We can report that at least two of the "Community Alliance" don't support Marge Cochrane's suggestion the project should be moved across Wharf Street, and at least one of the "Unity Kevin Byrne" team with similar feelings.
This points up the absurdity of any kind of "team" or "party" politics in local government elections. Local elections are about community service and engagement - having deep roots in your community that allow you to determine what your division would like, but even more importantly what the city should look like 10 or 20 years hence. It was the reason the Entertainment Precinct site was approved by a UNANIMOUS VOTE of council, which sadly a few have decided to run away from. Like any big growing city, we've discovered that the waterfront is for the people and that port operations can easily be handled elsewhere. We've been blessed with an in-town port for cruise ship visits, and we've developed a commercial port both further up the inlet as well as in nearby Maroulyan. And in the future when the petroleum tank farm is relocated, we'll have more public land for our use in Cairns.
|WITH RICHIE BATES IN DIVISION 5,|
VOTERS HAVE LITTLE IDEA WHAT HE
REALLY BELIEVES. PROBABLY A GOOD THING
Then Bates had some kind of epiphany akin to the religious sects who teach homosexuals to go straight. With no ALP "team" to run with, Bates sniveled his way into the Manning Byrne Unity Team. He's turned into the king rat of all rats, the taipan of Labor snakes, suddenly conveniently embracing all he has attacked his entire adult life. He's gone heteropolitical, sworn off his Labor mates, and gone back to "man-on-top get it over with quick politics". Bates wants to be part of a team that fires hardworking union workers at Cairns Council.
Or has he?
Either way, it proves the point that anyone who expects any of these team members to embrace team policies is naive or drunk. What better way to get poked by a pig?