchants such as MacKenzie, who is clearly working to a divisive agenda, coming to the party.

Curly Joe said...

Mackenzie and King thrive on hate and polarisation of the community. Im amused that Weitzmann has said he 'agrees with Mackenzie" about the Rex Theatre and the old hospital not being worthy of preservation. Im wondering why he has quoted Mackenzie on these most obvious ugly as shit eyesores? Cairns people have been saying for DECADES both buildings arent worth a pinch of shit and we didn't need Mackenzie to do our thinking for us.

athena said...

I wonder if Weitzmann knows that Mackenzie has refused access to his talk back program of all non LNP candidates for several years, and screens out any caller who disagrees with him? Does he know that MacKenzie has had Gavin King on his program for years without having to pay for political advertising? Does he know that Gavin King when Editor at the Cairns Post used his position to villify, sneer, jeer and mock our first ever elected female Mayor? Does he know that sneering involved sexist, ageist commentary as well as even pornographic inferences? Weitzmann talks about people "coming together", yet how can we when both The Cairns Post and Radio 4CA are following an agenda of division, polarisation and hate? Was Weitzman here when Mackenzie started his long running hate campaign against Val Schier, using the "hate" word continuously, viz: "People hate her, they really hate, just hate, yes, hate, like nothing they ever have before. They hate her. Oh, never in my life have I seen such levels of hate!" How would you like that Weitzman if that is how you were treated because you just happened to beat Mackenzie's closest friend and idol in an election?? Yes, the Cairns community is polarised and the rednecks and emotionally unstable are all fired up. The culprits are two media personalities who have stroked the underbelly of Cairns for their own self-serving agenda.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Athena, very well said. I was never too involved with politics in this town in the decades I've been here, but the instant and intense Hate campaign started by Cueball MacKenzie, the Monday morning after the election (before Val had probably even been into her office for the first time) that has intensified to a disgusting level of abuse and demeaning putdowns, all outright lies, has forced me to sit up and take notice of the politics. The Dirty, dirty, dirty tactics used by Radio 4ca and the Cains Post. Disgraceful. absolute abuse of their power as communicators. I'm not sure how Val has coped but she stood proud and got on with job of running this city under this constant barrage of abuse. This sure has built my admiration for her. Can't wait till Val wins her second term...

Michael Weitzmann said...

Dear Anthena,

You are lying. I am regular listener to the talk show and what you say is not true, at least over the last year since I have been listening.

(additional abuse removed by administrator)

Weitzmann then went on to attack others, and the blog, for not covering HIS point of view and sharing HIS view of the world.

Hey, Weitzmann: It's a blog. It's MY blog. YOU don't set the agenda. I DO. Don't like it? Get your own blog and STFU.

athena said...

Well, I dunno what to say! I'm sorry Weitzmann has been given the boot. He did make some positive contributions, before he obviously went into abuse mode. Maybe he has anger management issues, like Ruddy?

Anonymous said...

Mackenzie is due to be fired, the useless wanker! His world is about to implode! People are not stupid anymore macca, especially women who are sick to death of your sexist, racist ramblngs. Fuck Off and never come back and take gobsnot and fat Kev with you.

Destiny Prophet said...

"what you say is not true, at least over the last year since I have been listening."

The bit after the comma rather undermines the certainty of the bit before.

AND - I can't see a thing in Athena's post that is untrue. It's all well documented - there's nothing in her post that even comes close to crooked little disingenuous phrases like 'strategic port land'.

If there's anything I enjoy more than Hillbilly's blog - it's the squeals of indignation from the born to rule when the boot's on the other foot.

Destiny Prophet said...

Tony Hillier said...
At the risk of being cast as a pessimist or an alarmist, a return to the dark days of conservative rule, a la the Bjelke-Petersen regime, is a scenario we face.
......................
You must mean when Queensland was the land of milk and honey?

It's amazing how some manage to laud those dark days when the corrupt National and Liberal parties (Brian Austin and Don Lane were both originally Liberal) in collusion with the corrupt Police Commissioner, ran the state as a criminal fiefdom.
The myth of the economic miracle under crooked old Joh is proof positive of the human ability to suspend disbelief.
One small example - a few weeks ago due to an accident at Ilbilbie that closed the highway for a day, I drove the Horror Stretch - the Bjelke-Petersen era Old Marlborough Highway from Sarina to Marlborough. How quickly we get used to improvements and take them for granted. I had forgotten how bad roads were under the LNP. Just a skin of bitumen - no foundations, no drainage, no passing lanes, no guard rails...
This was part of the national highway - part of the Bruce Highway - and there were SEVEN single lane bridges - seven! It's a goat track compared to the road that replaced it - and the LNP have the cheek to complain about the roads Labor have built!

When Katter tells us that if he loses, the spirit of Joh dies with him, I can only hope he's right.
BTW: I agree with Katter on some things but when he moans about the bad lot of farmers and how nothing's done for them - he's been in state and federal parliaments for decades, sometimes as part of the government and even as a minister - isn't it time he recognised he's not been much of an advocate for them and pissed off and let someone have a go who might achieve something?

nomooremike said...

@Hillbilly


"(additional abuse removed by administrator)"

Why do that?

Either we're free to express ourselves on here, or we're not, if we're not, you should make that clear.

If Weitzmann has acted like a prick, and attacked people, you should leave it up, let us make our own minds up.

Bogan is allowed to do it, even though him and his "supporters" have ruined many threads.

CC from Kewarra Beach said...

Well said Athena. Michael W.. She does not lie. As someone who used to tune in frequently to Cueball, I was utterly disgusted at his blatant bias towards the liberal party (which I thought was against the law?), the frequent unfounded criticisms of our female mayor, and the frequent sexist, discriminatory comments about her. I must admit I am very disappointed in your behaviour and comments as I think you have made some valuable, enlightening and thought provoking comments about our CBD.

CC from Kewarra Beach said...

Well said Athena. Michael W.. She does not lie. As someone who used to tune in frequently to Cueball, I was utterly disgusted at his blatant bias towards the liberal party (which I thought was against the law?), the frequent unfounded criticisms of our female mayor, and the frequent sexist, discriminatory comments about her. I must admit I am very disappointed in your behaviour and comments as I think you have made some valuable, enlightening and thought provoking comments about our CBD.

CC from Kewarra Beach said...

Nomooremike - at least Bogan is funny and I don't think he has ruined any threads. He adds a really humourous, if sometimes crude, dimension to the sometimes rather dry political content and I must admit he has had me in stitches from time to time. In my opinion, he's one of the attractions of this blog.

Anonymous said...

The issue here is that of corruption. Keep watching where the money is.

nomooremike said...

@ CC

"...at least Bogan is funny and I don't think he has ruined any threads."

I don't find him funny, just crude, and when I see a thread has xx amount of new posts, only to find they are made up of "LOL at Bogan" and "bogan you had me in stitches", it's annoying.


Apart from that, it's also annoying that I'm free to rubbish rugnut for cutting people off, and not allowing them a say, only to come here and find the same done to them.

Anonymous said...

Yes I agree, this blog is supposed to be a free voice for those who can't get on the talkshow and where the issues can been seen from both sides not just one. Hmmm...

Anonymous said...

I agree let Weitzmann back.....more interesting with the dickhead here.

athena said...

Interestingly enough, Weitzmann has published a comment on cairnsblog that Mackenzie has "allowed" Beatrice Booth from the NQ Party and D.J. Hunt from KAP on his program, in an obvious attempt to demonstrate that Mackenzie is very democratic with his program. Weitzmann is glossing over all the years when Mackenzie wouldn't "allow" anyone other than an LNP speaker on his program and that he has only just recently "allowed" these two people on, probably because of the stream of complaints into 4CA management about his tyranny.
PS nomooremike, loosen up pal, "bogan of Bentley" gives us all a few laughs. Life can't be serious all the time, even during an election period.

Curly Joe said...

So let's get the big picture.
1. Escalating rentals of CBD shops by mostly absentee landlords, plus the nearby Cairns Central continue to decimate the CBD of small businesses.
2. Last year, LNP Candidate, Gavin King mounted a "revitalisation campaign" for the CBD, and the State Government has committed a large amount of funding for the project.
3. The CRC have waived certain infrastructure charges to developers to kickstart construction in the region.
4. Westfield plan to dramatically expand Cairns Central Shopping complex which will certainly result in mass closures of existing small businesses within the CBD.
5. Thus the way is being paved for developers to move into the CBD, demolish the old buildings there and build high rise upscale residential complexes. Surrounding infrastructure, ie roads, greenery, bus routes etc are being KINDLY provided for them by the State Government and the CRC has given them added incentives in discounting Council charges.
Now all you need are a Mayor and Councillors who will agree to all the demands of the developers!!!

nomooremike said...

@ Athena

I have no need to "loosen up", I've stated my opinion, I don't find him the least bit funny, just crude for the sake of being crude, not something I would recommend to friends.

He certainly doesn't give "us ALL a few laughs"

And when a blog entry is dominated by people pissing in his pocket I find it annoying.

Michael Weitzmann'S Mother said...

This Hillbilly Watch blog has been very damaging to the previously unchecked "media professionals" in Cairns. So my son Michael has been hired by some of these same disaffected media professionals, who've decided that instead of starting their own blog, they'll make up false personas and "rat fuck" all the other blogs in town. Come in, make a few innocuous comments, build some supporters, and then do the dirty.

I know you're on to this tactic. My son Michael has found a home with one of the other Cairns blogs, and perhaps he'll have better luck over there.

Destiny Prophet said...

Hillbilly didn't have much choice. There are often comments here from the forces of evil but Michael Weitzmann was well on track to setting the direction of the comments on this blog.

There is nothing wrong with the blogger moderating the comments to keep it an open, free and flowing discussion - which is what Michael Whoverzmann was going to stop. Besides a major focus of the blog is pointing out the repeated lies told about Val - we all know there has been a constant, unremitting, relentless barrage of bullshit about the woman since the day she snatched their ball away unexpectedly and Michael was continuing that - why let this blog turn into an avenue for the very behaviour it was set up to counter?

JOHN MACKENZIE'S HILLBILLY WATCH said...

We don't like to censor any comments, and this is only the second time we've done so (not counting clear attacks on individual commenters). Many of the commenters we know, or post with google-verified identities (for whatever that's worth). The "rat fuckers" as previously described are in to disrupt, and in some cases "sucker punch" the blog. This is what in part turned Michael Moore the lion into Michael Moore the castrated lamb.

The blog has been sent "exclusive stories" that, if published, may have resulted in legal attacks. We do our own research, and identify our own stories, of course with the suggestion of readers.

We're staying focused on the prime issues facing Cairns, and the political manipulation being done that before went unchallenged and unchecked.

Anonymous said...

Trouble is we get censored on the Cairns Post, censored on McKenzie so this site should also be one sided to give balance overall. Instead of crying like 2 year olds on 2 comments being edited here why not attack the lack of balance in the mainstream media?. Why only be upset about a private blog? Seesm very selective by the greedy self centred me me me mob are well represented already so STFU.

CC from Kewarra Beach said...

Hey nomooremike. I'm impressed by your ability to identify feelings and to communicate with respect. Thanks! It's good to see. I'm sorry you feel annoyed. It sounds to me as though you are saying a) all posts here should be constructive; b) otherwise they waste your time; and c) therefore your time is valuable????

nomooremike said...

@ CC ..... I stated my opinion, isn't that what this is all about?

Why are so many of you so upset that I have an opinion of someone that differs from yours?

Is it you, is that it?


@ anonymous with the big mouth

If I want your opinion I'll ask for it, so STFU.