Can you imagine Christopher Skase rolling up to Cairns in 2012, dreaming his big dream of a world-class resort on the waterfront of Port Douglas Four Mile Beach? The hillbilly bogans would run his arse outta town for having such big ideas! What, you want to cut down some of our lov-er-ly coconut palm trees? A big project like that's gonna increase our rates, mate. Less for beey-ah and besides, it will bring in all them pesky foreigners.
Such is the 2012 CRC election. The bogans have been manipulated to hate a terrific community investment to be built on the waterfront. So angry are the bogan leaders; guys like UnSir Bob Norman, ex-Mayor in hiding Kevin Byrne, and their developer mates that they've recruited THREE bogan candidates to attack our Mayor Schier, along with a raft of other junior bogans to go after the progressive majority that had the vision to democratically approve such an idea! Our own little "BoganGate".
The hillbilly news media anchored by John "Cueball" MacKenzie and a handful of handpicked daily callers have been running a vile and sexist campaign against this Mayor and Council from DAY ONE of their election four years ago! Never a moment of congratulations or good-wishes for the democratically elected Mayor Schier, MacKenzie instead day after day interviewed an angry, bitter, and virtually psychotic LOSER Kevin Byrne - so psychotic you actually had to duck to avoid his spittle coming out of your wireless! Despite all being elected FAIR AND SQUARE, Mr. Self-Appointed Hillbilly bogan leader MacKenzie started his campaign of dirty tricks by insisting to be paid for public service radio time for the new Mayor - time he willingly donates to his handpicked hillbilly candidates. After MacKenzie was caught and proved to again being a bigoted liar, the Mayor wisely decided to steer clear of the hillbilly contingent altogether and instead the community heard from her both on Locco's 4CA show in the AM, as well as the ABC.
MacKenzie called these people "ratbags" from day one. There is a no more caustic, divisive, destructive, and cancerous plague on Cairns than John MacKenzie. Look up the word "UnAustralian" in the Macquarie, and his picture is there. He is evil incarnate, an unelected community divider, the devil who for years wore a bad wig. Hell will be offended to have him as a resident.
So incensed that a piece of waterfront land would be "wasted" on the general public instead of dished out in a sleazy developer deal like the Harbour Lights monstrosity, the hillbillies have been suckered into thinking they're "saving the port" - a port that stopped being an industrial port 20 years ago and will never be again. As cities around the world are relocating their port activities out of the central CBD en-masse, the bogans have been convinced that this dust, noise, filth, and toxic chemicals are somehow more appropriate that the public use of the waterfront for the public. The words "STRATEGIC PORT LAND" have been manipulated beyond all reason and since the hillbilly bogans don't read anyway, they've bought into this erroneous argument. In fact, so worried are the big end of town, they rustled up THREE bogan candidates trying to stop our future-looking mayor. We have Bob Manning, a washed-up retiree who by all accounts didn't want the job but was preyed on by Unity Team black hand Kevin Byrne. A guy who by many accounts abused staff for years at the Port Authority, and has never had a progressive thought in his head. Marge Cochrane, running apparently because John MacKenzie told her she looked great in a house dress. And Ian Thomas - a guy who's campaign picture has captured his only smile in the last decade and who is widely rumoured to be running only because he's out of money.
And waiting in the wings is Campell Newman, hoping that the FNQ bogans give him the excuse to strip the PROMISED, CONTRACTUAL $57million off Cairns and pump it into the SE Corner.
Don't get us wrong, Val has made mistakes. No chance she's going to say "no rate rise" this time, even though the previous Unity Team had put the council into the ditch. And she's learned from her mistakes and managed well.
Thru all of it, she fought off the rocky start and has run the Cairns Regional Council with fairness, competence, and an openness never before seen from our council. Thru one of the most difficult economic times in almost 100 years. This isn't even a close call. Move Cairns forward, or remain Boganville.
RE-ELECT VAL SCHIER
MAYOR OF CAIRNS