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30 December 2012

CAIRNS COUNCIL AND FNQ LNP NOW OFFICIALLY DYSFUNCTIONAL, WITH MANNING UNDER GROWING CRITICISM, MP GAVIN KING PRETENDING TO BE MAYOR, WITH COUNCIL STAFF AND CITY SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS IN GROWING DISARRAY

The first rule of Parliamentary government:  TAKE THE MONEY.  

When Bob "Sleepy" Manning took office as Mayor, ego and/or stupidity caused him to ignore this essential element of local government.  A city like Cairns spends MILLION$ to develop projects that deserve and require upper-level government funding.  In the case of the Entertainment Precinct, over $11M was spent by previous councils to develop the project that was shovel-ready to go.  

A smart guy would have come in, made an announcement that he had "fixed" the problems in the project, and then proceeded with the construction since a contract was in place with the government.  Joh Bjelke Newman couldn't take the funding away - every government is required to honor the contracts drawn by the previous one.  No, these dimwits now minding the store GAVE IT BACK.  They also GAVE BACK $38M in commitments for the CBD.  Newman couldn't believe his good fortune - the idiots in Cairns gave back $97M.  HIX NIX STIX PIX.

A level of stupidity that makes a thinking person breathless.

This is the core of anger among the business community, and expressed by the Cairns Chamber of Commerce.  With the years in delay now guaranteed for any theater project, Blind Freddie could have seen that whatever we do will cost heaps more than the $57M the Schier Council project would have cost us.  

What was Manning's response?  We understand he's issued orders forbidding any council staff from attending Chamber of Commerce meetings.  Deputy Dawg Terry James has also told councillors that they shouldn't attend, either.  Most have dutifully complied - not much of a stretch since the public in most divisions never sees or hears from their councillor at all.  So instead of cooperation with the business community, Manning has escalated the warfare, in an illogical and petty way.

And many Chamber members at the last luncheon were commenting on how the "usual" council staff were no longer present.    

Additionally, with many working at Council having made "public service" their careers, we understand an exodus of skilled staff is about to get underway after the holidays.  No professional wants to have years of dysfunction on their CV's. The initial one or two emails from Council employees that HBW has received have turned into a torrent (another reminder boys and girls, everything in/out of Spence Street is recorded).  

So finally and belatedly, it was no surprise when the Cairns Post finally sees the light and agrees with the HBW blog and much of the Cairns progressive community in bitch-slapping these ignorant politicians.  While couching the criticism as "a look to the future", their observation that "politics has overpowered public need" is unfortunately too little, too late.

We're likely to see upper levels of government eager to open their wallets with the G20 Finance Minister's meeting in 2014.  Do they dare sending all these world leaders to Cairns when it looks like such a shithouse?  OF COURSE NOT!  The testicle-challenged Mayor and Assistant Mayor Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King should by all accounts be using this world event to get the $50M needed to completely update the CBD, along with the money needed for an Entertainment Precinct, whatever the outcome.  And the upgrading of the airport access.  And perhaps the bulldozing of all the rundown buildings around the airport entrance.  They should reject any half-arsed $7M "paint job", as we'll then be told after the G20 "you had your money, go away".  Newman and Gillard should both be told "we've been neglected too long" and the full amount should be paid.  IT'S OUR MONEY that electoral stupidity has squandered.  IT'S TIME TO ANTE UP ON CAIRNS' FUTURE!  

But with the Newman government showing little interest in FNQ nor the members here, a Council that is rapidly becoming ineffectual at even basic service delivery, and Cairns leadership and spine in the crapper, we suspect this won't be the last attack editorial from the Cairns Post.  

It surely won't be the last from us.

Happy New Year One and All from the most read blog in regional Queensland!


95 comments:

Anonymous said...

The G20 Summit of World Leaders in 2014 whereby a meeting is expected to also take place in Cairns, would have been the perfect time to have hosted the gala opening of the Cairns Entertainment Precinct. It would have been completed by then. As it is now the visitors will have to be entertained at the Council, the old Civic Theatre or in the Casino.

Anon No. 4 said...

Attack editorial? Spare me. When it comes to standing up to its LNP/big business masters, the daily crap has all the spine of a jellyfish.

Anon No. 4 said...

So where's our free travel, Gobsnot?

Official Government statement today: The Newman Government is making it easier for families and revellers to celebrate this New Year’s Eve with free travel home across the entire South East Queensland public transport network.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said revellers would be able to travel for free between 9pm New Year’s Eve and 5.30am New Year’s Day.

Tony Hillier said...

As we head into a new year, the $64,000 question has to be: Do the members of the Cairns Regional Council (Crs Pyne & Leu excepted) have the gumption or intellect to put "politics and pettiness" behind them and do the right thing by Cairns and environs. On the evidence of their first eight months in office, the answer (sadly) has to be resoundingly in the negative. Prevarication and pretence are the order of the day. If our valued watchdog, HBW, continues to snap at Council's heels, the Compost will be obliged to pad along behind.

Anonymous said...

So, will Mannering now boycott the cairns post,and instruct his staff not to read it now? And when mckenzies sponsors put pressure on him to call out this incompetent mayor and council will he stop appearing on the rugnut fiasco? Sorry but i choke every time i start to call it a show!
Smart operators would be knocking on the doors of state and federal government NOW putting their case for funding NOW to prepare for the G20. Unfortunately we have two wimps in Mannering and King who dont appear to have a brain between them.

Anonymous said...

Forbidding staff to attend Chamber of Commerce meetings can have no legal basis, but no member of Council staff would be unaware of the consequences of ignoring the order. It seems that in Queensland, and particularly in FNQ, it's not the rule of law but the rule of authority that matters.

Vi L. Schumm said...

By constantly attacking Val Schier and other councillors, then strongly promoting Manning, the Cairns Post helped create this Council. It should accept responsibility for the outcomes.

Those members of the Chamber of Commerce who helped fund the Manning campaign can also share the blame. Be careful of what you wish for.

Democrat said...

Can you imagine the outcry from Mackenzie and the CP if Val Schier has forbidden staff from attending Chamber of Commerce meetings? Surely they would have called it an assault on freedom of association, freedom of communication, and democracy itself.

Which it is!!

ruby said...

The same people who championed Manning probably can't believe the dithering dill who after rejecting all the funding for the Entertainment Precinct is now going back to Newman again after funding for most of the items scheduled to be built as part of the Entertainment Precinct, ie the car park, extensions to the Convention Centre, and the performing arts centre. What an absolute fuckwit!

Anonymous said...

What total hypocrisy from the Cairns Post editorial after years of sensational headlines. Val was vilified/pilloried and spat upon in these headlines for the four years of her term as Mayor. She was treated with total contempt by our local talkback idol and the CP. It seems that the mood is changing as the voters are now able to see (I mean those with a smidgen of intelligence) that we were blessed with an intelligent forward thinking Mayor who had the good of our City in mind unlike the elected old men we have now who are only concerned with helping out their mates (take the waiving of $11 million headworks for example that our current Mayor is so excited about! are we ratepayers expected to cough up for this?)
Incidentally -Can I go to a Chamber of Commerce meeting please Mr Mirotsos?

Freedom of the Press said...

News Ltd is constantly campaigning for 'freedom of the press' in response to the Finkelstein Inquiry. It's not likely that any Australian Government would seriously threaten press freedom. But a truly free press, staffed by journalists who were not constrained to toe the Murdoch line, would be up in arms about this heavy-handed and useless Council. But the CP is not free, and I'm not referring to the cover price.

Anonymous said...

Bring Back VAL !!

T. Asquith said...

I've said in earlier posts; the biggest mistake this current crop of dills can make is to give us some half-arsed CEP compromise and expect the whole issue to go away. It won't! Anything less will simply exist as a monument to Manning's failed tenure. But, not withstanding that a private/public partnership has been roundly howled down as a stupid and unworkable option, I foresee that a CEP (Light) is what they will try to foist upon us in an attempt to quell community anger. Their monumental stupidity in losing what was already in the bag is so blindingly obvious to everyone, it is now even being articulated by The Cairns Post.
Manning is now in a bind. He is so on 'the nose' with the community, with business, and with his own administrative staff. His mayoral term is now looking to be defined as one of utter incompetence and stupidity; that of a tired old man totally out of his depth (it was a similar situation at the Cairns Port Authority as I well recall, though not as damaging).
But incompetent as he is, Manning is only the front man - the fall guy in this saga. The main villains are the spiteful and duplicitous Terry James; the real mayor, and The Boy King; a pretend mayor, who still lives in awe of his own imagined capabilities. They engineered this situation for the sole purpose of beating Schier in a 'bought' election, and now they don't see a way through. The money has gone, all the hard work in securing it has been wasted, and it's never coming back. Cairns is angry.

Alison Alloway said...

I well recall writing in The Cairns Post online site that the Entertainment Precinct could be the site to host prestigious world conferences and events. I quoted CHOGM as an example. This was well before we heard about the G20 Summit of World Leaders. I had some LNP hillbillies instantly come in to rubbish what I wrote. One, I recall, called himself JKR. I wonder what this fool thinks now? Is he able to understand the benefits of having a modern state of the art public asset in which to showcase to the world media attending the G20 Summit that Cairns is a city with confidence in itself and its future? I note what The Cairns Post wrote in its editorial of 29th December....
"Let's hope that lesson has been learnt and the economic and eployment values of local projects receives more consideration than the egos of civic and industry representatives."
I put it to The Cairns Post that the over-inflated fatted egos of a handful of "boyos" in this city will cost our region far more than $155 million. Far more.
I also put it to the Manning Council, that they hear Mackenzie's venom soaked tones sneering a voice-over:
"It's a monument to an ego. It's narcissism, narcissim, that's what it is."
Yes, hear his voice as you picture the world leaders milling about the stunning Entertainment Precinct while the media entourage send images around the world.

Seth said...

Unbelievable, Manning is asking Newman for money to build a performing arts theatre, after giving it all away after he was elected. I mean where did he think the money was going to come from? Did he think he just had to click his fingers and it materialised out of thin air? Does he really think after giving it all back to Newman, that Newman will just hand it over again? I got to ask this, seriously. Is Manning alright in the head? I mean, is there something going on up there, like there so obviously is with Tenni?

KitchenSlut said...

G20 may be an excuse for pork barrel funding but suspect extreme over-hyping on the significance of this event! Who can easily recall the city which hosted the equivalent meeting in 2012?

Anonymous said...



Happy New Year everyone. Have been quiet of late but will be back bigger and better than very soon.

Signed Anon :)

ps

I wish Gavin would just go away.
I wish Gavin would shut up
Gavin BORING full of himself and no substance.

Anon No. 4 said...

Well said Freedom of the Press.

An important thing to remember is the proven dishonesty of the gutter press that owns the Crap Daily.

News Corp is a part-owner of the NRL, which is notorious for drug abuse, sex crimes, gambling scams, and the worst and most blatant forms of racism (all personified by the Johns Brothers, NRL heroes).

Murdoch also owns the Storm, the most scandalous big business fraud since Alan (LNP) Bond and Christopher (LNP) Skase).

News Corp executives from Rotten Rupert himself to his no-good sons, to his toadies on Rotten Rows in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart and all other parts of that putrid empire have variously been found in public, in the courts and in other forums to be lying shitbags.

Increasingly former smellies (including ex-editors) have been tipping buckets on the House of Murdoch.

There are signs that the same is happening to the few remaining cockroaches and maggots left behind in the Abbott Street long-dropper.

Is there anyone left there with a shred of decency. A shred of honesty, a shred of objectivity?

People like Greg Punshon, a conservative to his bootstraps but a regional journalist without peer, must be rolling in their graves.

It's a pretty stark comparison to set the professional, objective and even-handed coverage of the elections Punshon supervised against the rubbish spewed out by the current and former (that's you Gobsnot) bunch of squalid, compromised, jerk-offs.

Heaven help us all.



ruby said...

The G20 may be over-hyped KitchenSlut, but a complex like the Entertainment Precinct could have hosted other presitigious events, all capable of gaining media attention, that is the point.
Anyway it's all over, red red rover, no-one come over.

Jethro said...

According to some reports, Murdoch wants Abbott to abolish free-to-air television when Abbott is elected next year. I presume that means Murdoch will just buy out the companies currently providing free-to-air programs. More speculation as well that he wants Abbott to abolish the ABC. Murdoch tried this with both Fraser and Howard neither of whom went along with it. I can see Abbott however having no such qualms about abolishing our national broadcaster. I have already decided not to purchase a new TV, and shall live happily without television.

Bob R. said...

Well said Jethro. If and when that happens I will also toss out our TV set. Takes up too much space in the living room anyway and my old lady doesn't watch it much these days because of all the drivel on it. I have no intention of making Murdoch richer and will listen to radio and search the internet for news.

Tegan said...

Congratulations Mr Hillbilly on being the best read blog in regional Queensland.
I dont get much time to read it but I allways find something interesting to think about. I remember the comments about when Newman won government and people said because he had won so many seats that he didnt really need Cairns to govern and that Gavin King therefore had nothing to bargain with. I thought this explained a lot about what is happening with Cairns having all its money taken away. I remember everyone saying anyone but Anna for Premier and when Newman won government from Anna Bligh, everyone was saying how great it was and wasnt it good that the ALP members could all fit in one car together. People thought that was excellent and they all laughed. Now I hear people all around are angry at Newman but they put him in there. The people didnt realise that giving him so many seats and so much power wasnt good. I think this means that people dont understand politics any more. Now I hear people saying anyone but Julia and I think we are going to go through the same thing again. Im sorry if this all sounds a bit messed up but that is what I am thinking.

Anonymous said...

Far too much credit given to Cairns Post and Chamber of Commerce HBW. As others have pointed out, both can take responsibility for the level of politics we now have in this city. And as for the chamber, Mirotsis is overtly supportive of the LNP in this town - you only have to read his reports to members and statements to TCP to know he has no real interest in playing it straight. He's a slippery one.

Anonymous said...

Jethro and Bob, it might not be a bad thing if people do rebel and throw out their TV sets. I am old enough to remember the times before the TV set took up pride of place in peoples living rooms. Those were the days when families all communicated together at night after dinner or during the day. Kids and parents played scrabble, monopoly, did jig-saws, girls learned to crochet and sew, books were read, discussions were had or the radio was listened to. It will be interesting to see how many people do throw out the TV set and how that changes people. Frankly, I too am prepared to throw out my TV to the shithouse.

Tony Hillier said...

If people turned off their TVs and listened to the radio — ABC, in general, and Radio National, in particular — they'd be a lot better informed about current affairs around Australia and in the world at large, and be exposed to some intelligent brain-expanding discourse.

Cairns community radio station 4CCR could have been the broadcasting equivalent of HBW, a lively alternative to the brain-dead commercial stations that supply background 'hits & memories' music and inane DJ prattle for tradies while they work (and vitriol in the case of Cueball & co).

89.1FM provided stimulating listening until the mid 1990s when it was hijacked by groups with vested interests and a non-community mindset. Today it is a sad irrelevancy, a once valuable public utility that is now little more than a private radio club listened to by a handful of devotees in their dotage.

T.Asquith said...

Be serious people; you cannot live without your TV's. You cannot live without your computers either, nor your mobile phones. This sentimental stuff where, by choice or necessity, we all slowly morph back to a Menzie's-era Australia and do jigsaws ain't gonna happen. And if The Monk got rid of free-to-air TV at the bidding of Murdoch, there would be a revolution. You know that.
Now get yourselves back into 2012/13 and back on topic. The issue is a dysfunctional council.

Observer said...

Anonymous 10.28, Mirotsis might be an LNP supporter, but so what? They are not all tarred with the same brush as a certain select group of self-serving scoundrels.
Back in September Mirotsis issued some sound criticism of Manning and the CRC on their inertia and lack of achievements. He spoke about the Chamber's lack of engagement with the CRC and the " - overwhelming feeling of the membership is one of frustration with the CRC." He was instantly attacked by Kev Byrne on cueball's program and had Brett Moller rush in like a sucky sucky toady to ingratiate himself with Manning. It seems to me as if Mirotsis is trying to do his job while all around him confusion and lack of leadership reigns. How much of this has been caused by the actions of Gavin King who seems to think his role is to run the city, I don't know. Then there is talk Terry James really runs the show. Whatever, and I don't know, however the fact is there is no leadership in the city and I suspect there is now huge friction in the ranks of the LNP because of the controlling nature of some of their members. Let's just cut Mirotsis a bit of slack here.

jim-bob jnr said...

Wooooh, so relations between the Cairns Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor have become so bad hey? Not a very professional thing for Manning to do though is it, to ban the staff from attending Chamber meetings? Yeah if this was something that Val Schier did, it would be SCREAMING FRONT fucken page headlines in The Cairns Post, Mackenzie would be ranting and foaming away about it for weeks and weeks on end, Pearl and Shorty and Raj would all be screaming for the death penalty. But because it is Bob, then nothing gets said. I wonder what the fuck else Bob is doing with the staff at the CRC that we don't know about?

Anonymous said...

Good words Tony Hillier and let's not forget the $100,000s this radio station sucks up of COMMUNITY FUNDS intended for the Cairns COMMUNITY and yet it offers nothing to the COMMUNITY. Money for nothing and lost to the community.

Former FM 89.1 member said...

FM 89.1 (4CCR) is a good example of community apathy allowing a community asset to be taken over by the wrong people. It's still in poor shape despite two changes of management. One of its last interviews before the State election was with Gavin King. As far as we know, no member of any other party got airtime.

Bob R. said...

If what Manning has done, that is to order that CRC staff not attend Chamber meetings, then that is an indictment on his piss poor leadership skills which indicate he creates diviseness and conflict.
Being a Mayor isn't like being a fucken captain of a footie team where you got to psych your team up to slaughter the enemy. A Mayor has got to get everyone working together towards common goals for the good of the city. Manning hasn't had the shitloads of hatred directed at him that Val Schier had. He's had a fucken good easy run. He's going to blow it big time if he keeps up with this type of unprofessional behaviour.

Liz said...

You're not wrong there Bob R. If this is true, then Manning is indulging in unprofessional and unethical behaviour for a Mayor. I'm not sure he is the "cause" of this conflict with the Chamber of Commerce, but his actions are only going to serve to escalate the frictions.

Anonymous said...

This action of banning the staff from attending Chamber meetings isn't just unprofessional, unethical and indicative of poor leadership, it also illustrates personal cowardice and a reluctance to deal with the conflict head on. All up not a very good recommendation for a Mayor.

Disgusted said...

Who can blame the Chamber of Commerce for being disgusted with Manning? What other Mayor has ever given back to the Government, funding of millions of dollars? Now here he is going back to the State Government for the same bloody money. WTF!! What a dithering clod. Jesus blardy Christ you wouldn't trust the man with your lunch money would you?

Destiny Prophet said...

Cut Bob some slack.

Captain Mainwaring was never meant to fight the war. He just rounded up some old codgers to go through the motions and show up on parade to give the town a sense of security.

The real battles were fought far from home by other people.

Ex CCR listener said...

4CCR was once at the forefront of community broadcasting many years ago and was actively involved in the community, promoting local festivals and local music in Cairns as well as allowing access for the more disaffected members of the Cairns community. Nowadays the station has become irrelevant with the advent of online streaming from other excellent community radio stations such as PBS and RRR in Melbourne, Brisbane's Triple Z who have been covering Woodford Folk festival, BAY FM in Byron Bay, an excellent station that covers local issues in a town far smaller than Cairns. Even Nimbin up in the hills has a great little station that streams its programs online. Cairns community radio? No online presence, no promoted connection with the community. Total apathy and a very private radio club. Lucky we have HBW as an alternate voice. Can't stream some good music as well can you?

Anonymous said...

The Cairns Chamber of Commerce would be well and truly pissed off with Manning. For years this city has needed -

* a new multi-storey car park
* extensions to the Convention Centre
* a new performing arts theatre

All of these things, plus a public plaza and a museum were part of the Entertainment Precinct.

Yet as soon as he was elected, Manning axed the entire project just as it was shovel ready, and gave the money back to the State Government.
NOW he's going back to the State Government to try and get the money back for those things listed above. He's got Buckleys. Newman will think him a right royal mug.
You bet a lot of the business community would be pissed off.

He's also blown it as far as having an iconic city asset like the Entertainment Precinct ready in time to host the G20 Summit in 2014. And other such international summits and conferences.

So what does Bob do when the Chamber of Commerce express their anger? Ban the CRC staff from attending Chamber meetings. Yeah well that'll solve everything won't it? Yeah, that'll show 'em. Val, come back for chrissakes.

Seth said...

Yeah real professional Bob. Like that's what we expect from a Mayor. NOT.
Mate, if Val Schier can stand up there by herself at a public meeting where everyone has been all stoked up by Mackenzie over the Entertainment Precinct and ripping it into her, then I'd expect you to use your balls, if you remember how, and go and sort your fucken problems out with the Chamber of Commerce. Ordering the staff to stay away isn't bloody kosher. We expect better.

ruby said...

DO WE HAVE SUCH A PERSON??? I WONDER....
The Cairns Post, in their editorial of 29th December, have actually provided an opening for someone to come forward and acknowledge that the opposition to the Entertainment Precinct was all politically motivated, and as such, was political bastardry at its worst. The city does need many of the items contained within the original Entertainment Precinct and have done so for many years.
Someone with the courage, the decency and integrity to acknowledge the years of abuse dished out to the previous Mayor, and to apologise for that. Someone who is prepared to publicly state that the political "war", unprecedented in its ugliness, has cost the city dearly. Someone who is prepared to state that certain non-elected people used the Entertainment Precinct as a wedge to divide this city, as it has never been divided before. Someone who can appeal to the people of the region that we have to pull together if we want to progress. Someone who can speak about the commercial and economic value of the Entertainment Precinct to the region. Someone who is prepared to beg Premier Newman and Prime Minister Gillard for our funding back, if that is possible.
Do we have such a person?? As I said, The Cairns Post editorial does provide an opening with which to grab hold of. Do we have such a person? I wonder.

Anonymous said...

Butch FFS get out there and do your well paid job and stop sucking up to the likes of tony cairns basher and the likes

Anonymous said...

wankings fakebook shows him at the basketcaseball where the titanicpans got flogged by NZ seems like everything he does or goes to fails ,we are in for a sad 2013 with him at the helm

Bob R. said...

An "Apology" ruby? My dear lady, you must have been on the turps when you dumped that bizarre little post on us. Yeah, "Apologies" might be the flavour of the month with politicians around the world, but only for mistakes made by long gone, long dead politicians. Oh, I do recall Anna Bligh making an apology to the people of Queensland after she faced the worst electoral defeat in Australian history. But an "Apology" for the axeing of the Entertainment Precinct? Don't make me laugh.

Truth in Media said...

Amongst the other anti-Labor diatribes from The Australian this morning, we have this little gem: "it is clear that advocates of lower government spending are on the right side of history. Second, Australia's structural budget deficit is a home-grown problem, exacerbated by governments of both persuasions that have scattered the proceeds of the boom like confetti and added to the burden of recurrent expenditure."

Perhaps they mean 'Right' when they say 'right'. They are not 'right in the sense of 'correct'. Have these people never heard of Sweden and Norway, both high-spending countries with a high standard of living and better social structures and support than the US or Australia.

Where were their criticisms of the Howard Government when it was handing out middle-class welfare like confetti. And where were their critiques of the opposition's faux outrage over recent spending cuts in an effort to keep the budget in surplus. It was recently reported (not by News Ltd) that Labor has actually spent a lower percentage of GDP than Howard. But to report that wouldn't fit the conservative mantra would it?

Jethro said...

ruby, there is some sense in what you wrote. Manning should be working with the Cairns Chamber of Commerce, not escalating war on them. Apologising for giving the funding back to Newman without thinking of the consequences might go a long way in mending fences. Working with the Chamber might also be the only way in which to retrieve the money. Their only chance to get it back is for all parties to work together.

Anonymous said...

The trouble is, like the USA, we're divided into two tribes. Party politics makes it more important to settle old scores with the 'opposite' tribe than with good public policy. Scandinavian countries seem to be a little more civilised in that regard.

Liz said...

ruby, I very much doubt that the men who ruthlessly used the Entertainment Precinct as a weapon of war in which to win office for themselves, would apologise for their self-serving behaviour. Manning's "proposal to fast track works", (The Cairns Post 29/12) including the CBD renewal, the performing arts theatre, the car park etc, is a sly and disingenuous tactic to cover up his huge blunder. Of course he deliberately omitted that some of these items were part of the original Entertainment Precinct which he helped kill. It takes a special person to publicly admit wrong doing on their behalf and to apologise to the victims. It is much easier for lesser people to use sophistry and deceit, plot and scheme, commence discord and ultimately find someone else to take the full blame.

jim-bob jnr said...

Yeah, an "apology", Christ I laughed at that hey. You reckon someone who handed all the dough over to Newman, then says in The Cairns Post he's gunna "fast track" all these things which would have been in the process of being built right now if he hadn't stopped it, would "apologise"? Come on. Manning has driven the city up the proverbial creek with no paddle but he's got the self-preservation instincts of a shithouse rat. He's starting the game playing I reckon so he can point the finger of blame at someone else because it's all gone pear shaped.. I dunno who he's got in mind for the fall guy but I reckon we will find out sooner or later. Oh, if Newman tells him to take a flying leap about the money, I can see King and Manning then blaming "Julia". That much is fucken obvious. There's a lot more fucken skulduggery to come yet.

Anonymous said...

The fallout from this entire sorry debacle will hang over the city for decades to come. So of course the political bastardry isn't over yet.

Anonymous said...

Manning wouldn't apologise. I know him; worked with him at CPA. He is extremely cunning and conniving but not at all intelligent. He spent his time as boss of CPA indulging in silly power plays in an effort to keep underlings from blooming. An intelligent leader would have nurtured them; taken credit for them. He is still that same man. He will never change.

John said...

Anonymous 10.10, seems like Manning is again engaging in some silly power play with the Cairns Chamber of Commerce. As other posters in here have noted, he should be working congenially hand in hand with them for the progress of the city. He should also be telling King to keep his nose out and do his own job.
Let's hope some members of the Chamber of Commerce keep in touch with Hillbilly Watch and keep us informed of the shenanigans. Sadly, I agree that the extraordinary events of the past few years are not all over yet. So many people have been discredited and lost their jobs because of the ambitions and egos of just a few unprincipled men who wanted power at any cost. I fear they will inflict many more casualties before we see the last of them.

Anonymous said...

It is why we are sticking to the issue John. We know it ain't over yet and that there will be more losses and victims. We know they are unprincipled men who don't give a shit about the city or people who get in their way. However some people have dared to speak out. Mirotsos from the Cairns Chamber of Commerce and whoever wrote THAT Editorial in The Cairns Post. Manning's response is to commence war with the Chamber of Commerce. We wait and see what he will do with The Cairns Post.

Anonymous said...

See where Swanny in todays Cairns Post (1/1/2013) is urging Cairns to prepare itself for the G20 Summit in 2014.
This is behind Bob's announcement that he wants to "fast track" extensions to the Convention Centre, the car park, the performing arts theatre etc - ALL of which were contained within the original Entertainment Precinct, as posters have pointed out. So fuckwit Bob now wants to "fast track" them after handing Newman back the money. Christ, no wonder the Chamber of Commerce is mad. The Chamber supported the Entertainment Precinct. Hey Bob, the Entertainment Precinct was shovel ready when you and your Unity Team of nodding dummies axed it. Didn't think did you? All you could think of was getting your arses into well paid seats.

Anonymous said...

The fact is, the Cairns Chamber of Commerce supported the Entertainment Precinct idea. Oh there were a couple of non-believers who put politics above the citys needs, but overall most members supported the concept. The need for an extra car-park, extensions to the Convention Centre and a new performing arts theatre have been before Council for many years. It was only Val Schier who scooped them all up and presented them together in the form of the Entertainment Precinct. Most Chamber members saw the benefits including using the Entertainment Precinct for events such as the G20. After Bob's actions, none of this will be ready now in 2014.

Disgusted said...

Bob reckons he's gunna "fast track" the new performing arts theatre? Yeah right. So he wants it to be built on land where the Ports Authority currently have a building. So he would want Newman to provide money to tear the building down, erect a new building for the Ports Authority, then to build the performing arts theatre. Yeah, right. And pigs wil fly.

Bus. Op. said...

Nice to see the New Year ushered in with a few crackers thrown between the CRC and the Chamber of Commerce. Heh heh heh. I got a hunch the fireworks will be on in ernest as the year progresses. Let the games begin!

Anonymous said...

So old Bob has gone into damage control hey? It will be nothing short of a miracle if Newman gives him the funding back. Then Bob will have to go begging to the Feds. again as well. What a farkin dill.

Anonymous said...

What's the betting the LNP will then get old Stench out of his reverie or wherever he's wallowing, to bark at "Julia" for the Federal funding to enable to city to host the G20? Then the chorus can begin all over again, "We get nuthin' given to us. We're the forgotten North." There is going to be more twists and turns to this whole sorry debacle than that on the Gillies range road.

Disgusted said...

Theres little doubt Anonymous 09.36 that some sleazoid will use the disaster for their own political advantage. Hark, what's that noise? It's the bellows and shrieks and gnashing of teeth from the LNP Candidate for Leichhardt ripping it into Julia Gillard and the Federal Government for not giving the Far North funding for capital works necessary to host the G20. Yep, there is still a lot bloody more to be squeezed out of the corpse of the Entertainment Precinct and the jackals of the LNP will do it without any skerrick of conscience.

Lillian at Yorkeys said...

Apart from preventing CRC councillors/employees to attend the Chamber of Commercie meetings, Boring Bob has also dismantled the CRC Economic Development Unit a month or two ago - another Val initiative.

I really think it's useless for those above who say that Boring Bob "should" get his arse into gear - I really don't think it's going to happen - apart from being lazy, he's a micromanager, & WAY out of his depth.

So what other strategies can we pursue? I think this is a more meaningful question at this point of time. Apart from the Chamber of Commerce, I really haven't heard much from Advance Cairns or TTNQ re any of these issues.

Can we start lobbying the Sleeping & Silent Councillors & see if a bit of direction action/communication gives them confidence to get going (well, at least a couple of them might DO something).

From the CPA days ... said...

Micromanager indeed! If a senior officer needs Manning to sign off on something/anything, he will hold it back to the last minute before doing so.
This is how it worked at the CPA. For example, if you were waiting on a travel approval for travel on CPA business, he would not sign off on it right up to the end of day before travel.
It was Bob's little power trip to demonstrate he was 'in charge' and didn't matter that planning was always an uncertain and hurried affair. Little wonder CPA staff hated him. He won't have changed at Council.

Anonymous said...

Good point Lillian at Yorkeys. What are Advance Cairns and TTNQ doing? I wouldn't bother with the Unity Councillors. They're not going to ever agree they have done the wrong thing.

Anonymous said...

Manning is again in todays Cairns Post saying how he's going to fast track extensions to the Convention Centre, a new car park, a new performing arts theatre and he's going after State and Federal funding. The affrontery and arrogance of this egotistical fool is just mind blowing. Stench and King will now be called upon to try and get back the funding which Val Schier got us a few years ago. Yes I can see how it is going to shape up into an election issue.

Anonymous said...

Off the topic I know, but I see where Newman is now going to axe at least one third of the top tier of the police force. Could this be a witch hunt, disguised under the rationale of "cutting the fat", of politicising the police force by sacking those senior officers known to be non LNP? Older people will remember the politicising of the police force under Joh Bjelke Petersen when the corrupt Terry Lewis wormed his way into Joh Bjelke Petersen's favour, forcing out the honest and ethical Whitrod.
I don't know for certain, but one thing I do know is that this won't result in improved services for the public, but rather a deterioration.

Anonymous said...

Wiping out the collective knowledge of a large proportion of senior management will be a huge loss of intellectual property. But the LNP don't think of things like the value of intellectual property. Along with all the admin staff being sacked, the fallout is going to hit the public hard in compromised frontline services.

Anonymous said...

Whatever, the police force is going to be in turmoil when all the sackings and cutbacks start impacting.

Anonymous said...

It's very effective political language, to talk about "cutting the fat" and "fat cats". When you start speaking about the "intellectual capital" contained in human resources, you lose peoples understanding.

Anonymous said...

Who else thinks that Cando is flying kites -voting/police force/cuts to public servants/health etc -all for Mr Rabbot to implement should he fall into office later this year?

Anonymous said...

Coul be Anonymous 10.47. Whatever. Abbott has it in the bag I predict.

Jethro said...

The "sleeping and silent" Councillors. Some of them have never said PEEP since they were elected. Let's see - they will serve their well paid lucrative term on the Council without doing anything or saying anything except tp raise their right hands when Bob says so. What duds. We may as well have elected a wheelie bin full of road kill to represent the city.

Tony Hillier said...

Jethro, the Unity councillors obviously have the same capacity to retain garbage as a wheelie bin. On the other hand, they certainly seem to be aware of their own capacity, viz yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir!

Anonymous said...

Bob's full of shit and he will bullshit his way through his one and only term as Mayor. Cairns has stepped back in time with his election and he will serve out his term without achieving anything at all except to continue polarising and dividing the city. You can bet your last dollar he would be plotting and scheming to try and get rid of whoever is in the Cairns Chamber of Commerce who has stood up to him and demanded some action. As for the sleeping and mute Unity Councillors, all they do all day is practice "reading" Bob's face so they can anticipate his wishes, throw their heads back and chorus, "Oh, what a good idea. Gee, you are so brilliant Bob!"

Seth said...

NOTE TO SELF:

1. Must practice raising right hand and saying 'AYE' confidently and firmly.
2. Must learn to throw head back and exclaim with enthusiasm, "Oh, what a good idea! Gee, you are so brilliant."

Must work hard and accomplish all of the above for nominating as a Unity Councillor in 2015.

Jethro said...

You missed a couple there Seth:


3. Must learn to make myself invisible to the media by not proposing anything new or saying anything controversial. Most importantly never contradict the Mayor who is always right.

4. Must learn to look very busy so that pesky constituents don't bother me.

jim-bob jnr said...

Off topic again, I see where Newman and his pack od dingos have thought up a cunning way to keep themselves in office permanently. By making voting non-compulsory. Yep, theyre gunna appeal to the unwary and stupid by citing that "compulsory voting is undemocratic." Yeah, I can see the fucken cretins all latching on to that one.
After a few years they will be standing up in city centres looking fucken miserable with signs saying "I am the 99% and I get nothing." The worst of it is they won't have a fucken clue what happened.

Vi L. Schumm said...

jim-bob jnr, your warning may sound far-fetched but its not impossible. News Ltd and business organisations are constantly campaigning for greater 'productivity' (not a bad thing if it involves higher technology but their main aim is more work for less pay) and ridicules any effort at redistribution as 'class warfare' which they say has no place in Australia.

The constant increase in the share of wealth owned by the already wealthy is itself a form of class warfare. As Warren Buffett said recently "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

To be fair to Mr Buffett, he does not think that this is a good thing.

ruby said...

jim-bob, it is just terrifying. I'm already hearing idiots speaking about how it should be their CHOICE whether to vote or not. I see where the usual turnout of registered voters in the USA is around 40-45% as compared to our 93-95%. It would only take a couple of elections before we reached the USA level and Queensland would be governed by a minority of voters.

Destiny Prophet said...

Not just axing senior police officers but also consolidating police command - Cairns and the Far North to be run from Townsville?

Jethro said...

Yes Destiny. Police Regions are being reduced from 8 to 5 and Police Districts reduced from 31 to 15. The Sunshine Coast Daily on 3/1/2013 says that Police Commissioner Ian Stewart has advised that 2,212 staff positions will be made redundant by 30/6/2013and that the ranks of detectives will be cut from 700 to 350.
Now, didn't Newman tell us that "all the sackings were over"?? Hmmm?

jim-bob said...

The coppers are taking a flogging from Newman. Jeeeezuz blardy Christ, over 2,200 staff to get the sack. I looked up their website and at the end of 2012, Queensland Police had a total of 10,695 staff, so they're being cut by more than one fifth. I hope those rookies are fast with their word processing because they're the bunnies now going to have to do up all the prosecution reports blah blah. Bloody marvellous isn't it. Before the election, they were whinging and whining at Bligh that they didn't have enough bloody staff to put coppers on the beat, so now they got the man they wanted, he's cutting them back like billy-oh. Hope they're all happy chappies.

Anonymous said...

Waiting to hear how Mr King is going to explain the latest Cando initiative, re Police Force decimation to the good citizens of Cairns. Perhaps he is planning an appearance on Cueballs program so they can attempt to spin themselves out of this?

ruby said...

I'm wondering just what is behind this enormous turnover in Police staff. Bearing in mind the Police Minister says that 1,100 new recruits are going to be sworn in over the next four years, why are they tossing out so many senior police? The entire exercise is a purge of older, experienced police to make way for young, inexperienced police. Why? I feel there is some other agenda here that we are not being told and I am very uneasy about it.

Anonymous said...



Even if you agree with the police cuts two questions are raised. Why is King the forever weakling and not demanding the regional office be based in Cairns where we need the employment, unlike Tonnsville and why did Newman lie when he said there would be no more cuts? These payouts are costing us millions.

Jan from Kewarra said...

Sackings in the Police Dept is continuing on the purge of QLD public servants. Newman said at the start that 25,000 had to go and because of a huge backlash after 5,000 staff lost their jobs in Aug/Sept 2012, mainly health staff, he eased off for awhile. In the Cairns Post, recently, the CEO of Cairns and Hinterland Hospital Board announced that $13 mill had to go from the 2012/2013 budget, and rumour has it that by March at least 130 jobs here in Cairns and surrounds will be gone - most likely starting with Community Health. The CEO also stated that in the 2013/2014 budget, another $7 million dollars had to be saved. A total of $21 million from the Cairns and Hinterland Health budget in the next 12 months.

The writing is on the wall.

Make no mistake, all government departments are in the firing line and the job losses to Cairns will be huge.

The big problem with Hospital Boards is that their focus and only focus is on inputs/outputs at the hospitals. They do not care about aged care, preventative health, dental health, community health. With over 12,000 people in the Cairns region waiting to see a specialist, let alone have treatment, one can only surmise that Cairns health consumers are going to have to go without or pay up.

Good Luck everyone!

Anonymous said...

Jan from Kewarra, you are correct. There are far more wage earners who have been sacked than the "14,000" quoted by Newman. The Courier Mail, the Brisbane Times and various facebook sites where workers are posting details of what is happening in their own workplaces, provides enough detail to know that close to 20,000 people have been sacked. The Newman Government are continuing the lies, "the public service need not fear me". What is happening is very fearful.

Anonymous said...

It;s bloody scarey that so many coppers are getting the arse. Im making sure my house is a bit more secure.

Jethro said...

I reckon Commissioner Stewart will get a rap over his knuckles for spilling the beans to the Sunshine Coast Daily that 2,212 Queensland Police staff are getting the chop. The Police Minister, Newman and King are quoting all sorts of individual regional figures. It sounds much better than letting people know that one fifth of the total staffing of Queensland Police are getting the boot up their arse. As for putting more coppers on the beat, well putting on 1,100 rookies over a four year period isn't going to do much is it? Still, by telling oily, glib lies about "putting more on the beat", it fools the people who can't do simple mathematics. The fact is, we're going to be much worse off.

Seth said...

Its dead easy to suck people in with simple cliches like "putting more on the beat" and "cutting the fat" to hide the true facts. Come in suckersssssssss. Newman must be laughing his head off. So one fifth of the Police Force are to get the arse hey. So how many in Queensland Health and the Education Department?

jim-bob jnr said...

Christ or mighty ruby, it's that fucken obvious what the LNP are doing. It's back to the Moonlight State for a start by wiping out the police hierarchy and making the cops less accountable. Yeah some enterprising young coppers are gunna find it so fucken easy to make themselves a few quid on the side now. They won't have as much supervision will they? BEWDY if they're as corrupt as the coppers in the Moonlight State. Yeah this bit about putting more coppers on the beat, is just wank talk dreamed up to suck in the morons. Next, the LNP will "train" the new lot of coppers, the 1,100 rookies coming in over four years to be pretty fucken different from the "old" coppers. I reckon here we go for the first lot of the LNP's "brown shirts" being instructed that they are the enforcement wing of the LNP. Here we fucken go again with demonstrations and street marches banned and anyone who speaks out against the LNP put on police files. Here we Joh again.

Anonymous said...

Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit, imagine what the fuck the LNP are gunna do to our hospitals. What's Cairns gunna lose to Townsville next? Hey Gav, you mustn't be sucking up to Newman enough. Or have you done a bit too much sucky sucky sucky with him and he's disgusted with you? What the hell else are we gunna lose?

Anonymous said...

So according to the CP it looks like we are going to get an Aquarium, or if reading down you note that neither the State Govt or Feds have granted funds -they have "been applied for". After the CEP fiasco I can't see either Govt being too happy to invest in Cairns again and wasn't an Aquarium planned to be included in the now defunct CEP project?

Jethro said...

Anonymous 12.16, I believe an aquarium was one of the suggestions for the public plaza part of the Entertainment Precinct. All knocked back by Manning and his Unity Team.

Anonymous said...


If there is no bogan hillbilly outrage over taxpayer funding a fish tank then we have absolute proof the reaction to the CEP was misogynist. At least we got to own that when done, Townsville got the fish tank for any research that needs doing. All we need is a tourist attraction and that is NOT taxapyer concern as tourism is ALWAYS ASKIGN for friggin handpouts. About time we stopped propping up loser industry.

Anonymous said...

Clem Wright of Koah for Mayor after this little gem..."What is wrong with the powers that be?? All they can come up with are spraying and threatening people who don`t empty water containers. Why not encourage people to actively place water containers where the mozzies can lay their eggs and empty them when wrigglers appear and then repeat the process."

WTF????

Anonymous said...

Image how many tradies and suppliers in Cairns would be employing more staff if the CEP went ahead. Right now, January 2013,just when Cairns unemployment is one of the highest in the country. Thanks Bob Manning, for that big kick in the balls. We won't forget.

Anonymous said...

The only crane over the buildings in Cairns is the one at the Base Hospital. Thanks Anna - you've kept a few more in jobs. Nothing happening since Can't Do got in the city is only going backwards. Thanks Boring Bob, King, and - oops - can't recall the other LNP names.