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25 July 2012

INSIDE THE TWISTED WATERWORLD MIND OF PAUL FREEBODY, CHRISTIAN

INSIDE THE HEAD OF
PAUL FREEBODY
I'll say one thing for Paul Freebody.  He has the hide of a walrus.  


No single Cairns resident has made more fuck-ups, pissed off more people, and gotten more deserved bad press than this former Cairns City Councillor, the "born again" Paul Freebody.  Can I have an Amen? 


He's back in today's Cairns Post, his company Felhope Pty. Ltd, again spruiking the $12m $20m $22m $28m $35m $41m  Adventure Waters project in the Barron River floodplain, which despite his self-proclaimed religiosity has been a project damned to hell since first announced by him in 2008.  And would have flooded twice since then, too.  


Let's review Felhope P/L, shall we?  


Owner of the local Toyworld, a well-known story around town suggests the city slickers from Toys R' Us snookered businessman Paul out of his toy shack.


Then the Freebodys (Ms. Good Christian Wife Kim set up a "we hate Val Schier" page on Facebook) decided to conquer the car wash market in Cairns.  Claiming they had "heavily researched" the business in the USA, this Felhope project has been another dud.  Unfortunately, a $5 car wash in the USA using cheap labour doesn't work in Australia where the minimum wage is pushing $17/hour, and the market for $30 car washes in Manunda is painfully small.  Numerous attempts to sell the dud business to others has proven to be unsuccessful and trouble-ridden.  


Then after being ousted as Cairns City Councillor by 21 year old Kirsten Lesina (his campaign featuring handbills with misspellings, grammatical errors, and other dodgy English), Freebody announced the Adventure Waters project in late 2008.  And while other more appropriate (and out of the flood plain) sites were offered to him, he asked council for development approval on the current illogical and carpark short location.  When council declined to approve the project, he famously got on Cueball's radio show and screamed and snarled at the council, calling the female councillors "witches and bitches".  Can I get another Amen??


NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE INVESTORS:  IS THIS THE KIND OF MENTAL STABILITY AND CLEAR-HEADED DECISION-MAKING YOU WANT IN A BUSINESS PARTNER ???


After negotiation with council and other adjacent property holders, Felhope Pty Ltd received a development approval in 2009.  Then said "negotiations almost complete".   More bullshit.   


Freebody claimed the project would be finished in 2009, then mid-2010, then early 2011.  When even MacKenzie wouldn't promote the failed project any longer, Freebody decided that he should be the LNP candidate for the Queensland Parliamentary Seat of Cairns.  What else does a failure do?  Run for another government job!


His preselection for this seat went over like a lead balloon, with even Warren Entsch telling voters to give Freebody a pass.  And as predicted, Paul Freebody's marginal grasp on reality quickly gave way, with Freebody sending emails around Australia advocating the "JFK solution" for Prime Minister Julia Gillard.  


As LNP and public anger at the idiotic email exploded, Freebody first claimed the email was "doctored", then in a stunning reversal claimed one of his kids did it!  Yes, that's right, he threw one of his own kids under the bus!  Can I have an "Amen"!  The LNP expelled Freebody from the party, but not without first having an LNP meeting bugged by the sleazy Freebody who then released the recording, claiming to be bullied by Can-Do Newman.  DOWNLOAD HERE


NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE INVESTORS:  A BUSINESS PARTNER THAT BLAMES HIS KIDS FOR PERSONAL FAILURES, AND BUGS PRIVATE MEETINGS - IS THIS THE KIND OF NORTH QUEENSLAND CHRISTIAN INVESTMENT EXPERIENCE YOU WERE HOPING FOR???


In October 2011, Paul Freebody famously begged the media "Please Leave Me Alone".  Until today, when he's laughably trying to get this unwanted project over the line. Again. Yawn.
  
In today's New Testament chapter of Adventure Waters, Freebody sez his now $41M project is back on, claiming he's "secured the backing of two banks".  While this may theoretically be true, it's irrelevant as any bank is going to want substantial investor equity before lending on unmarketable waterpark equipment.  Likely 50-60% equity, or $20-25M from private investors, according to Cairns bankers.  And these are investors that are no where to be found.  Today's story is just more Felhope fluff.  Yawn.  We've heard it all before, Paul.  You're a laughingstock.


Give me an Amen!  And pass the Jesus Fish.


50 comments:

Anonymous said...

LNP wouldn't have him?? thats saying a lot about the, 'person'

Anonymous said...

Regarless of my personal feelinss for Paul Freebody. At least someone is actually trying to do something for the norhtern beaches. Having a water park that is actually open during the week for locals and tourists alike to use.

PollyWaffle said...

Great Stuff!! This guy is such a douchebag. The only guy who can outdo Blakey. ...And isn't his wife a limey ****! :)

ps: a big FUCK YOU to the fucktard in another post's comments who cannot read English proper good excellent

Anonymous said...

pollywaffle - the last sentence was unnecessary. The person was expressing an opinion just like you. This isn't the Cairns Post.

CBD Warrior said...

Anonymous 2, while I agree any development would be welcome, there is no way someone with the pathological personality defects of Paul Freebody is capable of such a project. I've used his car wash from time to time, and he can't even keep employees consistently there - how's he supposed to keep them at a complex facility like this?

He should package up all the plans and sell them to a competent business person in town - the people at Tjapukai and Skyrail would come to mind.

Business Planner said...

Lots of people saying "I'd go there" if it was here. Do they know the price is likely to be $100 per day, or more? A family of four at the Gold Coast's water park pays $350 admission alone. Likely to be much higher here.

Cairns does not have the same family income as families at the Gold Coast. There will be few repeat visitors at $100 a pop.

For a $40M project, just the bank repayment would be $485,000. per month, or 5000 visitors per month. This is without the substantial operational costs - Freebody claims 220 will be employed.

And investors don't want 8% interest on their money for this kind of risk - they'll want 25%-30% returns.

The numbers just don't stack up, mate.

Anonymous said...

This is the most savagely funny thing I've read in a long time. And spot on too. Maybe all those Val- hating hillbillies should put their money where their big mouths are and invest in this project, because no-one else will.

Anonymous said...

Sure The Chinese will be lining up for a splash.

Ivor said...

On another subject.The Unions helped to hound Anna Bligh and the ALP out of office, now they are going cap in hand to Gavin King.
A weird World innit.

Ed in Edge Hill said...

Business Planner has got it dead right. Freebody waterpark @ $100 or Sugarworld at $7.50.

Jethro said...

I confess I liked listening to Freebody's taping of that interview with OSullivan. I reckon Freebody did a good public service with that. We all need to know just what kind of jack booted thugs are at the top of the LNP hierarchy and what impact they have.

Anonymous said...

I don't have any ill will against Freebody, but surely the business case for the project just doesn't stack up?

Anonymous said...

Not in a flood zone anonymous 05.17,and when half the population won't use it because it is on the northern side of the city and to far away.

Anonymous said...

When the riots start over entrance fees at the Freebody Park we have just the answer -THE BEARCAT -blast proof and bullet proof. Sounds like the answer to all Paul's worries (and supported by two banks). This project should be a shoe-in.

Mz Elly-May said...

You have to wonder how could a self-described "Christian" woman set up a hate-mongering facebook site? Would that same so called Christian woman like it if someone set up a hate mongering facebook site pillorying, mocking and menacing her?

Anonymous said...

Maybe Paul might be needing a BEARCAT to get the money from the banks in the first place!

Mick said...

Maybe Paul might be needing a BEARCAT to get the money from the banks in the first place!

jim-bob jnr. said...

Hehehe love the heading about Gavin King. Hey, King you dipstick dud of a member, you're SUPPOSED to GET money for your electorate, not lose it. No doubt you'd lose your dick if your hand wasn't holding it.

Anonymous said...

Thought the BEARCAT was brought in by Gavin to shoot at the paraplegics and mentally disabled turfed out of their community housing and losing their taxi subsidies and assistance from Disability Services. Hey King you cold hearted bastard, make you feel real good about kicking the disabled up the guts hey?

Second Anonymous said...

What a great photo of King. I bet all but the rusted on true blue LNP supporters in his 'kingdom' support him now.

I've heard that the people who call in to his office are told that everything is the ALP's fault and they should phone Curtis Pitt - little do they realise that is by far the best advice they could give!

How long before the LNP honeymoon ends and the power drunk MP's wake up to a hangover - and reality?

Hillbilly - please dig for the dirt on the CRC purchase of land opposite the Convention Centre - something smells rotten.

Anonymous said...

Why the hell do we need a BEARCAT in Cairns for anyway? Do the cops know something we don't?

jim-bob jnr. said...

Didn't the Council buy the land where the old Post Office was, for a carpark? I agree with Second Anonymous above, who owned that land recently bought for a carpark??

Anonymous said...

HBW Gavin King and the LNP are repeatedly saying that Public_Private Partners are going to save the CBD Revival and the Fanfare Contest and anything/everything else (Manning suggested this for the Entertainment Precint) that the LNP cannot/will not fund. This is just bullshit. By saying this they are just buying time. They don't have any positives so they are giving us this BULLSHIT. That is what it is Absolute Bloody Bullshit in a big way. I have no doubt that Private Enterprise would invest in these projects if thay could see themselves making money out of it. Of course we the poor citizens of Cairns would have to pay to reimburse Private Enterprise every time we went there. On the other hand if you talk to Business people at the moment they will tell you that they are doing it tough so I can't see too many of them investing their hard earner dollars into these projects. When Labor held the seat of Cairns they managed to get money allocated to help this city in many different ways. If some silly bugger wants to challeng this statement then I will be happy to list them all but I will need a big page to do this. Gavin you have been robbed of hundreds of thousands of dollars as well as jobs in the Electorate of Cairns and you are doing nothing. Show us you have some GUTS. Show us you have some LEADERSHIP. Show us that you want to remain the Member for Cairns in Three Years Time. Show us you CARE for your Constituents. TREAT us with RESPECT and get off your present "do nothing - say nothing attitude" for Cairns as I feel you are doing fuck all at the moment but letting yourself be rooted by your bosses in Brisbane. Gavin, Stand up and FIGHT or FUCK OFF before we vote you out. Charlie.

Anonymous said...

Jim Bob and 2 nd Anonymous, I seem to remember that that vacant block belonged to a company that a certain previous mayor was working for. There were some Pakistanis involved in some absolutely hideous high rise project. The Pakistanis were murdered and the project fell over.The previous council was already going to build a car park on the Old Post office site, so do we need another one so close by ? And who decided to buy that land and when ? I smell a massive rat. Maybe the money would be better spent on improving public transport and proper bikeways, so there will be less need for additional car parks. Imagine a separate bikeway right along Mulgrave Rd. instead of just a white or green line. The current situation is chaotic and dangerous. Many more people might travel by bike if proper facilities were in place. Anyway, what IS the story about that new car park ???

ruby said...

Ah haaaa Anonymous above, so the land belonged to the defunct Capital Globe. Well, well, well, now why doesn't that surprise me? Now, about this public/private deal for a new performing arts theatre. I wonder just who is the investor/business operator that Manning has in mind to hand the $40million in Federal funding to? Yeah, I really really wonder. I mean, it's just got me beat. Yeah, really, really.

Anonymous said...

What about the dredging of the inlet?

Stuey Traill said...

Ivor,
The ETU doesnt go cap in hand to anybody. We hounded the previous Govt over asset sales because it was against ALP policy and it was wrongand we believed it would cost jobs which it has. We did polling after the announcement and it showed that asset sales would lead to a defeat,which it did, not our fault the Govt. We tried to stop it every way we could and were ignored, the election was lost. Now we are campigning against job cuts with this Govt. The first step is obviously to talk to the MP's to give them the facts, if they ignore us we campaign against them. We listen to our membership and the broader community, any Govt that ignores us we will lobby, if they dont listen we campaign and we campaign well.Simple.

T. Asquith said...

In any large corporation, regional managers are appointed to oversee the business for their head-office superiors according to directions. Government has morphed into the same business model. Gavin King does not represent the wishes and desires of his electorate (which may well be those of his own); he meekly accepts dictates from LNP head-office and, without question, 'spins' them to the very people who elected him to the well remunerated job he now occupies. He is simply the LNP regional manager for Cairns, towing the line in much the same way that he was a paid mouthpiece for Murdoch's News Limited. Don't step out of line for fear of the consequences; a man without courage or conviction.
Well here's a suggestion Gavin: You can continue as a rent-seeker with the certainty that the LNP will re-endorse you as their 'yes man' for Cairns at the next election, but with the very real possibility we will reject you. Alternatively, you can start to actually represent us as the member for Cairns by putting the needs of the city first and the LNP's a very distant second. Yes, rogue MP's run the risk of dis-endorsement, but a representative with the courage to fight for their electorate get noticed by the people that matter; their constituents.

Anonymous said...

Some years ago there was an "artist impression" on the front page of the ComPost of some massive, horrible units that I believe were going to be built on that site. And it was a former mayor who was spruiking the project. I'd like someone with better access to research to confirm that this is the same site. If it is, then it should definitely be investigated. I hope Tony Fitzgerald will stick around for a while. We might need him again...

shanghai said...

that land the crc bought is that for the $50 million aquarium going ? why do we need that when we have a 3 thousand mile one off the coast??

ruby said...

Do we have any Councillor who is, like, HONEST AND TRANSPARENT? Come on Councillors, who owned that block of land you recently paid over ratepayers monies to for a new carpark? While I'm at it, I know Richie Bates asked for a copy of the report into dredging the Cairns Inlet and Gavin King, very mindful of his sworn oath on becoming a Member of Parliament to "administer to his constituents without fear OR FAVOUR" didn't even bother to reply to Councillor Bates' normal request. Nice one Gav! Corrupting your Oath. What does that make you, huh? Kudos to Richie Bates for being on the ball and asking.

Anonymous said...

On unity Facebook Manning responds to query on Palm Cove Markets being mi- reported

"Michael, Obviously you would prefer to take the Cairns Post as the leading authority on the Cairns Regional Council"

So he uses the mis-information and the hatred whipped up on Cairns Post to win office, no problem, but now agrees it is not reliable when facts on council matters are required. Pathetic. Truly pathetic.

Anonymous said...

Ask McKenzie he'd know. As my grandmother used to say : there's two things that smell like fish and one of them is fish! How many carparks do we need and where is the alternative CEP that Dad's army promised us ?

Jethro said...

Anonymous 22.14, Capt Mann(er)ing and Dads army only promised a new community performing arts theatre, not a whole precinct. As we have already discussed in Hillbilly Watch, Capt Mann(er)ing is silent now after Newman grabbed the State funding for the Entertainment Precinct leaving the CRC with not enough dough to build a new theatre.

Anonymous said...

This Council won't build anything new in its term. As pointed out in here before the Unity Team are a self-serving gaggle of mostly Southern blow-ins who rode the pussy-hating tsunami whipped up by John Mackenzie and Gavin King. You would have to be a low type of person to take advantage of pussy-hating misogynism or racism to line your own pockets, but thats what they have done. My expectations of Unity are that they will perform without scruples or ethics and all piss off laughing their guts out at the 2016 Council Election rather than face the electors.

Anonymous said...

The "pussy hating tsunami{..yeah you got it right there Anonymous. Ever wonder about Mackenzie hey? All his trips to Thailand?

Smithfield Sam said...

The telling move is, as they've cracked down in Thailand, these people have moved their operations to places like Vietnam and Laos.

Anonymous said...

Oh christ or mighty, cant we just start a Piss Off GaVIN kING movement in Cairns? Get all the musos together to write a song about how we want the slimy bastard to just piss off back to New South Wales? He isnt a Queenslander or a Cairnsite.

Anonymous 17.27 said...

Not saying anything like that about Mackenzie, Anonymous above. But I do wonder a lot about his many trips to Thailand. Same as I would wonder about any bloke going over there a lot.

Anonymous said...

Oh boy! please modify your comments re JMcK -remember what happened to Mike Moore and Cairns blog?? and to all you voters out there who put King and Cando in place -you are now reaping the results -this has to be the worst State Govt since Joh.

Jethro said...

Yeah Anonymous 11.43, people only have themselves to blame. I hear people running around cracking wobblies over "Queensland's debt" and I ask them if they have looked at the debts of other countries, compared them with our own and then thought rationally about what Newman is saying. Well judging by their replies, none of the fuckwits have. They suck up whatever comes out of Newman's mouth without question.

Anonymous said...

I had a very interesting conversation with an economist about Cairns. Sorry if everyone knew all this already. So simple. He said that the government had handled the economy really well overall. He said the issue was really about who gets what. So they have put enough money into the economy but it might be unevenly spread. With Cairns having a downturn said probably we have been ripped off from government but no point complaining unless you can supply good numbers to state our case.It can get really complex trying to figure it out though but at face value he said because we collect GST from foreigners we are improving the revenue of the country, not simply recycled money. So not much help really but amused me. We need someone that understands in depth to demand our fair share.!! Not many seem to know too much in Cairns in that sense.

Anonymous said...

Oh and about the debt, said the government pay less interest rates than we do, even at AA plus rating so better they pay for our health etc than us, cheaper.

Anonymous said...

Dear Stuey, 5000 full-time jobs to go and more to come., I hope you and your Labor scab mates are happy now that all your campaigning against the Bligh Government has reaped the rewards it so richly deserved.

Stuey Traill said...

Anonymous,For the records.
We campaigned for ALP policy, jobs, regional jobs and services. We didnt prevent privatisation and the Govt of the day lost office. Not our fault, we tried everything possible to stop it but instead of crying over spilt milk and blaming the past we are standing up once again for our members jobs, services to the community and attacks against workers rights. Its a different Government but the same argument, the difference is that Newman has done this in such a drastic and shortsighted manner without considering the long term implications. Proud to be Union.

Anonymous said...

Tell the truth Traill. Your campaign against the Bligh Labor Government has delivered a huge kick in the guts to pensioners, the disabled, the unemployed, and all the other poor bastards on payments or reliant on the state for their existence so you and your like-minded bourgeois swill could keep your harleys, your swimming pools, your kids in private schools, your comfy homes, the two four-wheel drives, etc etc etc.

chris forsberg said...

chris forsberg genuflects:- AMEN

Lillian at Yorkeys said...

With all due worth Anon 14.24, I don't think that the unions protesting against assets sell-offs in Queensland caused the landslide (horrible) resulting in Slasher Newman leading the Mad Mob.
Although I've voted Labour for most of my life, I too was very concerned with asset sales, and also issues such as forced amalgamations without any review, forced fluoridation (health & cost issues), and I think a general view that the Bligh Govt was acting with a kind of arrogance, & not really listening to the people & their views.
Living in the Barron River electorate, I was extremely weary of Steve Wettenhall doing very little locally, & all the Labour PR claptrap I got from him was "Anna this, Anna that". Anna's done this for us. Not what Steve W had done for us.
So, as a fairly seasoned Labour voter, I was totally pissed off, & I wasn't pissed off at the trade unions. They have their own fish to fry, & good on them. And under Slasher Newman they'll have way more fish to fry. I think Newman is trying to channel both Menzies & Howard - although, at this distance, Menzies looks good!
I think there's some stink from Federal Labour's performance the last wee while, & I think - regardless of our political colour - we are WAY OVER all political spin, whether Lab, Lib, Greens,Katter, Family First or whatever.
I reckon the folk of Australia are up to pollies who are going to provide integrity, intelligence, honesty & the ability to listen - whatever their tag. The next challenge is . . . to find some.

Anonymous said...

He's a failure and a fraud. His Carwash maybe does 20 cars on a good day. He's a pathological lunatic and crazy man we all know he's has his land on Mcoombe street behind BP service station forsale his time will come and is fast approaching I would say!

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