We'll be talking about this more soon.
However there are serious questions now being raised about changes in council transparency that have been instigated by Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning, with nary a word being raised by our sheeplike (DEAD?) councillors.
The theatre proposal was organised with NO public consultation. Just like the Lake Street & Tobruk Pool Redevelopments, this project has been shoved on the table as a "fait accompli". The hype organised (which saw the proposal given to Gavin King and his new attack blog FIRST) featured statements of support from arts professionals who are employees of the Council.
The proposal is said to cost $65M, which includes several million for the Tanks and an upgrade to Munro Martin Park.
It can't be done for this figure. Not with any quality. The Byrne Council estimated $90M almost a decade ago. If it actually gets built for this price, we'll be stuck for another few decades with crap. Welcome to Cairns.
So how does the public keep their eye on the spending of this, and other infrastructure projects at Council?
It has been the longstanding policy of Councils (not just Cairns, but across Australia), to have an Infrastructure Committee who review the status of these big-ticket projects and report to Council regularly.
|PREVIOUS REPORTING WAS EVEN DUMBED-DOWN |
FOR THE ILLITERATE OR LAZY
This policy at the Cairns Council was ended by Manning, and his finance bootlicker John Andrejic, in late July 2014. This resulted in the shocking August result - "Nothing to Consider". And the meetings, which previously had been detailed and well-participated by councillors interested in the details of our capital spending, are now perfunctory, do-nothing gatherings.
So when before that, Councillors were given monthly reports on how ratepayer money was being managed, this oversight has been stripped from our already uber-lazy Council.
And the first big project to be managed by this Council, the Tobruk Pool Redevelopment, is known to be riddled with serious problems and cost overruns. And Council is hiding these facts from the public. The ratepayers. YOU.
ADCO Constructions has already discussed with Cairns Council the huge overruns that they are incurring and other malfeasance that will clearly push the project perhaps MONTHS past the completion date. It is reported that in part ADCO selected a steel fabricator based only on low cost, with the fabricator going belly-up. A sign that ADCO is being financially stretched by their bid for the project.
Why is Council now bent on hiding this information from the public? Why are none of our councillors demanding financial accountability by Manning and his cliqué?