Member for MacKenzie Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King posted this message on his Facebook site tonight:
(NOTE: KING HAS PULLED DOWN THIS POST, LIKELY AT THE ORDERS OF THE LNP SOCIAL MEDIA DEPT)
Once again, King has shown his profound ignorance at the depth of problems facing Cairns tourism. The long taxi queues are a "feature" of an arrival into Cairns because the LNP Government continues to protect the taxi monopoly at the Cairns airport. Taxi drivers who then bag the city to the tourists on their ride into town!
Other airports around the world have multiple transit operations - shared van pools, buses, trains, and other solutions. Most tourists in Cairns are sadly gouged the moment they arrive by this LNP protected monopoly.
It costs the average tourist $15 just to get out of the airport to Sheridan Street! Tourists staying in the CBD are up for a $30-$35 cab ride, when a shared van service should be available at half the cost or less. And blocking the Sunbus company from providing service - a service backpackers around the world utilise, sees this subset of travellers financially raped just to get to their hostels.
Cairns is increasingly shunned by tourists due to its reputation for being a high-cost, low value destination. King just doesn't have a clue. And if you post to his Facebook page a criticism, it gets removed and you get banned. Good work, Gavin! You've put your ignorance on display for all of Cairns, again.