Cairns residents are now referring to Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King as a failure for Cairns. Starting out his tenure by secret backdoor communications with Bob "Sleepy" Manning, he gave away $34M for CBD upgrades and almost $100M for the Entertainment Precinct.
So the rejection of the long-expected Cairns Port cruise ship dredging project is another kick in the nuts for Cairns. The rejection, coming before the release of the Port Dredging Environmental Impact Statement, is hidden in Queensland Government port strategy documents that have received little attention from the media.
In the Newman government's "Queensland Ports Strategy" document just released for a very short comment period, they make it crystal clear that we're not getting any dredging. Now, or ever. While some might feel this is a victory for Cairns, it cuts two ways - saving the environment while starving Cairns for needed infrastructure development.
In the summary on page vi they establish five Queensland ports as "Priority Port Development Areas". YES for Townsville. NO for Cairns and Mourilyan. Apparently the Newman government agrees with the ALP assessment of the Cairns Port - it's a "boutique" port, and not slated for any type of expansion. Manning, King, and all the other fuckers who claimed otherwise and blocked the Schier Council's Entertainment Precinct were wrong. They were always wrong.
Then in the paragraph that kills the dredging once and for all: "Within and adjoining the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, the Queensland Government will PROHIBIT DREDGING for the development of new, OR THE EXPANSION OF EXISTING PORT FACILITIES OUTSIDE PPDA'S, for the next ten years." (Emphasis added).
They take Cairns off the PPDA list, and then kill the dredging.
Townsville is now also slated for $30M in upgrades for the Navy. This is another kick in the balls, meaning NO expansion of HMAS Cairns.
It doesn't matter that the Cairns Ports EIS is "missing in action". They didn't want to give us any hope whatsoever. The EIS doesn't matter. The Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, who issued this report over his signature, told King, Trout, and Kempton MONTHS AGO that they weren't going to approve dollar one for Cairns.
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That's all she wrote. Cairns gets shitcanned by a government far away.