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18 August 2013

AQUIS CLAIMS FIRST VICTIM - FINANCIERS FOR CBD AQUARIUM PROJECT PULL THE PLUG ON CBD DRAWCARD

Sources Saturday advised HBW that financiers for the planned Cairns Aquarium have pulled the plug on the development.  Is anyone surprised?  

Developer Daniel Leipnik was set to build the modest $35M Aquarium on a (too small) site next to the Novatel Cairns "Batshit" Hotel.  Aquis is set to build "one of the world's largest aquariums" as part of their project at Aquis Beach.  So the predicted 500,000 visits per year to the CBD aquarium are gone.

This explains why LNP Member for MacKenzie Gavin King, known for his description of Chinese as "freaks and weirdos", was so quick to knock back any LNP support for the project.  

Currently, Australia's largest aquarium is the Aquarium of Western Australia.

When the Cairns Aquarium project was first announced, city leaders fawned over the project and its importance to the
struggling CBD.  Leipnik observed  "Cairns just needs a major flagship attraction in the CBD and it marries up all the wonderful things that the city is about, which is reef and rainforest".  Nothing about this has changed.  And a little more air is drained out of the CBD.  The axing of the Val Schier council's Entertainment Precinct and Museum CBD drawcard by the Sleepy Manning Council is looking more idiotic by the day.  

The Aquis project also is set to include a waterpark on a site five times the size of what car wash queen Paul Freebody has unsuccessfully tried to build 2km away.  The only one who hasn't written this project off the books is Freebody himself, who was seen bending the ear of every Asian-looking attendee at the Trinity Luncheon.  This included two waiters.

You've got to wonder the fate of all the operating tourist attractions in Cairns.  Their survival will depend on deals made to access the Aquis tourists for daytrips.  Will this be an open process for all?  Will places like Skyrail and the Cairns Zoo thrive, or die?

And do any of our leaders give a shit?



41 comments:

Johnno Nixon. said...

Well no doubt the LNP Radio Show host will talk about this for a few days. We can also expect all the regulars to call in and piss in one another's pockets. Should be a very interesting week.

Anonymous said...

This will make the second time THIS WEEK that this blog has scooped the ComPost. How many days before this gets reported in our "newspaper of record"?

Anonymous said...

Talk about being schitzo HBW.

One minute you are all for Aquis.

The next blog you write is full of snide comments against.

For against for against

Where's your credibility HBW?

Alison Alloway said...

I have left some questions concerning business activity on the AQUIS site, HBW. Like you, I am concerned that AQUIS doesn't decimate our existing tourist industry. Ideally, we should see AQUIS co-existing with other tourist ventures and sharing the trade around so that our most viable industry in the Far North still stays afloat.
Anonymous 09.44 above. I think HBW has managed to get people thinking, and keeping an open but cautious mind, rather than to object to the AQUIS proposal outright.
I am personally very sorry about losing the aquarium proposal for the CBD. Children love looking at sealife, and it would have provided a wonderful outing for children (and their Nans!).

Anonymous said...

well what else can you expect from mr wan king and his groupies jeez will surely make other investors wary

Anonymous said...

But Alison the kids will still get to see the marine life in the AQUIS fish tank while their mums and dads do their dough at the tables and pokies. What a quality learning environment that will be for them.

Anonymous said...

It is surprising to think the city aquarium project secured about $350,000 from the federal governments TQUAL project and all along others must have known about Fung Beach. How much money have the city aquarium project owners blown because they were not told about Fung Shui?

Bob R. said...

Interesting question Anonymous. I dare say Leipnik and partners would have spent a good amount of money themselves so far. If Manning was in the know about the Fung proposal, and we can only speculate that he reasonably did know, then Manning and his CRC have taken Leipnik for a bit of a ride. If so, it is exceedingly shabby behaviour.

Anonymous said...

Bob R

Leipnik and his partner would be using very colourful language to describe the behaviour of the others who led them down the path too financial waste.

You are too kind sometimes Bob R.



Bob R. said...

Thanks Anonymous 10.33. I am the very soul of good manners and genteel social intercourse. Just read in Townsville's Daily Bulletin where Townsville Regional Council is fast tracking their $300 million sporting and entertainment project which features a super sports stadium. Unlike Cairns, the people of Townsville are behind the project which will ensure that all the monies spent attending big sports and conventions remains with the people of Townsville. Cairns, of course, has opted to leave it all up to Mr Fung and to give him all the profits. Yeah, fucken good one, Cairns.

Anonymous said...

It happens now with the Chinese, of the plane straight down Sheridan St left on to Wharf St to the Reef Terminal Laundry, bypassing the shops in the city then straight to there Chinese owned hotel. And if they book any tours outside there own, its 55% commission. Thanks for coming.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone else heard about a large sum going to our indigenous friends to stop their "land rights" claim at the Fung site?

shanghai said...

damn my pet whinge is scratched at the barrier mr fung do ( not fundue as the eating style)said I take my project to the Mekong delta rather than the barron delta if greeny give shit yeah whatever

Second Anonymous said...

Anonymous 15.25 - No but please tell. If true it would be corruption on a massive scale. I remain very sceptical.

Alison Alloway said...

Back in the 1980s when the Japanese owned Daikyo entered the building and resort market in Cairns, they conducted widely publicised public meetings which were well attended. Sure it was a different era. Keith deLacey ALP was State Member for Cairns, Tom Pyne ALP was Mayor. There were no secret emails passing between Keith and Tom concerning public issues. Daikyo initially faced enormous hostility but their willingness to meet face to face with the public, answer their concerns and negotiate with stakeholders, won the public over.
We need to put it to Mr Tony Fung that there are some very serious issues, grave issues which require further discussion and negotiation. We are worried, very worried about the future of our local tourist industry, our local operators and their capacity to compete with such a huge business as AQUIS. We don't want AQUIS to be a PACMAN type operation, steadily devouring competitors until the Cairns CBD does look like, as someone else said in HBW, "downtown Detroit today" full of empty hotels and restaurants.
I am particularly worried about the future of our Convention Centre which will most certainly face stiff competition from AQUIS. Attendees at our Convention Centre currently stay at many hotels within the CBD and outer suburbs, and eat at many different restaurants. They spread their monies around.
If the Japanese firm, Daikyo, can demonstrate goodwill to the people of Cairns by holding open public meetings and a willingness to negotiate with the stakeholders, then I would hope that a Hong Kong businessman can do the same.

Neil said...

I'm not sure I understand what you are trying to say shanghai. Well said there Alison. I'm sure there are other issues at stake as well with such a massive complex that nobody in here has thought of as yet. It's just mind boggling the size, scale and manpower of this multi billion dollar AQUIS development. The marketing gurus would be going all out I would imagine, to dazzle and seduce the simple folk of Cairns. However there are hard questions which need answers. I would feel much more at ease with the development if it were to be scaled down somewhat. Do they really need two performing art theatres? So many hotels? We often hear the expression "putting all your eggs into one basket". AQUIS has all the eggs in their basket = theatres, sports stadium, aquarium, golf courses, convention centre, casino, several hotels.

Hamish Krint said...

I would have thought that a sensible development would be staged, e.g. Stage 1, 2, 3, so that not only its viability could be confirmed, but that the associated required infrastructure such as roads, sewage, power, water etc. could progress with it. Or is AQUIS going to be done in one massive project??

jim-bob jnr said...

Christ or mighty I just read where Joe Hockey said the LNP if they win government are going to shove Centrelink onto the post offices to deliver payments and services. Holy bloody hell. Hes talking about getting rid of Medicare again as well. How the fuck are people going to manage if bulk billing is abollished? This is typical of the LNP. They do things slyly and behind closed doors whether its this Fung monstrosity, sacking 20,000 Queenslanders or abolishing medicare.

Seth at Port said...

I reckon Port will be rooted once this monstrosity is up and running. We wont stand much of a chance up against AQUIS competition. Oh fuck yes we will all be competing for the same tourist dollar, the same tourists to fill those beds, those tables, those seats on buses, those tours. What hope will we have against the mighty advertising and PR of AQUIS with all its resources and money?
AQUIS is putting all of the eggs in its own basket that's one hell of a good way of describing it. I agree with Neil. Cant it be scaled down so that it doesn't end up monopolising the entire damned tourist industry? Cant it leave the convention centre out, so that the city of cairns can have it?

Anonymous said...

Seth

There appears to be no stopping the Chinese middle to upper class. Long live those who remembered Cairns as it was

Anonymous said...

stuff all on wankings fakebook all his groupies have gone except dumbass noels who reckons mr wu is building AQUIS and of course that weasel greengrass

Anonymous said...

Could be a good thing for Port as it will turn back to how it used to be 30 years ago and us locals will return there.

shanghai said...

dear neil let me explain myself my pet whinge was the aquarium in the cbd we have a 3000km aquarium just 20 kmn away why the need ?regular posts lambastasted me on this site now if we make it too difficult he will spend else where so be it pity mining companies don't have the same problem its ok to franck our water table but get fierce opposition to build on flood prone land go figure ? now my pet whinge is the airport..... and inflation watch...

Anonymous said...

The buildings would make good cooling towers for a power station. We will probably need one to run all the pokies.

Anonymous said...

I predict that this will all go away in a puff of smoke once the election is over.

John S. said...

I see AQUIS have a smooth and oily public relations team together selling the development to the naïve peoples of Cairns. It should be a push over here as this would be the only city in the world to allow themselves to be screwed out of a first class, state of the art hospital, a new performing arts theatre, a multi storey car park, extensions to their convention centre, a regional museum, and government funding for redevelopment of its city place. Oh and add to that being scammed by the ColorRun crooks. AQUIS has the potential as you have all worked out to completely dominate the North's tourist industry and effect massive casualties on hotels, restuarants, the present convention centre and casino. Cairns people will roll over and let themselves be totally screwed this time. Oh but don't worry when it happens it will be the fault of the current politicians. I can hear the whinging and whining and hand wringing and bitter blaming already.

Neil said...

Still hearing fucktards rabbiting on about how their property values are going to rise and rise. Haven't they got brains? They will be living in an area which will experience a massive increase in traffic, all sorts of traffic, land, sea, and air. Noise levels will soar. This complex will have laser shows, fireworks displays, rock concerts, plus the super stadium will play to huge sports crowds which make plenty of noise. The 10000 guests plus 2000 staff will crowd the Yorkeys Knob beach, so there wont be any laidback wanders along the beach at night. So for starters the Yorkeys Knob residential area will experience increased noise, traffic and increased pressure on the beach. The beachfront itself will be crammed with seacraft coming and going from Double Island. A massive increase in the population is likely to see an increase in crime, either petty or serious. If prostitutes are brought into the AQUIS complex, which I imagine they will be, there is the added risk of an increased drug trade. Within time, people in Yorkeys will all want to leave and property values will decline dramatically.

Matt H said...

I called in to their shop in Cairns Central. Plenty of nice drawings and marketing, but as soon as I asked the slightest of technical questions, was greeted with blank faces and "it will be in the EIS". While everyone seems to be championing the end product, there seems to be little objective discussion on the massive process, construction and environmental challenges that it will present.

My prediction is that they will get all the approvals no problems, then get the casino, maybe aquarium and lagoon, and one or two of the hotels on line. After that, I reckon they will be putting the bite on ratepayers to "partner with" (ie pay for) the community facilities and infrastructure costs. If the waterpark,football field, convention centre, etc etc don't get off the ground, then the proponent will still make a massive profit out of the increase in land values brought about by the change in planning codes.

Personally, I have nothing against a project like this provided it doesn't adversely affect my lifestyle, rates and taxes. However, we (and many others) moved to Cairns for the relaxed tropical lifestyle, and this type of development is the antithesis of everything that makes Cairns an attractive place to live. If it goes ahead as planned, then it will forever change the face of this region, and there will be many losers in the process.

Anonymous said...

No one has mentioned that if property values double at Yorkies so will the rates double.

Anonymous said...

Matt H, you're not wrong about it changing the face of Cairns, in particular the Northern beaches. Read in todays Cairns Post about the huge changes to the roads there. Then of course will be the huge increase in sea traffic. People are not thinking which is no surprise for Cairns.

Anonymous said...

So what can we as ordinary Cairns people do to stop this madness? The politicians will be all in favor, so who can organize some meaningful resistance?

Anonymous said...

In todays Cairns Post they discussed a new road into Yorkeys linking it to Caravonica, which gives a pretty good indication of the type of road traffic they expect. Im wondering about the sea traffic coming down from the resort at Double Island. The Hong Kong developer there wants the cruise ships to pull in at the jetty hes building there, so our beaches are going to face some enormous changes. AQUIS is based on a lot of water so there will be lots of water craft going to and fro. There will be helicopters and seaplanes as well.
Yes Cairns will lose out on a lot its suburban beaches lifestyle will be gone as development pushes out the residential living and transforms the beaches for the tourists.

Anonymous said...

Very astute observations Matt H

I'm with you in that it will fuck the social fabric of Cairns like no bunch of pollies ever could.

I too found complete vagueness when i asked technical questions relating to construction impacts, sources of fill etc at the AQUIS shopfront, let alone my questions of the social impacts.

Just beware though, i followed their gaze as i asked and i am quite certain that there are cameras and microphones set up in the shop to gather intelligence on those who might dare to question their wisdom.

And no, i am not a conspiracy theorist, i just care about my community

Anonymous said...

I am so glad I didn't buy a place at Yorkeys last year! What a close shave that was, the place will be a building site for years.

Hamish Krint said...

Gee, I'm so glad I live south of Cairns! As north Cairns property values go down, ours will go up....White Rock, here we come!!!

Anonymous said...

Shit yeah hey. Give it a few years and those of us in Manoora can name our price.

steven nowakowski said...

The Aquis facebook page is now blocking people who are asking very legitimate questions such as 'who are the architects' behind Aquis?

ruby said...

That doesn't surprise me Steven Nowakowski. AQUIS is not conducting a fair dinkum community consultation process. Their shopfront in Cairns Central is nothing but a high-sell publicity act with glossy, overpainted pictures and staff acting as high sell sales people. The facebook page only wants agreeable comments, no doubt to use as "proof" of community acceptance. Remember this project has been kept secret and foisted on the people of Cairns after it has already been approved by the Newman Government. Word has it that Newman is personally fast tracking the development. The whole thing stinks of despotic government.

JETHRO said...

Matt H, there were many losers amongst the business community back in the 1980s following the development of the international airport in Cairns. The carpetbaggers arrived in Cairns in full force and fleeced quite a few of the locals. Yes, we can confidentally predict AQUIS will result in many losers once again.

steven nowakowski said...

Well I have from good sources that the architects for Aquis are not Australian nor local hence the abhorant design. Secondly, the project will be built in stages as thought with the moat, casino and one hotel being built first. You have to wonder if the rest will ever be built like the sweeteners such as stadium, aquarium and water-park.

Noel Castley-Wright said...

Firstly, to assume that all the tourists coming to this region are only going to stay at Aquis and all existing tourists that have supported Skyrail etc suddenly don't exist is a poor and ill thought out argument. Australia can be so parochial, but I will watch those that scream objections to Aquis race to be the first to reap the benefits. Aquis is willing to do what CRC has failed to do. It will give us entertainment complexes that Manning threw away, an aquarium ten times the quality of what was proposed, a world class water park that will exceed the stumbling forever ongoing maybe will happen water park, a casino and hotel facility that will have to attract world renown artists, that you would have to fly to Sydney to see... Yes, such a disgrace. As for local businesses, maybe competition is what is needed to encourage those tourists that failed to obtain value for money previously to begrudgingly return. Maybe our high commercial rents, that make all businesses overpriced will be forced to not exceed the rents of downtown Sydney where a million people walk bye daily and give our businesses what they need to grow our economy. I hate when I see party politics driving opinions rather than common sense. No party should ever come before the Community! As for staff and their ethnicity, there are laws on legal work forces that Aquis will be held equally accountable to. There is a poor understanding of Chinese tourists! who unlike Japanese, like to break free of groups and control. There is also a misrepresented view that this will only attract Asian clientele. How naive or it racial?