Despite repeated complaints voiced directly to vice mayor Terry James, parking rangers have told CBD merchants that enforcement activities have been cut-back by our Bob "Sleepy" Manning "zero tolerance" council. There are also indications that some streets are being given the "soft touch" as political payback to some merchants.
Several CBD areas in particular exhibit the chaos that this council is doing nothing to address. One of these areas is around the courthouse and state office buildings on Sheridan Street. These buildings, like all state projects, are exempt from meeting local standards - which means that the ALP government that built these projects stuck hundreds of employees in this area with virtually no parking available. The LNP is continuing with this fine tradition, BTW. To address this shortfall, Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning touted the expansion of the parking station on Hartley Street, at a cost of over $200,000, as one of their first projects.
|$200,000 ON SPENT BY MANNING COUNCIL ON CARPARK|
THAT EVERYONE AVOIDS BY WALKING 50 METERS
It's an abject failure. On a daily basis, this huge expansion sits empty, while people desperate to avoid paid parking jam up neighbourhood streets that have no regulations, and empty roadside allotments
|CARS JAM DUTTON STREET AVOIDING COUNCIL CARPARK|
CREATING PROBLEMS FOR BUSINESSES WITHOUT POLLIE CONNECTIONS
None of this is being done by this council, despite even most recent consultant reports giving the the hint. Instead we have a mayor setting no policy direction, and staff demoralised and ignored.
|NEW FREE CARPARK ADJACENT TO MOST DANGEROUS INTERSECTION IN|
CAIRNS FILLED WITH CBD WORKERS AVOIDING CAR PARK CHARGES
|THIS IS HOW THIS AREA OF STATE LAND LOOKED PRIOR TO THE|
MANNING COUNCIL CHAOTIC CBD CAR PARK STRATEGY
|THE HOSPITAL BUILT A $25M CARPARK BUILDING BUT WHY USE IT WHEN|
CAIRNS COUNCIL WILL IGNORE ILLEGAL PARKING EVEN IN OUR
With even Martin Tenni today blasting Mayor Manning for council workers that are liars and ratbags, it would be interesting to find out what service cuts are being made by the "razor gang" and their $5 Million cut in services - cuts that Council refuse to detail to the public.