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07 July 2012

NEW disUNITY COUNCILLORS AND CONSULTATION - WHEN DOES THE PUBLIC GET A SAY?

As part of their "bonus" for getting elected to council, another member of the disUNITY team made his first appearance on the Cueball show Friday.

John Schilling from Division 2 spent his time taking calls, and spending money we were told by Bob "Screwdriver" Manning that Council doesn't have.  Caller 1- "Edmonton Park that needs playground equipment and a toilet block".  Schilling agrees.  Caller 2 - "road needs resurfacing".  Schilling "we'll get right on that".  Schilling spent the first fifteen minutes spending like a drunken sailor.  Apparently hasn't read the fine print on his councillor contract yet.  We're going to be in for a stunning rate rise.


Then we got the obligatory aural fellation by Karin "Pearl Necklace" Pollard in Wangetti.  When she turned the conversation to her pet hate, the Entertainment Precinct, she pushed the hillbilly solution which generally involves a paint job for the current Civic Theater.  To his credit however, Schilling put Pearly straight with the revelation (still being withheld from the public by Manning) that a rehab of the Civic Theater would cost "AT LEAST $60 to $80 Million!"  This without any solution to the lack of parking, with no chance to offset operational costs by shared use with the Convention Centre, and with at least three years of no shows.   


And this information with still no consultation by the Manning council with the users.  Arts community leaders are starting to express concern that all the secrecy will leave them with a new Civic Albatross.


No song from Pearl upon hearing this stunning news - she has been convinced a couple million would do the trick.  Pearl, you're an idiot.


Schilling then said that Mayor Bob has been working on a "public-private partnership" for the project, which smells to us like some kind of "free land" deal for some developer. But of course Schilling knew no details, because under the new disUNITY regime, the public is the last one to be consulted, if at all.


Schilling also announced another big "adios" to a longtime civil servant, Steve Tyter, and read excerpts of what Tyter thought was an email to his colleagues at council.  The bloodletting continues; we understand  another senior manager will be gone next week. 


32 comments:

Anon No. 4 said...

a Public-Private Partnership, eh. That's a euphemism term for bring on the spivs, carpetbaggers and white shoe brigade.

T. Asquith said...

Already the bad smell is starting to emanate from this clueless administration. Their only agenda was to get rid of Val Shier for the effrontery of successfully challenging the Unity good old boys at the last election, and a gullible Cairns electorate has fallen for it. Now, with no clue as to what to do next, they fumble from bad to worse, whilst job-creating state and federal grants to build significant projects is being lost because they are too proud to admit that Shier had it right. To those who fell for this con; you deserve everything you get. Sadly, those that didn't will suffer the same consequences.

Mz Elly-May said...

Wonder if Schilling had to pay "Cash for Comment"??? Yep, Schilling will be among the last to know whatever Grandad Manning comes up with for a new performing arts theatre - BUT Schilling will agree with it, whatever it is. I mean, after all, Schilling also is only in Council for one term, and then it is "Adios, suckers!!!!"

ruby said...

A "public-private" partnership, well, well well. Haven't we all said along that some sleazy corrupt bastards wanted to get their greasy paws on the Government funding?? Which we must point out was the largest amount of Government funding given to a Northern local authority EVER.
This was all worked out beforehand, when Mackenzie went into overdrive trying to get Val Schier to resign, SO THAT SOME BASTARDS could get their hands on the funding. As in all public-private parternships, it will favour the "private" and end up costing the ratepayer much much more than the original plans. Now all we have to do is wait and see which of Manning's good mates has his hand out and how generous Manning will be.

PollyWaffle said...

This guy's political views are seriously scary!

jim-bob snr. said...

Mackenzie prefers the boys, Ms Elly-May, you should know that. Preferably, WHITE caucasian middle aged males. Oh I have no doubt he will "permit" the Unity woman Councillor on his show, but also permit his callers to use sexist, ageist comments about her as a matter of course.

ruby said...

I think Mackenzie is looking round for another malleable male to "promote". King had no qualms in letting Mackenzie be his svengali. With Entsch retiring at next Federal Election, Mackenzie will start with someone soon. Wonder if it will be one of the male (of course) Unity Councillors???

Anonymous said...

Wow! Cairns has been buzzing lately with success of Cairns Challenge, multi million dollar Indigenous Art Exhibition, plans for a bigger Cairns Festival underway, funding for Taipans, Cairns Amateurs out of the black, Ocean Terminal socialite functions, Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre Award winning architecture and now Ukulele FEVER has hit town with visitors from around the globe. All these events and more fully supported by Mayor Val Schier. Thanks Val and we are so sorry that CEP was rejected by the ignorant. P.S. Where was Manning to support the Uke Festival the other night at the Hilton? Like MacKenzie probably now has egg on his face because of it's success.

Anonymous said...

McKenzie is supporting the Ukulele festival now (publicly at least) after sniggering about it with his mate Gavin for years. What a worm !

CBD Warrior said...

4CA figured out they could sell advertising for the Uke Fest to the music stores that organise much of the event, and this stopped the attacks from MacKenzie on the fest.

Anonymous said...

Well Pearl ain't no Janis Joplin that's for sure. I hope Port Douglas shire will de-amalgamate asap so there is no more reason for her to stick her beak into Cairns matters. In the meantime I hope Wangetti gets screwed over royally by this new council that she loves so much. Have another cracker Polly and f**k off, before you embarrass yourself even more !

Anonymous said...

Who could ever forget the abuse, the condemnation Gavin King, threw out to Val Schier for supporting the Ukulele Festival plus guaranteeing the Taipans a bank loan?

Anonymous said...

Gavin King had a lot of sneering, jeering and abuse over the Ukulele Festival, plus his derisive comments about the Taipans.

Mz Elly-May said...

Gavin King and his affectionate svengali, John Mackenzie can grab hold of themselves and have a glad wank that they successfully stopped other people from coming up with ideas to boost the tourist industry with "niche" events. The way they both mocked and sneered at the Ukulele Festival put a lot of people off from putting their ideas forward.

jim-bob jnr. said...

Oh Christ almighty, you only have to worry about public consultation when it is a split-fork as Mayor, not one with cock and balls. Mackenzie loves his cock and balls! So does Gav of course.

T. Asqith said...

Went to Fogarty Park yesterday for the Ukulele festival. What a fantastic atmosphere. It has to be one of the best events this town has ever conceived or hosted, one which appeals to all types, young and old. It should be known as the Val Shier Ukulele Festival, acknowledging her foresight in bringing this great event to fruition.

Anonymous said...

Public-Private Partnerships means on thing in the end - The User (Ratepayers) Pays. And pay you will. You don't think that some Private Investor is going to Invest Millions into an EP/Civic Centre (It won't be called any of these names)and not get some sort of (better than bank Investment return) return. We users and poorer ratepayers will have to PAY and PAY. Every time you go near the place you will have to pay. Does the Mayor really think the people of Cairns are stupid? Of course they are as they voted him in. Charlie.

ruby said...

Well said Charlie above. Wasn't the Clean Seas Treatment Plant which cost us that initial 10% increase in rates, a public/private initiative of the Byrne Council? The Schier Council got stuck with the blow out in costs in their first year. jim-bob jnr. above, there is no need to be so coarse and crude in making a point. You could easily have said, "Public consultation and transparency is only for female Mayors, not for male Mayors, in this city."
Speaking about lack of transparency, I found out yesterday in The Cairns Post where King was bragging about his first 100 days in office that the Environmental Report on dredging the Cairns Inlet has been released BUT NOT TO THE PUBLIC. King and a few others have apparently been slyly and covertly sitting on it. Any chance Hillbilly, you can get a copy of it??

DINA said...

I gather it is only female Mayors who have to pay to appear on Mackenzie's Goebbels styled political propaganda program. Mackenzie then also chooses which females he wants on his program and bans the others. Mackenzie would make a damn good Taliban.

Bob R. said...

I wonder if old Byrne will be given the CEOs job? There are some rumours which I cant substantiate. At this stage I guess nothing more but idle speculation however it gives me an evil grin to think of the way both men can behave when things go wrong. Whatever Council staff are left will be counting down the days to the 2016 election.

Anonymous said...

HBW I have heard that the cost of dreadging the Channel is closer to $120 million which is why it is being burried. I don't know where Campbell Newman got the $40 figure from so that is why we haven't heard anything about it yet. I expect is was Unsir Bob Norman and Bill Cummings who came up with the $40million costing. Maybe we can convert this into a Public-Private Partnership and get everyone going to the reef to pay for it. I can hear the screems from all of the tour operators already. Shows you how stupid this idea of a Public-Private Partnership is. But talking about a Public-Private Partnership gives King and Manning something to crap on about instead of admitting they got it all fucking wrong and Val was right after all. Charlie.

Jethro said...

The Ukulele Festival this year was just great. A happy, cheerful event enjoyed by a very wide swathe of the community. The idea was first mooted two years ago by some local musos but Gavin King and Mackenzie used it to heighten community hatred towards the then Mayor, Val Schier who endorsed the festival. I don't believe I have ever felt more ashamed at the vicious and brutish manner in which both King and Mackenzie tried their damndest to scuttle the festival by using it to ridicule and abuse the Mayor.
The rednecks were all fired up like a pack of rabid dingoes abusing anyone from child to adult who might have said anything supportive of the ukulele. As Mz Elly-May pointed out above in her comment, many other people who had ideas for festivals or events in Cairns just backed down fearful of copping the bullying and menacing abuse whipped up by King and Mackenzie. It was one of the darkest periods in the history of Cairns coming at a time when our tourist industry had nose-dived and the musos made the suggestion in good faith and with the best of intentions. King and Mackenzie have NEVER apologised for the damage they did and for all the ideas and suggestions they have lost the region. We will never know what innovative ideas those two bastards killed forever.

ECKERS said...

ruby, I saw that as well. We have previously speculated in here as to what had happened with the Environmental Inquiry into dredging the Cairns Inlet. Now we know that King and a few others have been secretly sitting on it for some time. Interesting to read where King has said that "the Federal Government is the impediment". My guess is that dredging will impact on the GBRMP and Cairns Port authority will incur huge fines if it proceeds. Wasn't this the reason why wholescale dredging of the inlet ceased all the way back in the 1980s??

Dean said...

These poor idiots King and Manning. They had no idea what they were getting themselves into. It's clear that they're both political novices. King a pawn for the leader from Brisbane. Knows his future lies in SEQ so won't bite the hand that feeds him.

Poor old Manning thought it would be a simple fix, but pesky facts have dented his world view. Rather than come out with energy, he's disappeared from public view, unable to admit his faults or provide any leadership whatsoever. At the rate he's not undertaking mayoral duties, I'd be suprised if he doesn't quit within a year or two. The reins will be officially handed to Terry James, who's been the leader all along.

Time to start the 'Do the right thing and retire now, Bob' campaign.

ruby said...

Thanks for your comments there Charlie. There must be some truth in what you say as the issue of "dredging" seems to have died a sudden death, when during the Council and State Elections, it was the "buzz-word" and hyperbolic claims were made about how "dredging" would save Cairns from dying and everyone would be rich beyond their wildest dreams etc etc.

Anonymous said...

And let's not forget King's constant ignorant attacks on those who wanted to save the Yacht Club, instead of supporting the community.

Liz said...

You raised a good point there Jethro. How many other good ideas like the Ukulele Festival have we lost because of the thuggish behaviour of Mackenzie and King? What damage have they done? And yes, they owe an apology to the organisers of the Ukulele Festival.

Irene said...

Dean, King is a novice. His naive promise about "getting Tier One funding" for the Base Hospital as soon as he was elected, if proof enough of his ignorance. He honestly thought it was a simple matter of throwing extra monies at the Base Hospital. Instead it involves the supply of extra medical equipment, doctors speciaists, nursing staff and so on. It is much more complex than just throwing money around.

Miss Chief said...

Schilling doesn't even know the layout of his division. Has anyone in Edmonton ever seen him? He doesn't even live there. He didn't want to run in Edmonton but Manning "encouraged" him to. The CEP in any shape or form is now royally screwed and Manning needs to pull his finger out and get this town moving. I have never seen such a bunch of no-hopers at a local and state level. People voted for change. Well I hope they're bloody happy now. Dickheads.

jim-bob snr. said...

King is ruthlessly ambitious. We have all seen plenty of evidence of that fact. I keep on wondering if it was him, more than anyone else, who offered up Newman in some sort of private deal, the funding for the Entertainment Precinct and the CBD? Or is that just my suspicious mind at work? I just wouldn't put this type of skulduggery beyond King. Maybe he was hoping to be fast-tracked for a Ministerial position with all its trappings of prestige, staff, expenses and of course a certain amount of political security. He wouldn't be the first ambitious political animal to shat all over his constituents in order to advance his own career and King has demonstrated a track record of using people for his own gain. Just my thoughts anyway.

Bus. Op. said...

jim-bob snr. that thought had already crossed my mind a few times. With Mackenzie as his svengali, King would have learned very quckly that Cairns people are naive and as easily manipulated as little kids. Getting Cairns people to rise up in outrage over the offer of a brand new hospital in 1995 was the test. Taking money and important infrastructure away from Cairns is like taking candy off a baby. Furthermore because the population here is in a constant state of flux, the community memory is very weak which is why we keep going round and round in circles ie dredging the inlet, the performing arts theatre, reviving the CBD etc etc. Round and round we go, with a lot of noise but going nowhere. Our so called journalists also do not research any issue or examine past decisions. All of these things conspire to make conditions easy for someone like King to get away with a massive con job successfully screwing the people he is supposed to serve out of $100million. Frankly, I believe it was his involvement which did lose us the funding and for the reasons you mentioned - to curry favour with Newman for his own personal advancement.

JETHRO said...

King was also largely responsible for the wasting of the funds spent on the "Environmental Study into dredging Trinity Inlet". How much did that report cost?? I heard it was also several million. This idiot whose only claim to fame is a poison pen has cost this city dearly and he has only been in office a couple of months. So, let's put it in order:

GAVIN KING HAS LOST CAIRNS:

* $100 million in funding for Entertainment Precinct
* $38 million in funding for revival of CBD
* ?? million for Environmental Report into dredging Cairns Inlet
* ?? jobs in public sector

Not bad hey? No other Member for Cairns has ever lost the city so much in such a short time.