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OF UNSAFE CLIFFS AND
Insiders have suggested the scam began when a member of the Quaid family and an employee of their real estate office approached MacKenzie with their plans to use the huge influx of Aquis workers as an excuse to renew property development near Mt. Molloy, north of Cairns.
And to do this, the "Junelle Ginger Group" decided they would agitate for the opening of the Quaid Road, likely a precursor to some political deal to allow subdivision of the Southedge site.
The original George Quaid development on this site known as Southedge (Southedge Daintree Pastoral Company P/L) was given the nod by the Joh Bjelke Peterson government and Minister Russ Hinze, despite having NO planning or environmental assessments. It was subsequently squelched for environmental reasons when the Joh government collapsed, but not before the Southedge (Quaid) road was constructed.
All they needed was a disruption on the Kuranda Range road to implement their plans, and this came at 10:30AM on Friday, November 15 when an accident between two trucks kept the highway closed for over two hours. This gave the Junelle Ginger Group the entire weekend to organise the compliant hillbilly callers. And none are more compliant than Elvis Ashwell.
Tour-bus driver Elvis was the tool used by MacKenzie to attack the Schier Council's Cultural Precinct plans based on the "need for more cruise ships to use the Cairns wharf". And on Tuesday 19 November the MacKenzie plan swung into motion with the reading of Ashwell's letter to the Cairns Post claiming "doom" is coming to the users of the Kuranda Range Road and calling for tunnels to be built there to accommodate the traffic.
Cairns residents will recall the Beattie government developed a four-lane upgrade of the range road in 2000, and final approvals from the federal government were received in 2007. By then however the GFC pushed this $1B project into the "wish list" category, and Main Roads implemented minor changes to the current roadway in an attempt to mitigate the road difficulties. The current two lane configuration is adequate to carry the traffic numbers on this roadway.
Junelle McNaught then booked in the onslaught of phone calls, starting with Ashwell's "sky is falling" diatribe. He claims that people WANT to take a coach up the range to see the natural beauty, and in the same breath says the government must build "a tunnel" to fix the problem. Ashwell has the intellect of a bag of hammers.
This then began a stream of Cueball-organised callers making the case. The always hysterical "Lynn from Kuranda" claimed the range road is "practically bumper to bumper, 24 hours" and that the road was scrapped because "Labor got
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Then Friday, Cueball tried to pull the rabbit out of his hat, to a stinking failure. Firstly, we hear from JCU Chancellor John Grey, who was chair of the Wet Tropics Authority when the Beattie government designed the Kennedy Highway upgrade. Grey proceeded to kill the idea of tunnelling as a solution.
And finally, the coup d'grace, in the form of smarmy weasel Martin "I'm an aboriginal, too" Tenni. Tenni, has boasted that he acted as real estate agent for both Tony Fung and the Pappalardarse family, which will net him a share of a commission rumoured to be in excess of $600,000! All without any pesky real estate license.
|QUAID ROAD FEATURES A BITUMEN TRACK|
MUCH NARROWER THAN THE KURANDA RANGE
Then Tenni switches into high-power lying. He says "the Quaid Road requires NO expenditure" to open, and says the road was built legally, approved by "the Premier of the day, myself as the minister up here, and the department of forestry. To forestry department standards. It's a well designed and well built road, better than anything we've got."
All complete bullshit, Martin. In fact, in a related court case with George Quaid, the court was told by him that the road was "designed and built by Lance Dodds . . . . .a guy with no engineering certification or degree whatsoever!
And then Michael "Where's the Backhoe" Trout gets on the radio, and shockingly calls Tenni a liar, and goes on to gut the whole idea of the Quaid Road being an acceptable alternative. Trout says the "technical people" have told him the road can't support modern day traffic, nor the 600+ trucks that currently use the Kuranda Range.
And the most idiotic result of using the Quaid Road? THESE 600 TRUCKS THEN HAVE TO DRIVE DOWN THE COOK HIGHWAY FROM WANGETTI, THRU PALM COVE, AND DOWN THE COOK HIGHWAY TO THE CITY! Talk about fucking up a perfectly good road! What a terrific idea, Herr Tenni! Trout called for a "full plan", and then confirmed that John Grey's assertions about the Wet Tropics approvals for a Kuranda Range upgrade are wrong.
Mackenzie's annoyance with this information was palpable. After over a week beating this issue daily, with the agreed goal to support the Quaid family in their search for more money, and the plan to ram thru opening of the Quaid Road, apparently Michael Trout didn't fall into line like he's supposed to.
With LNP governments at both state and federal levels, environmental vandals are coming out of hibernation and projects thought to be dead and buried are gasping for a new life. The three "yes-men" elected to Far North Queensland parliament, along with a federal member loathed by even his own party colleagues, are proving to be duds at getting us our share of infrastructure and jobs support, and unable to meet their electoral committment to lower the skyrocketing cost of living in FNQ.
And with Trouty throwing in the towel on any upgrade of the Kuranda Range and obviously scared of even talking about the subject to the Premier, we're royally screwed.
|WELKUM TO HILLBILLY LAND WHERE SKOOL|
IS OPTIONAL FOR OUR SKILLED WERKFORCE