It's no secret the Cairns CBD is a cesspool of shitty filthy buildings and dirty footpaths. Gavin King built his MP campaign on this issue, although upon taking up his position manoeuvred to strip the Cairns unRegional Council of the $30 million promised to the community for a CBD upgrade.
Nothing has been done since. Buildings and footpaths look even worse.
All issues pointed out by the Hillbilly Watch on several occasions.
So with the G20 finance ministers meeting (who really gives
a shit, anyway) along with some travel agent event, this month's Chamber talking points, all the "leaders" are pointing at others to clean up this shithouse.
Chamber Executive Director Deb Hancock suggests a campaign of a "civic pride" for the landlords with a "name and shame" stick will do the trick. With most of the recalcitrant property owners either southerners or foreigners, they obviously are in Cairns for the negative gearing and the ripoff-level rents.
It's a known fact that "negative gearing" of retail property often results in landlords reluctant to meet market pricing, preferring to leave buildings empty. Cairns has seen shocking rent increases even during the worst downturn since the pilots strike, with working class retail families taking the hit. Big time local property owners (with one family owning the key golden block retail corner hiking rents by 30% as the full downturn hit) use local commercial realtors to "spread the word" on minimum retail rents, in violation of the law. Giving Cairns the highest retail shop rents in Australia. The local owners did buy their daughter a $1m home as a wedding present with the money they stripped out of their hardworking retail tenants. One of which recently declared bankruptcy.
It was then a shock when Member for MacKenzie Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King dismissed a "name and shame" campaign against these evil landlords and got the task force to agree. They also agreed on MORE corporate welfare for these owners, who own some of the most profitable real estate in Australia.
King, the same MP who has insisted on a "name and shame" campaign against aboriginal juvenile offenders AND THEIR PARENTS.
"Name and shame" is OK as a hammer to use on the aboriginals but unreasonable on wealthy landowners who fail to maintain their CBD buildings? King is clearly devoid of any morals whatsoever.
Go to any competing destination - Hawaii, Koh Samui, Singapore, Guam, and see footpaths being swept and washed by building owners daily. Somehow these wealthy building owners here have pushed all their responsibilities on the local council and ratepayers.
Gavin King has reached a new low in empathy and effectiveness as a Member of Parliament. Even CBD Task Force members laughed about King as he rushed out to another meeting.