The Unity Manning-Byrne Team has put forward John Schilling, whom some will recognise as the public TV face of Mac Homes. Schilling has in fact a sales history for most of the low-end builders in Cairns. Those in business would recognise his CV as one of a troubled job-hopper. With children grown and gone, Schilling has little to connect him with this young family area. And little profile as a community activist.
The Cochrane team has put forward the owner of Annabel's bakery, Greg Hutton. Hutton is one of the Cochran team's "business centric" candidates, although it's hard to see how managing a council with income 1000% greater than a pie shop is particularly relevant. A candidate who shunned the City Place candidate's forum, few in the division have seen Hutton and it's no wonder, since his bakery is in North Cairns.
You've got to wonder what barrel bottom Cochran and Manning-Byrne scraped in some of these divisions, but that's the subject of another day. . . .
Division 2 has two independents running. The first is Jeff Martinuzzi, who only barely (30 votes) lost election four years ago to what became dud councillor Nancy Lanskey. Martinuzzi is a fixture in the community - as a third generation FNQ resident he has an obvious love of the region as well as a desire to move the community forward. HIs policy summary is well written and while reaching far beyond what a councillor should be concerned with, he shows his ability at critical thinking. He's also known to be personable and would work well with other councillors it would seem.
The second independent is "blogger after our heart" Leigh Dall'Osto. Dall'Osto's self-description even prior to running for council takes our breath away. She's a woman that talks the talk and walks the walk. While mothering is front and centre, she's been active in Bentley Park at various levels for years, and is like Martinuzzi also well-known and well-liked. And because of her years as a south Cairns blogger, her views on a wide variety of subjects is public record - and in most cases pragmatic and sensible.