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11 December 2012

NEW LNP MEMBERS - PUTTING BUSINESS AND "MATES" AHEAD OF COMMUNITY AND RESPONSIBILITY

New LNP MP's Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King and Michael "Boot Camp My Bros" Trout talked quite the game during the last election campaign.  Both claimed to be "representatives of the people" and "working on behalf of the community".  Two recent events have seen both MP's take positions against the community AND against the Cairns Regional Council, and on behalf of lame and dubious business interests.

Residents in the Bungalow area are lucky to have a true community activist working for them - one who shuns the limelight, so we won't be mentioning names.  Standing up for what's perceived as right for the community, we saw the arrest of this leader protesting the Yacht Club removal (unlike "phony" activists like Bryan Law, who swam like a beached dugong when the police approached).  Lately working hard to organise a community garden in the wake of the successful Edmonton Community Garden project.  In partnership with council and their community-garden policy, public-owned land that's been an eyesore was identified, and with Council and other permissions to use it this Bungalow group looked good to go.  Then on the eve of the garden groundbreaking Gavin King stepped in and snatched it away from this community group.  In what was by described by insiders as "badgering and pestering" of the Minister for Main Roads (who own this strip of land), King had the permissions for the community garden revoked so - get this - so that a business across the street with only street parking available could continue to use this public land for an illegal car park! 


And while some of the businesses along Spence Street have, over the years, made written agreements to use this land for parking (and paid for the privilege), this "Pots & Ponds" has apparently not done so - instead using this site not just for customer parking, but the occasional shipping container that they drop there, and unload at their leisure.  Nothing like the hypocrisy of a garden shop opposing a community garden!

Well actually, this is only one part of the hypocrisy in this story.  This action amounts to another 180 degree shift of position by Gavin King.  In a Cairns Post column he wrote just a mere 12 months before his election, he says in his lead "WOULDN'T IT BE FANTASTIC TO SEE COMMUNITY GARDENS IN CAIRNS?"  He goes on to wax poetic about the joys of gardening, and the great community we'd have if only we'd all take up community gardens!

Sure it would Mr. Two-Face, but apparently not when a mate wants to continue to use this public land to park cars!  King goes on to say "a quiet revolution of communal gardens across the Far North would be a step forward for our community".  Wonder if Joh Bjelke Newman knows of King's "communal" tendencies?  Sounds a little "red" to me, and I don't mean tomato.

But this isn't the only gift of public land from the LNP to business mates.  There's the Jonsson Farm Market along the Cook Highway and Johnston Street.  The building of this market in a gazetted industrial area was suspect from the beginning, with the then Development Manager (now acting CEO) issuing a Development Approval despite the fact that this market clearly did not meet the guidelines of the industrial-area zoning.  With so little available industrial land adjacent to the airport, many questioned how this retail business could be allowed in this precinct.  And the predicted parking and traffic disruptions have been onerous to the adjacent businesses.

And even more oddly, the DA for this retail business was issued with grossly inadequate parking on site.  And while "parking dispensations" have been given out so generously by the last several Cairns Councils (resulting the the massive business parking problems that distress so many areas of the city), this business was unique for the massive shortage of car parks.   So the answer for the customers and business (who routinely park their trucks here) is to use the small "pocket park" established when the Cook Highway was widened as their "free parking".  And while adjacent allotments to the Jonsson Farm Market have been available for purchase, Warren Jonsson is happy with this free gift of state land (wink, wink) and declines the offer to purchase these sites for more parking.  

GET FREE BUSINESS LAND FROM YOUR
LNP MATES!  MORE DOSH FOR YOU!
The illegal parking has ruined the once-green site used by caravaners and families for a rest area.  The trees are dying from having their root systems destroyed, according to a council arborist.  And while the previous ALP government was investigating installing barricades in this area to stop both the illegal parking as well as the cars that turn right off the highway here (you can see the tire marks where cars are illegally exiting the highway) - Michael Trout when consulted instructed the Director-General of the Department of Transport and Main Roads to squash the plans, and let the Jonsson family continue their destruction of this once useful park.

King's main slogan in the campaign said he was a "fighter for community campaigns".  Trout said he was "making things better for the people of Barron River".  Their actions, stripping public land and handing it over free-of-charge to lame business interests would seem to be contrary to their campaigns.

(The archiving of Gavin King's Cairns Post diatribes have been treasure trove since his election.  Action by action, he contradicts himself so freely and so effortlessly it should be a snap for him to be unseated at the next election.  He's a fraud - as the voluminous written record confirms)





58 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wondered when some of his own rubbish would fly back to fit him!! How fitting!

Well done Hillbilly watcvh! Again.

jim cavill said...

Like I have said else where he is the mouth piece in Cairns for Brisbane I don't call him Givin King for nothing.

Dirt Digger said...

Gavin King 2011

'If we can add our own backyard and community gardens to the mix, our fruit and vegetable supply could be among the best in Australia.
We just need to get our hands dirty to make it happen.

Whose got their hands dirty now?

Still Waiting said...

Can't wait for the Cairns Post to do an article on this. But then again, we will have to wait, and wait, and wait....

Anonymous said...

King knows he is a one term pollie... Trout really has to fuck up to get turfed out next time....

The ALP need to preselect a decent, experienced local for the next election for Cairns. It will be a fall guy for Barron River. Pitt will easily win Mulgrave. Who gives a shit for hillbilly Tablelands and Cook. Pretty insignificant in the bigger scheme of things!!

Anonymous said...

Then we can probably expect opposition from the usual suspects to the bike path Manning said he would put through there as well. Maybe they could build a a nice concrete Bangkok style overpass with more parking under it instead. Bike paths, community gardens ? No,no, no, what we need is more cars, more roads and more parking. Sigh...

Anonymous said...

wanking is on the nose already make no mistake he is gone, maybe before the next election story is steves going to grasso him

Anonymous said...


Gavin is an opportunist.

He has promised not to privatise electricity now which is not official party line so trying to run the LNP. The Cairns Post ran an article that stated "CAIRNS MP Gavin King would struggle to win another term in office if the Newman Government went to the next election with a plan to sell off power assets such as Ergon Energy"

www.cairns.com.au/article/2012/10/11/234991_local-news.html

So all he is concerned with is the next election and is scared already and into the desperate stunt.

He will change his mind in a heart beat if he thinks it will votes 100% populist.

ruby said...

Frankly, the LNP have squandered their electoral capital faster than any political party in Australian history. They have shown no regard for communities nor ordinary Queenslanders in their rabid quest to get a surprlus budget in as short a time as possible.
King is ruthlessly self-serving. I predict he will jump ship in order to try and save himself before the next State Election.

Anonymous said...

We're going to see lots of "favours" given to business and developer mates in the next couple of years. Look at what happened in the CRC recently when there wasn't a quorum left in the Chamber after ALL of the Unity Team declared they had a conflict of interest in receiving a hefty donation from one of the local developers, and they were to vote on an issue concerning his development. How many more times will this come up?

Jethro said...

Never hear anything from whoever it is in Cook. Is he alive? I hear the mass sackings have had an adverse effect upon aboriginal and torres strait employment there, but no comment from their LNP member of course. King didn't even know how many people in Cairns had been sacked when asked by The Cairns Post, thus demonstrating his contempt for public servants. I think it pertinent to point out that a majority of Cairns people did not vote for King in the election. He only received just over 40% of the popular vote. The anti King vote was evenly polarised between the ALP and KAP candidates, something which I predict will occur again next election. Frankly, I am predicting another win for King because of this. KAP's overall role in the election was to maximise the anti Labor vote thus guaranteeing the massive numbers of seats won by the LNP. I predict this will happen again at the next State Election. We have to accept that the Queensland we all grew up in is going to change dramatically, with fewer social and community services, a "user pays" policy on overall welfare services, most likely a privatised hospital system, toll roads, education fees and greatly restrictied public consultation and debate. We will see more public services privatised with the arrival of multi million dollar salaried CEOs, rising charges and loss of customer service. Womens and childrens issues will be placed on the backburner and will be ignored. Environmental issues will be ignored and disasters will start occurring, with every effort being made to cover them up by a compliant media machine. All up, I see some very unsettling times ahead however one thing is guaranteed, Queensland is going to change for the worse.

Liz said...

Jethro, I am inclined to follow your line of thinking as well. KAP is essentially a conservative party, so in tandem with the LNP they will effectively prevent any change of government in the forseeable future. The LNP will remain in Government in my opinon for at least 9 years. Queensland is on a direct path to a totally different way of life. The sheer speed at which Newman is dismantling welfare is indicative that bigger change will happen fairly quickly. Many of the government community and welfare services will be privatised with emphasis on "user pays" and profit making as we have seen with the morphing of the SGIO from a socialist enterprise into a purely capitalist enterpirse as SUNCORP. Yes, I predict our free hospitals will be fully privatised as well most likely with American Health corporations taking over. We are already experiencing a shift in government resources from the poor and needy to the business and corporate sector. Like the USA there will be many in our community who won't be able to support themselves, and we will see the emergence of larger "fringe" groups, more crime as people try to survive. A growing industry will be the privately run prisons and security guards. Unquestionably, we will see the emergence of contagions as poorer people are excluded from the privatised health system. Equality of education will disappear with privatisation of higher education in TAFEs. Public housing will cease resulting in overcrowded slums in most cities.
Can all of this happen in 9 years -YES!

Alison Alloway said...

Liz and Jethro, your comments bring to mind an astute observation:

"Security, the chief pretence of civilisation, cannot exist where the worst of dangers, the danger of poverty, hangs over everyone's head..."

This was written by George Bernard Shaw in 1906 and is as pertinent a warning today to the neo-conservative forces of Campbell Newman as it was to the British Parliament of Lloyd George.

Anonymous said...

Reading these comments it makes me think, surely queenslanders aren't that stupid! but then, they did vote for can screw and the dodgy brothers, so maybe they will make the same mistake again. oh look, groundhog day! The only way to change is as someone mentioned earlier, the ALP must put up a very strong and proven candidate to mount a sustained campaign against the LNP. People should not underestimate the importance of the Cook vote either - apparently they have a LNP person as well? Does anyone know who he is?

Tony Hillier said...

Gavin King: A classic case of someone being hoist by their own petard — or in his case, more accurately, pen — or perhaps having his dogma run over by his karma.

Anonymous said...



I keep saying give Gavin a break, he is scared witless, acting crazy and only has one shirt to his name and that is pink.....may have got mixed in with the reds in the wash :). Poor bubs.

Jethro said...

The Member for Cook, aka The Phantom is Dsvid Kempton, a mexican who only arrived up in FNQ around 2003/2004. No-one had heard of him before he stood, and we haven't heard of him since.

Anonymous said...

Does he actually exist then? Can someone provide photographic evidence?

Anon No. 4 said...

apparently he is a lawyer. apparently he specialised in whitefellas' land rights. apparently he didn't want an office in cairns because too many blackfellas from the cape would want to come in and talk to him about their problems. apparently he's promised to represent all the people of the cape the islands. apparently there's been no appearance, your worship.

Anonymous said...

Can you add to the missing in action list our division 4 councillor. Haven't heard a whisper about anything they have done for our area so far.

WOW said...

I agree with you Annonymous,the A.L.P.need to set a Cairns NOW so they can challenge King on his actions and statements daily.Come on all you bright young people,one of you must be ready to take it up to King.

WOW said...

I agree, there needs to be a challeger to King and his actions on a regular basis,a bright young person could easily get the measure of this fool and establish themself before the next election.

Anonymous said...

Stuey Traill is doing a good job there, WOW.

Anonymous said...

Stuart Traill campaigned relentlessly against the Bligh Government and is one of the reasons Cairns is in this predicament.

Anonymous said...

King is running himself ragged doing the Federal Member's job, the Mayor's job, the CRC's job, in fact every job but his bloody own. As has been noted in here, he doesn't seem to know his own duty statement and can't contain himself to State issues only.

Tony Hillier said...

Someone should be doing the Mayor's job 'cos he's not doing it! Cr Manning missed another Ordinary Meeting of CRC this morning, a meeting that (chaired in his absence by Cr James) approved the opening up of Lake Street through the existing City Place with two traffic lanes for all traffic. Interestingly, Mayor Manning was able to attend the presentation ceremony of RADF/Creative Partnerships grants at the Botanic Gardens/Tanks Admin Centre last week. He is either very busy representing the CRC elsewhere or on sick leave! Do any HBW correspondents know the answer to that?

Anonymous said...

Whilst we are looking for the Div 4 Councillor, can you please add the Div 7 one to the list. For someone who once had such a high profile, he is certainly MIA these days. At least his predecessor was active in the division.

Anonymous said...

Agree entirely Anon 15:56. Traill is as dispicable character as King. Like King he is a gratuitous self promoter, bully and the last thing Cairns needs.

Anonymous said...

Getting back to the Community Garden........ what is the latest? I can't believe the hypocrisy of Mr King after all his glowing words on growing tomatoes and the value of these Gardens to the Community (and the readers comments in the CP article were interesting too!). When you think about it, there is nothing anyone can do about these breaches of faith. We will be forced to wait til the next election, won't we?

Anonymous said...

anonymous 15.56 i think you might be one of wankings fakebook page trolls ,Stu Trail is doing a great job for all the workers and familys up in the far north unlike your mate who believes his own spin and takes great delight in the newman sackings, just ask the poor guys on the recieving end of their mass sackings and i see his petition against the unions is doing well 33 at the last count

Pedantic Pete said...

Tony Hillier, apparently Manning (and Cam Charlton) flew to China today.

Anonymous said...

anon 18.21 Stuart Traill is well respected within the union movement and does more for the Far North electricity industry than wanking could ever hope to so keep your dispicable gratuitous self promoting bully boy comments to yourself

Anonymous said...

Stuey Trail is the best chance of knocking this fool member for Cairns off, let's hope he puts his hand up for preselection

GrassotheGrass said...

So why is Steve Grasso doing Kings dirty work by doing the numbers on Warren Entsch? Dirty conservative politics at work here, Entschy is a good guy why are King and Grasso trying to bump him out of Federal LNP preselection? The plot thickens

Anonymous said...



I do not mind ST based on my experience. I do not see him as local MP though better than King, anyone would be. I would like to see DJ be Independant state and his coz Rob Federal member for Leichhardt. KAP maybe for Barron River.

Anonymous said...

wankings telling people on his fakebook to lighten up that cairns is a safe place the sky is blue and not fallen in since the last election maybe he could go tell that to the 20000 workers and their familys his has sacked

Anonymous said...

The Cairns Post did announce the community garden with great fanfare at the time, but has remained silent on the latest developments. The GK Facebook is for clueless LNP diehards with no understanding of what is going on in the real world, plus a couple of mates, like Grasso, who will shout down and abuse anyone who disagrees with King and the LNP. It's too pathetic for words.It is definitely not a forum for any sort of meaningful policy discussion.

Anonymous said...

King and trail are brothers in blood - workers' blood. He should be a man and accept responsibility for his role in enabling the sacking of 20,000 public servants.

Anonymous said...

Mannning in China? They must be playing "The Mikado" in the Beijing State Theatre. You have to travel so far these days to see a decent theatre production.

ruby said...

The Beiijing Opera Company is currently ranked as the very best in the world, and probably the best the world has ever seen. Imagine the goodwill reciprocity we would have received had we featured them in the opening of the Entertainment Precinct. A huge opportunity lost thanks to Manning, King and the rest of their bogan and hillbilly supporters. Fools.

Anonymous said...

Stuey Traill and the unions did the right thing in opposing the sale of State assets and subsequent privatisation. We have all had a bloody gutful of "privatisation". Look at TELSTRA and SUNCORP for examples. They are only motivated by profits for their shareholders and ensuring that their CEOs receive multi-million dollar salaries. They have no customer service anymore. ALL Australians should be bloody furious at any government, or any political party which still preaches "privatisation" as part of their agenda. NO MORE. It's time we all spoke up and yelled, "No more privatisation!"

Anonymous said...


Just found out husband losing job so we will have a Merry Christmas NOT. Private company doing government work so the cuts are hurting many off State government payroll as well. King thinks it is good news.

If you look at the numbers past few years 450m hospital upgrade, 150m Bruce upgrade, 250m disaster recovery, 150m Cleaner Seas, CEP 150m, CBD Upgrade 40m plus many other smaller projects for over 1 billion? From that we either finished or dumped all but 2ongoing..... Bruce Highway still one year more and the hospital upgrade another 2 years then what?

Oh 40 million dredge but if we sell ports then that will not be viable.

So bleak future ahead. Very bleak.

Anonymous said...

And back to the community gardens... what a great way to actually get the local community involved in activities that promote positivity and are easy feelgood projects. Sad part is that the cost for anyone (Council, govt, etc) to set these up is virtually zero but the goodwill is huge! Just a pity that our local elected reps won't focus on the human aspects and activites that are truly tangible.

ruby said...

Many Queenslanders will have a bleak Christmas and uncertain future. Heard on the phone yesterday that there have been staff cutbacks in the Q.E.11 hospital in Brisbane. Can't believe however the complete flipflop that Newman has done on the National Disability Insurance Scheme. One minute he is saying Queensland can't afford it, the next he is saying the mass sackings of public servants will pay for it. Wonder how public servants feel about this? I know I'm a cynic but I think Newman is only doing this to try and claw back some respect from the public.

Miss Chief said...

Why would anyone bother going to GK's FB page? He has 800 "fans". Most of them would probably be Steve Grasso's many fake accounts to bolster the numbers. King is definitely a one termer. What a waste of all that lost money and opportunities. Cairns had hope until King came along. I can't wait until he is run out of town licking his wounds.

ETU Brutii said...

I hear that Gavin King is praying for Stuart Traill to run for Labor in Cairns. Once you get a second term, three is easy.

Anonymous said...

Brutus stabbed only one person. Trail has three corpses to his name. Plus 20,000 unemployed public servants, countless thousands of indigenous people, elderly citizens,, the disabled, single mothers, anyone on a payment, anyone on the bottom rung of the ladder. I also reckon FNQ is on the brink of a severe and long-lasting recession thanks to the government he helped install. Good work, comrade.

Seth at Port said...

Once King loses office, he will emerge as either a radio "shock jock" full of vitriole and endless hate speech which comes as natural to him as breathing is to everyone else, or he will become another Andrew Bolt writing columns with the sole objective of destroying all political opposition to the neo-conservative parties in Australia. I predict he will spend his life obsessively focussed on undermining democracy as much as he can. I note how King used to boast of "taking no prisoners" which is a frightening self-admitted insight into the narrow mindset of a despot. He is right on par with Campbell Newman on that. Newman also boasts he "doesn't take prisoners" something which King has painfully learned.

Jethro said...

Just a thought and I am off topic, but I'm wondering if Newman has done this flipflop on the NDIS not because his own Government is plummeting in the polls, but because his OWN JOB as Premier is on the line? There have been consistent rumours that a few in his own government were going to topple him. I confess Im a cynic particularly when it comes to Newman. He has shown a remarkable talent for survival in his political career. So is this complete turnaround on the NDIS to save his own neck???

Anonymous said...


Community garden: When you think about it, gardens and nicer atmosphere along Spence in that huge watse of land in the middle may actually attract more customers to that business. In fact if they worker with the gardeners could be very positive for both business and community as related business.

Gavin King should be removed, this latest political stunt justifies it alone.

Bob R. said...

You're way off the mark there, Anonymous 07.36 if you blame Traill for the loss of the Bligh Government. There were many of us within the Labor movement who strongy protested and condemned the government for the sale of state assets. It would be correct to say that many of those traditional Labor voters changed political horses at the last election because of that, and that now they bitterly regret it. Traill has demonstrated he is fully prepared to disagree and argue with the hoi polloi within the party and to be quite frank, that is a good characteristic. Traill will be different from the gutless, snivelling, bowing and scraping YES man, quivering and shaking in front of the party bosses, that King has proven himself to be. Cairns needs a representative with BALLS, something which Traill has.

ruby said...

You're not wrong there Bob R. Cairns has been politically emasculated with the election of King. Newman with his huge majority doesn't need the seat of Cairns to govern. I can't recall a time ever when Cairns has been so lacking in political muscle and bargaining power. King doesn't have anything to bargain with. His seat is expendable and is of no interest to Newman. Newman's grab for the millions we lost was just like taking lollies off a baby.

Jethro said...

Both Traill and Richie Bates stood up for what was right against the hoi polloi of the ALP, Bob R. Just pointing it out mate.

Anonymous said...

we all know the above posts are only grasscutter in disguise stu your a shoe in

Observer said...

Jethro old china plate, mate, your right. Bates and Traill both condemned the Bligh Government over the sell off. However Traill had the most spit and fire. That's what this city needs right now mate, someone with real fire in their belly. Cairns has been shafted, pissed upon, Newman and his thugs have wiped their arse on us because of our trembling, shivering, dickless, useless mouse of a member. We need a damn good batsman to go into bat for us. Someone who can look the bowler right in the eye and say, "Give it here, you bastard and fucken look out." My money is on Traill.

ETU Brutii said...

Observor dear heart, your money is lost!

Anonymous said...

wanking you are gone you two faced women and chinese hater and its all on record at the cp hope you have a great xmas the same as the worker you have sacked but the difference is they all have morals and can sleep at night

Observer said...

King's impact on this city has been one of toxicity. He has assisted Mackenzie in polarising and dividing the city like never before. His entire modus operandi from the moment he arrived was to promote himself as a community "leader". His newspaper columns shamelessly used vitriole, deceit, fear and misogynism to demolish the reputations of our existing public figures. He ruthlessly exploited the lack of sophistication of the readers of The Cairns Post with cunning sophistry. By banning all opposition political candidates from John Mackenzie's radio program he had a clear run for many months in political self-advertising. All this electioneering time was free. He avoided most public debates hence avoiding the "hard questions" about his beliefs and LNP policies, thus revealing at the same time, a penchant for avoiding conflict in person. (Not for Gavin the type of violent fracas which saw Jim Turnour surrounded by screaming, angry people at BlueWater.) His attempts to try and create a tough "no prisoners" type of personality have been revealed as nothing more than wishful thinking. He has revealed he cannot take back what he so gladly dished out. His behaviour today is defensive and increasingly erratic.