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17 October 2013

LNP PORT STRATEGY COMES TO SAME CONCLUSION AS BLIGH GOVERNMENT - CAIRNS TO REMAIN AS "BOUTIQUE" PORT WITH NO FURTHER INVESTMENT

One of the MacKenzie hillbilly issues during the last Queensland election was the deepening of the Trinity Bay channel and turning basin in the hope that more of the ever-larger cruise ships would use the Trinity Wharf instead of anchorage at Yorkey's Knob.

The issue was being pushed by Elvis Ashwell, and was tailor
made for John MacKenzie's diatribe against Anna Bligh and the ALP government.  He was especially incensed that the Cairns Port was described as a "boutique port".

MacKenzie, along with Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King, railed on the issue for months, and on a visit to Cairns the then-challenger Campbell Newman was pitched the issue.  Seeing the psychotic look in Cueball's eyes and sensing an easy hillbilly score, Newman pulled a number from his arse and said "sure, we'll spend up to $40M dredging the inlet".

The real cost has been estimated at almost $120M, but this has been kept tightly under wraps as Ports North goes thru the environmental exercise.

So it came as a surprise when Jeff Seeney announced the Queensland Ports Strategy in Parliament.  It targets five "priority port"areas that will be fully supported by the LNP - Cairns EXCLUDED.  It also makes clear that the LNP is afraid of UNESCO, a charge used to attack the ALP and Anna Bligh.  The strategy document does everything but call Cairns a "boutique port", and takes great pains to confirm $40M is the MAXIMUM that has been committed to any deepening.

It's not enough.  

Cairns is about to be dudded again by the Newman Government.  And even if $40M was spent, the number of cruise liners using Yorkey's Knob (Fung Beach) will continue to grow.  

Of course Gavin King's Facebook page and other public statements continue to ignore the issue.  Instead of representing Cairns' tourism needs and the electorate in his seat, he's allowed Newman and Seeney to silence him.  King has no backbone at all.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

McKenzie will be spitting chips. King will be all evasive and quiet for a while, before staring another pathetic attack on Curtis Pitt.Entsch will be nowhere to be seen, then have another go at Jan McLucas. Funny how the Cairns Post plastered Jan McLucas' trip to the Para Olympics in London all over the front page.By the looks of , it seemed a legitimate trip, closely connected to her role as Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities. Not a word was said about Entsch's taxpayer funded trip to Vladivostok last year. I heard him talking to Mckenzie about it, all excited and spitting into his phone. So what was he there for ? Sampling Vodka ? What did he represent or achieve while he was there ? Anyway, since we are going to stay a "boutiques port" , it would seem that that CEP land is definitely not needed anymore for "port expansion".Maybe the Chinese can build a brothel there..

Hamish Krint said...

What's happened to the Yarrabah '3 mile long' wharf? Maybe the loot could go towards their expenses? We'll need a bus to take us from one end of their wharf to the other.....

Anonymous said...


For business certainty they should commit to the total cost of the project. It does sound like they know the cost to be 40 million when really there is nothing to support that number. Could be they are stringing us along.

NYM said...

All too easy to suck in the bogans and rednecks of Cairns. They will swallow anything. Ho hum, sucked in AGAIN.

Anonymous said...


Jeff Seeney and Gavin King contradict each other. Gavin King said there will be dredging outside of PPDA and Seeney said there would not be.

"He said the PPDAs would be created for the ports of Brisbane, Mackay/Hay Point (two separate zones), Gladstone, Townsville and Abbot Poin"................... “This strategy will also prohibit capital dredging for the development of deep water port facilities outside of PPDAs for the next 10 years". http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2013/10/17/draft-ports-strategy-released

Anonymous said...

Suck it up Macca! You have been well and truly fucked up the arse by your LNP mates! Read this: no dredging for Cairns Port.

Anonymous said...

The only thing they will be dredging, will be the bottom of the barrel.

sunfish said...

yer dredging Cairns port doesn't suit other motoed plans as well such as aquis boat visitors coming via the closer to Aquis Yorkey's Knob Marina , or the planned breakwater "improvement" to Palm Cove Jetty which could be used by the developer of Double Island to ferry visitors to and fro the coast (and harbour numerous stink boats). This is despite the new owner of Double Island claiming on the front page of Cairns Post when the purchase was announced that he intended making it an exclusive up market destination with limited numbers of visitors (or words to that affect). Why does he need to desecrate Palm Cove with an ugly Marina if that is the case?

Anonymous said...

So we have been dragged around in a huge circle. This has been raised before and what happens in a community where there are so many transients with no prior knowledge of past decision making and so many locals who don't give a shit about what is happening in their own community. It is left to an idiot like Mackenzie to direct everyone round in a huge circle.

Anonymous said...


Who is lying is the question. You would think this day and age we could get a straight answer from the people paid to serve. Seeney said there was no way they could reject that obscene payrise. It was impossible. Their hands were tied and that was that. King said the same but that he would donate a little of it somewhere. Yet now the law has changed and they get 9% still way too much but poof positive they are LIARS. So how do we get the TRUTH on dredging.? Have they any capacity for telling the truth?

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or does it seem our local plods up here are just a little overenthusiastic in their new LNP Joh style powers to harass members of the motorbike riding public with the excuse they are preventing crime? I really hope we don't go back to those dark days when the Queensland police 'force' really was was the best money could buy.

Bob R. said...

The LNP seem to be increasingly out of control now with these fascist anti bikie laws. I see where Newman has put the boot into the Police Force too, ordering them to enact the legislation or get the sack. Fucken fascists.

Anonymous said...

Lets drege it , get rid of all shit boats the line the entrice ! The inlet use to be nice now it's over fished an polluted an as for a organisation like UNESCO dysfunctional alot like our current unity team ;)

Dean said...

Why don't the bikies just stop fighting and drug dealing if they don't want to be persecuted? I've got no sympathy for them. Sure the rules are draconian, but the people will accept them if they believe they're for the greater good. If people try to live outside the rules of the system, sometimes you have to bend the rules to eliminate them. It's probably the most supported thing the Newman Govt has done.

As for people who believed dredging would happen, they're probably leftovers from the Joh-era education system. They'll believe anything.