Fortunately the Cairns community isn't as brain dead and deluded as he seems to be.
This week's announcement of a comprehensive opposition team is beginning to put the focus on the abject failure of the current Cairns Council.
Manning was elected on one promise - to STOP the Entertainment Precinct from being built. On election he did just that - recall his secret deal with the newly elected Member for MacKenzie Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King, where they plotted to give back to the LNP government not only the $93M of state and federal money committed to this project but another $30M pledged to the Cairns CBD overhaul.
And here we are approaching the end of Sleepy's term and he's failed to keep his promise of a new entertainment theatre and facility on the Port Authority site where is would help service the Convention Centre (a need he shrilly screamed at every opportunity). Instead we're back to the cheapest dud project imaginable. An overhaul of the current Civic Theatre that fails to address the long-term needs of the community.
But how would he know? This project, like the other big-ticket Tobruk Pool redevelopment, were done in secret with NO consultation other then the big end of town. In fact ALL the major project developments are NEVER the subject of monthly review by Council, in public, as is the norm all across Australia. Manning has ended the public oversight of these major projects. So when Thelma Spelta wants to know why the Moody Creek flood mitigation project isn't finished three years after it was promised, there's no way for the public to find out.
Meanwhile, the laundry list of unmet requirements in transport, CBD management, and other vital projects has grown all while Manning and his team boast the Council is running at a "profit". Lack of investment in the fastest-growing regional city in Australia is the kiss of death for the future.
So we're pleased to see an almost fully-formed headed by well-respected attorney and community activist Jim Brooks has been launched this week.
We look forward to hearing more from this local government alternative in the next weeks and months before the election, and we will of course be reviewing all the announced candidates as we move forward towards the next election.