In a big win for Mayor Val Schier, developer Robert Prettejohn has been blocked by the courts from development of the pristine Trinity Beach headland, Taylor Point.
This comes just as the issues are being drawn in the Cairns Regional Council battle for Mayor and councillors, and serves to remind the residents of Cairns the balance between developer and resident that Mayor Val Schier's council has represented.
"The reality is that the people have said they wanted this hillslope back for the people of Cairns", said Mayor Schier after the court ruling today.
Judge Everson said simply that the development was against the planning rules, and would not be allowed. The case for the Trinity Beach residents was overwhelmingly in their favour, but it required Council and their lawyers to defend this area from being raped with ugly and overbuilt developments like Buchans Point and the Cairns waterfront. And it's these same developers bankrolling the anti-Cairns Entertainment Precinct candidates, hoping to get the EP land back not for "port expansion", a furphy, but another giant ugly apartment block just like the last Unity Team council slammed up next to the Hilton. Fair dinkum.
While rejected by a majority of the council when it came up for approval, voters should take notice of the councillors who've continued to vote for these land-rapes by greedy developers - among them candidates Marge Cochrane, Alan Blake, and disgraced former councillor Sno "Max T Brown" Bonneau. Yes, we actually read the report about his "campaign contributions". Exonerated my arse. More soon.
This is the kind of project that the Unity Team, led by Bob Manning, and the Community Alliance, led by Marge Cochrane will again jam down the people's throats if elected. This decision today is a great reminder of how effective the protection of Cairns and its environs have been under Mayor Val Schier.