As council officers continue to exit the dysfunctional nonfunctional Cairns nonRegional Council, insiders continue to report internal planning underway for likely Bob Manning resignation in the next few weeks.
The collapse of the Arts in Cairns is now almost complete
with the apparent sacking of Rob Brown, the last council employee with any experience at running the Civic Theater. Brown, an avid still photographer, had antagonized some councillors with his petition to rescind the photographer fees imposed by this cash-grabby council. This comes after the departure of Phil Finklestein, who ran the Civic Theater for over 20 years until the disUnity Council established their "Arts-Unfriendly" policy.
This comes during a week that has seen the unconfirmed sacking of Ian Lowth, General Manager of Community, Sport, and Cultural Services. Ian, hired by Kevin Byrne originally, has been extremely successful in this job - apparently a threat to the disUnity plan to gut much of this budget. This was the second time disUnity councillors came after Lowth, and the spineless sock puppet Peter Tabulo let another good manager get thrown under the bus. These same councillors are working hard to push out Corporate Services General Manager Linda Kirchner, as well.
Council staff morale is at an all-time low, with much of the normal workings grinding to a halt as people have become increasingly afraid to even sign a report! Some "house-cleaning" is expected when a new government takes over administration. But because Manning has no leadership or decision-making abilities, the bloodletting continues almost two years after this council was elected as personal agendas and "get-squares" are unable to be stopped by the flaccid Manning.
Manning has gone to the hospital today for what's said to be "minor surgery", which we understand may involve leeches and a witch doctor. And then he's taking almost three weeks leave in conjunction with this procedure. Additonally, he has also quietly resigned as the Far North Queensland representative to the LGAQ, which will now require a by-election for the region in this important organization. Cairns may very well get their views shut-out of the LGAQ with many of the members referring to Manning's attendance as "seat warming".
We're expecting Manning to quit as Mayor very soon. Stay tuned.