Thelma Spelta is quite the sparkplug and neighbourhood organiser. She's run for Council previously, and isn't afraid to get in the grill of a non-performing councillor or CRC staff member. Of course, they have to show up, which they didn't do in the Spelta-organised media event about the grossly inadequate Moody Creek. A drainage system known by Kevin Byrne and Cr. Terry James to require works in 2001.
They of course did nothing, with the result that a 2009 rainstorm which in years past would have been no problem for the Moody Creek catchment. But lots of landmines were left by Kevin "Hiding from the Pakis" Byrne in his obsession to "build at any cost". One only needs to browse the development approvals written by Peter Tabulo and his department during these years to see how projects were rubber-stamped despite council staff knowing or ignoring inadequate infrastructure around these projects. Large numbers of units and single family houses were built above the flooded areas of Moody Creek, in upscale neighbourhoods. All this concrete massively increases rainwater runoff.
And since Council wouldn't upgrade the drainage, and they wouldn't charge developers for this inadequate drainage infrastructure (as they would seem to be required to do), we've decided instead to just let this area flood. More profits for the developer. Funny that.
Tabulo and the Byrne Council did throw a handful of money at the problem in response to community concerns in 2002. It was window dressing.
And for those of you who got flooded out in Redlynch, you guessed it - same reason. Big projects built, overloading drainage designed in the 1960's.
Which explains why one of today's media event organisers was heard to say "we don't care who's the Mayor or Councillor, none of the pollies give a shit about doing their job". Cynical, but easily true in this case.
Where was Bob "Screwdriver" Manning? Taking orders at his new business, or napping, apparently. Mayor for Vice Terry James, who's acknowledged the problems to residents on Friday Cueball call-ins, was nowhere to be seen. Richie Bates and Max O'Halloran? Good luck getting any of the disUnity councillors to do bugger all. They're all MIA.
So who swoops in to get his mug on camera, but the Member for MacKenzie Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King. Never mind that street drainage has nothing to do with his job. His total effort for tourism has been confined to a nonsensical campaign to get citizens posing like John Travolta in "Stayin' Alive", in some misguided idea that one already-expired celebrity visit would save Cairns.
This comes on the heels of King's hijacking of the Chinese New Year festival, another council function. Apparently looking to keep his name before the public, his idea to jam 10,000 tourists and locals into a block of Grafton Street was roundly criticised in letters to both the Cairns Post and Council.
Why does King suddenly think he's running Cairns? Insiders have reported previously that King has already a rocky and deteriorating relationship with Campbell Newman - it's been reported here as well as elsewhere, and is no secret. He's also apparently alienated many of his LNP colleagues, who were wary of his journalistic background at the beginning. Courier Mail colleagues of King have reportedly briefed many of the Brisbane-area MP's about King's history as a reporter, and King knows he has zero chance of ever returning to that "career".
So it would seem King is attempting to position himself for his inevitable ditching by the LNP, or loss at the next election - which would be a year before the next council election in 2016. With Richie Bates the "outsider" in this LNP team council, is it any surprise that King is meddling in Division 5 issues? King has a family, and wife Leah has a lifestyle much higher than a Somalian migrant.
Keep us informed about how you go, Thelma. Just don't be a pawn for these ratbags.