In a special Cairns nonRegional Council meeting called for this morning, Council went into closed session for a "Prejudicial Matter" - Review and Submission of the CRC EIS submission on the Aquis resort and CASINO.
It's absurd to believe that this submission, made on behalf of the ratepayers in Cairns, is prejudicial to anyone. Presumably all the issues raised by Council on our behalf are known to Tony Fung and his representatives. A local barrister has asserted that this Council has abused their power under the Local Government Regulation-2012 by even holding this meeting in secret. There is no "prejudicial" consequence in sharing this information with the public.
On completion of the meeting, Bob "Sleepy" Manning released a "Community Statement" that only outlines the Aquis EIS and the areas of interest to Council. It confirms that Council's "Detailed Analysis of the EIS" include reports on Economics, Social Impacts, Town Planning, Water and Waste Infrastructure, Ecology, Flooding, Transport, and Visual Impact.
But the public can't read the document, because Bob Manning has decided it's SECRET. WE CAN'T BE TOLD WHAT *WE* HAVE TOLD THE QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT! Representations have been made in OUR name (the Ratepayers of Cairns) but we're not allowed to know what we've said!
And while there's no precedent for the secrecy order surrounding this public report (a copy of which Gavin King has been waving at locals for a week), Manning then went the extra mile and issued a gag order on the Council Meeting!
Under penalty of discipline (including possible ejection from Council), Bob Manning has ordered that NO COUNCILLOR may discuss any portion of the EIS response and closed meeting with ANYONE. All statements about the EIS can only come from Bob Manning!
For police-state style secrecy, arrogance, and disrespect for the public above and beyond, we nearby award Cairns Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning the "Joh-Hole of the Week" award.