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06 March 2013
DE-AMALAGAMATION OF MAREEBA AND DOUGLAS - OUR VIEW
The de-amalgamation campaign of Mareeba and Douglas from their respective Councils is going down as the most bullshit-laden vote ever held in Queensland.
Minister for Blogs Warren Entsch has also waded in on the side of bigger government - and he bases his anti-de-amalgamation position on "having spoken to CRC Mayor Bob Manning". And then he continues his spruiking for government money on behalf of David Marriner and the rapidly-degrading Sheraton Mirage. Marriner is the brains behind several collapsed projects up the Queensland coast. But apparently an LNP mate trumps logic or business sense.
A caller to the Cueball show this morning, located in "Kuranda Springs" (there is no such place), summed up the stupidity quite well. He said "I reckon once Mick Borzi gets back in we'll have so much money that we'll see a drop in our rates".
When did ANY politician anywhere in the world cut rates? This isn't a progressive vs. conservative observation. It is an anthema for any politician to somehow come to the conclusion that they need LESS money to spend. IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN.
While Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning has repeatedly claimed the Cairns Council was "neutral" on the issue, this is a clear furphy. First he sent his Mayor for Vice Terry James out to make a startling claim - that if de-amalgamated, Cairns would return "millions of $$$" back to Douglas. There is no evidence for this claim - it was clearly an attempt to influence the vote. Then "Sleepy" gave an interview to The Newsport that clearly shows he's desperately attempting to influence one side of the argument, while claiming to be "neutral". De-amalgamation is going to be difficult work. Who wants that?
While the Queensland Treasury (QTC) issued an analysis that clearly show both Councils unviable on their own, reasoned analysis seems to be ignored by voters on a wide variety of issues. And now every level of government has waded into the argument. Tablelands leader Rosa Lee Long has taken the same position against de-amalgamation there.
The real people that should be voting in Douglas are the thousands who own much of the real estate in town - those that will see their already dodgy returns collapse even further when rates skyrocket.
With all these facts on the table, it looks likely to us that both de-amalgamations will succeed. For a while. We expect that in a few years both will want back into the larger group.
What a cock-up. A cock-up that could have been avoided by "leaders" that would lead. Wishful thinking.