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21 March 2013

CHINESE DEMANDS FOR DOUBLE ISLAND PURCHASE SECRETLY BEING MANAGED BY FEDERAL, STATE, AND CAIRNS COUNCIL LNP MEMBERS

One of the first "big announcements" made by Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning last year was the purchase and rehabilitation of Double Island by "the Chinese".  That's the new mantra - in the 1980's the investors were referred to as "the Japanese", now we're seeing "the Chinese".  Why don't we ever see "the Australians". . .but that's another story for another day.

Manning was full of himself as he announced this sale, proclaiming that "the saviours" had arrived.  Manning left out salient details however.  Details that are now scaring the wits out of CBD traders and Northern Beaches residents as the word gets out.


It has been puzzling why the big-note LNP councillors and MP's didn't jump immediately on an interim large-ship cruise facility at Yorkey's Knob.  For less than a million $$ they could have easily fixed this area used for cruise ship tender boat arrivals. At least until they figured out what to do about the inlet.

The Member for MacKenzie Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King along with his sidekick Michael "Hide the Backhoe" Trout have been dragging their feet and refusing to move any relief forward, with arriving tourists greeted by a barren carpark and spotty bus service.  But they're on the "inside" of this one and know what's coming.

We now know why all of this is in suspended animation - the Chinese have reportedly demanded that the large cruise ships have passengers tendered to Double Island instead of Yorkey"s Knob!  The island is proposed by the new owners to be a "cruise passenger village" along with passengers tendered from Palm Cove jetty to the island.  And the Chinese have also demanded that this project be removed from Cairns Non-Regional Council development approval processes, instead "fast-tracked" by the state government.  All of these are conditions in the sale, a signing that Manning happily witnessed last year at the Kewarra Beach Resort.  And conditions that have been hidden from the community, and any hope of public consultation.

The tendering of large numbers of boats at the island will require a much larger jetty and breakwater, as the currents in this area make boat operation difficult and some say dangerous.

A breakwater likely to have a major impact on Palm Cove, Clifton, and Kewarra beaches at the very least.  

So instead of busloads of tourists heading into town from the largest and most extravagant ships, they'll be skimmed off by the Chinese to experience Cairns without all the pesky drunks, backpackers, and other locals.  A "Wallaby World" where the Chinese will control everything - vending, restaurants, souvenir shops, the whole dumpling.

Some are suggesting that this will be the "permanent solution" for the large cruise ship market, with Palm Cove seen as a better representation of the region than the CBD.  And no reason for that pesky $120M dredging bill.


"Sleepy" Manning has not disclosed these plans to the council, although several insiders apparently know what's on the cards.







The Chinese remaking of Cairns has begun!

27 comments:

Mick of Mooroobool said...

Backhoe Trout is so in touch with Far North Queensland he had this gem of an ad placed in the Cairns Sun last week (probably at taxpayer's expense).
"Before the 2012 election, FNQ was the eccentric misfit of a country family, banished to the canecutters' quarters and cut off from the main house when the creek flooded"
"I commend the Newman govt on its initiatives to bring the Far North back to the State of Qld. frequent ministerial visits, Destination Q and other tourism iniatives, more police...." and on it goes.
Obviously he was waxing so lyrically he obviously forgot to see the massive raodworks to the south, or the major redevelopment of the CBH or the nearly 200 million dollars that has been taken away from us by his masters in BrisVegas.
Anyway I laughed so hard I had to excuse myself.
Check it out on p6 Cairns Sun March 20

Vi L. Schumm said...

What happened to Manning's promise of consultation with the people. Seems that "the people" does not include the residents of Cairns and not even members of Council.

Anonymous said...

Who can blame the Chinese? This half-witted bunch of hillbillies have no idea how to run a Council -if this scenario is true (and why would I doubt HBW?) I am totally dumbfounded! There has to be money changing hands and I hope HBW can keep us informed.

Anonymous said...

该死的中国人!

Anonymous said...

Who'll do the catering on the island?

mickwow said...

I travelled to U.S.A in2010 and did an eight day tour through California as part of that trip.The tour company was Chinese owned and all the accomodation and restaurants we slept and ate at were all owned and operated by the sameChinese company.We were even chastised for not eating at their restaurants.Chinese companies want all profits and i can well believe what you are saying Hillbilly.Anyone who believes that these Chinese companies(they can often be connected to government ownership) give a hoot about local companies or people are kidding themself.

Anonymous said...

Manning was on rugnut's show today and seemed to have trouble stringing 2 sentences together. I have no idea what he was on about, except that he wasn't going to try and rush through any projects for something as insignificant as the G20. For the rest everything basically remains on hold. In the meantime his useless deputy is too busy with entertaining charlatans like "Lord" Monckton.

Anonymous said...

This is going to cause some headaches for the number crunchers in Brisbane to try and finance a long jetty at Palm Cove. Hasn't king already spent the budget for FNQ on a stop smoking sign at the hospital!

Anonymous said...

Who will do the catering? Chinese workers holding a 457 visa, that's who.

Anonymous said...

WTF Shanghai, there talking about your boat people, havn't you got something to say that we can decipher.

ruby said...

Doesn't surprise me that Manning has signed this covert deal with the Chinese. Explains why King was so sycophantic and grovelling to that Chinese delegation last year. King and Manning probably discussed it in their private emails. See where Manning in todays Cairns Post reckons he is going to go to the Federal Government now to get funding for a new performing arts theatre, after he gave the original funding back.

Anonymous said...

But screwdriver and his invisible division 4 representative were just on the news gloating over the 5 million plus dollars squandered from the Cairns ratepayers to replace the 12 million given away to developer mates in headworks freebies. And don't forget the zillions the lovely Chinese will give us for absolutely nothing! Aren't we lucky?

Tony Hillier said...

Long-term FNQ residents who lived here during the early-to-mid 80s, under the Joh Bjelke-Petersen and Mayor Ron Davis open-arms approach to development, especially regarding Japanese Big Corpa, will be horrified by HBW's latest revelation.

Tony Hillier said...

And, to follow up on my previous comment, Newman's plan to open up Cape York to land clearing for massive farming operations has prompted real fears that the Great Barrier Reef will suffer the consequences. Land clearing for the controversial Daintree Road by the Nats in the earlier 80s helped to clog up the fringe reef. All it needs is a proposal for drilling on the reef to complete the sickening feeling of deja vu.

Bus. Op. said...

Yes,Tony Hilier is correct, when the Japanese tourists arrived en masse in the 1980s, the hoi polloi of Cairns all had wet dreams of rolling in the dough, but shit themselves instead when the Japanese bought hotels, leased shops and organised a large part of the tourist business themselves, thus receiving the profits. Looks like the Chinese are going to do the same thing, but hey....as long as a few of the local LNP rake in the dough, then that's alright. The little bloke operating in the tourist industry will only get the odd crumb thrown his way. The local population won't benefit at all, nada, but will most likely end up seeing more cases of t.b. in the community.

jim-bob said...

I reckon you'd be dead right there Bus. Op. A few LNP hoi polloi will make a killing selling real estate to the Chinese, a building in the CBD, a tourist complex here and there, and everyone else will get the finger. They won't offer employment to many Aussies as most of us dont speak their lingo. But Im equally certain they will leave behind with us lasting mementos of their stay courtesy of the LNP Newman government. **Cough**, **cough**.

Anonymous said...

Dont worry the chinese will leave with their tails between their legs just like the japs did.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, what an open and transparent Council hey? Not that Mackenzie will be roaring away about Manning's sly deceit.

Mr Grumpy said...

Was that the same era when Hillier went broke despite the boom

Anonymous said...

Nasty comment Mr Grumpy, you have clearly demonstrated why most of us call ourselves "anonymous" -try to keep it clean please. TH has more guts than most of us, risking letting moles like you out of the closet.

Tony Hillier said...

"Mr Grumpy", FYI I've never owned a business so I've never been broke.

Anonymous said...

He probably meant St.Hilliers Constructions. They did have an office in Cairns.

Anonymous said...

Mr Grumpy, congratulations on showing the world your ignorance or was that an attempt at comedy?

Seth said...

So another sneaky, sly, covert arrangement made by Manning and the local LNP. Well, this one is certainly going to rattle the business community when it comes out. Handing over most of the cruise ship trade to the Chinese after Manning and King raving and ranting about the untold $ benefits to Cairns and the CBD that the cruise ships would bring IF ONLY we dredged the Cairns Inlet. Where is the transparency Manning?? Do you know the meaning of the word? What about public consultation? What do the peoples of Palm Cove, Kewarra Beach etc feel about this? But you're not going to ask them are you? You sly, deceitful, lying piece of human shit!

Anonymous said...

Seth you maggot, you don't need to be told anything. You are insignificant and like eating shit, then when you start to think your voice is being heard we stand on you and the process continues next.

Anonymous said...

Why haven't The Cairns Post got onto this? Oh thats right, they're too busy attacking the Gillard Government to worry abut anything else.

Anonymous said...

The plan I heard had a breakwater being built off the jetty. The rocks all being bought in by barge so no trucks would come through Palm
Cove. Of course there will be feasibilty studies and I am sure they will look at what happens to the sand when you build rock walls. Won't take long to turn the beach into mudflats and mangroves.