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12 December 2013

CAIRNS CHAMBER FINDS LNP BUSINESS OWNERS THAT WILL REGURGITATE ANY BULLSHIT THEY'RE TOLD - WHERE ARE THE COMPETENT, THINKING BUSINESS LEADERS?

The following is a list of Cairns "Business Leaders" who have offered their "unconditional support: to the Aquis Casino project in Yorkey's Knob.  This despite the dearth of information currently on offer from the developers.  These cheap-dressing clowns also apparently believe the current Queensland State government will meet their infrastructure responsibilities to Cairns.  This despite Cairns getting even further behind under the Joh Bjelke Newman government.

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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.


25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here is a thought. When the state government informs us the rate payers will have to cough up 50% of the infrastructure costs maybe the business people should pay that bill. After all, it will be them that reap the rewards of any chinese tourist who gets lost and finds his or her way into the city.

Anonymous said...

Kevin Brown, Cairns Airport CEO: "Cairns Airport is well-equipped to handle the 10% increase in traffic Aquis could be expected to generate".

But how does 10% increase in traffic through the airport make a 4bn project viable? This is why many believe they are planning to poach visitors from CBD as well or that it is never going to happen.

Chamber of Commerce need to be a bit more than dim witted political types and treat the business community with far more respect. At least acknowledge they need to provide far more than slogans to ease concerns and inform local business.

Peking Duck said...

Oh you are so bitchy Hillbilly ...

Shame on you

Anonymous said...

Hey Peking, which one in the photo is you?

Mick said...

Can we have a list of the business supporters of Aquis so we the public can vote with our feet if we feel so inclined? I mean isn't that what democracy is all about?

Anonymous said...

Hillbilly, I woluld like to know how the Fungs are going to get a Freehold title to the land, my be it will be that paperless version.
This poor dumb Chinaman honestly believes he has purchased the land when in facts he has only purchased the property rights of the previous land holder who had fee simple, no better than a lease on the land (property) and paid rent to a superior lord, paying rates to the council.
Land only lies in grant in Qld so is the quasi government going to grant him the land and the free-hold title which vests in other persons.

Anonymous said...

Very recently in the media the LNP government talked about the expansion of Abbott Point and Curtis Island and the 5 year thorough EIS that took place for the former to gain approval. If it took 5 years for the most thorough EIS to secure approval for the expansion of Abbott Point, then a reasonable person should expect a 4.2b development located on a flood plain and very close to the GBR would take a considerable time. A reasonable person should expect that if precedent has been set on EIS regarding large projects

Anonymous said...

Why weren't Grasso and Bodyy Boydy Boydy not at this great event ?

Anonymous said...

Anon 12/12/13 22:56

You may want to check your facts, "Fee Simple" actually means freehold title.

Good to see ignorance still has a perpetual home

Anonymous said...

FIVE YEARS????? Are you fucking kidding Anon 0843? Who the hell will wait FIVE YEARS? With people like this around, it is a wonder anything gets done. And you think this is OK?
By all means ask questions of the project, but don't perpetuate the Labor idea that if you put enough red tape in front of something you can stop it. Those days are over and a good thing too.
PS in case some dick for brains asks, mainly because they have nothing better to say, no I was not in the picture, I was working.
I like the idea that businesses supporting Aquis be named; they will see an increase, not a decrease as most I talk to are in favour of it! Do you worst lol

Anonymous said...

Graham Koch is a neanderthal. Obviously he did not inherit any intellectual genes from Dr Edward Koch, who actually dod something positive for Cairns. I put unSir Bob Norman in the same basket.

Anonymous said...

So now we have 21 business wankers that think they have more say than 150,000 cairns residents. The reason they are going broke is because there lack of business skills like service.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1422. I simple stated what was reported in the media vi the tv inerview with the environment minister. The point is and clearly you did not get it, it does not matter what anyone here says, a project worth 4.2b will require rigorous scrutiny and scrutiny that might take some time, not due to red tape, but to actually ensure the project has been scrutinised. You are a funny person.

Anonymous said...

Off topic but wonder if the Chamber of Commerce will note the bullshit Warren Entsch spun on Northern Australia when he was the guest speaker at their lunch on the 26th of November.

He blathered on about how he, as Chair of the Northern Australia Parliamentary Committee, had personally selected the membership of the Committee including how he had put ALP Senator Nova Peris on as Deputy Chair and how he had selected Clive Palmer (ha ha ha) and WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlum and the disaffected Senator Ian McDonald (LNP, Townsville based) and so forth.

All crap of course. Chair's NEVER select members of Parliamentary Committees. The various parties nominate their own representatives and these are then confirmed by the House of Representatives and the Senate.

This process was completed last week. So who is the Deputy Chair? Alannah MacTiernan (ALP, member of Perth, WA). No Nova Peris, No Scott Ludlum, No Ian McDonald and of course no Clive Palmer. (http://www.aph.gov.au/parliamentary_business/committees/house_of_representatives_committees?url=jscna/member.htm)

The real issue for the Chamber members and the 200 odd guests at that lunch is why would Entsch lie about this? What else did he say that was absolute tosh? Why is it always about him?

The Green paper and White Paper on Northern Australia are being developed in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Not by Entsch's sad little committee. That is just there for window dressing and the appearance of consultation. At least the PMC team will be professional - unlike Entsch and cronies.

He is a bottled toad with a monstrous ego who has repeatedly failed to deliver.

Anonymous said...

Business leaders you have to be kidding, handcock and the likes are all on gov handouts sucking off Cairns The real business leaders are all quietly getting on with business not putting their hands out

Anonymous said...

Well he might be a bottled toad with a monstrous ego, and he hasn't achieved anything of great significance up here, and his female staff all speak of disgust about him, but Warren Entsch still wins elections. The punters up here love loads of bullshit. Look at Manning spruiking shit all the time, people love it.

Anonymous said...

Our very own great big gaggle of shonks, wannabes and real estate spruikers, they look like the cast of Little Britain (Andy Pipkin, third from left). Just as funny too.

Anonymous said...

"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".


THAT IS WHAT THEY WERE DOING, trying to get some facts missing from the pro crowd. Pro are too hype, too much spruikin, too shallow and no ability to see big picture. Like the 80's when QLD was a laughing stock. Took 20 years to recover from that and hear we go again. Or JOH again.?

Some serious flags are raised and they avoid any question? All my interstate investor friends have put Cairns on ignore, too risky. Yet we act like the wIld west avoiding scrutiny, how FFS can we afford to do that?

Anonymous said...

Just heard that Cando has approved an increase in pokey notes from $20 (with a 12 year law overturned) to now allow $100 and $50 notes to be fed into these machines-any link here with Aquis and Mr Fung's Casino???

Anonymous said...

Who knows. Australian currency may not be allowed in the resort - we could be back to a form of 'Daikyo cruise currency'. History is repeating itself in every other way.

Anonymous said...

White Elephant. This won't happen. There are not enough stupid investors in the world.

Anonymous said...

Wonder how many of this crew will be whinging, whining and bellyaching away once Aquis draws the public away from the CBD, they cant get into the hospital for treatment and driving out to the beaches takes hours through bottlenecked traffic.

Observer said...

So it unfolds. The CBD will revitalise with a university campus for wealthy overseas students. High rise apartments bought by their wealthy parents will house most of the students. They will secure part time employment at the Aquis Resort, if they need to fund their studies. Aquis will offer housing for thousands of wealthy Chinese who will buy land, businesses and housing in the Cairns region. As is the case in China with politics, local politicians will be bought and owned lock, stock and barrel by wealthy Chinese entrepreneurs. Hence we can see where certain individuals in Cairns are $$$ right behind Aquis.

Anonymous said...

I think the LNP are getting ready for the end of the tourist trade in the CBD with the plans to build a James Cook University Campus in the CBD for over 1,000 overseas students. I can't see many of the tourists staying at the Aquis resort coming into the CBD, and the current hotels will certainly lose a hell of a lot of business. Ditto, most of the convention trade will be lost to Aquis. Turning the CBD into a residential area, with high rise apartment buildings and selling to wealthy Asians seems to be the plan. I predict a lot of the current businesses in the CBD will just disappear as Cairns becomes the new Asian frontier. We will see the emergence of businesses servicing the students, Asian restaurants and takeaways and so on.

KitchenSlut said...

Anonymous 13/12/13 14:22

Is that you Danny?