When Member for MacKenzie Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King walked into the 4CA offices, he was visibly stoop shouldered and subdued. He, along with the dozen or so regular callers into the Cueball show, are starting to realise they've been dudded. MacKenzie has sold them on a change of government that is clearly now showing their disinterest in doing anything positive for Cairns.
And as the usual mob got on the line, the dismay and seething anger from these people in the community is palpable. So angry are some like Karin "Pearl Necklace" Pollard in Wangetti, she wouldn't even get on the line but instead had her question read out to King - she's found out that the likely site of the juvenile boot camp is 100 meters from the Wangetti shack she calls home.
Referring to apparently another Cairns Port dredging analysis that the LNP continues to hide from the public, we're told the $40M committed by Campbell Newman to this "top of the list", first year project is now perhaps only 1/3 of what will be needed to dredge the inlet. The top figure suggested is $110M!
Dredging of the Trinity Inlet for a handful of cruise ships is by far the stupidist proposal pushed by John MacKenzie and embraced by King, as well as Warren "Run for the Door" Entsch. Because most of the listeners to this pathetic excuse for an information show have the intelligence of a bag of hammers, we now have a brain dead group of residents believing we've found the golden calf. Let's put it in perspective:
The number of cruise liners who've ported in Yorkey's Knob instead of the city in the last five years is 22. The cruise ships continue to get bigger and bigger - no amount of dredging will get them all. Let's say we can increase the number of cruise ships in town by dredging - let's say we now can port 50 additional ships in five years.
This means each additional ship, over a five year period, will cost the taxpayers over $2 MILLION, just to get some additional passengers that don't care to ride tender boats ashore. (The tendering process is used in ports around the world, btw). And if not continually maintained, after five years we need to dredge some more.
This is why no one will release the dredging consultations to the public. They don't stack up. It's idiotic to spend this kind of money to sell a few more overpriced didgeridoos. The only possible way to get the inlet dredged is if HMAS Cairns is expanded dramatically and needs to port larger ships. Maybe US aircraft carriers. Sadly, then we have to worry about Bryan Law and his rusty garden implements. . .
The cost-benefit analysis of dredging even puts it below the other continual stupid ideas about train service from the suburbs to the city and the monorail idea promoted at the last election.
To put the nail in the coffin, Deputy Can-do Jeff Seeney said any approval would be "years away, if at all". Blind Freddy knows what this means. And yet King and his manipulator Cueball MacKenzie continue to pump hot air into an obviously dead-end proposal that got the hillbillies excited enough to vote for him. They'll string the community along as long as they can, because they can then claim "we've committed millions to Cairns" and won't have the money for anything else.
Elvis, Raj, Pearl, Peter, Bill, and the loudmouth taxi driver: You're been manipulated and fucked over. Let us know when you've figured it out.