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05 December 2012

OUTSIDE OWNERS OF CAIRNS AIRPORT INVEST IN "WORLD CLASS" CITY WHILE CAIRNS COUNCIL PLANS FOR THIRD-WORLD HILLBILLY BACKWATER

In a major announcement, the owners of Cairns Airport have confirmed plans to invest $1 Billion in the Cairns Airport over the next ten years.  CEO Kevin Brown has been very effusive in his corporate plan designed to support Cairns as the world class "Gateway to the Asia Pacific" region and world class tourism supplier.

In their statement, they indicate that they're prepared to make this huge investment to ensure opportunities in tourism, sports, entertainment, and leisure-based destination tourism continue to grow in Cairns.

And then we have the newly elected Cairns Council, who are out of step with the "big thinkers" and instead believe they were elected to drive Cairns back into the 1950's.  In a council report on the theatre planning at today's council meeting, they claim their plan is to "provide the proposed facilities at minimal cost, whilst delivering a facility that meets the expectations of the community".  These are conflicting goals and cannot be achieved.  Mayor Val Schier proposed a plan that "met the expectations of the community", but clearly not at "minimal cost".  A "minimal cost" facility is a new, deficient theater like we currently have.  

And this for what again is acknowledged as "Australia's Fastest Growing City".  Why are they planning for a facility that will be obsolete before it's completed??

Interestingly, the council planning now underway has adopted most of the feasibility study work done by the Schier council, admitting on page 208 that "the needs of the Cairns community for additional performing arts facilities have not basically changed".  

One of the needs identified in not just the Schier council work, but in the Kevin Byrne council's analysis was the requirement that a new theatre be of 1000+ seats, and acoustically appropriate for classical music.  Don't be confused - this isn't just an orchestral requirement, but the standard for any theater used for live performance.  It involves not just proper interior acoustics, but the appropriate level of construction so the audience isn't interrupted by airplane, automobile, or the noise from the adjacent "working port". 

Building anything less is building a shed, like the current Civic Theater, with more seats.  It's bullshit and clearly not in keeping with "the expectations of the community".  Get real!  Nor in keeping with the expectations of any of the business leaders in town, including the Chamber of Commerce.

Nor the expectations of the business leaders, who are investing in a forward-looking city, not a regional backwater.

Today's Council report suggests that they are still looking for a "public/private partnership" to build a new theater.  Get real!  No private investor is going to want to build a technically deficient theater in our fast-growing community.  For any investor to get maximum return on their investment, they want a facility that has the LONGEST useful life, not the shortest!  

For so-called "business leaders" said to have been the core of the "disUnity" team, these blockheads display less and less business acumen with every council meeting.  

So we have a private company, the Cairns Airport, investing in Cairns as a "world class" community and we have leaders, listening to only the backward, retrograde elements of the community refusing to invest at the same level.

Pathetic. 

65 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do we know any more about what exactly the Cairns Airport folk are going to invest in? another DFO? another runway which would endanger the adjacent mangrove area?

CBD Warrior said...

Have you heard 4CA's radio ads for the upcoming North Queensland Philharmonic orchestra concerts? You can't expect much when even the "media professionals" mispronounce "Verdi" and "Haydn" in the same sentence.

This isn't an LNP vs ALP issue. It's progressives vs the hillbillies. You've had it pegged right all along, Mr. HBW.

Anonymous said...

A local council run by hillbillies, elected by hillbillies. A state government run by hillbillies, also elected by hillbillies. Welcome to Queensland. This is about as good as it is going to get. Perhaps the Cairns Airport consortium could annex the CRC so we could get something useful done in this part of the world because our current Mayor wouldn't even know if his arse was on fire.

Anonymous said...


Well it is in a sense LNP versus ALP because LNP have chosen to become official hillybilly party. Republicans went the same way in the US, So busy chasing the racist, homophobic, misogynist,nutter uneducated vote they lost the traditional support base. Even Colin Powell voted Democrat.

Jethro said...

We won't see a new performing arts theatre within the term of the Manning Council. Manning will throw it to the next Council as he and his Dad's Army all piss off to their lucrative retirements.

Tony Hillier said...

CBD Warrior, that's about par for the course for those anti-culture vultures at 4CA, 'ay! I once heard a commercial radio cretin pronounce Chopin as in (wood) choppin'.

Changing tack, our inveterate show-going mayor, Cr Manning, might be forced to reflect on the theatrical situation he has landed Cairns in while he attends the premiere of the Choral Society's next annual production, at the Civic Centre in January. With the odd seasonal downpour virtually guaranteed during that month, the odds a number or two will be obliterated by the sound of monsoonal rain beating on the decrepit theatre's tin roof ... that's if he and the mayoress aren't Les Miserabling in Melbourne or one of the other southern capitals!

Terry Pritchard said...

I believe the plans for the airport include a new runway for the smaller planes situated along the Aeroglen side.

This would be built on the mangroves to the East of the airport.

That would free up the Western side of the airport for new terminals, and give airlines the exclusive use of the runway.

Anonymous said...

Good in principle to hear that the Cairns Airport people will be investing but some details from them would help. Their current design is not user-friendly and lacks after-hour services. Trees have been cut down, affecting the appearance and increasing temperatures in the car park. A new shopping centre, as previously reported in the CP, would simply take customers from existing centres (DFO and Stocklands are already languishing) and the loss of mangroves will affect the reef and fish stocks.
On the other hand, if visitors can shop at the airport they won't go home with horror stories about the CBD.

T. Asquith said...

I remember arriving in Sydney in 1965 at a time when the Sydney Opera House was being built on Bennelong Point. There was the same sort of noisy condemnation of the project then ... due cost, design, location, superfluous to cultural requirements, etc ... basically the same arguments we are hearing from the shrill bogans here in Cairns ... but due to the then visionary cultural leaders, it went ahead to become one of the signature buildings of Sydney (and Australia), equalling the Sydney Harbour bridge itself in recognisability. Who today would suggest that this building has not added to the cultural capital of this World class city.
Fast forward almost half a century to Cairns 2012, (now 15th largest and fastest growing city in Australia) and witness the most backward looking leadership you could ever have the misfortune to imagine. Try driving around this city with fresh eyes. It is a stale go-nowhere place, relying solely on it's proximity to natural wilderness and reef to make a living as a tourist dormitory with an overabundance of overpriced trinket selling shops. The chance to breath life and culture alongside the natural beauty of Trinity Inlet with the addition of the funded and ready-to-go CEP has been squandered, and now, as if as a perverse consolation prize, talk turns to providing the bogans with an even bigger paddock to hold their blood rituals. The city itself is dead, with the only growth being the traffic and the ever sprawling under-serviced suburbs. Those who used to like comparing Cairns as a way to map our 'progress' always used to cite Townsville. You don't hear that anymore. Townsville now leaves us for dead.

Tony Hillier said...

An elegant and eloquent though sadly accurate appraisal of Cairns and its current lack of vision and vitality by T.Asquith. We are living in Boganville.

Anonymous said...

This article has Alison Alloway and/or Dall'Osto all over it.

ruby said...

You're not wrong in describing the polarisation of Cairns as hillbillies versus progressives. Never before has this city been so divided, as it was over the Entertainment Precinct. It was like civil war, a state which was openly created and developed by certain ruthless self-serving politicians and a "shock jock" who are still firing up the hate mongerers and keeping the city divided for their own purposes. They have brought an unprecedented toxicity to this city, resulting in the loss of $155million and with long lasting consequences, not the least of which will be the reservation of Governments to fund projects in a city with a history of rejecting funding.
I believe it is highly unlikely the Manning Council will build a new performing arts theatre and will simply hand it over like a poison chalice to the next Council.

Anonymous said...

The people of Cairns have no one to blame but themselves for this miserable excuse for a council. Just like Queensland when you demanded change and you got the LNP - talk to your shrink if you have to. But Cairns people did the same, believed the BS and verbal diarrhea from the so called Unity Party (be honest, you are all card carrying members of the LNP). Cairns, I hate to say it, but you got what you deserved. Maybe one day we will have decent committed (not self serving) people put their hands up and serve this once great town of ours. Until the next election, remember, karma is a bitch and Cairns you did this to yourself!

Mick said...

And you have a problem with that Anonymous 18:16?

Anonymous said...


It is actually over 20 years so not a huge amount though I would suggest it is a better investment than dredging. Airport is probably our major asset and if we get what we can from it then all the better.

It will not happen with CBD the way it is.... obvious I know. Tired of hearing Cairns being bagged by tourists when it has so much potential. However we keep getting told we had an election and a mandate to be backward hillbilly bogan town.

Last night coming from the airport at public pick up I heard a delightful bogan picking up the family and I almost hightailed it back into the terminal for the next flight out of town.

If they want to give off such a poor impression then why waste taxpayer dollars on tourism?

Alison Alloway said...

Anonymous 18.16, I don't write any of the HBW postings. Just because I leave my name with the odd comment I make, doesn't follow that I write the postings. I'm curious as to why you chose to name two women and not the men who leave their names on their comments?

jim-bob jnr. said...

The pricks running the city don't like women to have opinions Alison. This is bogansville now we're back in the 1950s when women were expected to be barefoot pregnent and in the kitchen.

Anon No 4 said...

Owners of cairns airport investing in something. Pardon me for inadvetantly farting in surprise!

These morons can,t even organise a coffee shop in the international terminal. The effing franchise signs have been promising an opening oF something or other for six months and still no appearance YouR worship.

They could.t open a bloody
umbreella.

The international terminal represents everything the cairns business community stands for: a fucking pumpkin.

Anonymous said...

wankings fakebook is surely a gee up no normal person would believe all the BS on it lies ,lies and more frigging lies ,how does the no balls sleep at night 3 down and soon more to come make no mistake

Alison Alloway said...

That's obvious, jim-bob jnr. In every local forum, the few women who do speak up and I can literally count us on one hand, are being singled out for special treatment. However, we are off topic, so back to the thread!

Anonymous said...

I would be very careful about singing the praises of the Cairns Domestic Terminal. It is an abortion!!!!!!

Vi L. Schumm said...

Anonymous 18:16 Argumentum ad hominem (or ad feminem in this case) is totally irrelevant.) It's the same as Entsch calling contributors 'vile scum' without challenging ANY (sorry for the flaming) of the facts in the blog. Read the facts; they speak for themselves.

On the other hand, I may have misunderstood. Perhaps you were pointing out that Cairns has some c women who need to be taken notice of.

Anonymous said...



I rather like the domestic terminal. Nice little compact circle with everything one needs.

Anonymous said...



Queensland economy has been trashed by Newman government OFFICIAL.

Maybe we should get out.

T. Asquith said...

The airport: Did you ever see an airport with so few trees? The place is so sterile, you'd think that the security specifications had been accidentally applied to landscaping. And what happened to the Bushies DC3? Airport will tell you it was full of corrosion, unsafe, and too costly to restore in its rightful place in our airport. But that's a cop out. Truth is, the entity that now owns the airport has no appreciation of what was, or how local aviators and historic old aircraft such as this shaped the 'the drome' to be what it is today. Such historical niceties have no relevance to their number one goal; maximise a return on investment. It's no longer our airport, it's theirs, and we don't even know who they are. All we know is that they gouge us.

Liz said...

Vi Schumm, I'm not sure what you mean by "c" women. Alison is one of only a few women who does make her views known in this city of bully boys, misogynists and the exclusive all white boys club running the city. I've noticed Alison consistently provides a different view of issues, ie when everyone was pointing to PNG as the source of tuberculosis, it was Alison who raised the disturbing facts of the disease in China. When people were arguing over the Entertainment Precinct, it was only Alison who wrote about the benefits of having a modern exhibiting museum in Cairns. Alison was also the only person I could see who linked a new performing arts theatre with developing technology. I see Alison as a valuable contributor to public debate in this city where, despite our having a large university, graduates, academics and professionals show little interest in public discussion. The city needs female voices like Alison's.

Anonymous said...

HBW here's an idea. Copy the "Rules" put up yesterday on GK's Facebook with such rules as "no vilification etc" and then off-set these with links to all his stuff from the CP doing exactly that to Val/Councillors and Politicians. There are new arrivals in Cairns who have no idea of King's history with the CP and as they think he is such a great little chappie his CP articles would be a great reading experience for them.
Not telling you how to do your job though HBW!!

Bob R. said...

Interesting story in The Courier Mail about Queensland's economy going into reverse as the job cuts start biting. Wait until all the under resourced government departments start the delays and bottle necks. Shouldn't be too long now.

Anonymous said...


Courier Mail article says QLD economy contracted 1.6% last 3 months compared to national growth of .5%. Sp 2% less grwoth than national average. So we are probably dragging down the whole country as well.

Bad form LNP.

Anonymous said...

Is it true Sleepy slept in and missed yesterday's meeting?

Perhaps his condition is catching up to him.

Alison Alloway said...

Thanks for the feedback Liz. It's always good to know someone is reading my posts.

Anonymous said...


Greater Cairns Facebook has an interesting post about yesterday council meetings. Seems nearly all the councillors had declared a conflict of interest in something but still needed to attend the meeting to make a quorum. Deary deary me

Bob R. said...

Ii saw that Anonymous 13.10. What the hell was it all about?

Lillian at Yorkeys said...

The whole nonsense of $100m for the 'airport development' means a second runway & the destruction of mangroves around Redden Island. Plus, of course, another DFO, which at present, we absolutely don't need. The new DFO would also include reclocating the many, practically-situated businesses at General Aviation, which support the aviation industry. Yes, that's where the Airport crew would put their DFO, folks. All the aviaton businesses are meant to move to the eastern side of the airport.

So, as someone above has concluded (I wish you Anonymii would includee the odd tag, so we can see whose speaking), not a whit of caring for Cairns itself. The Airport crew who bought the airport (Bad Anna) think of it as just a cash-cow, & not a facility that is a essential community infrastructure, including General Aviation.

By their redevelopment, they took away the tropical feel of the airport, with its lovely plants, & birds chirping in the bottlebrush trees in the late afternoons, to a user-unfriendly ashphalt mess. They took away the Thunderbirds DC- of the Bush Pilots Association, tagging it as 'unsafe'. Yeah.

The taxi crew were not even catered for in their own building - they have a shipping container to facilitate their needs.

I believe the Macqarie Bank is one of the major shareholders in the Cairns Airport.

They have not shown themselves to be very 'community friendly' - other than staking some money for the Cairns Challenge Triathalon, with attached advertising... They care not a whit for you or me, & the airport extension to Redden Island should be defended by all of us. The Machans Beach crew & Rob Williams have details. If the airport crew are talking $100 million development, Sleepy Manning won't even wake up as they destroy the mangroves.

Vi L. Schumm said...

Liz

The c was a typo accidentally left over from a word I deleted. It was not a grading of women. I have a high opinion of Alison Alloway, Leigh Dall'Osto and others and regret the loss of eminent women including Val Schier and Di Forsyth from Council.

Tony Hillier said...

Anonymous 12:45, I can confirm that Mayor Manning was absent from yesterday's CRC meeting, which Cr James chaired. It's a scary thought, but if Mayor Manning falls by the wayside, Cr James will be acting mayor!

jim-bob jnr. said...

Anonymous 13.10 and Bob R. - Seems like a whole heap of Councillors including the entire Unity Team received campaign funds from a Redlynch developer, so they all dutifully declared a "conflict of interest" when it came to vote for something connected with the development, but because there wasn't a quorum, they all trooped back inside and voted. Hillbilly council or not, they all know what to do when you're in someone's pocket. Wonder who else's pocket they are all in?

Anonymous said...

Chances are jim-bob jnr, the entire Unity Team is sitting in a few people's pockets like a pocketful of fucken posies mate. If they're prepared to have their palms greased once, then you can bet your last dollar, there will be more palm greasing ahead. Look out soon for the hillbilly councillor wearing the Armani suit, the late model sports and having a bit on the side with a lissom nubile twenty years younger.
Here we go.

Anonymous said...

Grandad Manning sick? We did hear initially he was a reluctant candidate but someone twisted his arm. Frankly, if he has health problems, he should have shown some commonsense responsibility and not stood for the Mayoralty.

Anonymous said...


Right so does that mean having "parties" like Unity dominate means developers get support from those they have paid campaign funds to?

shanghai said...

theres no need to spend any money at all you just allocate the flight slots in a staggered fashion instead of have all flights leaving in early morning and all flights arriving at midday we have a airport that is open 20 hours a day just needs better planning

Anonymous said...

It would appear that the Unity Team plus Linda Cooper have received campaign funding from a certain developer, yes, Anonymous 18.46 and that they now have all voted in what must be an outright conflict of interest decision. The CRC is of course dominated by the Unity Team so they couldn't leave and abstain from voting because the remaining Councillors, Pyne and Leu did not make a "quorum".
A nice little turn up isn't it?
As someone said, a hillbilly council for hillbillies.

Luigi said...

Hi good morning and how are you?
We do not have money for a decent theatre, but we got plenty tax payers money to waste in Council amalgamation, de-amalgamation, feasibility studies and advertising. Monies that could be put on a good use in revitalizing our local economy its squandered down the drains. But then again with all the back stabbing and politics in the C.C.C's Ivory Tower what do we expects! Miracles only seems happens in the bible. It takes business acumen, and common sense to be a good leader, but this doesn't seems to exist in our community leaders profile. A new theatre is a business venture therefore if run with business acumen and common sense it should pays off itself , we are currently charged over fifty dollars per ticket to seat in an obsolete and uncomfortable theatre.
Regards
Luigi

Anonymous said...

Manning is old and has heart problems. He will step down as mayor in the new year, leaving you know who to become mayor. This plot as hatched 12 months ago.

Townsville are laughing all the way to the bank....

ruby said...

Nearly one hundred staff being sacked from the Royal Childrens Hospital as part of the 2,000 more jobs to go in Queensland Health. The nurses reckon the staff cuts will mean that kids will die. It just gets worse and worse and worse. We've never experienced anything like this in Queensland. These LNP bastards aren't sane. We can't continue like this with lives being put at risk.

Anonymous said...

It would be good if James was mayor for a while, he will screw up so bad, then the Cairns ratepayers would see what a complete tosser he really is.

jim-bob said...

Anonymous above, because only two Councillors, Pyne and Leu, did not receive funding from developers during the election campaign, it means effectively that there cannot be a legal quorum in Council when motions concerning these developers come up before Council. Thus, despite there being an obvious "conflict of iterests" in that the Unity Team has received election donations from developers, Unity Team Councillors have to compromise themselves by returning to the Chamber to vote, to make up a quorum. So much for honesty and integrity of Council hey?

Allison Alloway said...

Thanks Vi L. Schumm for the kind words.

Anonymous said...

How did each of the unity councillor s vote? Especially mr bates.

ruby said...

We saw a lot of very good independent candidates such as Locco stand in the Council Elections, who would have "kept the bastards honest", but they just could not compete with the expensive lavish campaign run by the Unity Team nor the open support given to Unity by both Mackenzie and The Cairns Post who painted Manning as the new Messiah. Unity received many donations from developers which will mean the situation described above will be repeated many times by this Council. It certainly isn't the first time the stink of corruption has hung over the Council. We have a Council in fact who can do whatever they like, with only two independent Councillors not in the pockets of developers ie Pyne and Leu.

Anonymous said...

ruby -we also have a State Govt who can "do whatever they like" and that is why Queensland is now on the nose like the ghastly farting uncle at the family Xmas dinner. COAG anyone?

John said...

It makes a complete mockery of honesty, integrity and accountability doesn't it? I read where the Criminal Misdemeanour Commission is now struggling with staffing cuts and a backlog of cases is forming. So, we now have a Council which can do as they want and with an almost impotent criminal watchdog there to keep them honest, unlike the previous Council where individual Councillors had to front up to CMC investigations.
A scarey situation indeed.

Tony Hillier said...

We should be grateful for small mercies. With Crs Leu and Pyne hanging in there, there's at least a ray of light at the end of a long and dark tunnel.

Anonymous said...



Head up. I thought I was being hacked by LNP supporters so set up a bait and sure enough.

I-Ratepayer said...

Tony Hillier, perhaps de-amalgamation is a ploy to get rid of Julia Leu so that only Rob Pyne will be left to defend the interests of ratepayers. It will be a lonely battle.

BTW, HBW, you referred in an earlier posting to the headworks concessions for developers. Has anyone worked out what it will cost the ratepayers?

Tony Hillier said...

I-Ratepayer: Do you really think that the good burghers of Port Douglas and environs are likely to vote for de-amalgamation when it's going to cost 'em a $700 rates hike!

Anonymous said...

Ooh Tony, Tony, you forget one of the dearest values of the hillbilly is parochialism. Most of them will be quite willing and prepared to pay an extra $700 on their rates bill just to say they live in "Douglas Shire."

Anonymous said...

Man, i'd wager there's been more money spent in Douglas than any other division. How much did it cost just to fix your third world water supply. Good riddance. Fuck off! BUT CRC rate payers will have to pay for the clean up when it all goes pear shaped you pack of dickheads.

Anonymous said...

After a couple of astonomical rate hikes, the good people of Douglas will be screaaaaaaamming their heads off, sacking all their elected Councillors and expecting miracles from their new ones. Looks like the people in Daintree want electricity, so next will be the entire box and dice of services which Douglas ratepayers will have to cough up the lolly for. Yawn. Here we go, here we go again. Remember all the brawling and fighting which went on before in the Douglas Shire Council?? Yeah Anonymous 19.15, I wholeheartedly agree, let's just piss em off.

Anonymous said...

The best thing is that Wangetti is in the Douglas shire. Which means that Pearl not only might end up with a boot camp, courtesy of her beloved LNP, she also faces massive rate rises, after all her bitching about the CEP. Poetic justice. Bring it on !

Fluoride Freak said...

LNP MP Jason Woodforth wants fluoride, which he calls a 'brain-altering poison', removed from the water supply. Perhaps he suspects fluoride is responsible for the weird behaviour of the Premier.

We don't know where he gets his information from but while he's at it, perhaps he can remove the brain-altering poison coming from our local talk-back radio station. ACMA hasn't been able to do it.

Anonymous said...

so who foots the bill for the referendum if they vote no?

Miss Chief said...

More people need to go to Gavin KIng's FB page and give him a rev up. His lies and bullshit comments are criminal. Don't just let others do the heavy lifting. Get in there.

Miss Chief said...

More people need to go to Gavin KIng's FB page and give him a rev up. His lies and bullshit comments are criminal. Don't just let others do the heavy lifting. Get in there.

Anonymous said...



Hard to do that Miss Chief when he has banned near everyone with an IQ over 50.