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22 December 2012

CAIRNS MAYOR MAKES COMMITMENT TO THE PROCESS OF CONSULTATION - DESPITE IGNORING THE PROCESS ON ENTERTAINMENT PRECINCT, CBD, TRANSPORT, AND BICYCLE PATH

Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning made a shocking pronouncement on Friday, December 21st.  More shocking than the Mayan End of the World.  More stunning that Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King drunk in a gay bar.  Even Cueball MacKenzie appeared to choke on what we're calling "THE MANNING DOCTRINE".

Accused by a caller of a phony consultation process on the CBD revitalisation, and the opening of Lake Street to traffic, an assumed to be sober Bob Manning said:

"If you're going to go out on consultation on something, you can't say before you do that, that we're not going to talk about any of the options".

He's committed council to a consultation process that makes everyone equal, and doesn't start out with council telling us what they're going to do.  This despite the fact that so far, the Entertainment Precinct plans developed over 10 years of consultation were shitcanned along with the Cr. Terry James "get square" on the Esplanade bike path.  

We've created a voucher you can print, cut out, and carry with you to the next "community consultation" you attend.  When the staff and consultants start telling you what you're going to get, whip out your voucher and demand the MANNING DOCTRINE!

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70 comments:

jim cacill said...

Lets make sure it actually is consultation this time, inclusive of what people want, not being told "consulted" on what "WILL BE " happening some of the peoples input may get very useful results

CBD Warrior said...

I keeled over laughing, Mr. HBW! This is spectacular! Just what I needed for those last minute "stocking stuffers"! You've outdone yourself today. Kudos!

Anonymous said...

IMHO consultation means that no-one actually gets what they want! The new arrangement on the Esplanade is a joke -a ridiculous one way bike path and masses of parking -even on Florence St opp the RSL. The reverse parking is an accident waiting to happen. Consultation! It aint gonna happen. What a pathetic bunch of vindictive old men.







T. Asquith said...

Isn't this the proclamation Manning should have issued BEFORE the election? Nice that he now seeks the warm inner-glow of true consultative leadership, that's a first for him. But we know it's spin. And even if it's isn't, how can he deliver true consultation with the ventriloquist Terry James' hand up his back?
The ready-to-go Entertainment Precinct has gone, along with the funding. Stupid unworkable concepts of private/public partnerships have been bandied around to make it appear to a stunned electorate and business community that Unity know what they're doing, but we all know we have been duped. We all know that they are fully responsible for the millions of dollars which have been ripped out of this town's economy. The money still exists somewhere, but it's now value-adding infrastructure to other cities; perhaps Brisbane, or Townsville. Well done Unity, a fantastic own goal.
The ripping up of a section of bike path, though in itself no big deal, only demonstrated the spiteful lengths that James would go to overturn a Val Shier initiative; such a pointless and unnecessary thing to do, so much electorate goodwill squandered in achieving it. Again, well done Terry James, another fantastic own goal.

Bob R. said...

Manning has the sheer luxury of not having to worry what the public think anyway, as he won't be accountable. He also won't have a lying Mackenzie bellowing on and on about "no public consultation". He also doesn't have a Gavin King writing ignorant shit in The Cairns Post, completely oblivious of the long history of public demands and lobbying behind the Entertainment Precinct for example.

Anonymous said...

Hey Bob, re those emails concerning state and council business between you and King which were illegally sent to/from your private email accounts; how does that fit with your new 'consultative' image? Or perhaps that was 'before consultative' - aka BC.

Anonymous said...

He went over to China and came back with zilch, apart from souvenirs

Anonymous said...

The actions of King and Manning have made a complete joke of the whole "transparency and consultation" issues.

Anonymous said...

My guess is there will be heaps of :"consultation" on a new performing arts theatre. With the so called "inquiry" into the Ports land which was previously rejected by all three Mayors - Pyne, Byrne and Schier, expected to release their findings next year, then Manning can announce an extensive period of "consultation" in the community - like another year and a half. With Mackenzie agreeable to stir up controversy over it, this "consultation" could drag into a referendum at the next Council Election, thus absolving Manning and his Council from doing anything at all about the urgent need for a new performing arts theatre. Wait and see.

Bystander said...

This (false) hope that the Cairns economy will be 'saved' by waves of big spending Chinese tourists is pure and simple cargo-cultism. It's being spruiked by King and Manning to keep the lid on concerns over their incompetence. The Chinese will never put into this economy anything like the amount that's been lost by this bunch of amateur-hour incompetents in the five minutes they've been in office. If it wasn't so serious, it'd be funny.

Anonymous said...

Did he go to China on a "trade mission" or did he pay for the trip himself?

Tony Hillier said...

With due deference to a golden evergreen (if you'll pardon the colourful mixed metaphor!):

Bob's gonna take us on a slow boat to China
All by himself alone*.
A twist in the rudder
And a rip in the sail
Drifting and dreaming
Throw the compass over the rail.
Out on the ocean
Far from all the commotion
Melting our hearts of stone
Bob's gonna take us on a slow boat to China
All by himself with nobody else*
Yes, all by himself alone*.

* With permission from the Unity Übermensch, T.James and K.Byrne.

Anonymous said...

It's not only King & Manning's incompetence, as bad as that is, it's that Newman wouldn't listen anyway. I bet neither could pick up the phone and speak to him personally. To Newman and LNP headquarters, they are just northern nobodies who will stand meekly impotent as millions of dollars of our infrastructure spending is ripped away and taken south simply because they can: Cairns doesn't matter, and the money is better spent shoring up support in southern constituencies where, going into the next election, the LNP numbers are going to be more important. And from a strategic perspective, Newman is right; Cairns is traditionally Labour and King is not strong enough to hold it for more than this one term, so why waste effort. And that's where King fails: he'd rather kowtow to the leadership in the forlorn hope of some career crumbs being thrown his way than fight for his electorate. An email tomorrow from King to Newman suggesting he (King) might better represent his constituents as an independent would have that money restored immediately. It won't happen though; because the effete King IS impotent.

WOW said...

Well it's Xmas nearly and i want my fucken presents you told us you would give us King and Manning! Where's myEntertainment Precinct, my brand new city centre project and you can shove that dreding shit up your arse anyway.I knew you two were talking bullshit......why don't you go back to retirement Manning before you finally can't remember your families names and King,return to middle earth from whence you came

ruby said...

I wonder how many thousands of Western politicians, civic "leaders", Mayors and show ponies have been to China in recent years, bowing and scraping and tugging at the forelock?? How Mao would be laughing in his grave at the servility of the "foreign devils"!!

Bob R. said...

Anonymous 13.27, even if King were to switch to "independent", Newman would still wipe him. It all gets back to the enormous majority Newman has where many seats are just superfluous to requirements. It doesn't matter which party holds them or if they are filled with independents, Newman doesn't need them to govern.

Anonymous said...

Agree Bob R, if King, were to switch to independent, it would be a tokenistic act this term. But it could also define him as his own man, someone with a little integrity, someone who is seen to stand and fights for his constituency against the odds. Such a principled stand may get him a second term. Next term; the way the LNP's fortunes have been squandered, independents may well be government makers - just as the federal independents are today.

Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous 07:42: You are using the name 'King' in conjunction with the words 'integrity' and 'principled'. I think such use of language is called an oxymoron.

Bob R. said...

Anonymous 07.42, you obviously haven't read King's political spiels over the years he worked at The Cairns Post, using his position to promote himself, or listened to him on 4CA. King is the quintessential neo-conservative, hating with a passion anything remotely connected with liberalism or socialism as well as an abhorrence for democracy itself. Witness how no non LNP candidate was "permitted" on the Mackenzie program during the election campaign, witness how King excluded ALP politicians from a recent community meeting thus revealing his contempt for his oath of office. In fact if we were Germany in the early 30s, King would be as attracted to Hitler and his party as a moth to a light bulb. It doesn't matter if King decides to switch to being an "Independent", his own beief system demonstrates he is far right wing and he will always vote and act accordingly. To quote an old Italian proverb - "A leopard can change his spots but you can never change the nature of the beast."

ruby said...

I disagree with you there Bob R. I see King as being a political animal who will do anything to survive. Frankly, I don't think his ideology is deeper than his own survival instincts and ambition. As the LNP continue to squander their electoral capital and become "on the nose" with the voter, I can see King jumping ship very readily and "speaking out" against the Newman Government. Whatever, all we want basically is the best representation we can get for Cairns.

Jethro said...

Well said there ruby, as usual. Yes, what we want is the best, effective representation we can get and we ain't got it at the moment. How many people today however are committed to a particular political ideology? I suspect not too many.

Anonymous said...

Whatever you think of King, he's an excellent study in self interest. I've never seen anyone so self-promoting, so cunning and so egotistical. Sadly (for him) the only thing he is lacking is a modicum of intelligence. If he had that; there'd be no limits to his career.

Seth said...

Hmm, I would say without hesitation that self-interest is the only ideology of most people today.

Anonymous said...

Some Christmas cheer today. Polls reveal that people regard the Queensland LNP State Government as the "worst" in Australia.

Anonymous said...

Mmm, the Monk won't like this, Queensland is a 'heartland' state.

shanghai said...

good idea for legal tender for double island !! happy ramadan to everyone

Anonymous said...

Happy Xmas to all -hope Santa was nice to you today. Enjoy this beautiful place FNQ!

Seth said...

"self-promoting, cunning and egotistical". Most of the successful politicians would have those qualities, mate. Those who fall by the wayside like modest, quiet Jim Turnour just don't have them.

Anonymous said...

Ahh Jim Turnour -I remember the days when our local rep actually delivered on promises to Cairns and the great unwashed decided that he was not good enough and replaced him with a real "go-getter" not! Someone listed on this blog some of the benefits good old Jim brought to Cairns -can we have a re-run of those please for all the newcomers to our fair City? Ruby -you would know wouldn't you? or Jethro?

ruby said...

Yep, Jim Turnour delivered, in his short three years, the biggest amount of funding Cairns has seen in many decades:-
*Federal funding enabling the Liz Plummer Cancer Centre at the Cairns Base Hospital (after Warren Entsch pissed on hundreds of dead FNQ people) by saying it was "the State Government's responsibility". And that is on record!
*The JCU Dental School now treating low income peoples.
*The MARINE College
*The Bruce Hhighway Upgrade, now undergoing works
* The schools renovation programs.
*Federal funding for the Entertainment Precinct for FNQ.

Not bad for three years.

Anonymous said...

Thanks ruby you're a gem and wise too!

T.Asquith said...

Actually Ruby; can you recall what Entsch HAS done? Is it now three terms? In that time, I can't think of anything intelligent, just pie-in-the-sky grandiose schemes (tunnels, bridges, mud islands, ridding Cairns of Indian Mynas); promises that we all know are stupid even as he pronounces them.

Anonymous said...

The cynic in me says it doesn't matter how hard an MP works to secure much needed funding in his/her electorate. If you have a complicit media machine, your opponent can manufacture an issue or a "crisis" designed to evoke an emotional response from the electors. Without going into all the details, there were several such "critical incidents" during the last Federal election. We can all recall the Bluewater public housing incident whereby the residents there went hysterical insinuating there would be drive-by shootings and drug pedlers on every corner as a direct consequence. The fact is, it had nothing to do with Jim Turnour as the decision to build the public housing units there was made by the State Government, yet the people all pointed the finger of blame solely at Turnour. Urged on by Warren Entsch, it played a huge part in Turnour's electoral defeat. Ironically, Warren Entsch grew up in a Queensland Housing Commission home built for low wage earners. You ask how Entsch would have felt had the people of Bluewater been in Mareeba when those public housing homes were being built?
However, this is politics today. People get voted OUT, not in. So too do Governments get voted OUT, not in. The frightening impact of this is that the voter does not look at the policies or goals of the incoming government, as we have seen in Queensland.

ruby said...

T. Asquith, I cannot recall any great initiative which Entsch has secured funding for. However, that doesn't seem to matter to the voter. There is truth in the old adage, "A politician must be SEEN to be doing something, even if he isn't." Entsch keeps his name before the public and has unlimited access to the Mackenzie program. He is therefore beyond doubt, being "seen" to be doing "something". However, in Entsch's case he has had a helping hand, over and above that which any other politician in my memory has ever had, from The Cairns Post. Writers at The Post have, over time, created a benign, jovial, avuncular image of Entsch; as someone who is a favorite old uncle with his little eccentricities such as wearing crocodile skin boots and riding a Harley Davidson; they have created Entsch as a likeable family member, rather than a calculating, self-serving politician. The Post uses the nickname "Wazza" to bolster this image of an avuncular, likeable character, as distinct from "Mr Entsch, the LNP Member for Leichhardt". "Wazza" also infers a matey-matey blokey blokey image as well, which would have enormous appeal to a certain section of the population. The Post also has been very soft on Entsch, avoiding any of the controversies which Entsch has been involved in. Overall, I have never seen such treatment,created to forge an intimacy between the voter and an MP. Entsch's success I believe owes more to this unique relationship with the local media, than to any individual talent or hard work.

Anonymous said...

Sadly too many FNQ voters have no idea which level of government is responsible for certain departments. Overheard local whinging that Val had bought up public houses in his area, when corrected he refused to believe it was the state govt's responsibility for public housing. Can't see this changing any time soon.

Jethro said...

I would agree ruby that The Cairns Post has established a precedent in its unabashed intimacy with Entsch. Call it matey matey "male bonding" or a perfect example of Goebbels's style propaganda, whatever, it is interesting to see they don't have that approach with the State Members of Parliament. They maintain the cordial, impartial address of "Gavin King, the Member for Cairns", when writing about King, for example.
Oh, when the late Bob Scott, the then ALP Member for Cook was booked for drink driving, back in about 1980, it was slapped across the front page of The Cairns Post in huge banner headlines. Entsch of course only received a small item on a back page some days after the incident.

T. Asquith said...

Excellent analysis ruby.
But it's not because of Entsch the individual that The Post chooses to market in this way. I'm sure their writers see him as we do; the unwholesome under-performing opportunist that he is. It's that he is the sitting LNP member, and anyone will do - and even better someone with Entsch's lazy habits (an intellectual would be much harder to manage).
All this just part of the NewsLtd Australia-wide editorial directive to actively promote the right-wing of politics as being most likely to further their commercial interests even when, as it often is, against the public interest.

Anonymous said...

Heard a lovely story today re Chinese tourists in Cairns. A group of cashed up Chinese women were shopping in a large Centre and they were looking to buy some rather expensive swimwear - then one of the group called something to the others attention and they gathered together for a great laugh -what were they so amused about? All the swimwear had a label "Made in China" it made their day and they left the shop empty-handed. How many times has this scenario been repeated on a shopping trip in Cairns?

Alison Alloway said...

Regarding Bob Manning's trip to China. Had the Entertainment Precinct gone ahead, Cairns could have hosted Chinese acts such as the China National Opera Company (now ranked as the best in the world), Peking Opera, or the Cantonese Opera which features gymnastics and martial arts, as special guest acts for the official opening of the Precinct. Madam Lui or officials representing culture and the arts in China could have been special guests of the Mayor at the opening. The Chinese take the arts seriously and are very proud of their operatic and ballet companies. This would have been a much more innovative approach in helping to forge closer ties with China than having a Mayor trekking off with begging bowl in hand along with multitudes of other Westerners with the same approach. If we want the Chinese to notice us, we have to show we are genuinely interested in them as well. Showing our interest in the Chinese arts for example would go a long way.

Observer said...

You are spot on there, Alison. What you are talking about is "guanxi" an important aspect of the business culture of China. Yes, undoubtedly we could have used the Entertainment Precinct to develop this all important concept with China. As you noted, the Chinese do take their performing arts very seriously. However we have lost that leading edge business opportunity forever. The local LNP saw the entire concept of the Entertainment Precinct in crude terms as "a white elephant" and "a monument to an ego". As for the Mayor Bob Manning, well he and his wife go to Brisbane or Sydney to see shows like the China National Opera Company. I predict it will be left to another Queensland city therefore to develop "guanxi" and they will then reap the benefits. Cairns won't do as well, when we have culturally unintelligent, small minded people thinking all they have to do with the Chinese is go to them and beg for their money and tourists. The Chinese business culture is different from ours.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 15.32, the Chinese won't find much in Cairns with the label "made in Australia." The only swimwear I have ever seen made in Australia was from material which looked and felt like latex and took the shape of a g-string. This would have no appeal to the Chinese who prefer to have it all tucked in when swimming rather than letting it all hang out.

T. Asquith said...

We are not interested in the Chinese or their arts Alison Alloway. Just as we were not interested in the Japanese or theirs either. We aren't interested in anything or anyone south of Townsville, and even then, it's only a jealous eye on what they are "getting" vis-a-vis ourselves. We are not interested in anything that isn't measured in a material wealth sense (more planes, bigger airport, more hotels and resorts, more cruise ships and ever deeper channels to accommodate them, hotel occupancy rates, shopping centres, housing approvals, The Cairns Post circulation, etc. We are not even interested in our own blessed environment; constantly trashing it for the short-term gain of 'fully-paid-up' vested interests. Cairns is no more than a big company town, little different in attitude and purpose to Mt Isa. For them it's a mine, tolerating its smoke and lead levels to exist. For us, its tourists; those pesky people who slow us down as they drive aimlessly, looking everywhere except the road ahead. And we aren't even interested in our tourists, except to know the the absolute number of them and money they've spent. It's the Basil Faulty syndrome; you end up resenting the people you serve because you depend upon them to survive.
For a little while there, it look as if attitudes in Cairns had changed, a quality-of-life shift for residents beyond Brothers, Barlow Park and Birch Carrol and Coyle. A new administration was putting an intrinsic value upon the cultural and entertainment desires of residents. A proposed CEP would have become a focal point in one of the most attractive locations in the city, a place to be proud of. We would have an opportunity to enjoy events that previously required, for those who could afford it, travel to southern capitals. And perish the thought; roadways became bikeways. Sadly, it was a false start; one step forward, one step back. And while this current crop of visionless 'leaders' have their hands on the levers, art and culture will never be on the agenda.

Anonymous said...

Anon 09.00 a better analogy would be an Aussie going to Singapore to shop and finding that the product they wanted was "Made in Australia" and ten times the price of the same product at home -what Chinese women wear as swimwear had nothing to do with the point of the story -it could have been overpriced "Made in China" t shirts -same thing.
BTW T Asquith -brilliant piece of writing.

Alison Alloway said...

Sadly, there is much truth in what you say T. Asquith. I always viewed the Entertainment Precinct as an important economic driver for the region, as well as a community asset. Yes, it could have been successfully used in creating "guanxi" with China as "Observer" said. Cultural activities, particularly the performing arts, are revered in China and the people take enormous pride in them. China's leading operatic company is regarded as the worlds best, and probably the best ever in history. Culture buffs would also realise that Chinese politicians are often patrons or on the board of such elite cultural companies.

Anonymous said...

Fact 1: Bicycles outsold cars in Australia this year for the first time.
Fact 2: Cairns Regional Council ripped up an existing bikeway to make room for more car parking.
Fact 3: No other municipality in Australia would have taken such a retrograde step.

Bob R. said...

I would be very confident that there wouldn't be any "culture buffs" amongst the boys club running the city. Certainly no-one with any interest in Chinese arts and culture.

You forgot a fourth said...

And Fact 4: No other municipality has a councillor (and defacto mayor) as spiteful, out-of-touch, and backward thinking as Kevin Byrnes proxy; Terry James.

Jethro said...

Well, Alison, a nice bit of linear thinking there....
We have the grand opening of the Cairns Entertainment Precinct, featuring the China National Opera Co, as special guest performers. Bob is there in his Mayoral robes, King is there dressed in a yellow and white suit(to impress the Chinese, so he thinks -) with several members of the ruling Communist Government, and various officals. The city puts on a grand welcome to the operatic company acknowledging its dedication to excellence and its world ranking and arranges tours etc for the performers and officials. There wouldn't have been any need for Bob to have trekked all the way to China, begging bowl out, nor for King to follow Madam Lui around like a puppy dog. For those of us who are interested, we would have had the rare opportunity of attending a performance of the worlds best ever opera company. It would have been a sell-out, despite the lunatic barking dingos of the LNP that "it would be a white elephant."
The city has lost something so profoundly important that it just beggars belief. In years to come people will look back in horror at the way we lost an iconic structure, an economic driver in its own right, all because a few self-serving individuals wanted their arses in public office.

jim-bob jnr said...

"Culture buffs"?? Mackenzie and the LNP have run them out of town just as effectively as Hitler and his goons put down the German intellectuals, playwrights, writers etc. Christ or mighty you cant have any fucken "culture buffs" when you can have footie players and a 20,000 seat stadium. Bring in a Chinese opera you reckon? Hey? You reckon? WTF do you think Mackenzie and King would say to that? Remember what they did to the Ukulele Festival and how they tried to kill it dead?

Anonymous said...

I choked on my biscuit and coffee at reading "culture buffs". Do we have some left alive in Cairns?

Liz said...

Alison, the reasoning behind your concept is excellent. The performing arts, particularly opera, go back many centuries in China, and are highly esteemed by the Chinese. However, don't you think it a little too sophisticated a concept for the people of Cairns to understand that showing a genuine interest in and respect for some aspect of Chinese culture would in turn, enhance our reputation with the Chinese?
As I write this, I can hear the scornful, derisive comments from our loud redneck population who wouldn't even know that martial arts are featured in many Chinese operatic productions. (I presume the rednecks are interested in martial arts.)
We are not only up against cultural ignorance, but small town thinking which will always limit our tourist and economic potential.

Anonymous said...

Hey hold up there Liz!"a little too sophisticated"?? There are many in Cairns who appreciate the artistic -ever been to a Gallery opening? There you will see that young and old are interested in the cultural pursuits of others. Just because we are now saddled with the most backward looking Council ever before seen in a town the size Cairns doesn't mean that the majority of the population doesn't care about the cultural side of our lives. The loss of the Cultural Precinct is devastating to myself my wife and our numerous friends who would have enjoyed a night out at the Chines Opera or any other show that we are unable to see here in Cairns because of our current embarrassment of a Civic Theatre.
I also deplore the thought of a huge Sports Stadium and would ask the Council to check on other Queensland Councils who have erected these mammoth things, to see just how much money they lose every year -not one in the State is viable and ratepayers will be forking out here too if that idea takes off.

Tony Hillier said...

From my observations, there is a small but dedicated local following for the higher arts in Cairns and environs. More exotic and esoteric genres of music, e.g. jazz, classical and world music, also enjoy reasonable support, although populist acts with crossover appeal such as James Morrison and Jane Rutter can usually drag in non-aficionados. With so many artists operating in the region, exhibition openings at Kick Arts, the CRG, the Tanks and more alternative galleries are generally well attended. The Choral Society and Little Theatre are enduring conservative microcosms with a life of their own. The Tanks Arts Centre has become a Mecca for anybody interested in quality music, across the board. In the past two years, Nick Mills (a former Tanks manager) has established the Art House as the hub of the alternative cultural scene.

During her tenure as mayor, Val Schier, an inveterate culture vulture, made a point of attending as many events as her schedule allowed, across the arts spectrum. With the promise of the Cairns Entertainment Precinct — formerly known as the Cultural Precinct — beckoning like a beacon, the future of the local arts scene seemed assured. Unfortunately, Mayor Manning, an inveterate footy lover, seems to be cut from the same cloth as Schier's predecessor, K.Byrne, who was very rarely sighted at cultural gatherings. Combined with the tragic scrapping by Manning's supine Unity-dominated Cairns Regional Council of the CEP, the future now seems anything but rosy.

Liz said...

Anonymous 13.34, I must point out that only one person - Alison above - has ever raised the matter of the China National Opera Company performing in Cairns. I cannot recall anyone else ever mentioning this. More importantly I cannot recall anyone else apart from Alison again, writing about how the Entertainment Centre could have been used to strengthen international ties and even create our own unique "guanxi". The overwhelming majority of people saw the Entertainment Precincts purpose as being purely and solely for their entertainment or the entertainment of tourists. They were unable to understand its potential even as an iconic structure with which to market the city. They never ever mentioned the museum part of the Precinct, nor the public plaza. So called civic "leaders" like Manning and King also failed to understand its full economic potential, an omission which will have economic repercussions on the city for decades to come. I rest my case.

Anonymous said...

I think most people would understand on some level that if you want goodwill in another country then you must show a real interest in the culture of that country other than just showing all your teeth and rubbing your palms together. However I would agree with Liz that bringing in a Chinese Operatic Company isn't a "Cairns" thing. The rednecks would go ballistic. We would more likely bring in a Chinese footie team and flog the shit out of them to immense cheers from the home crowd, and then wonder why the Chinese tourists subsequently stayed away. That's more of a Cairns thing.

Seth said...

For the life of me I can't see Manning or Terry James for that matter discussing any aspect of Chinese opera or history with a member of the Chinese Government. Creating our own style of "guanxi" would be beyond their intellectual and imaginative abilities.

Alison Alloway said...

Seth, it wouldn't take much for either of them to receive some tutoring in the amazing history of Chinese theatre by some student of Asian studies. Our local media machine could also swing into action and provide informative pieces for the public to read as well. However, the biggest flaw in my proposal would have been the sheer cost of the exercise. Hiring an Opera Company would be very expensive. Anyway, it's now all irrelevant. The Entertainment Precinct and its limitless possibilities are dead and buried. I did try many times during the ugly and vicious debacle over the Entertainment Precinct to point out that such an asset to the Far North would have far reaching economic benefits, however my efforts were always countered with scorn, derision and personal abuse. As Jethro pointed out above, as time goes on, the loss of such a marketable asset will be more and more profoundly regretted.

Mick said...

In today's Murdoch Gazette Sleepy promises to get off his arse and do something useful in 2013.
"This will include works such as the CBD renewal works, sports precincts, the Port Douglas waterfront project, the proposed performing arts centre and associated convention centre exhibition space, a multi-level car park (the old post office site in Grafton St) and commercial development at the bottom end of Lake St."

Performing Arts centre? Is that what the fully funded CEP he and his LNP mates bastardised is called now? Instead we have 'sports precincts'

Any local bookmakers want to place odds on Sleepy's successes?

Jethro said...

I just did a bit of research myself on the net. The Cantonese Opera Company features martial arts and gymnastics. They would have been the more suitable company to have been invited to Cairns I think.

Anonymous said...

Well spotted Mick. I liked the comment from the Gen Mgr of the Pullman Hotel, Craig Syphers who said in answer to Mr Mannings statement "Actions were required not words" and cited Lake St as a perfect example of lack of action.

Anonymous said...

A car park on the old post office site, extra convention space and a new performing arts theatre were all part of the Entertainment Precinct which Manning and his Unity Team campaigned against and canned as soon as they won Council. They cheered when Newman withdrew the funding. Now the old fart and his team of yessirs reckon they are going to ask Newman for the funding back??? Seriously does Manning know what he is doing??

Bob R. said...

I liked the Editorial in todays "Cairns Post", viz:

"...In the past, politics and pettiness has dogged the progress of big-ticket projects. The Cairns Entertainment Precinct is a glaring example."
"Civic leaders will always differ in their views on how to serve a city, but when Cairns loses a $155 million project - and a future asset - then it's clear politics has overpowered public need."

Well "Cairns Post", you got that right. However you could have mentioned personal self-serving ambition as well, that of Gavin King and Bob Manning, all too willing and ready to shaft Cairns in order to get their arses into well paid public positions.

Anonymous said...

Manning has no interest in the Chinese other than the colour of their money. There won't be any efforts made at cultural awareness or "guanxi". Listening to Gavin King on Mackenzie's program the other day as he recounted how he fawned over and tried to ingratiate himself with Madame Lui almost made me vomit. Had this middle aged woman been a Labor or Communist politician or Councillor here in Cairns, King would have mocked, jeered and ridiculed her as much as he could. However because she is a member of a booming country, King made a fuckwit of himself by being obsequious and subservient. It wouldn't have gone down well at all with the woman.

jim-bob jnr said...

Yesterday he didn't want it and now he does, He doesn't but he does. He gave the money away, now he wants it back again. Hey Manning, do you know what you are doing? Are you up or down, front or back, here or there?? Are you Arthur or Martha? Do you have a clue what you are doing?

T. Asquith said...

Thanks for the info above Bob R. So it seems the penny has dropped at the Post - or at least they are now prepared to acknowledge this loss to the city. Obviously, for Manning, King, and their LNP back office dills, the enormity of (their) stupidity has long been apparent, but that oriental concept of 'face' will never have them admitting it. This small group of backward-looking old men have squandered the greatest opportunity to construct one of the best draw-cards this city could have ever envisaged - mostly paid for with State and Federal Government grants - and replaced it with NOTHING! The hard-won money has gone and these are not times where they are likely to get a singe dollar of it back.
Now these dills are flaying around for some half-arsed face-saving compromise which will be just as logistically-challenged and inappropriately located as the Civic Theatre is today, and in so doing, good ratepayer money will be sent after bad. And spin it how they may, whatever they come up with will only ever be a monument to their gross stupidity and of what might have been.
Welcome to the defining issue of your mayoral term Bob Manning: You blew it!

Miss Chief said...

Hate to burst any bubbles here. This new foray into the Chinese market should not necessarily be celebrated. There would not be many tour operators willing to deal with them simply because the Chinese are tight arses and don't pay their bills.
Like the Japanese, most of their trip is paid for in China prior to coming here and they eat at Chinese owned restaurants and shop at Chinese owned shops. Cairns is once again putting their eggs into one basket and once again, it is the wrong one. As an aside, Cairns' restaurants and tourist attractions are far are too expensive for locals and domestic travellers let alone miserly Chinese. Manning and King are out of their depth. I can only hope there isn't too much collateral damage during their tenure. Oh and for those who think King would go independent - don't be ridiculous. King has neither the intelligence nor the spine.

John S. said...

Manning and King blew it big time alright. Ive been doing some follow up myself on Alisons idea of having China's leading opera company as guest performers at the opening of the Entertainment Precinct. (Yes, well we know it won't happen now, but I was curious enough to do some research.) It seems Rupert's wife Wendi Deng is a great supporter of the Chinese theatre as well as being in charge of some of Rupert's Chinese media operations. Joining the dots, we COULD HAVE HAD maximum publicity in China from our gala opening of the Entertainment Precinct. What an enormous opportunity we have lost thanks to the political viciousness and idiocy of Mackenzie, King and Manning. Yeah, they succeeded in getting their bums in well paid public seats alright, but at a cost which just keeps on increasing the more you examine it as I have just explained. Finally, how the hell can Manning think he can successfully beg funding for a car park, extensions to the Convention Centre, a new performing arts theatre, sports precincts as well as dredging the inlet from miserly Newman? What a bloody mess and what a bloody joke.

Anonymous said...

We don't think King would go independent Miss Chief, for the very reasons you have said. What was said was that, anyone with a modicum of intelligence would.

Observer said...

Alison, you are correct in your thinking that the Entertainment Precinct in its original form would have been an important business asset to the region. In much the same way an imposing, impressive modern building is to a corporation. Yes, the Cairns Post now understands that. From your various comments over the years, you clearly understood its commercial function and that its potential was only limited by peoples imaginations. So let's bring it back, back from your ideas of opening up the door to China, developing theatre technology, , hosting Australia-China Trade Conferences, ditto a CHOGM, our Queensland paleontology on display - all those ideas you have raised over time - let's bring it all back to what Mackenzie and King said about it. "It will be a white elephant". "It's a monument to an ego." Undoubtedly those comments will resonate with much anger over the years as people realise just how much has been irretrievably lost.

Anon No. 4 said...

Madam Deng is one of Gobsnot's freaks and weirdos.