Paul Freebody. Just utter the name in an Esplanade coffee
shop and listen for the chuckles from the knowing locals. Cairns' own version of a low IQ Christopher Skase, his big mouth and arrogant, un-Christianlike persona work to undermine what might have been good ideas.
A case in point is his Adventure Waters waterpark proposal. Business leaders around Cairns have long hoped for a waterpark project to proceed - tourists need additional entertainment infrastructure. But the Freebody group plans suffered from three insurmountable problems:
1. Paul Freebody
2. Dodgy, worthless site
3. Kim Freebody
Sleepy Manning included the waterpark plan for Council's "fee waiver" program. And Freebody piled into the China business trip again confident that wealthy Chinese businessmen would fight over his plans.
Freebody's offices at Trilogy are now closed. Freebody's business acumen, responsible for the wildly successful Adventure Waters Car Wash, have again proven to be built on a foundation of dud business skills.
We now look forward to a real businessman with real business skills selecting a proper location for this kind of attraction. No one want to be anywhere near the "touch of gold" held by Paul and Kim Freebody.