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12 June 2013

BIG PROJECTS COMING TO CAIRNS - BIG THINKERS GET STATE GOVERNMENT TO SIDELINE HILLBILLY COUNCIL WHILE THEY SIDELINE OFF-SIDE COUNCILLORS

Warren "Minister for Bloggers" Entsch this morning attacked the "naysayers in the community", who he says would have killed the Esplanade Lagoon and boardwalk foreshore project if they had their way.  This was the underpinning of Entsch throwing his support behind the proposed $3Billion integrated tourist development for Yorkey's Knob.


The irony was not lost on us, with this attack on the "naysayers" occurring at the same time the disUnity Team meets at Cairns (non-regional) Council.  A pack of dimwits elected on the "naysayer" platform of killing the fully-funded and shovel-ready Cairns Entertainment Precinct.  They're now poised to shove an inadequate Civic Theater replacement on the community - at a cost higher than the creative, "big-thinker" plans approved and funded by the previous council.  This is the cost to Cairns of the naysayer, small-thinker hillbilly brigade.

The Yorkey's Knob development has been proposed by an investor company led by Hong Kong entrepreneur Tony Fung.   Fung, head of investor company 4JS Company, has said that "Cairns is the tourism jewel", and a "solid bet for any investor".

Makes one wonder why no Australians have stepped forward with their own plans for this, or other sites around the region.  Like the Japanese investment in the 1980's, we expect a xenophobic attack on the project by some in the Cairns community despite the fact than no Australian has stepped forward with this kind of ground-breaking plan.  And it explains  why a failed developer continues to strangle the Sheraton Mirage, causing further damage to the Port Douglas tourism business.  Or why Cairns (non)regional Council pushes forward with the smallest, cheapest theater project for a region that outsiders are prepared to invest BILLIONS of $$$ in!

Small thinkers.  They're everywhere.  We applaud Tony Fung and his plans for Cairns.

It was clear when the announcements were first made that our local "leaders" were completely shut-out of the announcement.  No comment from our local members, with even Michael "Hide the Backhoe" Trout unaware of the announcement.

Sleepy Manning said he had met company executives "only briefly".  With the company planning a presentation to the Premier and senior ministers, it's clear to us that Fung has identified the major roadblock in his plans, and decided to side-step it.

The roadblock?  The small-thinkers in Cairns Council.
CR. MANNING ACCEPTS THE MOTION BY CR. TERRY JAMES, AND SECONDED BY CR. SCHILLING TO APPROVE BUILDING A NEW 1970'S-STYLE CIVIC THEATER
ON A SITE OWNED BY OTHERS WITH MONEY WE DON'T HAVE

Insiders in the State Government confirm that plans are being made to invoke State powers on "Major Developments" and push approvals of this project thru at the State level, bypassing any requirement for formal consultation or approvals by anyone in Cairns.  We believe this is probably a good idea, given the intellectual level and retrograde thinking of our current Council.  And obviously the thinking of Brisbane.

The review of the Council plans for the replacement Civic Theater, approved today (in a special meeting that lasted barely 10 minutes), has one clear element - Council doesn't plan any further consultation with anyone.  After the fiasco that resulted in a fraudulent and manipulative consultation over the City Place, the most retrograde in Council want all community consultation from "controlled groups and individuals", and not the unwashed public.   And in a stunning move at today's Special Meeting, Mayor Manning began implementation of this policy by refusing to let Councillor Leu speak on the motion to approve this new project!  Cr. Leu was visibly angered and said to the Mayor "I'm entitled to have my say on this extremely important debate".  Lamely mumbling something about the motion already being called, this duly-elected representative was denied her right to comment on the expenditure of $100M, along with the constituents she represents.  

The Council then retired to closed session leaving many in the audience stunned.


37 comments:

KitchenSlut said...

I don't disagree with your comments on naysayers Hillbilly! Has City Place been bulldozed yet?

However, I think it impossible to make any judgement on this without details of what is proposed. Some comparisons have been made with PD Mirage however that was a high profile development sympathetic with its location and the marketing theme of PD. That is not yet clear in this circumstance?

What do references to Macau and Las Vegas style facilities imply? Rob Borbidge as lobbyist is also interesting as he was Chairman of CEC before handing over to Entsch. The Borbidge record as a company director is ... lets say .... f***ed!

Some of his gigs ... also including now collapsed white-shoe-Gold Coast mortgage outfits which he fronted with TV ads and then went bust after GFC and including court proceedings are eyebrow-raising!

I will await the detail of what is proposed for judgement!

Note: Both the Federal and State member hold almost adjacent property interests.

Tony Hillier said...

When it comes to encouraging people to lose their hard-earned — and lose they inevitably will — I'm in the naysayers' corner. Does Cairns really need another casino? It has already got pokies poking out of every nook and cranny!

Anonymous said...

HBW, I agree with you, it would be great if the Yorkeys Knob Development went shead. In regard to the new Plan for the Civic Centre, what Mannering is proposing is Civic Centre Mark II. Two halls instead one nothing more...The site proposed is on of the best sites in the City for re-development and what is proposed is a small crappy two hall building with no parking. Very crappy outcome for our City.

shanghai said...

im gobsmacked hbw u cant be serious we need a second casino like we need a new shopping mall u can gamble in any pub or club in cns we simply cant sustain it theres not that much money around here Sydney,melb,adelaide,perth,hobart even Auckland have only one casino and they're much bigger than us can it sleepy

Mick said...

Warren Entsch and partner expecting twins:
http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2013/06/12/243787_local-news.html

Anonymous said...

Oh yay a BIG new development for Cairns that will save our city!

What great news! We've never had that before .....

Oh what a second ...

What happened to the Cairns Disneyland proposal .... http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2008/12/06/18781_local-news.html

That's right nothing!

But what about the water park proposal? .... http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2012/07/25/229951_local-news.html

Oh yeah ... nothing ....

Not sure who is more gullible and stupid ... the Cairns community or the the Cairns media ...

Simple ... the Cairns media who cough up this crap regularly!


Anonymous said...

WTF Shanghai - Did you say HBW publishes Mick's sexist homophobic rants about Entsch's preferred sexuality?

Anonymous said...

WTF Shanghai? Anonymous is getting a bit precious? Obviously Mick is making a cynical point about the well endowed guts both these useless public servants enjoy. But you got your point in anyway.

Anonymous said...

how long do we have to keep putting up with this BS spun by wanking and co maybe when mr fung reads wankings rantings about chinese FREAKS and WEIRDOS he might have second thoughts

Anonymous said...

I wonder what the NewsLtd Queensland management changes will bring to The Cairns Post (if anything).
More front page croc stories or less? A better balance of (unedited) Letters to the Ed, or the same old same old? Maybe some serious investigative journalism, a genuine critique of the clique running this town (into the ground)? Nah, too much to hope for.

JOHN MACKENZIE'S HILLBILLY WATCH said...

We at HBW agree there is far to much gambling in Australia. It's a scam where government is a willing participant in stripping the middle and lower class players of more tax dollars. Clubs like Cazaly's throw a pittance at local sporting clubs as a kind of guilt payment.

It should be noted that the Mainland Chinese refuse to allow casinos there. And strictly control all forms of gambling. They recognise it's a dangerous and insidious vice.

However the history of Chinese-built casinos is far different. If the Fung family builds a huge resort and starts flying in Chinese for holidays, it won't be seen as "hospitable" to non-Chinese Australians. And if its primary purpose is stripping money off the Chinese and returning large sums to the taxpayers of Queensland, we believe this is a terrific idea.

JOHN MACKENZIE'S HILLBILLY WATCH said...

We at HBW agree there is far to much gambling in Australia. It's a scam where government is a willing participant in stripping the middle and lower class players of more tax dollars. Clubs like Cazaly's throw a pittance at local sporting clubs as a kind of guilt payment.

It should be noted that the Mainland Chinese refuse to allow casinos there. And strictly control all forms of gambling. They recognise it's a dangerous and insidious vice.

However the history of Chinese-built casinos is far different. If the Fung family builds a huge resort and starts flying in Chinese for holidays, it won't be seen as "hospitable" to non-Chinese Australians. And if its primary purpose is stripping money off the Chinese and returning large sums to the taxpayers of Queensland, we believe this is a terrific idea.

Second Anonymous said...

Maybe Tony Fung could upgrade the CBD at the same time. There is no way the LNP will commit funding to Cairns - a seat they will not win at the next election

Anonymous said...

they will arrive on a Fung plane be picked up in a fung bus taken to a fung hotel to gamble at a fung casino yorkeys knob then on to a fung boat out to the reef then back to the fung hotel , bus and home all organized in China and not one fucking cent will be spent in Cairns.Another pie in the sky by wanking ,trout and their groupies

Jethro said...

I'm inclined to agree with Anonymous 16.26 above. I sincerely doubt our own tourist operators will benefit much from this, once the casino and resort is built. All tours, accommodation, meals etc will be booked either in China or Hong Kong before the tourists arrive. All profits will flow back to the billionaire himself. Meanwhile, Manning has already agreed to "abolish headwork" charges for developers, so how much of our ratepayers money is Manning going to just hand over to this billionaire? I hope Councillors Leu, Cooper and Pyne are onto this.

Bazza said...

I recall many years ago when Christmas Island was a casino because the Indonesians would not allow gambling in Jakata,the jumbos were flying in and out of there daily, the howard gov at the time were being paid $27million per year as I understand it.
This whole bullshit thing is to promote Entsch, and the whole crap of we know best, the only ones who make dollars from this are their business mates and no return to ratepayers.

Anonymous said...

OMG Anonymous 16:26
You better hide the razor blades !!!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but why should Julia Leu have any say in what happens in CRC outside of Port Douglas now that Deamalgamation is going to happen. The constituents she represents will not have to pay for it as soon they will no longer be part of CRC.

Anonymous said...

Because de amalgamation hasn't officially taken place? And until it does she remains a CRC councillor with all the rights and privileges that come with that position, including a right to speak?

ruby said...

How dare you Anonymous 22.42. Julia Leu has every right to speak, as pointed out by Anon. 07.17, above.
I agree with Jethro. Once the casino and hotels are up, there won't be much benefit to any of the local tour operators. The Northern beaches will also change dramatically with the advent of a huge increase in water traffic, hydrafoils, water taxis, helicopters etc ferrying guests from Double Island to Yorkeys Knob. I also wonder just how much in headworks is all of this going to cost the Cairns Regional Council ratepayer. Putting it bluntly, we will be forking out, our own hard earned money to billionaires so that they can make more money.

jim-bob snr said...

Entsch and Manning have already started the chorus of JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS and will keep it up until after the election no doubt. Yeah once the casino and hotels are constructed there won't be any jobs and there won't be any economic benefits to the region either.

Anonymous said...

Oh come on there will be jobs for the boys for sure...And there will be more jobs when they will construct another high-rise on the former CEP site. I wonder when Ports North will suddenly realise that this land is not required for "future port expansion" after all. The silly rednecks who voted this mob in will have long forgotten by then and won't make the connection.Pearl will be ecstatic. I hope her rates will double when she is no longer in the CRC.

Anonymous said...

OMG Anonymous 19.27

We have a groupie

Anonymous said...

Entsch bagging naysayers?? He has cynically undermined a raft of proposals notably Val Schier's well considered entertainment precinct. He has been a useless member all piss and wind and corrosive politics.

Seth said...

Pearl can put up with the noise of helicopters ferrying Chinese from Double Island to the Yorkeys Knob casino. Seeing her rates increase to pay for the headworks for both Chinese billionaire owned developments, the one at Double Iisland and Yorkeys Knob. Knowing Pearl she will be singing her praises on rugnut's show about how delighted she is to be increasing the wealth of the billionaires by paying extra rates for nothing in return. Pearl would have already forgotten by this Manning's frequently repeated claim on rugnuts program that the land the Entertainment Precinct was to be built on was CRITICAL just CRITICAL absolutely CRITICAL for ports expansion. So when it gets sold to the Chinese or one of Mannings mates, Pearl will be very agreeable and marvel at it all.

Anonymous said...

Pearl is now in a public discussion with a local doctor about Euthanasia. Apparently her dog told her :Mum, let me go", so she took it to the vet. Yes, Pearl's dog can talk. It all makes sense now. It was probably her dog who told her to publicly opposes anything that Val Schier proposed and now look at the mess. manning won't get any funding from Nichols as long as there are no firm plans on the table. According to Manning there is no hurry whatsoever to build a new CEP and on he diddles with a compliant council obediently backing him up. He's probably waiting for some rich Chinese to cough up the dough.

Anonymous said...

Funny how Wanking was Slagging and bagging anything and anybody on two wheels when Vals council was bulding the cycle paths but all of a sudden he has flipped over, he wont have to worry though cause he is gone next election thats why we are getting nothing from this useless gov.

Bob R. said...

Nonetheless Anonymous 15.09. Wanking is now the highest paid member for Cairns we have ever had. Wanking voted to give himself the huge rises too. After next election he will piss off no doubt into the wild blue yonder loaded down with dinero. Wonder what happened to the $38 million given to Cairns for refurbishing the CBD that Desley Boyle got us? The money that Wanking acknowledged in his column when writing for The Cairns Post, but then when he was elected claimed we never got it. But the $38 million was here when Hillbilly Watch exposed the secret email between King and Manning because King said so. So where the fuck is it now? Instead we see where King is putting it on the Federal Government to cough up the money for the CBD and no bastard is asking him WHERE IS THE $38 MILLION WE ORIGINALLY GOT?

jim-bob snr said...

My fucken oath Bob R. WHERE DID THAT $38 MILLION DISAPPEAR TO? Come on Cairns Post, you bunch of wankers, this is about accountability, ever heard the word? Yeah I know youse blokes read HBW. Don't piss me off, I know you do. Now come on, this is a hell of a lot of money which suddenly up and vannished into thin air. You should be putting it on King to PLEASE EXPLAIN. Where's our bloody money? OURS.
Come on Cairns Post, do your job properly. If you can.

ruby said...

Bob R. I agree. Where is that $38 million? I have already raised this in HBW before.

Anonymous said...

I have been a resident of Yorkeys Knob for over 30 years, & I remember the attempts of another developer who wished to construct the huge Rainbow Harbour project on the same site as the casino resort extravaganza. The reason it failed was mainly because prospective investors realised that the site was directly beneath the flight path & it was situated on the flood prone delta. Not a great investment for condominium buyers.
The Hong Kong developer has requested input from the community.
That's a wonderful acknowledgement of the Cairns residents.
I wonder if there will be a public gathering, so that everyone can voice an opinion?
I can't see that happening in the near future.

Sir Cus. said...

The hide of Warren Entsch mentioning the Esplanade lagoon and Boardwalk Foreshore both Labor Party projects.

Anonymous said...

Sir Cus, yes I heard him, like he was insinuating he got them done. You have to remember there are a hell of a lot of Mexicans in the area who don't know who achieved what and the LNP trade on their ignorance.

ruby said...

Anonymous 18.01, I agree. It is a huge project, in fact the largest development we have seen here in many years and it will vastly change Yorkeys Knob. It does need community input and we can only hope there will be public consultations. We also need to know what the Cairns Regional Council will be giving the developer in free headworks.

Hoof hearted said...

Bollocks Sir Cus, Bollocks !!!

The Esplanade lagoon and Boardwalk Foreshore were jointly funded by the Feds, the State and Cairns Council.

They were conceived and built during the ... wait for it.
Howard, Beattie and Byrne time in Govt.

Now please correct if I'm incorrect, but 2 outta these 3 are/were Liberal/Conservative guvmints, not Labor.

Settle down Sir Cus - circus

Bob R. said...

Hoof hearted, memories, memories memories. The Esplanade lagoon and foreshore plans were first mooted under the TOM PYNE COUNCIL. It was Desley Boyle who obtained the State funding.

Anonymous said...

Let's hear from the residents of Yorkies Knob. Where do you stand on this issue Lillian of Yorkies?