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28 September 2012

MANNING COUNCIL BUDGET SHORTFALL NOW $37 MILLION WHILE COUNCIL CONTINUES GUTTING OF ENVIRONMENTAL DEVELOPMENT PROTECTIONS

In the first real direction to come out of the months-old Cairns Regional Council, residents have been treated to a stunning attack on years of public consultations over development standards.  

Even the most hardened opponents of former Mayor Val Schier recognised that her council fixed open-development slather that had been the hallmark of Kevin "Hiding from the Pakis" Byrne.  The monuments to this absurd decade of development are all over the city - housing towers in the CBD with the design panaché of a prison, thanks to the bankrupt Hedley and CEC companies.  Jammed together high-rise ghettos advertised as "resort living", jammed into residential neighbourhoods in Clifton Beach and Woree, courtesy of the bankrupt Udo Jattke's Glencorp.  Housing developments on 350 square meter blocks with houses barely a meter apart, on streets with no place to park a car or tinny, and kids left without any proper outdoor places to play.  

These degrading of development standards have continual affects on the public.  Huge spikes in youth crime in areas surrounding the Glencorp ghettos, and CEC built neighbourhoods in Edmonton (largely now public housing) are just one of the consequences.  

The Schier council largely fixed these abuses that occurred under Byrne, and the current acting (and soon to be permanent) city manager Peter Tabulo.  The hallmark of the Tabulo-led development department was a chameleon-like ability to change their "professional planning advice" based on the political winds.  More no-backbone leadership is hardly what sleepy Bob needs in the city manager position.

So Council yesterday began the assault on the Cairns Plan, and the concept of public consultation.

In an extension of a Schier-implemented stimulus, the Manning council has "doubled down" despite many believing that more stimulus is unnecessary with renewed construction planning already evident.  Nevertheless Council has approved forgiveness of $10.5M of headworks charges, money that was never planned for in the budget.  And keep in mind that most of this money is used by Council to provide infrastructure - so the shortfall to the Council budget could be up to $21Million!  All and unbudgeted hit to the ratepayers, who will need to pay for this shortfall in the coming years (as the Council report notes.)

So now the budget blowout for the Manning council is $37 million!  Is this the "fiscally responsible" council we were sold?  Of course not, Manning is already spending like a drunken sailor, for dubious reasons.  These fiscally irresponsible decisions are rapidly approaching the amount proposed by the Schier council for actual infrastructure, whereas the Manning$ Million$ are payments for developer mates and plain old debt.  Where are all the MacKenzie hillbillies now, screaming for blood at this financial blowout?  Mostly in a lie-induced coma.  

Then the Mayor announced that the Council would support LNP plans to give local planning decisions back to the local council.  Despite the very strong Cairns Plan, which has full and extensive consultation with the public before it was adopted, Cr. Julia Leu (Div. 10) objected to Council giving this support to the state without any discussion at Council level!  She can't be surprised at this - with a majority of councillors instructed by Manning as to what their positions and opinions should be, the elimination of any discussion with the rest of the councillors should have been expected.  

And then, in a harbinger of things to come, Cr. John Schilling (Div. 2) asked for the Cairns Plan requirements for dark coloured buildings on hillsides to be scrapped.  This provision was among the most supported by the community when the Cairns Plan consultations were done.  Schilling, who's "career" has been one of job hopping from one low-end builder to another, would seem to be clearly acting not on the opinions of his electorate, but his builder mates.  

But this should be seen as the beginning of what could be a rapid erosion of all standards for construction in Cairns.  Yes, the bad old days have returned.

Council should keep one thing in mind - it was this reckless, non-consultative developer abuse that got Val Schier and other progressives elected to the Cairns Council. 


47 comments:

Anonymous said...


Both state and council are poor. They have called a meeting to try and gather some unity from the dis-unity in the town, but I already sense a culture of blame. I am not happy Curtis Pitt appears to left off the invitation.


I wonder how much this farce is costing us?

It transpires now that the industrial port operations will be at Mouriylan Harbour so we have been seriously misled. Seriously misled.

Jethro said...

No surprises to me at all. Manning is only in for one term, ditto most of the Unity Councillors who will all piss off, "SOOOO LONG SUCKERS!" just before the next Council Election. Apart from Richie Bates has any of the Unity Councillors done anything? Anyone ever see them out and about? Have they ever said anything? I'm serious about this because frankly I'm wondering if they are living, breathing human beings.

Anonymous said...


Jethro. I thought they are too busy working at their real jobs to be bothered with boring coucnil matters. Even Rob seems to prefer the social limelight these days than gutters and pot holes. I guess he needs to be to stay awake while Bob leads the Cairns sleepathon.

jim-bob snr. said...

Mourilyan Harbour, complete with upgraded Palmerston Highway, was set up to be the industrial port for the Far North back in the 1980s. King was of course, a snot nosed kid back in NSW then. Not, of course, that I am implying that King doesn't know it all, knows this, knows that, been here, been there, done this, done that, done it all...knows everything. See where he is setting himself up as the de facto Mayor of Cairs now that he has proven to be such an abysmal failure as an MP.

Anonymous said...

Two things anon @ 1227. The area given to CRC as a gift to build the CEP never did have any use as an industrial area.In time it will be sold for another ugly hotel. Ever since the gas tank explosion a decade or two ago it was deemed to close to the city. The 2nd con job is us,the rate payers paying for head works on developments announced today. That is another 20 million or so added to the rate payers to cough up.I seem to remember the pearl's and tenni's of this world complaining that under Vals's scheme the rate payer would also have to pay extra. The deafening silence from the whingers of this city says it all.

shanghai said...

the first house to get a paint job should be that bloody ugly eyesore you can see from mccoombe st looking up at edgehill yes mate u have money but no taste !!!

Anonymous said...

Jethro, what has Bates done? I don't see any notable difference since Blake.

Anonymous said...

off the subject but gav wanking should keep his nose out of council business because he is the problem not the solution and do what he is paid to do

Anonymous said...

Back to the future on all fronts ! Apparently McKenzie was elected to either state government or the council as well. i heard him tell Bob this morning : "when WE sit down to sort out this problem".

Well, he has delivered for his sponsors. McLeod street will get it's double lane back. Personally I don't care either way. The one lane hasn't inconvenienced me, but McKenzie has been screaming blue murder about it for ages, courtesy of one of his sponsors.

Toxic Tenni had another go at people wanting to preserve old buildings or who opposed unsuitable development. In other words; bring in the bulldozers and the white shoe brigade. Tenni, why don't you SHUT UP. No one cares about your insane rants.

Bob R. said...

See in todays Cairns Post where Manning and King were boasting about how they discovered the "leak" to Curtis Pitt of their SECRET emails? What the fuck are they doing with SECRET emails anyway? Arranging a cache of ganga to be distributed, arranging a wife swapping party?? Come on, why does an elected Member of Parliament and an elected Mayor, need to communicate in secret for? Remember how Mackenzie and King ranted on and on about TRANSPARENCY?

Seth said...

Mackenzie uses the royal "We" always in on air talks with gobsnot King. If King is now the de facto mayor of Cairns, then Mackenzie is the de facto Member for Cairns. Just who the fuck is controlling who?? Makes you wonder doesn't it?

RobPyne said...

Hey Anonymous,
Last pothole inspection was as recent as yesterday, with reports at 43 Windara Street and at the end of Currawong @ the intersection with Anderson Road.
I am on the job and health willing looking forward to the coming challenges!
Regards,
Rob Pyne.

Anon No. 4 said...

Hate to trivialise this but he's wearing a brown suit! who still wears brown suits. maybe he likes a bit of brown.

Bob R. said...

This looks like back to the Joh days alright. There will be plenty of pieces of silver greasing palms. I can hear the shuffle of the white show brigade.

Anonymous said...

WTF all those bastards rip into Val but what about king and newmans 2 billion palace to replace the exective building in Brisbane these blokes are on the nose we are well and truly stuffed thanks king you tosser

Anonymous said...

In the light of the tragic events that have occurred in Melbourne let us once again reflect on the musings of our elected state representative:
“If a woman drinks to excess and is raped or assaulted, is she partly to blame? As uncomfortable and difficult as this question is, the answer surely is yes."- Gavin King, LNP Member for Cairns and Assistant Tourism Minister.

Anonymous said...

This king bloke should hang his head in shame, he should never be allowed to call himself an Aussie because true australian men and women would never think like he does ,next election run him out of town .

Anonymous said...

Off the subject,but what alan jones said about our Prime Minister and her late father was appalling.What is it about homosexual talk back morons that they hate females so much.It is like some kind of hang up they have.

Anonymous said...

McKenzie and his faithful followers worship Alan Jones. It explains alot about their attitude towards Val Schier. They simply cannot handle intelligent women in positions of power. McKenzie is oozing with goodwill now the old boy's club is back in power. It's Warren,Gavin, Terry, Kev, Bob 1 and Bob 2 backwards and forwards ad nauseum. Not a female in sight, except from the despicable Pearl who suffers from the same syndrom.

Anonymous said...

I think the frenzied days of building unit blocks anywhere and everywhere might not be the same as it was in the 90s and early 00s. The greed of the insurance companies may have put the kibosh on that.

Ms Elly-May said...

Anonymous 09.00, let's hope King and his supporters watched the amazing turn out of people in Melbourne for Jill Meagher.

Anonymous said...

king and jones must have gone to the same school ,appalling and disgusting are a few words that come to mind coward is another run the bastards out of town

Anonymous said...

Jones is Tenni's bastard son.

Anonymous said...

They're obviously related. One is a worm and the other one is a grub.

Anonymous said...


Gavin King always tried to be another Alan Jones, was not good at that either. What is starting to be obvious now, despite their claims women in office deserved the criticism, is that they are proving to be far far worse.

If we must have men run the place then those that are not afraid of women in power and who are respectful are the ones we need, not these coward jerks.

Anonymous said...

4CA(Mon1stOct) still advertising Alan Jones with vitriol against PM Julia

Anonymous said...

just read where newman supports jones not that thats a surprise ,4ca should drop his show along with all the sponsers and country radio in nsw

Anonymous said...

Alan Jones is typical of a man of his age, who was denied, because of society's pressures and his own cowardice, his natural gay urgings. He did not have the courage of others to enter a gay relationship, but caved in to social pressure and denied his homosexuality. As his life comes to a close, and he sees the openeness with which gay couples live and are accepted, he is extremely bitter for what he has lost in his life. He is unable to blame himself for his cowardice in not "coming out" or joining the gay lobby, he blames it all on "women". He therefore sees himself on a mission to destroy the reputations of as many women as possible and in particular the very first female Prime Minister. Unfortunately there are others in our society like him. Women hating closet gays who blame women for their unfulfilled lives. I suspect we have a well known local with exactly the same problem.

Liz said...

LOL Anonymous above, I don't know if your "theory" about Jones is correct. However, just as there are man hating lesbians, so too there are women hating homosexuals. It is unfortunate that because of sexism and sexual stereotyping, people are more familiar with the "big, butch hairy armpitted man hating dykes" than they are with the "woman hating gay men". Yet, they exist and can be extremely dangerous to women,the more so because women, for the most part, are naively unaware of their presence. The malevolence demonstrated to women by a certain prominent local identity, for example, may be a result of frustrated homosexuality or an unrequited love interest with a married man. So, too, it could be because of a domineering mother. Who knows for sure?

Anonymous said...

Seedy Jeff is now getting stuck into the CMC. The new regime obviously doesn't want any independent scrutiny while they rape and pillage the State.

Jones and Tenni, such great role models for the LNP, the party for repressed, white,middle-aged males, the likes of which you can listen to on talk back every day.

Angry, frustrated, biased, ignorant, full of piss and vinegar and basically very unhappy with life.

Anonymous said...

That is an brilliant piece anon @ 1904.I guess the incident @ heathrow public toilets which everyone knows about but was buried could have ruined his reputation but the conservatives couldn't stand the thought of loosing their best propaganda tool so he got out of that one smiling.What goes around comes around I read somewhere.I think it is a Krishna saying.I know one thing tho.The Labour party are like elephants in that they never forget and if I was this poor excuse for a human I would be watching my back including public toilets.

Anonymous said...

Earlier this year in Kuranda I lined up with a bunch of tourists for a local ice cream. The man serving was extremely chatty and I took no notice of his remarks until I heard the words "women politicians" he then went on to say "we aim to get rid of them all -the Premier's gone the Mayors gone and there is only that @#$ woman in Canberra left -she will be gone too and we can get our country back on track"
At a guess I would say this man was a supporter of the repugnant Alan Jones and our local pale imitator. The reaction of the tourists was one of confusion and I assured a German couple next to me that not all Australians felt that way about women in power but some old frustrated males had a problem living in the 21st century. Alan Jones recent comments re the Prime Minister made me feel physically ill.

jim-bob jnr. said...

What a fucken ignoramus that fellow at the ice cream place was, Anonymous 08.26. Didn't the fuckwit know that Germany's leader is a woman? Christ, what a fuckwit. and what's this about Jones and the Heathrow toilets? The mind boggles. Yeah Liz the way some men hate women so much you wonder what is really behind it all. It ain't normal that's for fucken sure. Im hoping the radio station just pisses Alan Jones off.

Anonymous said...

I predict that some sponsors will make a big deal about removing their business from the Jones program but they will slowly move back to the status quo when they judge the public have forgotten what this was all about.
Also see where Cando has been offered a sugar-fix with a dodgy poll that puts his popularity up there with Mother Teresa -sickening and unbelievable.
Jimbob if you Google AJ you will find out all about the toilet incident -happened in the 80s.

ruby said...

I'm not at all convinced your theory Anonymous 19.04 is correct. You have touched on a very dark and somewhat nebulous area of male sexuality. What I see is certain males, including some "shock jocks" are just unable to accept female equality. Sure, their hate-language goes beyond acceptable behaviour, but I doubt there is anything more behind it than bitter old dinosaurs who just cannot accept women's role in modern society.

jim-bob jnr. said...

Yeah Anonymous, I did a google search and found it all. Didnt surprise me, only confirmed what a piece of scum Jones is that's all I can say.

Dean said...

Chopper Read was the only one who brought it up in public and Alan Jones suddenly lost the will to sue people, like he would have if it was anybody else. One of the best things that ever happened in Australian Media History. Should be part of the curriculum.

It's a point of cognitive dissonance amongst the conservative redneck community that while they rail against gay rights, their head cheerleader is homosexual. It only reinforces their ignorance.

Anonymous said...

HBW, Thank God we have this site and the Social Media to express our Views as we have in regards to the disgusting Jones Affair. This site allows us to express our views which we could not do a few years ago. It used to alright for the likes of Jones, MacKenzie and one eyed LNP supporters to say what ever they liked no matter how hurtful and get away with it. When ever Jones f...ed up it was usually a storm in the proverbal tea cup and went away in a few days because the press usually dropped it pretty quickly. It's a bit different now as we have the Social Media and people are expressing their views and have been successful in exposing Jones and Company for the biggoted idiots that they are. Many years ago, I wrote a "Letter to the Editor" of the Cairns Post. I put a lot of effort into the letter and the letter was printed. But The Editor changed the wording to make me look silly and when I challenged this I was informed that the Editor had this right so I will never submit another letter ever to the Cairns Post. Why bother to write if your words are changed. Also, the Cairns Post is selective in publishing Letters to the Editor. You may or may not get your letter printed. At least with the Social Media you can have your say and it doesn't get raped by the Editor or he just does print it. HBW, in light of Wazza's speech in Parliament and the way the rotten Jones Boy(who is also whinging because of such hurtful comments he is getting) is smarting because of comments in the Social Media, I can see the day coming as soon as the Tories get back into power in Canberra when there will be an almighty push to censor/stop the influence of Social Media. Lets hope that is never allowed to happen. Charlie.

Anonymous said...

I note that Freebody's Water World will be a $ 800000 beneficiary of ratepayer's money to get his development going ( if he ever gets it off the ground). Total silence from the ratepayers who screamed blue murder when they worried that some of their rates would go towards a visionary public facility, which would have brought great benefit to the region. Not a whimper from"Macca" or from Pearl or the other fuckwits. Giving ratepayer's money to a failed LNP candidate for a private development is apparently ok then.

Anonymous said...

Has Freebody been given the money by CRC????

Anonymous said...

Waiver of headwork charges to the value of 800 k according to CP. Where is the outrage ? Why do rate payers have to subsidise this doomed project ? Why isn't Tenni frothing at the mouth ? A free leg up for a failed LNP candidate who called female councillors witches and bitches...

Terry said...

Kevin Byrne would have never let him off !!!

Seth said...

As I understand it, Freebody still has to raise finance for his project and that is where the problems lie.

Dean said...

It's a lot easier to fleece investors of their cash if you've got $800k promised by the CRC. That and the newspaper article are only aimed at making the scam look legit so Freebody can take some investor money to pay himself a wage for his nincompoop scams. He only has to reel in one big fish to give himself a nice big pay day before wrapping the company up.

Unfortunately it gives the whole area a very bad name for investment.

Anonymous said...

Why don't all those idiot "We hate VAL" Facebook fans put their money where there big mouths are, if they think it is such a great project. They could finance it between them. The fact that no one , except the Bob Manning council, wants to invest in it must be saying something...I suppose no astute investors want to be taken for a ride down a slippery slope.

Anonymous said...

One should never forget that jones isn't saying sorry for what he said because he wouldn't have said it unless he meant it.He is saying sorry because he was caught saying it!

Anonymous said...

Yes it would pay for so-called "management fees", as in he 'managed' to go go broke and get paid for it without paying any of the creditors. This scam is being repeated endlessly...