Here's some of the submissions:
Every suburb of Cairns has one of these - the "pop up car yard". Used to be before Joh Bjelke Newman, Main Roads authorised Councils to ticket and/or tow from these eyesores. Not anymore. Cairns Council refuses to lift a finger, and Main Roads is deaf, dumb, and blind. And with some of these cars actually from commercial dealer lots, once again the people on the bottom of the car buying ladder are getting hurt the most.
Then there's our quasi-public telecommunications company, Telstra. Every neighbourhood in Cairns has these little monuments to Telstra ineptitude. Something broken? Big hole in the ground where Telstra plant is located? Telstra lickety-split sends a crew (yes, a crew, two people in a big truck) to place one of these barriers around the problem. This one has been in place for 10 months.
Have a business or event you want to advertise? Too lazy to use social media and too cheap to put a proper advertisement in the newspaper? Too easy! Just throw up signs for your event wherever you'd like. Used to be only three official Main Road-approved sign locations. Now, you can put them up anywhere, and they'll stay there until you remove them (or until they blow away, whichever comes first).
So bad has the illegal signage become, Cairns (non)Regional
Council refuses to order this off-site billboard removed. This is on the Bruce Highway entrance to the city. I guess Maccas can do whatever they want.
Cairns Council also now routinely ignores ratepayer complaints as long as possible - sometimes forever. Caravan parking on your street? Abandoned cars sitting untouched for months? How about this cretin - the
only one who won't bring his bins off the street after the collection. No amount of prodding of Council to enforce Local Laws gets any attention.
We told you previously about the explosion in "massage services" available in the Cairns area. Some are just massage by untrained and unlicenced hacks who use the opportunity to stick unwanted
chinese medicine patches on you to extract more cash from the unwary. The others are whorehouses or worse. Locanto shows the 1st floor at this location as one of these unlicensed hooker dens. So unafraid of the government and QPS they openly advertise: http://tinyurl.com/CNSwhorehouse
We were shocked to find out that a haircut from Supercuts is now $30.
2005 - - $19. 2015 - - $30. 50% in 10 years. Has your wage gone up 50% in 10 years?
We note that a haircut in Sydney is routinely $10 - $12.
The final indignity. We've all seen these everywhere around town. Street lighting that NEVER goes out. Expensive high-cost sodium-vapour
lighting. Expensive bulbs. Expensive electricity. MONTHS ago Ergon's North Queensland apologist Geoff Bowes told the Compost that "they were waiting for a part". And he made a point of saying that "we (the public) aren't paying for this electricity". A government-owned company and we're not paying? This doesn't pass the laugh test!
We've emailed Ergon's General Manager for Customer Service, a man named Peter Billing. I swear, you can't make this shit up.