In quick sucession last year, the LNP won state government as well as locally at the Cairns Non-Regional Council (CNC). Very quickly 4CA's John MacKenzie trumpeted that with UnSir Bob Norman running the hospital and Bob "Sleepy" Manning at the Council, at last the heliport problem at the hospital would be fixed. By "fixed", he meant that the shuttered parking area would be reopened with the helicopters "somewhere else".
Both Manning and Norman later crowed that they would get this done quickly and easily - Manning saying that we now had "with commonsense governments in place we can get things done".
In a CNC meeting this week we found out that neither of these two ratbags could live up to their promise. Norman was blocked by the LNP State Government (those damned bureaucrats!) in moving the helipad elsewhere on the shorefront. As a result Council not only can't reopen the shuttered 30+ parking spaces - they will be required to remove this parking altogether and return it to parkland as was promised in the original agreement by Kevin "Hiding from the Pakis" Byrne Council.
"Commonsense Government" doesn't allow these cretins to run unchecked on the community. And like all governments, Joh Bjelke Newman can't rewrite every piece of legislation to allow this kind of nonsense. The courts would be clogged for years.
This oceanside carpark is in fact all illegal, and insiders at DERM have informed us that Council has been told it would all need to be returned to parkland after the Hospital redevelopment is finished. And even this isn't soon enough. Much of it is used by tradies on the worksite for ute parking instead of their required carpark next to the Cock 'N Bull. An eyesore that has yet to be addressed by parking rangers.
We note that the gauntlet of smokers ringing the entrances has also not been fixed by Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King, who said this was an "easy fix" shortly before his election. The only easy thing he's done is strip millions of committed funds from the Council and the Hospital since he arrived.