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09 June 2013

HALF-ARSED CAIRNS THEATRE PROJECT PLANS UPCHUCKED FROM CAIRNS COUNCIL - NO STEPS FORWARD AND 100M STEPS BACK

It's the first thing you notice about the Bob "Sleepy" Manning plans for a new civic theater.
Why have they piled so many big buildings into such a small spot?  Are we out of land? The site is only 1 hectare.  

But then you remember - the Unity Team doesn't give a rat's arse about human amenity.  It was Kevin Byrne who talked lovingly about the greenery, the wide expanses, and the wonderful architecture that he found in Singapore.  

And then Byrne, along with the now city manager Peter Tabulo, allowed the worst, shitty, soulless buildings to be constructed around the city - DROPPING THEM RIGHT ON THE KERBLINE with no greenery, no nothing.  Prison tower apartment buildings.

  
KEWARRA BEACH GHETTO
And these blockheads did it not just in the city, but they fucked up a perfectly good suburb, Kewarra Beach, with 300 meter blocks and tiny little streets that have turned these areas into single-family home ghettos.  Who were the "mates" in these transactions?

So we've attempted to squeeze a big theater, a smaller theater, a convention centre expansion, and a 15 story hotel into the site, and fuck the public.  And the Town Planning report admits as much, saying that 'the Venue was designed around a compact planning strategy that was independent of site planning considerations'.  In other words, Bob Manning came in and said "we're putting these buildings there IRRESPECTIVE of good city planning considerations".  Politicians covering their arse and screwing up our city's future.  

That's the first thing you notice about this theater plan.  So much development in one spot it doesn't even comply with the CRC Master Plan.  But that's only part of it.

When you read the plan, you start to realise it has unanswered questions that are in the tens of millions.

 Cost for the Port Authority land
•  Cost to move the Port Authority and their employees. . . where?  (And demolish their nice Queesland-style building)
•  There's virtually no carparks, much less than with the CEP.  With a hotel being mooted for this site, where do they park their cars?  (The report notes the impossibility of underground parking)
•  Manning proposes to build it using a "Public-Private Partnership", and yet the PwC financial analysis concludes 'under no option is the project self-funding on a commercial basis'.  What kind of schmoes will advance $100M on a project that doesn't stack up?  (Sorry, forgot about all the tunnels. . .)

And then when you put the plan down, you realise the fundamental point.

Under the Manning Plan, each Cairns ratepayer will pay much more than the Schier Council plan.  The opposite of what Manning insisted when he and his disUnity Team were running for their jobs!

We've been conned.  The "working port" argument was clearly a load of Manning Pies.  Knocked back a terrific plan that would have served Cairns into the future, and substituted the pedestrian musings of small-thinking hillbillies.  AT A PREMIUM PRICE!


More Soon. . . .

LOGAN DOESN'T SEEM TO HAVE ANY TROUBLE FINDING
A COMFORTABLE SITE AND HEAPS OF CARPARKS TO BOOT

THE GOLD COAST, UNDERSTANDING THE NEED FOR QUALITY PUBLIC AMENITY,  PROVIDES NOT JUST CARPARKS AND A PARK-LIKE ATMOSPHERE, BUT . . . . .

ON THE WATERFRONT MAKING A PROUD STATEMENT
ABOUT THEIR COMMUNITY

EVEN SINGAPORE, WHERE MOST RELY ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT, WAS ABLE TO PUT IN 200 CARPARKS AND A NICE PARK-LIKE SETTING



13 comments:

CBD Warrior said...

This whole saga is pathetic, really. And it's the Cairns ratepayers who are footing the bill for this foolishness.

I read in the report the council still owns the waterfront site. Time for Manning to eat some crow, and go back to the state and feds and get our $97 million back. That was clearly the better plan.

TAS said...

Pathetic it may be CBD Warrior, but it is now far more important for Manning and his Unity cohorts to save face than it is to do the sensible, most obviously best thing in the interest of Cairns ratepayers. To now admit that the Schier plan was, and still is, the obvious, best, most economic and most practical option (which everyone knows) is to acknowledge that their agenda for election was a fraud and based on lies. So it will not happen. Ego and saving face is far more important to little men than truth and common sense.
This will be recorded as the biggest debacle in the the history of the city, an own goal perpetrated upon citizens who were too stupid to recognise the con being perpetrated upon them. Our CEP would have been a city focal point, a place of pride. Whatever Manning builds as his 'cheap' alternative will remain as a testament to a small mean-minded man who would otherwise be best forgotten.

Anonymous said...

Not a word from the LNP Cairns Choral Society and Junior Eisteddfod mafia, as they hated Val. Hey inbreds, suck it up and continue to put on your mediocre shows in the shitty 1970s Civic Theatre. We all know about your nepotism and wish you all the best for your limited future as our real young talent moves south and never looks back. I know some of the talent and they consider your ageing Choral society and current city leaders as a joke and will never come back to Cairns to live and therefore to contribute to the local arts scene.

Inside Voice said...

As a council insider, everyone should know HEAPS of information is being withheld from the public. Wonder why there are no renderings?

Bob R. said...

Well ever mind everyone, lookslike we're going to get a new casino out at Yorkeys Knob, developed and owned by a Hong Kong billionaire. Along with the Double Island Chinese tourist complex. Should keep the northern beaches people real happy I reckon.

Anonymous said...

This is just all part of Manning's great bullshitting deception, to draw up some "plans" and hand it over to the next Council. And when the next Council decides to ditch it, Manning and company will be on the Mackenzie Show abusing the shit out of the new Council.

Ivor said...

Manning doesn't give a SH.one.T about Cairns,being Mayor is just a nice little earner for his retirement

Anonymous said...

What's a render? Please explain.

Anonymous said...

Last election Cairns voters proudly chose to remain the poor cousin of Townsville and come September will again use their wisdom to vote in severe austerity measures and recession - just like the UK.

Second Anonymoous said...

Time for Four Corners to step in and expose these goons for what they are. The Cairns Post will remain forever silent as they were part engineers of the Unity fiasco which will send our city back to quiet town it used to be, when everyone knew everyone and nobody had to lock their doors because everything was apparently peachy.

Anonymous said...

Let us never forget who were the main purpetrators responsible for tearing up $97 million dollars in Government funding given to the people of Cairns. They are JOHN(CUEBALL) MACKENZIE: UNSIR BOB NORMAN: MARGARET COCKY COCHRANE: BOB(STRATEGIC PORT LAND BULLSHIT)MANNING: BILL AND JEANETTE(SCRAMBLE THE STATISTICS BULLSHIT)CUMMIMGS AS WELL AS THE LNP PREMIER AND HIS LNP COHORTS..

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the part played by Gavin King.

Jethro said...

This so called proposal is all show by Manning and just his usual bullshitting. He has no intention of doing anything but giving the Chinese billionaires our ratepayers money in free "headworks" for their developments. How much do you reckon they will get? Several million from the Cairns ratepayers, so that they can make more millions to add to their billions?