|THIS LOCAL "STANDOVER MAN"|
IDENTIFIED AS JOHN MURPHY IS
SEEN CLEARLY ATTACKING AND BULLYING
OTHER RESIDENTS EXPRESSING
We're here to tell you very clearly: The proposed port dredging project will result in MORE economic activity and MORE ships in our port.
There is no question that this is the fact. No one disputes this fact - not the Member for Cairns Rob Pyne, nor any of the ALP leadership.
The only relevant question regarding this $350M investment is clear:
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS, AND WHO GETS THEM??
In a call to Cueball from Clifton Beach Used Car Councillor Greg Fennell this morning, he strongly made the case for why the dredging should NOT be done. This northern beach councillor, rarely seen at a community meeting or neighbourhood gathering, jumped on the Cook Highway upgrade bandwagon with his grandiose statement that "the Cook Highway should have been upgraded 20 years ago".
Keep in mind that the Cairns Post has suggested that 90,000 residents are impacted by this dodgy road network in the Northern Beaches. Business and residents alike get socked in the wallet by these bad roads. We pay hundred$ more in fuel costs. Business gets less productivity from their workers. Deliveries to commercial developments (building supplies, products to restock shelves) are delayed and more costly. These are the consequences of bad roads, and the continued lack of infrastructure investment by the State in our region.
Fennell then inadvertently explained why the port dredging should be scrapped. He said the Cairns-plan approved McGregor Road Bypass "is a $200m project. They (State) will never have the money for it, I can't ever see it".
In that one statement, Fennell has explained why the port dredging is such an unneeded luxury that Cairns can't afford.
Where are the petitions demanding the roadworks Cairns needs for the present, and for the future? $200m for the McGregor Road Bypass, another lazy $1B for the Kuranda tunnel project, and probably another $350m to upgrade the Barron River, Freshwater Creek bridges, and duplicate the Kamarunga Bypass highway.
These are projects that benefit ALL of Cairns residents with better transport, cheaper goods, and vastly increased productivity.
And MORE JOBS. LOTS MORE JOBS. PERMANENT JOBS! Not a handful of port dredging jobs.
In fact, $300m spent on dredging the port benefits. . .only a couple dozen CBD businesses who mostly employ casual, unskilled workers at minimum wage (or less, as many pay "cash in hand" despite claims that the government never investigates). And this handful of businesses benefit at most 3 or 4 days per month - until the ships get bigger again, too big to fit into our new, $300m port. Those ships will still be using the offshore Yorkey's Knob anchorage.
Where are the petitions demanding Cairns have a proper road network??
In violation of every community principal, a political goon squad whipped up by John MacKenzie managed to get a "float" (really just a political poster) added to the Festival Cairns parade, despite the entries being closed weeks ago. It is rumoured that MacKenzie pleaded with Bob "Sleepy" Manning to have the diatribe included despite prohibitions against political and commercial entries.
GRAND PARADE FLOAT GUIDELINES
This is the height of political bastardry - but business as usual for Manning and his Council of rubber stamping yes-men.
At the conclusion of the parade, a goon squad of locals "verbally attacked and illegally threatened other local residents who took issue with the insertion of this propaganda into our community parade.
The results are here for all to see.
Yes, the dredging of our port will benefit our city. But in an era of finite resources and a badly inadequate road network in our city, let's ask the real question: What are the investment priorities for the State Government for improvements to Cairns City?
Asked this way, the port dredging comes in a dismal LAST.
Like their political puppet master John MacKenzie, these pro-dredging residents are doing their best to stifle dissent. MacKenzie does it by blocking callers with alternative views. It's unsurprising that his "blueshirts" are no better.
With our biggest public event weeks now underway, it's a shame on our Cairns (non)Regional Council that the lead story about the event isn't the happy smiling faces, but the vitriol and aggressive abuse caused by their failing to follow their own rules.
Shame on Bob Manning. He owes many in the community an apology. We're not likely to get it, however.
Much of the social media campaign is being run by a young, well-spoken man named "Paul Branstrod" who claims to be a fourth generation Cairns resident. He is running the "attack" campaign on other Cairns residents who don't agree with the dredging program for the inlet.
PAUL BRANSTROD is a complete and total fraud. The photos of "Paul" are stolen and easily found all over the 'net.
The "community leaders" responsible for this social media campaign (Ron Crew who controls the petition and this Facebook page, along with Peter Senior) are corrupt leaders for engaging in this kind of fraud!