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.