Despite being told again and again by professionals across the city prior to last year's election, there was never any hope of appreciably reducing the costs of the Val Schier Council Entertainment Precinct.
We said it. Again and again. We said it on this blog. We said it in writing to Manning and all his "team". And now what do we find out?
After pissing away commitments from the state and federal governments to the tune of some $100M, the "Manning Plan" is confirmed to cost $94M.
WITHOUT the land
REQUIRING the Newman government to pay some $20M to relocate the Ports North Building and staff.
Val Schier's plan is looking to all as the well-planned model, and Manning is looking more like a jackass every day.
This kind of fuck-up is world class. This is lying to the 3rd Power. This is ineptitude that makes Julia Gillard look like Winston Churchill. Manning in fact was on the record saying 'if Claire wants to see a show, we go to Sydney or Brisbane to see it'.
"Qu'ils mangent de la Brioche", translated means "fuck the ratepayer in Cairns, I can do what I like with my big public pay-packet"
HILLBILLY WATCH IS ON THE RECORD - MANNING NEVER HAD A PLAN BUT INSTEAD WAS CONNED. WHEN YOUR IQ IS BARELY ABOVE YOUR PULSE, IT'S EASY TO BE CONNED.
WE REPRINT OUR BLOG OF APRIL 10 IN THE HOPE THE BLOCKHEADED UNITY TEAM SHOVES IT UP THEIR ARSE!
One commitment made by Val Schier to Cairns at the 2008 election was more "openness" and "transparency" in local government. Not easy to do when a culture of secrecy and outright hostility to the public had been the norm from the Kevin Byrne council (and the Peter Beattie state government, and the John Howard federal government).
However there has been quite an increase in openness - an increase that allows us to easily call Bob Manning a liar in statements he made this morning on John MacKenzie's Hillbilly hour.
Manning claimed "Val Schier and the 2008 council voted to not proceed with the Hartley Street Theater Site after they were elected".
|BOB MANNING DISCUSSES HIS FUTURE|
WITH HIS "BLACK HAND", KEVIN BYRNE.
BYRNE IS THE LITTLE MAN.
In the 2006-2007 Cairns City Council Annual Report, the Byrne council reported that planning had been done for the Hartley Street site, and the preferred concept included (page 155) "a public car park with over 400 spaces". As Annette Sheppard, member of that council has confirmed, there was no place to put 400 cars on that site and it was abandoned.
In the 2007-2008 Annual Report, the project has disappeared from Council planning. Not one word about this project, not one dollar expended on its development.
As everyone knows, this was because the Byrne council voted in 2007-2008 to discontinue work on the Hartley Street site due to lack of parking, lack of connection to the Convention Centre, and inability to get any funding from the State or Federal governments. The project was dead before the Schier council was ever elected!
While the Shier council reviewed the Hartley Street site upon taking government, they too quickly agreed that it was inappropriate and unworkable. This vote included Marge Cochrane and Alan Blake, who now desperately try to rewrite their history on this project. They voted to kill Hartley. They voted to site the project on the waterfront. FACTS. They voted "aye".
Now Manning wants to LIE and claim the Hartley Street site is again on the table?
Lying as a campaign strategy is never a winning idea, Bob.