| IMAGINE BUILDING YOUR MILLION-DOLLAR|
DREAM HOUSE NEXT TO ABANDONED CARS
AND BOATS. THE CAIRNS LIFESTYLE!
All of these part of the "Kevin Byrne Legacy". Goodonya', mate.
Another of these projects, Bluewater at Trinity Park, continues to generate controversy because of the lax development requirements and chaotic development done there by the developers. Bluewater advertises itself as the home of the "Cairns lifestyle". Hard to know what's desirable of the "Multiplex lifestyle", however.
The recently-constructed Bluewater Bar & Grill is a case in point, with the Byrne/Tabulo errors now compounded by the inattention of the current Council.
The original Development Approval for this restaurant required 91 car parks. Developers "rolled" Council on this requirement, getting the number greatly reduced to 64. The we come to find that the restaurant and the developer, Multiplex, have been pledging the same parking spots for multiple uses. And our idiot Council didn't notice this developer game of "hide the pea". Or maybe they DID notice it, and just ignored it - like so many other Development Approval conditions.
|BLUEWATER - CAIRNS OCEANFRONT |
LIVING AT ITS WORST
And as the situation has unfolded, the restaurant owner Peter Sayers has stupidly confirmed this serious shortfall, claiming that on weekend nights ". . . still there are cars parked on the street". You've got to wonder about the sanity of a business that voluntarily opens a business with inadquate amenity for its patrons - who soon decide to go elsewhere. The 91 carpark requirement was probably correct, but the Bob "Sleepy" Manning Council is easily rolled on parking requirements everywhere. Impacting heavily the "Cairns lifestyle". Council is now engaged in a "negotiation" with the parties, and in the process looking to deal-away the boat and trailer parking used by Cairns fishos. Pushing their cars and trailers further down Reed Road, blah, blah blah.
The entire Bluewater development however has been an enormous flop. As developers got squeezed by the GFC, they sold off a prime site for public housing - directly across the street from this tavern. While we fully support public housing being "dispersed" around the community and not just dumped in the three M's, the existence of this project impacted the perception of Bluewater quite negatively. And with mains upwards of $30 and the cheapest glass of Cab Sav at $14, there is little chance the Bluewater Bar & Grill will be drawing any customers from across the road.
A drive around Bluewater shows how badly Multiplex has screwed up this "planned development". Huge waterfront homes have been constructed cheek-by-jowl, normal for a waterfront development. However the owners of these homes have discovered the high running cost of these homes - with huge and growing dredging levies from the CRC on their rates bills.
|A CONTAINER AND TWO BOATS|
LITTER THIS WATERFRONT ALLOTMENT
And the existing residents have had no joy discussing the hillbilly-like atmosphere in the development. Boats, caravans, and shipping containers litter the area. Who would want to build a $2M-$3M waterfront home when your view is so compromised? And there's even a "Bluewater Bed & Breakfast" operating along with some residences being rented using AirBNB. If not afoul of Council regulations, obviously afoul of the neighbourhood amenity.
And the few current residents complain about the "live-aboard" boats that have also not been provided parking.
Fully 11 of these homes have "For Sale" signs on them, along with perhaps 15 of the vacant allotments - almost 10 years after the project was green lighted by Kevin Byrne. Seems like most want OUT of this blighted version of the "Cairns lifestyle".
Council will undoubtably reach some "solution" that doesn't cost big business any money but will steal parking from the Cairns residents who use the Trinity Park boat launch. And the residents of Riverside Drive (who were NOT part of this "planned development") continue to be socked with dredging they didn't ask for, and weren't consulted about.
So much for the "Cairns lifestyle".