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25 October 2012

SHERATON MIRAGE - DAVID MARRINER RUMOURED OUT ON HIS ARSE, CHINESE PARTNERS NOW IN FULL CONTROL?

Multiple sources seem to indicate that frontman and convicted environmental vandal David Marriner is OUT at the Sheraton Port Douglas.

As HBW reported several weeks ago, Sheraton's American corporate owner Starwood gave Marriner orders to start fixing up the place and making the improvements that he had promised them when he purchased the property in 2011.  At that time, Marriner made "off the record" suggestions to various people that investors included Clive Palmer and the Williams family.  However when denials began to appear, it was revealed the most likely investor was Mainland Chinese, looking to snap up a tourism bargain.

Marriner then said $120M would be necessary "just to keep the lights on", and used the threat to attempt to secure loans, or grants, or some other kind of "free money" from the state and federal governments.  In another community failure, Entsch brought Shadow Finance Minister Joe Hockey to a presentation where he looked stunned when he realised it was a setup to get dosh from him.  This was one of the Entsch "Bucket O' Money" projects that he tried to fund after busting his arse killing the Entertainment Precinct.  What's the difference between Warren Entsch and Halley's comet, anyway?  One's a giant ball of gas, the other one's just a shooting star.

More proof that all the LNP has done is strip money and assets from the Far North.  Thanks a lot, Wazza!

Apparently the Chinese are now in control of the resort.  Likely Laguna Quays, as well.  



"And the ship sinks like lead into the sea

And the hermit shrieves the Marriner of his sins"


Rime of the Ancient Mariner

47 comments:

shanghai said...

mate i cant believe the money qouated for these jobs 120 million for fix the sheraton mirage your kidding u can buy all of port douglas for that and still buy double island with the loose change dredge trinity inlet for 40 million their dreaming ill do it for 10 million for 10 years wtf the eclispse is still a weeks away oh to have my money on public coffers

Anonymous said...

Warren Entsch the savior of the strata title unit owners,regarding the insurance debarcle, knows everything thats wrong with it but hasn't a clue what to do with it,bar grandstanding, and the LNP state and federal doesn't want to know about it.

Jethro said...

Frankly, the answer to the rip-off, multi million dollar salaried CEOd insurance companies, is to bring back....TA DAH...all you LNP people have a heart attack....the socialist, STATE GOVERNMENT INSURANCE OFFICE. With a Government run insurance office setting the standards with price, coverage, and customer service, it would bring the other robbing bastards of nsurance compancies back into line. Entsch of course, being an avowed anti-socialist won't ever mention this. I remember the old SGIO very bloody well. We all paid the same price for our house insurance right across the State. All the profits went straight back into SGIO and there wasn't any greedy money grasping CEO at the top. Old Joh started dismantling the SGIO with his anti-socialism policies, back in 1977.

Dean said...

How many hotels and resorts will close the doors this wet season? Once the bonus of the eclipse has passed, they'll be bailing out left, right and centre.

Anonymous said...

Nice Iron Maiden "Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner" reference!

ruby said...

I agree with you Jethro. The likes of Entsch are taking people for a ride on this. Insurance companies know damn well they have people over a barrel, without there being a Government run office setting the standards and keeping the prices down and so on.
Then again, just go out and ask anyone if they believe in socialism and see what they say. People wanted private enterprise to control the insurance market, so in reality, they got what they wanted. Tony Abbott has made no bones about abolishing Medicare if he is elected, so within a short period of time, we will be facing the same circumstances with our private medical health insurances and experiencing what the Americans are currently experiencing.

Anonymous said...

Off topic, but Manning has just announced that CRC will spend 6 million dollars on bikeways over the next 3 years, including one over the old railway line in Spence st. The hillbillies will be spewing ! Also McLeod St. will not be reconfigured and stay as it is. McKenzies sponsors won't be happy !

Anonymous said...

Old Joh has a left us a lot of lousy legacy, hasn't he? But wait, Newman is following in his foot-steps and has publicly acknowledged being a "Joh Man". What's next?

Anonymous said...


They can use it for the public housing riff raff seeing the place is trashed already. Talking of which Gavin King wants public feedback on what should be a bi-partisan issue discussed without headlines. Kicking out tenants.

But the King of Hate and Loathing wants to whip up some rabid right wing hate talkfest by asking the hillbilly rednecks for feedback. He is on the same level as Alan Jones, gutter. Of course the rednecks are screeching kick em out. The answers are never that simple though and they are also Queenslanders who he represents. People out on the street will cause other issues. Sort of problem that should not be open to public screeeching lynch mob exposure. What an evil man he is.

ruby said...

RE Public Housing -Back in 1979, a tent city had started to emerge out at Machans Beach alongside the Barron River. This was the result of no public housing and at that time no affordable rental properties in Cairns. Well the screech went out about the possible spread of typhoid, hepatitis blah blah blah and the police were called in to move the people on. I do know some took the Sunlander and went South. A few years later there were squatters at Goldsborough. I guess this is the situation we will end up with, families with kids living in tents in an unoccupied area while everyone anywhere near them screams blue murder about whatever. Be a nice look to promote Cairns I guess, a huge shanty town on the outskirts of the city.

Seth at Port said...

It wasn;t long ago that Entsch was big noting himself by suggesting the new performing arts theatre be attacked to Marriner's resort in Port Douglas. Wonder whatever happened to that idea? A bit like Entsch's idea of developing East Trinity which he has been raising ever since he was elected to Parliament back in 1996 or whenever.

Anonymous said...

Manning's Council is going to continue with the Schier Council's vision of bikeways throughout the city?? NOOOOOOOOO. Pinch me, quick. Is this real? No no no Manning, rugnut won't like this. His redneck bogan listeners won't like it! Gawain Bling the Dishonourable Member for Mackenzie won't like it. As for not changing MacLeod Street, tsk tsk tsk. Bling and Mackenzie will both have a fucken cow each when they hear that.

Anonymous said...

Ruby you always talk such sense -I am not happy with the 3 strikes proposal -it will hit the most vulnerable in our society. There has to be another way.

Anonymous said...

Good old Joh he stuck it up you commos and stoped all you union thugs from fucking up Queensland like how the commo labor Government is doing to Australia now. hahaha

Anonymous said...

Anon 21:10 You forgot the "hahaha"

Anonymous said...

anonymous 2110 sounds a lot like the little troll called John de Spewville. A short bloke with a squeeky voice and a gold chain around his neck. He constantly makes all sort of nasty comments in the Cairns Post and has a thing about "communists". Get the picture ?

Bob R. said...

OMG, Manning is pro-bike lanes! Where's the smelling salts, quick, hit me before I faint. Geeeez I can picture all the rednecks ranting on about this. I mean, roads are for cars and more cars and more cars and the CBD is for cars and more cars and more cars. Yep the rednecks want towering parking centres on every corner and underground ones in between. Then more parking for more and more cars. Their little pea sized brains cannot accept that we have to do something now to try and limit vehicular traffic through the city and CBD.

Gavin's mum said...

If you must know, it was that nice Mr Richie Bates who steered the bikeways result. He is particularly happy about the CBD - Woree path, and using the old railway reserve for a quality result. Sigh, Richie would probably have beaten my Gavvy in the state election, and who's to say that would have been a bad thing for Cairns. (Good thing the Cairns ALP is vindictive AND stupi.

Anonymous said...

The troll's comments certainly detract from from the more intelligent comments posted here, but I guess that is the reason why they do it.

Second Anonymous said...

Newman - just like Sir Joh, but with syntax.

Anon No. 4 said...

And, Seth of Port, you forgot to add that all the while the fat old carpetbagger was promoting his shonky East TRinity scheme, HE OWNED A BLOCK OF LAND THERE!

Ms Elly-May said...

I well recall all the abuse Val Schier copped when she decided her CRC would start putting in bicycle paths. Now here was have a MALE mayor. Where are all the Pearls, the Phils screeching and screaming and belitting old Bob? Amazing what a change of genitalia can do with these twisted misogynists.

JOHN MACKENZIE'S HILLBILLY WATCH said...

Regarding the "troll" comment published. Of course we get a number of them and we delete them. From time to time however we print one of the less abusive of the attacks, just to remind everyone that they're out there.

Anonymous said...

Bob 9:30 the problem is that the rednecks refuse to park in multi storey car parks and walk a few meters. They want to park right in front of their destination, just like it used to be when they got their first car. I'm glad this council has at least got something right and is continuing what Val Schier has started. McKenzie won't allow anyone on air to criticize Manning or King, so the hillbillies will have to vent their outrage in the Compost. And Manning will not be modifying McLeod st. either, hahaha, silly Hilbillies, looks like things are not quite turning out the way you hoped. We might even get an Entertainment centre yet...and a bootcamp next to Pearl's house.

Anonymous said...

Manning and his Unity Council actually doing SOMETHING for the LITTLE PEOPLE of Cairns and not the white shoe brigade? Well well well. I will believe it about the extended bicycle paths when I see it. Yes where are all the screams, the rants, the personal abuse, John Mackenzie ranting day after day after day about "senseless Mayors and bicycle paths"?? OIC, silly me, it's only BAAAAAAA-AAD when a female Mayor embarks on putting down bicycle paths, it's GOOOOOOO-OOOD when a MALE Mayor does it. Goes to show yet again what a misogynistic twisted old hypocrite rugnut is.

T.Asquith said...

Anon 12 19:12
You may have been jesting about getting our CEP, but I haven't yet given up hope that it will proceed largely as proposed under the previous administration. Why? Because, with politics aside and common sense prevailing; it is simply the best option. Despite the silly nonsense floated about public/private partnerships, the Shangrilla option, etc etc, nothing else comes even close to it.
Over six months has elapsed since Val Schier's departure, and although Manning and Unity won decisively, much of the goodwill has been squandered (James' spiteful proposal to close the bike track is the best example of why). The Mayor, and other more reasonable Unity members, supported by most of the non-Unity councillors, could now show good leadership and re-establish this project with the stroke of a pen and no loss of face. The spiteful anti-Val/anti CEP hysteria has diminished to the level it should have been but for McKenzie's 4CA megaphone, and the CEP's time has now come. Thanks mainly to this blog, but also to the unrobing of that other more infamous Sydney mouthpiece he emulates, McKenzie has now been revealed as an irrelevant out-of-touch windbag. Even the new regime ignores him.

Anonymous said...

Gee T. Asquith, I think you under-estimate the redneck mentality in this city. Remember Mackenzie's catch phrase, that the CEP will be "a white elephant". Well the rednecks still parrot it faithfully away. Oh...Manning's decision to continue with bicycle paths hasn't endeared him to the rednecks either. Overheard one comment from one of his typical supporters.."What's this shit that old Bob is doing with these f..ing bike paths? We got bad roads all through Cairns, cant f...ing park anywhere and Bob's like that other stupid b...ch going in for the bike riders, nothing for us!"

T. Asquith said...

You could be right (anon 12:30), but I also see things changing too. An inevitable evolution is seeing the redneck mentality diminish; they're literally dying off and the demographic is changing to reflect more that of the mainstream in Australia. I don't think the gross dictatorial abuse of process that we suffered under Byrne would be tolerated today (though it eventually wasn't tolerated then either; hence the Schier administration). So much has changed in five years. Instead of just the vile McKenzie and The Cairns Post for 'news', we have a multitude of other sources via the Internet. Our reliance on such media increases commensurately as 4CA's and The Post's diminishes. Another five years and they will be irrelevant. The GFC has seen off the worst of our white-shoe brigade; Hedley, CEC, Glencorp, et al, and it will be a long time before wary gun-shy banks allow such shonks to reappear.
And those cheap fare web-booked planes don't only bring tourists to Cairns, they now allow residents to travel away more cheaply than was ever possible before. What does this mean for Cairns? We become less parochial, and less susceptible to the lies and BS that has been our staple media diet for so long. It doesn't make our politicians any more intelligent, or any more reliable, or any less corrupt, but it does give us better antennae for dodgy deals and poor governance. And new media allows us to voice our concerns. I don't know who is behind HBW (and whoever it is, it is clearly someone with more scruples and credibility than Rupert Murdoch and his editors) but I can tell you that anyone with an interest in the politics of this town is logging on. And could I conclude this with greetings to Messrs Entsch, King, Manning, James, etc. We don't need (censored) Letters to the Editor now, we know you read us here.

Crystal Ball-Gazer said...

FROM CRYSTAL BALL-GAZER

20TH APRIL 2014
BANNER HEADLINES IN 'CAIRNS POST'

FEARS FOR POLIO EPIDEMIC IN CAIRNS

Doctors have warned parents to urgently ensure that their children are immunised against polio. This follows positive diagnosis of several primary school students at the Redlynch, Machans Beach, and Caravonica schools, with this crippling and contagious disease.

"This is serious, make no mistake," said specialist Dr Xui Xhong. "Parents need to know their children are most definitely at risk. I cannot emphasis enough, your children are at risk."

Dr Xhong said the children with polio were from the shanty towns alongside the Barron River. "These children live in substandard conditions, have no potable drinking water, poor sanitation and in many cases are exposed to the elements all year round. Their health is very very poor."

Dr Xhong said children from the shanty towns had taken over all of the bedspace within the Cairns Base Hospital's childrens ward. Parents who might have sick children were urged to try the Cairns Private Hospital, he said. "We cannot admit any more children. We have children here suffering from pneumonia and hepatitis, ascariasis as well as the polio victims."

Dr Xhong said several children, some as young as two months had died from penumonia and complications during the year. "These poor children never had a chance," he told The Cairns Post, "Living in sub-standard accommodations, no clean water or sanitation, and no solid shelter. It's an utter disgrace, I repeat, a disgrace, for a country as wealthy as Australia to experience mortality amongst children like this!"

Jane Morrison from the Public Housing Group told The Cairns Post that the "three strikes you're out" policy of the Newman Government, introduced in 2012, had resulted in many people with nowhere to live. "I know of some of these people," she said. "One couple in particular were not drinkers, did not fight, but they had an intellectually challenged young son, who made a lot of noise. The neighbours complained, and the Department threw the entire family out of their house. They are all living in a hut in Shanty Town. It just isn't right," she said. "It's barbaric!"


Member for Cairns Gavin King could not be contacted by The Cairns Post yesterday, but a spokesman for his office re-affirmed the Member's support for the "three strikes" policy.

Reverend Noah Henemene from the Unity Church said his regular contact with the group revealed there were over a hundred people camped in makeshift tents, and huts. "There were about forty children," said the Reverend, "but some of the poor little ones have died, and over half are now in the Cairns Base Hospital."

Babs Gloughton-Schznukle-Smith from the BlueWater Estate told The Cairns Post she was "disgusted" with the "poor administration of Cairns Base Hospital".
"My child needs to have surgery on her ears before she goes to school,
she said. "I don't want my child to be teased because she has sticky out ears, and yet thanks to the ridiculous situation at Cairns Base Hospital my child cannot have this critical surgery. My child misses out because of all these dreadful babies and children in there from those dreadful slummy places. I mean, of course I feel sorry for them, I mean what woman wouldn't, but it isn't the fault of my child is it?"

Mrs Gloughton Schznuckle-Smith blamed it on the Doctors "giving priority to children who were probably going to die anyway. They need to get their priorities right," she said. ..............

ruby said...

Oh well done, Crystal Ball-Gazer!!
Ascariasis is a condition caused by worms I believe. Dunno if it can be transmitted to other children though. (???) As far as I know, polio can emerge under conditions of poor sanitation and yes we would face an epidemic because so many parents today are not immunising their children. We would be ripe for another polio epidemic. It could rip through our schools like wildfire. The last one was in 1953 (??). I like the way you have ended up with a quote from "Mrs Babs Gloughton-Schznuckle-Smith of Bluewater Estate". You have chillingly summed up how many of the heartless and cruel people in our community would react. Finally, one of the reasons we have public housing is to prevent these types of dangerous and often contagious medical conditions from emerging. Our basic health needs are shelter, sanitation and potable water. Take them away, and disease starts to fester.

Anonymous said...

Just brilliant CBallG! The standard of reader/writer to HBW just gets better and better. The CP is sooo past its use by date. Are you listening Manning/James/King?

Anonymous said...

Was about and about all over creation over the weekend. Everything so beautiful but twice entered the city, once from Ray Jones and one from the North and both times was hit with depression from the feeling of entering a 3rd world hovel. We almost had it, CBD revival and the CEP. Almost, cannot believe the town can be so stupid. Of course more money would have poured in to a nicer place, goes without justification so would have paid for itself...easy.

The 3 strikes. Easy to say kick them out but then they have to still house them, have departments for the welfare of child, welfare of youth, womens shelters and support services, tenant advisory, legal support as 3 strikes would need to be a legal decision. Gavin forgets once they are out of housing just becomes another departments problem.

Mick said...

Of course you are also assuming the Cairns Post will still be around in 2014. They can't even deliver their papers on time now they have begun their 'relocation' to Townsville.

Anon No. 4 said...

Crystal Ball Gazer, I was up that way the other day, and it was very smelly indeed - the stench of lawyers was appalling.
And I must say the new public housing area scrubs up pretty well.

Anonymous said...

Gavin "Drunk Girls are asking to be Raped" King has been deathly silent on the loss of jobs at The Compost! This from a bloke who had strong and vocal opinions about Cairns losing jobs to 'southern contractors'. Seems he doesn't want to bite the the hand that feeds him and is his biggest advocate!

Anonymous said...

The Cairns Post in 2014? Ha! Today, day one of The Post being printed in Townsville; no paper. Apparently the truck broke down. Tomorrow it will probably be mishandled and the Townsville Bulletin delivered instead. Wouldn't matter.

Anonymous said...

wanking does not give a shit about people losing their jobs maybe knows he will not have his in 2 years time

JETHRO said...

Very well said Crystal Ball-Gazer and ruby. (Crystal is a former journalist with The Cairns Post.)
You are correct ruby in stating that the reason why we have public housing is that decades ago, our community and political leaders knew that to prevent contagions like typhoid, diptheria, polio and so on, governments had to provide people with the basic health requirements of shelter, potable water and sanitation. Back in those days, when polio, diptheria, and other nasties were going through the community, people understood this. However, time has passed on, and the likes of Gavin King, Michael Trout, Campbell Newman etc. do not understand this. Also, they are not the sort of people to investigate and find out why public housing was introduced. To them and their political ilk, anything to do with socialism is "bad". Gavin King is a passionate adherent to the principle of "user pays" which takes us way back in time, back before we had social welfare, back to the days of Dickens and Henry Lawson. It is doubtful he has any awareness of what these times were like and how mostly Labor Governments enacted most of the changes needed to bring about a healthier society. Sadly but a fact, King would be the first to roar and bellow like an enraged bull, if polio or diptheria raced through a child minding centre and one of his own children caught it. He would not understand however the circumstances of how such a terrible disease started. That is the tragedy and the fearful risk to us all.

Dean said...

King's an opportunist who saw a chance to get out of his posting to Cairns, which is about as low as it gets for a reporter from NSW. Now that the CP barely exists in Cairns, there's no job for him to return to if he gets voted out. If he runs, he'll lose and leave. If he decides not to run, it's because he wants to leave. What kind of representation will Cairns get out of him in the next 3 years, when he's almost certain to leave at the end of his term?

Bob R. said...

Dean, never under-estimate ambition and cunning, qualities of both which King has in limitless quantity. Jethro, old fella, you forgot the LNP mantra that public housing is "a privilege" and not a social responsibility of a Western democracy. The LNP are ignorant of our social and political history mate. I just read one of ruby's posts too in which she wrote a bit of history behind the Defence Service Homes and their insurance scheme. Yeah I heard dickhead Mackenzie this morning too. He hadn't ever heard of the scheme. Dickhead. Ignoramus.

ruby said...

That is interesting about The Cairns Post moving to Townsville. From memory, Hillbilly Watch, raised this some time last year. The chances are that Gavin King, as Editor knew about it before the rest of the staff. Not only that, as Editor he would have had some input in the decision making process. Did he sell out his colleagues and the people of Cairns in order to get either a big payout from News Limited OR to ingratiate himself in the books of the big chiefs, (just in case he might need them later?) It is interesting because shortly after we heard about The Cairns Post moving to Townsville, and the fuss over Paul Freebody who was disendorsed as an LNP Candidate for Cairns, suddenly King announces his intention to run as LNP candidate.
I guess we will never know, however the suspicion remains.
I have been wondering for a long time too, why King, who was sacked from The Cairns Post back in 2006 or thereabouts, suddenly popped up back again in Cairns within a year or two as "Editor" when the existing Editor, Alexander, was sacked. There is a lingering smell of skulduggery there as well.

Dean said...

There was no doubt during the newspaper restructuring that the Cairns office would go. But since the only source of news in Cairns is the CP, they weren't going to report it.

I recall when I first came to Cairns that the Post was something people seemed to be proud of having. Now it's derided by most. I wonder if their sales have dropped correspondingly?

I don't think King's as cunning as you make out Bob R. If he was he wouldn't have been made to look stupid on so many occasions by halfwits like Manning. His cunning will last until he cuts and runs at the end of his term. He'd be sick of the place by now.

ruby said...

Dean, you are correct. We locals were proud of The Cairns Post, particularly when the Editor was former cricketer and sports star, Mr Alan Hudson, a local man born and raised in Bungalow and personally known to so many families. Alan was publican of "The Oceanic Hotel" (the Big "O") one of the hotels on the infamous Barbary Coast of Cairns, prior to joining the Cairns Post as Editor. As publican, he was one of the very first employers in Cairns to employ aboriginal and Torres Strait islander staff. (I was later to meet with one of the aboriginal bar-maids he had hired, and she could not speak more highly of Alan). Alan has written his memoirs, "Growing Up with Cairns" which is still available I believe in the Cairns Museum gift shop. I recommend it to all newcomers to Cairns to understand some of our history and in particular when reading through Alan's chapters on the 1980s, to understand how we are being dragged round and round in circles by the current crop of so called "civic leaders".
I found during my own interactions with Alan that he was a fair minded man with enormous knowledge on all manner of subjects.

Tony Hillier said...

Alan Hudson was the last 'old school' editor at the Post, a journalist of integrity with deep local roots. One of nature's gentlemen, he invariably had community interests at heart as a editor. Since his departure, after the Post degenerated from broadsheet to tabloid, our daily rag has had a succession of News Ltd-molded "money men" at the helm (not a single woman, needless to say) . Superficial, self-serving, commercially-minded people of limited intellect, these executives have treated Cairns as a staging post en-route to the Murdoch hierarchy. The puny Townsville-produced edition that currently masquerades as a newspaper sells Cairns short in almost every department.

ruby said...

Agreed, Tony Hillier, the quality of journalism at The Cairns Post has degenerated since Alan Hudson left.

Anonymous said...

A Chinese squilionaire has bought Double Island "for rich people only" oh the irony of it!!
Does anyone out there do irony?

Anonymous said...

Re sale of Double Isand :- That stupid comment and the only one by Manning on the news last night "I will write to South Eastern Airlines and tell them this good news" They're sure to be impressed to receive a letter from our boring Mayor.