The first attacks were on the proposed designs. These iconic designs were developed to reflect the tropical urban-ness of Cairns, but were derided by the hillbillies as "monuments to Val". The concept of iconic design became a hammer that the few used to beat the whole project with. Much of the beatup came from Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning and his disUnity colleagues.
|SPENDING MONEY ON "ICONS" FINE FOR|
BOB MANNING & NOT FOR VAL SCHIER?
By comparison, TicketLink sells 120,000 tickets per year with almost 100,000 attending shows at the "Tobruk" Civic Theater, along with another 10,000 or so involved "behind the scenes" (orchestras, musicals, Eisteddfod, plays, dance productions, etc). A huge swath of the community.
Not a couple thousand people like the Tobruk Pool. $100M for a new theater divided by the number of users - cheap infrastructure compared to this Tobruk Pool boondoggle.
Council then claims Stage 3 of this Tobruk proposal will be
|COUNCIL STAFF PROUD OF "ICONIC |
FACILITY" THAT WILL
ENHANCE THE CITY.
We're going to need a couple thousand more carparks. . . .
This Council seems to have a lot of difficulty doing its sums - the cost:benefit analysis alone shows this $21M a horrible investment of what we're told are dwindling Council funds. But hell, we are "Creating and Icon"!