William in Brinsmead called into the Cueball show Friday, and again claimed that no one wants to consider refurbishment of the existing Civic Center. William said he has plans that increase the Civic Center from 670 to 1400, despite the numerous reports to Council about the inadequacies of the Civic Theater, and the inability to expand it.
Manning then claims he "indicated to the state and federal governments" that his Council would prepare plans for a new theater complex and present it to them for funding - a misleading statement that ignores his agreement with the LNP government to cancel the existing signed contracts for $97 million. Manning then says "it will be very hard to get funding from them". And Council insiders report that banks engaged in Public-Private Partnership funding have laughed at the model proposed by Manning. There will be no PPP funding.
Planners at Cairns Ports have also noted the inability to sell the rump site to a hotel developer - it's far too small for this use.
Manning then delivers the shocker - refurbishment of the Civic Center is likely the only thing left for Council to consider! He then delivers the most enormous load of bullshit to justify his views, a stumbling and bumbling explanation about theaters in Europe that have been remodeled many times over the years to accommodate changes in productions. The absurdity of such an explanation is apparent to anyone with an ounce of common sense - when you start with a world-class building, of course you can upgrade it. We own a concrete shed.
|LAST REFURBISHMENT OF ROYAL ALBERT HALL, BEFORE AND AFTER|
|INTERIOR REFURBISHMENT OF THE CONCERTGEBOUW, AMSTERDAM|
What's clear is that Sleepy Bob isn't interested in spending any more management time on this community problem. He's prepared to blame it on anyone and everyone, the economy, the government, blah, blah, blah. Meanwhile Cairns continues to be the fastest-growing regional area in Australia and we've got far bigger problems to solve. Crocodiles and bats, for example. Neither can bitch at Bob Manning.