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4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News
4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News Led by John "Cueball" Mackenzie

11 January 2014

AS MANNING COUNCIL MOVES TO "TIDY UP" CBD FOOTPATHS, THE MANNING FAMILY OPERATES THEIR OWN BUSINESS UNDER VERY DIFFERENT RULES

Let's face it, the sign and street dining situation in the Cairns CBD had gotten out of control long before the didUnity Team took office.  The laissez-faire attitude towards Public Laws was a feature of the Kevin Byrne regime - it was this insider attitude that allowed the Villa Romana restaurant to actually construct additional building area on council land, all while Fat Arse Byrne and his band of misfits sat at a corner table and guffawed.  

He guffawed himself right into a losing election.

So the Manning council has decided to "get tough" on traders.  With no consultation and virtually no notice, council officers swooped down on the CBD prior to Christmas and began seizing signs, ordering shopkeepers to remove merchandise racks, and pushing tables and chairs back into authorised areas.  When a large number of traders resisted ("the crybabies"), Terry James promised on the Cueball radio show there would be a "review".

The laws that govern the signage requirements are embodied in Local Law 6, and while on the books for years, there has been little enforcement.  During busy tourist times, they are regularly seen tripping over these signs all over the CBD.  

With virtually no council staff in their Spence street offices, the so-called review is over and the confiscations have resumed and the crybabies have returned to their wailing.

Local Law 6 governs all signage in the city.  So it's a mystery why the Manning family owned Events NQ on North Sheridan have put up illegal signs on public property both at their business location on Sheridan, but also along highways right around the city.  These are there to advertise a Manning-family owned event, the "NQ Wedding and Formal Expo".


While the Mayor's wife Claire is Managing Director of this operation, it was well-known that the family bought it for one of of their children, Mark, to run.  But apparently the high-pressure world of freshly laundered napkins, rental tables, and chairs has seen Mark exit the family business with now only Claire there to run it.  And with Claire recently hospitalised, and the Mayor scheduled for major surgery shortly, could this business even exist without the "insider" connections they have to the business community?

Calls to council to lodge complaints about the illegal signs have been knocked back with callers told once "call Main Roads", and a second caller told "we won't be taking any action on these (illegal) signs".  So the Mayor and his family financially benefit from a violation of a law they want traders in the CBD to comply with.

NQ Events (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Manning family's Belmar Events P/L) had benefitted from running events in Port Douglas prior to the deamalgamation.  It's our guess the new political management in Port won't be so quick to roll over to this operation when there are locally-run Douglas Shire companies doing the same work.

But sadly we again see one set of rules for "us", and the other set of rules for "them".

You know who you are.




16 comments:

KitchenSlut said...

My whisper was that Events Cairns a while ago now had reached agreement for the business to be sold to O'Brien's shortly before that all went up in smoke! Who knows?

KitchenSlut said...

"The laissez-faire attitude towards Public Laws was a feature of the Kevin Byrne regime - it was this insider attitude that allowed the Villa Romana restaurant to actually construct additional building area on council land, all while Fat Arse Byrne and his band of misfits sat at a corner table and guffawed."

WRONG Hillbilly! WRONG! KB was second row centre back .... not corner front .... with a whopping glass of red while George and the boys went over the plans!

CBD Warrior said...

This is always the mark of conservative governments. Cutting the supports out of the working people, and applying a different set of rules for the wealthy and well-connected. This has been Manning's history. No surprise here.

Anonymous said...

There has been talk that Ireland's are being awarded CRC business for vehicle fleets. Anyone know if this is true? You'd want to get something back for your $40,000 donation to Unity

Anonymous said...

Has anyone twigged on Wazzas assn with BIKIES????? This is probably the most draconian piece of legislation ever visited on Qlanders. Just shows what happens when you appoint a small time conveyancer as AG. This will probably come back to bite them on the bum as there are sure to be some LNP State members who have associated with a bikie sometime somewhere!

Anonymous said...

One rule for us, another rule for the rest of you. That is a hallmark of Conservative Government.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, off topic.
TCP Weekender front page headline; ON HOLD and blaming red-tape. Well, it'll be the money stupid! My betting is that the 'red-tape' is that the Fung's can't find investors. Who would pour they billions into the Barron River flood plain in a Queensland provincial city? Certainly not savvy Chinese speculators it seems.

Anonymous said...

Easy solution. Dump Manning and his clowns at the next election!

Anonymous said...

Bring Back Val!

Anonymous said...

Bring Back Val!

Anonymous said...

Bring back Val
Bring back Di
Bring back Kirsten

KitchenSlut said...

Suggestion: Don't bring back Val. Move on!

Anonymous said...

With the possible collapse of the AQUIS development, we would be left high and dry without any new performing arts theatre or any new major tourist attraction. The city would be done over like a dogs turd by the LNP and their greasy quest for public power. Added to this is the certainty that we would never get the same funding for a pubic regional Entertainment Precinct ever again.

Anonymous said...

Yes... Bring back Val.. and also dump that spineless CEO ! The most manipulative self-interested piece of shit this town has ever known.

Anonymous said...

I'm inclined to agree with KitchenSlut. What is done is done, and we will need to move on with new faces.

Anonymous said...

Let it be noted that John Macca was seen some years ago dining with Kevin Burnt and several other silvertails at Villa Romeo and they were quaffing expensive glasses of red with their expensive free meals. The lunch went on for hours after MR Macca finished his morning radio shift. This happened on more than one occasion as several people who worked within duly noted