Bob "Screwdriver" Manning was all smiles today as the new Cairns Regional Council met for the first time today. However reports of a stoush from a smaller "Unity Team" caucus meeting (that excluded several of the Unity Team "outsiders") has threatened to disrupt the facadé of harmony.
It's reported Terry James, the #1 Kevin Byrne marionette and first in line for the big chair if Manning's health fails, has called for the sacking of several senior council managers including City Manager Lyn Russell, Water department manager Bruce Gardiner, general manager Linda Kirchner, and several other middle managers including one referred to as "the bitch that runs the library".
We don't know who that might be.
When it was pointed out by a cooler Unity member that these managers had contracts, with big payout clauses, two councillors laughed and one said "all these lefty Aunty Val enablers have to go, no matter what the cost".
With a reported $22million cost attached to cancellation of the Entertainment Precinct, and millions more in management payouts, it's looking like Manning is starting behind a giant Kevin Byrne 8 Ball.