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23 April 2012

DIVISION 4 FEATURES PROVEN COMMUNITY ACTIVIST AGAINST PLACEHOLDERS WITH NO PLANS

Division 4 has a varied mix of residents, from more upscale areas of Bayview Heights to large areas of social housing and elderly residential housing.  While mostly an older area of the city, this division requires a councillor with good "on the ground" skills with people who quite often are hesitant or unknowledgable on how to access council resources.


This is the Division that Kirstin Lesina resigned to run for state MP.  Lesina was often criticised by residents of this division for her lack of attention and "people skills".  This would be supported by the polling results in the state election - Lesina did the worst at booths in her own council division, where one would normally expect a "home team" advantage.  In one case, polling only 21%.  With this good knowledge of what the voters found lacking in Lesina we went on a search for a candidate to properly represent this division.


Many know candidate Matt Bolton only with a big phony snake head attached.  As the Cairns Taipans mascot and marketing assistant.  However we've come to view his candidacy as a joke, or a lark.  Bolton isn't interested in either "talking policies" or "self-promoting".  As a result the community knows little about him and would be taking an enormous risk electing him.  The CRC is the major business in Cairns that needs committed professionals involved, not some guy in a costume.  


Speaking of snakes, Terry James is Kevin Byrne's "man on the ground" in Cairns.  No thanks.


Sam Marino is an apt businessman from a family with a long history in Cairns.  He's got solid retail experience, running a lighting company as well as the popular "Loot" stores.  Some of his views are known to be in conflict with team leader Marge Cochrane which we regard as a plus.  However he hasn't responded to queries about his directorships on various family businesses, which could easily pose a conflict on development projects in the city.  He would have been a great candidate for Division 5, which includes the CBD, but we can't support him in Division 4 where so much of the population is people at the bottom of the economic ladder.


We therefore give Nick Thompson the nod for Division 4.  A division of this type benefits strongly from a councillor with such a depth of experience in a community with this kind of profile.  Thompson has been working with the community for several years, and his campaigning for this seat is just an extension of his already good rapport with the community.


Residents are entitled to select the representation that is best positioned and capable to understand their needs and deliver on them.  




16 comments:

Dean said...

I think your dismissal of Unity candidates is shallow. Just because they're in Unity doesn't mean they're not capable of being good Councillors. You'd be better off discussing the candidate rather than just dismissing them because they're in Unity. If Unity wasn't around they might have run independantly and been good Councillors anyway. Other than that, your analyses of the Divisions has been good.

athena said...

It's a pity Sam Marino wasn't more communicative. I've known many of the Marino family over the years, and frankly liked them all. It seems to me as if Sam just doesn't have the right campaign, or he just isn't committed enough or whatever.

Mr Grumpy said...

What a load of complete shit. Sam Marino is a decent hard working businessman with connections and serious investment in the community everywhere. He is a Retailer/wholesaler with a young family and is more in touch with the various issues of the area then any of the others hands down. Just because he doesn't respond to your personal anonymous bullshit questions you write him off. What a wanker you are.What are your credentials to ask such questions when you don't even have the slightest bit of honesty or guts to let your name out. All you do is pick labour candidates as Nick Thompson is.
So far you have picked 7 ALP losers and nobodies that just want to live off the community.
We need some business people too to support the sponges.

Curly Joe said...

Unity don't have a good start, with Masthead mostly responsible for losing the entire funding for the Entertainment Precinct, with all his addled plans for the Port of Cairns.

Curly Joe said...

Byrne and Manning would be hoping to BeeeJeezuz that James wins this Division to become "Deputy Mayor" and preside over Council meetings while old Masthead takes over the CEOs job at the Port Authority. I would laugh like mad if it didn't work out and James got the big arse from the voters. It would be the first real spanner in their well laid out covert and scurrilous plans. Be even better if all the Independents swept in and Manning was left with a suspicious and non-compliant Council.

Second Anonymous said...

Hillbilly - Your choice of candidates is excellent and I agree with your choice 0f Nick Thompson - however I would like to vouch for Matt Bolton. I have had many dealings with him in his past marketing roles at Stockland and the Reef Casino and have found him to be professional and genuine.

The last couple of days has seen many comments accusing this blog of being pro Labor (and some of the candidates).

Perhaps these these johnny-come-latelys who are only placing comments about the CRC elections could look at older posts where Hillbilly has lambasted the ALP - also Kirsten Lesina in this current blog.

From memory, Rob Pyne's most recent stated party allegiance was to the NQ Party - and that was at least 2 years ago.

Ron said...

Seems to me as if people are avoiding the teams candidates when I look at the online polls. I wonder why The Cairns Post didnt publish poll results for divisional candidates when they pubished the Mayoral polling results? They couldnt wait to crow and gloat over Mannings results. I reckon The Cairns Post, Manning, Byrne etc all shit themselves when they saw that teams are being rejected in favour of the Independents hey. Ill laugh hey if Manning wont have it all his own way and a heap of Independents get elected on Saturday.

Anonymous said...

From Matt Bolton's Blog today:

"I copped an absolute caning from one of the online blogger dudes today. Claims I’m a joke because I’m a mascot. I actually thought this sort of thing would have started a lot earlier than the final week. I actually did receive an email from the blogger and I offered to meet, sit down and have a chat. No response from them so I guess it’s just easier to run somebody down online. It is disappointing to read that stuff but then in this game, everybody seems to be looking to take a pot shot at you."

I have no idea what the result is going to be in D4. I don't live there. I do, however, think that a bit of fair play might be in order. You're entitled to your opinion, I don't disagree with that for a moment, but if you can't even bother to give the person you are slagging off the courtesy of a reply, well, then I have to think that you might be as bad as Mackenzie (no-one listens to him, either...)

Curly Joe said...

A good point Ron. I'm inclined to agree The Cairns Post which isn't bothering to hide its pro Unity bias, didn't publish the polling results on the Divisional candidates because the Unity and Alliance Teams are being given the arse by the voters. Why the hell would you vote for someone who is going to be subservient to Manning or Cochrane and to do whatever they wanted? The suspicion is that Byrne controls Manning. The needs of the divisions come first, and by Christ, we have been neglected over the past several years because our so called representatives have been busy playing political games, hatching up plots like "Cash for Comnment" and delaying and derailing the Entertainment Precinct. Well those type of candidates can all get fucked! Fuck off! We want representatives who put the needs of their divisions first and last!
With that in mind, I'm voting for Locco in my Division and I'll be watching closely to see if he is being directed by one Gobsnot King.

athena said...

Well well well. I confess I had no idea who Matt Bolton was until I looked at his piccy. Something about the eyes grabbed me straight away, and as I stared,I saw his Grandfathers face starting to form in front of me. Well well well. He's a dead ringer for his Grandfather when he was the same age as Matt. I see the love of sport still runs in the Bolton family!

Anonymous said...

Unity team come across as being a group invited somewhere unexpected. I doubt any even ever thought about running for council or entering public service. They remind me of me. Except I am honest enough to say now I would hate ratepayers. My reply to resident concerns would be along the lines of "I don't bloody care about your clogged drain, quit calling, I am busy at a team lunch so bugger off" Or "No can do in the morning, playing golf. You do know we have council offices for all complaints don't you? You do uh, well call them back and talk to a supervisor but quit bothering me?". Plus I never got offered what they did, must of been pretty good.

Bruce said...

Terry James took great pride in telling me Nick bats for the other side, except he used the poofter word. Good luck to him- he didn't make a pass at me when he door knocked me.

bogan said...

Well well, athena you sharp eyed bloody old vixen. I occasionally wander into other blogs and I can see your paw prints all over them. They say you're a bit of an oracle as well as knowing where all the dead bodies lie in Cairns. Of course the likes of Gobsnot King now Member for Cairns who has only been here for six years doesn't know much or who he is dealing with. What you reckon athena, the wise? Who is gunna win this Council Election? What's gunna happen? Cmon tell us.

athena said...

bogan, I think it prudent at this point in time to keep my thoughts of the result on Saturday to myself.

athena said...

I guess I can reply now to bogan's questions above. Yes, I correctly privately predicted a swing to Unity and that Manning would romp home as Mayor. Why? The propaganda machine against Val has been in place for several years. Mackenzie and King in tandem destroyed any real possibility of Val being re-elected. She had no chance. People have been primed and conditioned into believing that their lifes problems will all be solved now that Val is no longer Mayor. The propaganda machine has shamelessly given people a distorted and high expectation of the Manning Council.

John Stoltenberg said...

I wonder what Butch's daughter would make of Mr. James' smear, I mean... 'door knocking’. Or is being gay ok so long as you don't pursue a life in politics.