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.