When Val Schier was first elected Mayor in 2008, an infuriated Cueball MacKenzie who was all-in with mate Kevin Byrne, began a systematic, aggressive, and unfounded pogram of personal attacks on Mayor Schier, her council, council staff, and anyone who could be used to gin up a controversy. At first as the new council started small, the attacks were small. But as the vision for Cairns from Mayor Schier became clearer with the proposed Entertainment Precinct, this little man spun out of control.
Some of these issues, seen even by our new Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning as nonsensical, are now being rebuffed to the continuing dismay of ol' Cueball.
MacKenzie blew a gasket when Council professionals, in an effort to streamline traffic patterns in the CBD, removed one lane from Macleod Street outside the Cairns Central. This allowed a bike lane to be created, and merchants along the street saw positive results on the business performance.
Nevertheless, MacKenzie roared and stamped and used the issue repeatedly against council. So it came as a big surprise to him (but not to the professionals) that Manning has refused to return the street to its former chaos. Kapow! A punch in the mouth to MacKenzie!
MacKenzie has been anti-crocodile for years, and took interview opportunities prior to the state election to push his agenda to remove all the crocs from the city. To get what he wants, Macca will tell bald-faced lies knowing that the Brisbane pollies don't know jack shit about Cairns. He pushed the idea that the Barron River is now a river in a metropolitan area, ignoring the fact that the large flood plain is still, and likely forever will be cane paddocks. Despite his pressure on Michael "Backhoe" Trout and the various ministers involved, there has been little movement to do Maccas's bidding on this issue. Biff! A kick to the shrivelled groin!
CAIRNS ENTERTAINMENT PRECINCT
This of course was the hillbilly "hot button" issue over the last four years. Underpinned by extensive planning and the top negotiating skills of Val Schier, Cairns was moments away from having a world-class performing arts centre for a pittance - $57M. A PITTANCE. The relentless grinding away by MacKenzie and a handful of callers, packs of lies told by a small group of opponents, the ignorance of the average Cairns voter, along with the political dreams of backbone-less Margaret Cochrane, has seen the EP project cancelled. Earlier this week a caller to the ABC asked naively, "why haven't Council started building the Entertainment Precinct that was approved by everyone during the last council term"?? Told that the new council killed it, wasting millions in the process, and that there is no hint of any new project after almost a year, she said "so where are my kids going to perform their Eisteddefodd?
This continues to be a shocking moral collapse by Bob Manning, an attack on much of the Cairns community of epic proportions. Think about it - Manning along with his wife Clare, are known to routinely travel to the southern capitals to see a show, while the citizens of Cairns suffer with the Cairns Shithouse Theater.
Opera Australia, supported by government money, has arranged a high-definition simulcast of the Melbourne production of Madame Butterfly in Queensland on November 29th. Cairns is seen as such a backarseward community, we are the only regional city in Queensland where this production will NOT be seen! AYR is getting the broadcast - Cairns is not!
Think about it - places like Ayr, Bundaberg, Gladstone, MacKay - are all seen as having suitable venues for this simulcast. All are seen has having a population interested in the arts. Cairns is not. And despite vociferous complaints to the Mayor's office about this snub to Cairns, he's not lifted a finger of support, or voiced a complaint to his government mates. Nor has Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King, but that's only because he's too busy being the laughingstock of Shanghai and Guangzhou. His comments about Chinese people, conveniently translated for our new Chinese mates by this blog, have now gone viral in several big cities. King has however boasted that he'll soon announce that solely thru his tireless pursuit of opportunities for the region, he's secured another solar eclipse for Cairns.
Of course our wealthy Mayor, who's patterned his public life after his hero Mitt Romney, has no real intention of supporting the arts in Cairns. Bob and Clare can jet off any day he pleases! And unlike many previous mayors before him, Bob and Clare routinely ignore the arts performances that ARE being given in Cairns every week, by both adults (Choral Society) and children. With Sleepy Bob disinterested in anything outside his 9-5 routine, a large part of the Cairns community are now waking up to the fact that Bob Manning, with the able assistance of John MacKenzie, are now running this city for the 1%, and the rest of us can get screwed. And as long as they keep the beer flowing, and the pokies stripping millions out of the rabble, we'll see the waterfront stolen and handed over to wealthy developers.
Cueball MacKenzie has given everyone their marching orders. Manning. James. King. Entsch. Trout. They'll do his bidding, or see the lying machine used to attack them. All while Cueball's somewhere in south Asia doing what single men in these poor countries do. That's right, sand and surf. Right-o.