As the Tony Fung Aquis situation continues to spin out of control, practical Cairns ratepayers are beginning to question Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning and his disUnity Team about their promise to build a new, affordable theater "in their first term" of government. A promise that clearly is not going to be met.
Callers into the Cueball show today heard Cr. John Schilling dodging brickbats from residents clearly running out of patience with Cairns politicians. Schilling thinks he's mastered the art of the pollie dodge and weave - quickly agreeing with weekly caller Raj that there is nothing being done about the theatre, claiming the fault was with the state and federal governments for not providing any money.
We had almost $100M, dickhead. Before Sleepy and you said "no thanks", without the hint of even a negotiation. A struggling Cairns with residents needing a helping hand from our state and federal governments, instead elected a group of bogans too stupid to say "yes" to money that should have been used for the public. Under the bus ya' go. And don't forget your stupid hat.
Council insiders report now that plans are being made to move Cr. Terry James into the big seat. It's been confirmed that Manning has told confidants that he's not likely to finish this term and might as well leave early to give James a leg-up.
Schilling did his part by somehow tying Terry James into the planning and construction of the Esplanade and Lagoon when it was mentioned by Kenny Pyne, hillbilly cabbie. Despite the fact it was a Mayor Tom Pyne project, as was the courageous decision to consolidate city staff in a new building on Spence. And while Kenny Pyne pointed out that the Cairns CBD had slipped back into "drunken lout" turmoil, Schilling confirmed what we all suspected - - that Joh Bjelke Newman had only committed to a "quick fix" solution, which collapsed as soon as the extra coppers were returned to bikie harassment duty. Cueball stayed silent as his buddy Gavin King was singled out for a flogging, not just by Schilling but as he was Greeked by his Grafton Street restaurant mate.
None of this turmoil is getting Cairns the needed theatrical infrastructure. Parents have objected to the marching of primary school Eisteddfod participants thru casinos filled with gambling Chinese, as do many of the usual theatre-goers in Cairns. The idiotic idea that an Aquis theatre can somehow get our community off the hook from investing in our own is now seen by most councillors as unlikely, and yet Manning continues to fiddle. Replacing Manning with an intellectual lightweight like James will send the community further down the gurgler.