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19 November 2012

NOW HIDDEN DOCUMENTS REVEAL FOLLY OF PORTS NORTH COMMERCIAL PLANS AT SHED 2 - WELCOME TO THE "BOARDWALK TO NOWHERE"

The sleaze factor was shifted into overdrive this weekend, as newly-minted politicians all struggled to share the limelight at the opening ceremony of the refurbished Shed 2 and boardwalk extension in our "working port".  The real planners, including Dr. Ken Chapman, were no where to be seen.

Beaming at the head of the line was Brett Moller, happy to take credit for work done by the previous management at Ports North - and the ALP government.  Gone was any hint of the fear that gripped Moller when he issued a report in his former job, squawking "the sky is falling", with a bullshit attack on the Entertainment Precinct waterfront site as in danger from explosion.  Funny, this risk of explosion or toxic chemicals didn't stop the crowd from slamming back highly-explosive cocktails.

Much of the crowd kept their distance from Crs O'Halloran and Schilling, who apparently believe public service includes primate-like standards of dress and decorum.  With their beat-up thongs again proving suggestions that Cairns was being run by an FNQ "white shoe brigade" are proving highly premature.


All the hoopla is also premature, and likely will prove in time the project a dud.  Remember the previous Trinity Wharf project on this site?  It was an embarrassment, an economic black hole, a commercial failure.  Even turning it into a Greyhound terminal couldn't save it from bankruptcy.  So what's different now?

Consultant reports and risk analysis for the project are now missing from public view, with the reports disappearing from both the Ports North files as well as the CRC.  An insider at Ports North claims that the consultants all rated the project at "high risk" for commercial failure without a final connection to the Entertainment Precinct block, immediately west.  With nothing to draw tourists down the new boardwalk, they turn around at the Hilton and walk back into town.  Nothing to see at a "working port", anyway.  It's good they included cameras in the plans, as this mile of "Boardwalk to Nowhere" will soon be a mugger's paradise by night. 

Moller, Manning,  and others stupidly believe that jamming an "upscale restaurant" into the building, along with some "high end" shops (stupidly thinking that the new Chinese visitors are all millionaires) will make this precinct a success.  Danny Betros was overheard schooling Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King on the fragility of the CBD leasing situation - telling him "no one in their right mind would put a restaurant here" without massive concessions from Ports North on the rent and fitout.  Nothing like trying to explain a sweetheart deal to guys like George Karagianis or Tony Basha, struggling to make their covers every night.  More grief for King on the horizon. 

And while an "amazing and creative" rugrat play area has been set up just east of the Shed, today found it empty mid-day while Muddy's was chockablock.  Mum's won't be paying for a park at the Shed when Muddy's is free, and shady.


23 comments:

CBD Warrior said...

Good work Hillbilly. And as the corrupt insiders start to carve up the rest of the waterfront for upscale apartments and other non-public uses, I know you and others around town will be using the Brett Moller Chamber of Commerce and Industry report on toxic and explosion hazards at every possible moment.

KitchenSlut said...

I tend to agree on the viability currently of an upmarket restaurant at that loction! Space in front of Harbour Lights has still not been leased after more than a few years!

Anonymous said...

Who the hell wants to go to an unairconditoned resturant?, it will become a haunt for deros and shooters, i notice the cops down there this morning rounding them up. Parents need to make sure they check the play ground for seringes and used condomsbefore leting the kids near it.

Anonymous said...

Well Gavin can take the blame if it all goes pear shaped.

I'm curious to find out where the bootcamp will be located. Any clues ?

Anonymous said...

Where are the plane loads of chinese all chomping at the bit for the great outdoors and what Cairns has to offer for a discerning do your own homework tourist market which is was what it always has been. Fend for yourself tourism escape the city and do your own thing seems to be the white elephant in the room for the Cairns Mafia and their Incestuous Monopoly, Governing the Ghetto with their foot on the brake for Cairns ever since Ron Davis put that stupid mall on lake street. That Fucked Cairns period. To revitalised Cairns it is going to have to model itself on Singapore for law and order. That is the only way you are going to re-educate the Hillbilly HouseO shit I am having a good nite out on the Town, Blow your pay packet entertainment hope to get a root Mentality that Cairns Fosters and Festers like the asshole of a dead camal at Midnight. Everyone seriously really needs an Attitude Adjustment when it comes to Turning this Town Around. You just drive into town these days and expect to see some deranged moron to be sleeping in the middle of the road at Midday. No one who lives here gives two nobs of nanny goat shit about sleeping in 5 star motel room, they cant even afford the Rainbow. And Cueball needs to be Exorcised from the whole media scene in Cairns. he has become a fucking Liability with all the good Ole Boy back slapping, I'm not the bag man under the table redneck economics that built this town. And nothing has changed. It is what it is a Basket Case.

Anonymous said...

We heard wanking was going to go down every day and clean up maybe that way we might get some value untill next election

Anonymous said...


Was it planned with CEP in mind? Drove by tonight and the CEP plot just looks bigger and really empty despite some sort of ship being there. Looks smarter which was needed for that stretch but hopefully it is not just a homeless shelter or free camp dump. CEP is a natural fit. So sad we had dumb hysteria for dumb people who are really dumb.

Anonymous said...

See today's CP -the funds have gone! Another terrible outcome for Cairns. I am totally gutted.

Anonymous said...



CEP done. The funding scheme was always a short lived one and that obvious from the infrastructure stimulus website. Manning and King should have known that from "find out the basics 101".

What is Entsch complaining about? Liberals wanted the project scrapped and they cheered when the state scrapped the 57 million.Federal really have no obligation to build art centres and Abbott will never fund it in a million years.

Anonymous said...

It is unsurprising that Fed Labor has finally pulled the pin on their promised $40m for the CEP. Why would they keep that money on the table given the dishonest, vitriolic and destructive campaigning that destroyed that proposal from Entsch, LNP, King, Manning, Cairns Post and McKenzie.

Entsch's comments in today's CP are particularly galling given the way he has played his hand. Always divisive, always crude politics. The State LNP and Manning will rightly receive the main opprobrium for this loss of investment in Cairns but lets never forget Entsch's role in this disgraceful, tawdry episode. He is a bullying, blow hard who never delivers.

ruby said...

I vividly recall Warren Entsch's ignorant, crude comments in The Cairns Post that "the Entertainment Precinct is only for about a few hundred ballet lovers...". What an ignorant, embarrassing, appalling redneck comment.
For Entsch's information, a modern performing arts theatre would have provided opportunities for our drama, music, art and technology students. Modern theatre is exploding with the new technologies of laser, avatars and 3D scenery. A modern exhibiting museum would have displayed our own Queensland paleontology which would have delighted the children and visitors of our region. Warren Entsch, I point out to you that Queensland is a world leader in the field of paleontology, and it was one of our own paleontologists who was the lead consultant on the set of Jurassic Park. (In case you really are an ignoramus, Warren Entsch, I point out that museums oversee paleontology.) Finally a modern museum would take part in the World Collections Program, and people here in Far North Queensland would be able to see Mummified Pharoahs from the Egyptian collection or even some of the fabulous Vatican Collection.
The Entertainment Precinct was always much MORE than "ballet fanciers" you FOOL, you IMBECILE, you classic DICKHEAD, you under-educated, small minded MORON.

Anonymous said...


Always been about cheap populism "what will get me the vote". Never about what is best for the city, stupid, selfish pricks.

Anonymous said...

T'is the season! I love Christmas lights. They remind me of the people who voted for Newman and Gavin "drunk girls deserve to be raped" King.

They all hang together; half of the little bastards don't work; and the ones that do, aren't that bright.

Tony Hillier said...

Having just spent a week in Melbourne, and witnessed once again the way waterfront utilities such as Federation Square and the Arts Centre engender a festival vibe every weekend, for tourists and locals alike, it is truly depressing to return to a vision-less Cairns and realise that the chance of a fair dinkum entertainment precinct on the Inlet has been lost, thanks to the stupidity and the vested interests of a handful of self-serving individuals.

Anonymous said...



Now approves the destruction of Ella Bay. I guess King can tell his grandkids with pride that he helped rid the world of the turtle and cassowary pest.

What a horrendous tragedy and not one politician to stand up for us in the north again. Where is Curtis, does it fall in his area? Is he on Facebook? Off to find out!

This is way way worse than Taylor Point.

Anonymous said...

Comment in the CP from Val says it all. What a sad little bunch of representatives we now have -no vision- nothing.

Anonymous said...

Gavin when the fuck are you going to do something for Cairns, you know Cairns the place you were elected to represent but have got us SFA and tossed away 155 mill in the process and you gloat on your fakebook about Ella Bay and others.How dare you take cheap shots at Curtis Pitt when your record is zero,do what your paid well to do or make no mistake you will not be there come next election

Bob R. said...

So we are left with nothing in the kitty to pay for a new performing arts theatre, thanks to Bob, Stench and King. We do need a new one and have done so for decades now. So we will have to pay for it ourselves which will mean we pay a hell of a lot more than what Val's Entertainment Precinct would have cost us.
Thanks for fucking nothing Manning, Stench and King. You have all dudded Cairns and all of FNQ out of something which everyone of us would have used, for your own selfish political gain.

Seth said...

Ella Bay isn't in Kings Electorate of Cairns, so why the fuck is he gloating about the huge development being touted there? What a fucken dickhead he is. I would have thought that after Yasi, and what happened with all the resorts in its path, that developers would be a bit wary of building huge developments along that bit of coastline. There's been too many cyclones hit the coast in that area over the years.
Wonder how much the householders there will have to pay for insurance once the insurance companies work out it is a prime target for cyclones???

Kenny said...

Erm, ruby dear, nice to see you taking your love to town again.

Jethro said...

Entsch's comments are interesting about the Entertainment Precinct and provide a pointer to how Mackenzie will now twist it all round. Mackenzie will have no trouble in blaming it all on the Federal Labor Government and "Julia". I don't believe this issue of the Entertainment Precinct is all played out yet. There is still room for more shameless sophistry, cunning and deceit.

ruby said...

Jethro, I agree. The entire sorry saga of the Entertainment Precinct demonstrated how easily voters were deceived, incited and politically manipulated. Mackenzie, King and stench are cunning sophists, well capable of twisting facts for their own advantage. They will be going all out to get as much mileage as they can from this.

Destiny Prophet said...

Just remembering Trinity Wharf... I MCed a weekend of shows there sponsored by Kilroy's Leather Shop for the opening in the late 80's.

We had girls to model the leather wear, Keisha the astrologer and three of the Broncos before their first season - Joe Kilroy of course, Gene Miles and Allan Langer.

The ads on TV proudly announced the first escalator in Cairns and kids were barely able to contain themselves as they ran to try the moving stairs while their parents tried to act more worldly but still couldn't resist a smug smirk as they experienced big city technology right here in the North.

The escalator only went up but it deposited you not far from one of the main attractions - a model house made out of used matchsticks. I think it cost a dollar to get in and see this amazing attraction. I don't remember too many of the shops - there was an opal shop of course, and a Lebanese girl sat in a souvenir shop painting 'genuine' Aboriginal art. The restaurant upstairs tried to be real flash went it first opened but went down hill quickly - probably not helped by the hand written signs behind the counter, clearly visible to the customers, admonishing the staff about various misdemeanors including one that promised "Any money missing from the till will come out of your F***** pay". At least they had the class to use asterisks.

About the only shop to make a profit was Kilroy's despite their stock not seeming to turn over. That came to an end when they were busted. The leather wear was a front - their actual sales came from a green leafy product. Joe and Debra went to jail - Joe who seemed a lovely guy, got out and faded into obscurity - Debra, the brains behind the operation, founded Sisters Inside, and I'm not sure what happened to her brother who acquired the supplies - I remembered him from Fortitude Valley pre-Fitzgerald bringing in suitcases full of hashish from Thailand.

Poor old Trinity Wharf. My last memory of it was working on marketing material by myself in the Playpen late at night in 2000 and watching Cyclone Steve pick up the safety fencing from Hedley's latest edifice and deposit it neatly on the roof of the wharf.