Based on complaints by residents to Cairns (un)Regional Council, the Cairns Police (QPS) have arrested two young property developers at Woree, and charged them for their actions.
The two young men, both from the Cook Islands, decided that instead of going on the dole, or getting in the queue for very scarce public housing, they would use their woodworking skills to build their own small residence on unused scrub land in Woree.
The "tiny house" development that is all the rage with the developers now.
They allegedly took some abandoned timber from a left-over shopfit at Northern Blinds headquarters nearby.
We believe there's a lot more here to celebrate than punish.
Everyday, spurred on by our Cairns #1 Bigot John Mackenzie, reactionaries are attacking "homeless" people in Cairns for, well being homeless. Attacking "dole bludgers". Attacking governments for providing public housing. Assaulting the homeless on the street and demanding they be "moved on" - to where it's never quite clear.
A "crime" requires intent. These young men didn't have "theft" as their intent. They didn't try to sell the timber to buy drugs or alcohol. Their intent is clear - they wanted a place to sleep, out of the coming rain and summer season. The same thing everyone wants. Crime? Hardly.
These two young men should be offered jobs by the
construction community in Cairns. They clearly have initiative and are hard workers. Shame on Northern Blinds for not allowing these young men to continue their construction unimpeded by this police action.
Former Mayor Kevin "Hiding from the Pakis" Byrne recently said on the radio that his daughter (being educated in tony American boarding schools at a yearly cost higher than the average Cairns family makes) would not stay in Cairns after schooling because 'there's no future here'. Apparently she's not interested in one of the highly-sought-after retail jobs selling trinkets to the cruise ship passenger flood we're going to get after spending $300M dredging our harbor. (Sarcasm off).
These young men from Woree are the kind of young workers we want and need in Cairns. Their arrest is police harassment.