Graham Caldwell, Fortis One Director: . . ."once in a lifetime opportunity to develop a state-of-the-art multi-faceted tourism facility". .
How do you know we wouldn't get a more modest project keeping in scale with Cairns, Graham? Is it all going to be "state of the art", or just the casino? And what are the other "multi-facets" - it looks like any other big casino, a huge room to leave your money and support services (food, water, air, continual-running liquor) to ensure your pockets have been completely picked clean by the time your plane leaves.
Graham Koch, KIB Insurance Brokers: . . ."we need to focus on the future. . .the Aquis project is our great light on the horizon".
Are you sure that's not an oncoming train? We really don't think you should be worshiping at the altar of gambling.
Gayleen Toll, Prerecruitment: "Cairns needs Aquis - it will be the best thing for the city - without it business confidence will be shattered and remain in decline, unemployment will remain high, small business will continue to suffer"
Others would have different goals as the "best thing" for Cairns. Fully housing all our population. Ensuring children don't go to sleep hungry. A connection road between Lake Street and the airport.
Kevin Brown, Cairns Airport CEO: "Cairns Airport is well-equipped to handle the 10% increase in traffic Aquis could be expected to generate".
And Kevin Brown and his board of the privately-owned Cairns Airport are also ready to increase their gouging of landed aircraft along with tourists, ensuring Cairns place as "most expensive airport in the world".
Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King, upchucking the talking points given to him by Michael Trout: "This is not a time for negativity and fear-mongering. . this project should be allowed to go through the rigorous approval" . . . .
The only negativity and fear mongering has been coming out of you and Michael "Hide the Backhoe" Trout. The "rigorous approval" process is supposed to include the public, you remember?
Gary Aylward, MD of Hot Croc Advertising: ". . . .we can't let a small group be allowed to prevent this opportunity without the benefit of balanced facts and discussions". We need to be imaginative and not be constrained by thinking regarding issues like Yorkey's Knob traffic issues. We need to get into the real world, otherwise Cairns will continue to be a welfare city". . .
Aylward has never been the sharpest tool in the shed. In the "real world" Gary, the residents would have had shared with them these "balanced facts", and had broadly supported "community discussions".
Deb Hancock, CEO Cairns Chamber of Commerce: . . "in the future we will be looking back at this time in history as a critical turning point - I hope we will be smiling and not shaking our heads".
The residents also hope that looking back isn't a bitter remembrance of how a blow-in CofC CEO could so easily been persuaded to sell out the residents of her new city.
It was easy for the CofC to find LNP apologists at 10 AM on a workday. The REAL backbone of the Chamber is the hundreds of retail shop members who were far busy trying to make a quid while this group of under performing prima donnas could hang around the lagoon and pose for pictures.
We know what the REAL story is, and applaud those put their work and employees ahead of their pandering for Fungbucks in Facebuck.