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17 February 2014

"TEFLON BOB" MANNING PART 2 - WHY DO AQUARIUM DEVELOPERS CLAIM MANNING ASSURED THEM LAKE STREET STRUCTURE WAS ENOUGH PARKING FOR THEIR PROJECT?

Developers of the Cairns Aquarium project were gobsmacked last week when the Council brought forward their development approval with a $3,000,000. parking brick attached.


These developers, Cairns Aquarium and Reef Research Centre P/L, were planning their project with NO onsite parking.  Their parking consultant, Arup, is well aware of the off-street parking requirements in Cairns.  And yet their development package suggested they would need less than 40 spaces, and (wink, wink!) we can let these employees park on the street.  The developers have told many in town that they were deceived - they had been told by at least one councillor with development experience that there was no sentiment to burden this project with on-site parking. 

The developers were therefore stunned when they first saw the Council officer's recommendations for parking.  Numerous attempts were made by them to get to the Mayor thru the various high-paid suits he has running interference for him.  We understand when finally confronted about this parking requirement Manning said he 'tried to get the bats moved but Terry James insists all the councillors should get croc skin Birkin bags first'.  

Nor would the rest of the Council who voted to demand their $3M payment for parking they didn't provide.  And even this number is generous by those who looked at the business plan - other experts believe this project should have 200+ spaces to service staff and customers. The Peter Tabulo short parking requirement strikes again - with evidence all over town that Cairns developers rarely pay their own way.  The current Aquis Casino and Hotel proposal is short about 2000 carparks. . . . we wonder what kind of "winks" have been given to *THEIR* consultants???

Of course in Saturday's Cairns Post some blockhead in Machans Beach (we know, that's redundant) has computed that the meter and painted lines can't justify a Council charge of $26k+ for one parking spot.  I guess the hillbilly moron thinks land and/or parking structures are free. . . .

Other callers expressed outrage that Council would demand 114 parking bays for this project - despite the fact that traders around the CBD routinely complain of parking shortfalls.  

It's clear that there is little support for $3M in "corporate welfare" while so many other ratepayer needs go unaddressed.  The same reason Council is stiff arming the traders on Lake Street who've seen their businesses decimated by the inept execution of the Lake Street upgrade.   Manning meanwhile just shrugs his shoulders and says "not my problem" while the developers contemplate suing the Council for misleading them.  


21 comments:

Anonymous said...

I saw somewhere that Manning goes into hospital for a "procedure" on the 20th -hope it is to give him back the brain he has missing. He should never have been voted in as Mayor he is a disaster area -this one is the latest. Parking in the CBD is still a disaster -all those extra spaces along Lake St have disappeared by 10am -try getting a short term park near the Private Hospital and you will see what I mean. And re the Aquarium developement -surely Arup would have figured out that many more spaces were needed -where does the buck stop??

Anonymous said...

Apparently, Cr. Master Bates tried to move an amendment in support of the Aquarium. It lapsed when he couldnt get a seconder. WTF?

Anonymous said...

I am surprised at how many say an Aquarium does not need parking. It is not the type of business that demands parking but where the business is located. If it were somewhere else then maybe not but there yes. Parking needed. How many spaces could be up to debate. Also does anyone ever use Rusty parking up the ramp? It is sometimes true that parking provided is not used as many hate navigating up ramps and so forth.

Nor do I wish to see all the surrounding business shut up shop due to the Aquarium using all street parking. they need a meeting with all local business owners and form a solution.

I support the Aquarium but not at ratepayer expense.

Hamish Krint said...

For a city the size of Cairns, it surprises mean how naïve its residents are, politically, development wise, resource wise, marketing wise, promotion wise etc. etc.
We seem to lurch along, from one crisis to another, yet little progress is made...
Is the sum total of our collective wisdom all that bad?
Or is it that the clever members in our community opt-out (the easier option) and just watch us all quietly going down the gurgler...
Maybe self-sufficiency prevails to such an extent that such people can remain observers rather than active participants, who knows?
Suffice to say that I think we are in dire straits, and unless we adopt a collective awareness and conscience, even those people who are relatively insulated from the day-to-day mess will inevitably become affected too.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who believes anything Sleepy Manning says believe in fairies in the bottom of garden, and what I heard today that Tony Abbott is so good for this country that it started to rain the minute he got off a plane in central QLD adds weight to the notion that there are a lot of fairies in a lot of gardens. Using that anaology, the day John Howard arrived in New York terrorists blew up the World Trade Centre.

Anonymous said...

Hamish. Not surprising. We have a massive shortage of highly skilled people in Australia and I mean HIGHLY skilled, so even in economic hot spots they have stupid people on a million a year. So what chance does Cairns have of securing any talent? People move here for lifestyle, not to be at the economic center of the universe, yet they cannot even get a fair go when asking for so little. Nobody asked to come here and be sent broke overnight but happens way too often. I watched My Kitchen Rule last night and the girl from WA was over confident, talked the talk but was a failure at the task. That is what we have an abundance of in Cairns. I really think we have to hire a mayor, State and Federal MP expert from out of town, with good references and proven track record.

urb said...

these supposed businessmen have tabled a development, clearly sought handshake deals to further their causes & have quite frankly said some pretty immature shit. no requirement for parking, telling the CRC they want their water for free - fuck whats next?
the future of this city is not dependant on a building with a few fucken fish in it - they , like everybody else, should abide by the planning scheme as part of their grand idea or simply fuck off. gouging ratepayers to fix a fucked up business plan isnt a very wise strategy. get up ya fucken consultants - they seem to have sold you a load of shit?

Anonymous said...

Didn't council buy the block of vacant land at the other end of the Novatel Oasis for some 3 million recently?
Do the sums.
Hey presto, there's your parking, paid for by the Aquarium development.
Oh oh ... don't forget the bats !!

Anonymous said...

We've got the biggest aquarium just off the coast. We don't need one in the CBD. There are many aquariums all over the world and we would never be able too match them. Use the land to make a tent city for our homeless.

Second Anonymous said...

When asked to comment, Mayor Sleepy said he had a can-do solution to the aquarium parking problem.

"Let them park at the airport and catch a taxi to the aquarium," Mayor Sleepy said.

"It's much better for the economy because more people get to extract dollars from the aquarium clients.

"Council is even building a Lake Street extension - hell, we could make it a toll road and extract more from the slimy tourist bastards," Mayor Sleepy said.

He then went on to recount the good old days he was the boss of the Cairns airport before he had to resign because the state government was bullying him into actually doing something.

He then said he was tired and would go home to have a nap.

"Wake me when I have cut the ribbon on that toll road," was the last thing he said before nodding off at the media conference lectern and being dragged away by faceless LNP minders.

Anonymous said...

How nice it is to be Bob Manning and supported by the local media machine. What a cosy job he has cushioned from criticism, never being taken to task for his lies and bullshitting (except on Hillbilly Watch). Of course he can go home to sleep and get paid for it.

Bob R. said...

Oh for chrissakes, if we get some cyclonic winds ripping in from the Coral Sea and thousands of fucken coconuts go hurtling through the city smashing plate glass windows, damaging cars and killing people, then maybe the council will do something like blame Val Schier or the Labor Party or the unions or the refugees or the council employees. There you go. They got it all planned.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 05.28 about our local media machine supporting the Mayor and the LNP for that matter. Yesterday morning at starting time, Ian Lowth, the ‎General Manager Community, Sport and Cultural Services at Cairns Regional Council was sacked by Sleepy and his mates. Not a single mention in to-days Compost.

ruby said...

Of course not Anonymous 12.28, but if it had been the Schier Council which sacked him, it would have been the biggest SCANDAL in the city for weeks on end. Mackenzie would have been bellowing and bawling away every day for weeks on end, calling up his sycophants and getting them all to agree with him about the scandal and how evil Schier was and how awful women were holding public office. "Oh there is so much HATE out there," Mackenzie would say over and over.
There would have been an Editorial in The Cairns Post praising the efforts of Lowth for his contributions over the years and citing his achievements, followed by a sound condemnation of the Mayor. BUT the media cushions Manning and doesn't give a shit about sacked staff.

Hamish Krint said...

So, why was he given the flick???

Anonymous said...

When Labor finally wised up and sacked Manning from his Cairns Port Authority CEO's job, The Cairns Post and McKenzie were furious. But he was a totally useless and controlling idiot. And nothing's changed.

Anonymous said...

So why was Ian Lowth sacked?

Anonymous said...

There have been many nervous people in the council since this conservative council was elected to office, as we have seen some have been made redundant, some sacked, some resigned. There is some feeling that whilst some staff have their heads down as to not be noticed other staff are making sure the head kickers are aware of nay sayers or staff that have their own views. ben glenright is considered one of the latter who will stoop to these lows

KitchenSlut said...

The whole parking episode at the Aquarium has been rather curious. Not only didn't they allow themselves for the 38 their own study said was indicated but the proposal also takes out 12 current public spaces as well.

KitchenSlut said...

P.S Also interested as to what water infrastructure requirements there would be on that site distant from the waterfront for a tropical aquarium? Cant find anything in council docs or have I missed it?

Seth said...

Anonymous 09.50, I would imagine the workplace is toxic with suspicion and fear. It mustn't be a happy place to work in.