However there has been quite an increase in openness - an increase that allows us to easily call Bob Manning a liar in statements he made this morning on John MacKenzie's Hillbilly hour.
Manning claimed "Val Schier and the 2008 council voted to not proceed with the Hartley Street Theater Site after they were elected".
|BOB MANNING DISCUSSES HIS FUTURE|
WITH HIS "BLACK HAND", KEVIN BYRNE.
BYRNE IS THE LITTLE MAN.
In the 2006-2007 Cairns City Council Annual Report, the Byrne council reported that planning had been done for the Hartley Street site, and the preferred concept included (page 155) "a public car park with over 400 spaces". As Annette Sheppard, member of that council has confirmed, there was no place to put 400 cars on that site and it was abandoned.
In the 2007-2008 Annual Report, the project has disappeared from Council planning. Not one word about this project, not one dollar expended on its development.
As everyone knows, this was because the Byrne council voted in 2007-2008 to discontinue work on the Hartley Street site due to lack of parking, lack of connection to the Convention Centre, and inability to get any funding from the State or Federal governments. The project was dead before the Schier council was ever elected!
While the Shier council reviewed the Hartley Street site upon taking government, they too quickly agreed that it was inappropriate and unworkable. This vote included Marge Cochrane and Alan Blake, who now desperately try to rewrite their history on this project. They voted to kill Hartley. They voted to site the project on the waterfront. FACTS. They voted "aye".
Now Manning wants to LIE and claim the Hartley Street site is again on the table?
Discussion of this whole issue is a colossal waste of time. It's a done deal. None of the contenders can unwind the work done on this project, and the almost $100million secured by Val Schier from our government partners.
Lying as a campaign strategy is never a winning idea, Bob.