Division 9 - stretching from Caravonica north thru the high-end beach suburbs of Trinity Beach, Trinity Park, Kewarra Beach, and the Paradise Palms area, has been subjected to four years of Sno "Max T Brown" Bonneau. SnoMax during the Byrne years represented a division that encompassed the area where he lived, in Clifton Beach as well as Palm Cove and north to the border with Douglas. After the amalgamation, SnoMax new he had little chance of support from Clifton Beach and Palm Cove - he supported massive housing on the Novotel Golf Course, supported Byrne's plans for developments with tiny housing blocks, Byrne's development of all the caravan parks into high density shitbox housing, and even Hedley nonsense around Paradise Palms. Bonneau was and is a hated figure in Clifton and Palm Cove.
Little did the residents of the new Division 9 know how badly SnoMax would disrespect them during his (mercifully for everyone) last term in Council. Fortunately with a collapsed regional economy, he had no chance to "work his magic" on Division 9 - with the exception of Taylor Point.
Taylor Point has long been contentious in Trinity Beach. We won't review the history, but safe to say that Buchans Point got the SnoMax treatment which has rendered it a hideous mess and eyesore. The residents of Trinity Beach had one request of their councillor - STOP any development at Taylor Point.
SnoMax went into full bullshit arsehole mode with the residents. One guy smelled a rat, and ensured the community was ready to do battle - Tim O'Hallahan. Tim was the "point man" for the residents of not just Trinity Beach, but all of Cairns - residents who saw the results of unbridled developer greed to the headland at Palm Cove, and were rock solid in opposing development of Taylor Point.
And with a sympathetic council (with SnoMax voting "aye" on the losing side of this project), council saw the wisdom in supporting O'Hallahan and his well organised neighbourhood group and the result was a resounding win in the Land Court.
For a Division that has large tracts of sensitive and undeveloped land, major plans to overload Smithfield Centre, a Cook Highway with unworkable roundabouts needing major overhaul, and JCU - there can be no question that Tim O'Hallahan is head and shoulders above the competition in the areas of vital importance to this Division. It's rare you get the opportunity to elect a new councillor that already has runs on the board!
And he ticks all the other boxes in a way none of the others do. Family man. Sport coach. Trinity Beach cheerleader. Well-known and well-liked.
So what of the other candidates? Unity? No thanks, we don't need a car salesman. Community Alliance? Another Marge Cochran lightweight. Independent Lorraine Miller? Lots of whinging about "high rates" from a person living on the beachfront in Arlington Esplanade, Clifton Beach is so much crocodile tears that aren't likely to be seen as mainstream. For battlers around the traps, complaints from councillors in million dollar houses can't be justified.
Then there's Ross Parisi. A former councillor from some thirty years ago, Parisi got into the game late. It's a mystery why he threw his hat in the ring so late.
However we're disturbed by Parisi's admitted small-thinking mentality. This may have been appropriate for Cairns in 1980, but surely not today. While a councillor is of course expected to represent their constituents on divisional matters, our preference if for councillors to have some bigger thinking. As Parisi freely admits, if his views had carried the day in 1980, we'd have no International Airport here. There's a lesson in this for all the newly elected councillors.