This is Blazing Saddles, just one of the Trout-family owned tourism destinations around Cairns.
Immediately adjacent to the 350+ hectare site of the Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort.
According to the map shown on the Blazing Saddles website, the Trout family would see their operation become part of the Aquis project. We don't believe the Blazing Saddles map is correct, however.
Current Member for Barron River Michael "Hide the Backhoe" Trout has filed a Member's disclosure with the Parliament. In it, he acknowledges a financial interest in "Blazing Saddles Adventures", although it is believed this site is leased. So what kind of massive conflict of interest is being ignored by the Joh Bjelke Newman government in Michael Trout's "negotiations" with Aquis principal Tony Feng?
Or has the gutting of the Crime and Misconduct Tribunal rendered any financial malfeasance by a Member of the Queensland Parliament OK? It's unclear if Fung is aware of the criminal history of Trout brothers Steven & Luke. Luke is seen regularly by patrons of Blazing Saddles.
But this is nothing compared to the situation surrounding former Member for Barron River Martin Tenni. Everyone in Cairns is well aware of Tenni, his disturbing verbal racial attacks, and other irrational behaviour.
Tenni called the Cueball radio show on Friday, to prop up his mate Bob "Sleepy" Manning. But then Tenni starts unabashedly taking credit for the project himself. He says:
"Now I've been involved in that for, well, from word go. I did the negotiating with the land and everything out there, for Tony."
"I've also negotiated with Michael Trout, and Michael Trout has really played a major role in this. . "
"The reason I think why I got involved was the main holder of the main area of land has been a personal friend of mine for, I suppose, 55 - 60 years. (Francesco Pappalardo) And he asked me to get involved, and help him out. And I met Tony, and had breakfast aboard his ship one day".
So Martin Tenni has admitted and acknowledged negotiating a land sale, apparently representing BOTH SIDES in the transaction, without a real estate licence of any kind!
Tenni's alleged work in real estate was brought to our attention previously, during the destruction of the Rex Theater for which real estate agent Robert Smith was found guilty earlier this year. Tenni has been advertised as the "agent" for several properties.
No licence of any kind for Martin Tenni to act as an estate agent is shown with the Queensland Office of Fair Trading. The only agent Tenni is a "Jodie Sue Tenni".
Nothing like getting a project off the ground with the maximum amount of self-dealing as possible. The "North Queensland Style". Don't let anyone tell you our Queensland pollies can't go toe-to-toe with the Chinese - at least when it comes to filling their own pockets.
More soon. . . .