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25 October 2015

CONNECT CAIRNS TEAM ANNOUNCES A ROBUST AND SKILLED OPPOSITION TEAM TO THE CURRENT CAIRNS COUNCIL RUBBER-STAMP DILETTANTES

A few months back during a Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Cairns Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning boasted to a table of supporters and syncophants that he 'would have no organised opposition at the next Council elections because he was doing so well'.

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.



48 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here, here Hillbill. This current council is rotten to the core. A reflection of their disdain for the people they supposedly represent was their pathetic effort presented to the Electoral Commision on boundary changes within their own divisions. They submitted a one page scrawl which the Commision savaged as one of the poorest efforts ever submitted.
Moody St basin went 10 million over budget with little scrutiny by the council.
If this shambolic council is running at a profit,
Why are they borrowing millions from the banks?

Anonymous said...


Abbott thought he was doing a good job. Newman thought he was doing a great job. King thought he was the bees knees. ha ha ha.

Brooks seems a real nice guy who would be great ambassador though would like to hear where he feels Manning went wrong. Bit more meat. The nation has moved to the centre so fingers crossed Cairns does as well. Out with born to rule dumb dumbs.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Andrejic will talk Sleepy Bob into putting in another walking track? Everyone knows Andrejic likes walking the Red Arrow so maybe they can put in a Green Mile and Bob can walk that? The big question is this; when Sleepy gets voted out what will he do and where will he go, and which executive armchair will he fall asleep in? He buggered the Port, airport, Council, and his own business, so where to next? Maybe Lecin Brown will he give him an airport ambassador role greeting passengers and scraping gum off from under the terminal chairs (don't look folks, you will be horrified!) Dress him up in one of Browns Austen Powers coloured shirts and make him work for free (a secret fantasy of the Irish CEO no doubt, all airport staff work for free while Brown updates his Mercedes), after all Brown apparently just signed on for 3 more years as CEO (I know, we all just let out a groan), imagine how much worse Brown could make the airport by bringing in Sleepy to assist over the next 3 years? Imagine that - 8 years of Cairns airport domination by Brown, how much is the NQA Group now worth? Less than it was worth 3 years ago that's for certain! My oh my, that's Cairns for you, beautiful one day, always fucked the next.

Observer said...

I agree Brooks is a worthwhile contender for the Mayoralty and will prove a solid opponent for Manning. As far as I can ascertain, he is not associated with any political party either. We have therefore a genuine Independent, much like the late (and great) Keith Goodwin. Yes, we need a more open and transparent local government. We need community consultation on community assets such as the new Civic Theatre and revamped Munro Martyn Park. One thing which worries me however, is what will happen to Brooks should he defeat Manning? Of course we will see the LNP move straight into revenge mode, attacking, belittling and undermining Books at every opportunity and even creating mischief as we saw with the trumped up "Cash for Comment" debacle. We know it will happen. Will the community provide Brooks with more support than what they gave Val Schier? I hope so.

Anonymous said...

Cairns has a strong demand for patriarchal leadership. If a female had been as totally worthless as the terrible trio of McKenzie, Entsch and Manning they would be run out of town. Diificult to fight and sorry but over it. If Cairns wants to be an infantile society with daddy spoiling the dummy spitters then Cairns will never mature into a progressive in demand city. Waste of effort trying. If we get a new mayor and he does not do baby talk about knights in shining armour coming to build castles and motes and saving us all from doom, the babies will cry, tantrums will be thrown and they will go running to daddy McKenzie who will indulge the brats by running off at the mouth even if it hurt Cairns. Then they wonder why investors steer clear? They are not even a little bit stupid, they are a lot stupid.





Hamish Krint said...

Brooksy's mob seem to be off to a good start. At least they are listening to people. and attending many community functions e.g. Div 3 candidate was out and about consulting on Saturday while the incumbent was having private coffee with her daughter. But once they are in, will they keep it up? That the $64,000 question. And how easy will it be to become transparent, rather than secretive? Will they have to shunt a few bureaucrats, and is that even possible? I must say that Div. 3 candidate is high profile, but the rest of Brooksy's team are just as anonymous as the current mob. Yes?

Tony Hillier said...

There is much to commend mayoral candidate Jim Brooks. His skills as a trained mediator could end the divisive "us and them" mentality that has pervaded Cairns for way too long and cost the city and environs dearly over the past couple of decades. The Connect Cairns team of would-be councillors seem to share Brooks's integrity and down-to-earth nature. Those unfamiliar with Brooks and his team should check out this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh7WHdvRPTw

Al said...

The future of Cairns depends upon it: Manning must go!

Anonymous said...

I'm no expert . but .. been in Cairns 15 years and never visited the Tobruk Pool and cant see that I ever will. The rates are a joke and the barsteds even penalise us with interest on overdue rates. I do some contract work for council and they always pay late. Why cant I charge them an overdue fee? The whole lot is a f..ng joke. And look at two faced Pyne how he is now shitting on the very entity (Council) that he used to get where he is now, whilst being totally usless in his role there. It's like I'm pay rates for usless pricks to climb the political ladder and waste big money on projects that do jack shit for the ratepayer. Fn joke.

Bob R. said...

We lost a good man in Council when Pyney went and kicked out Gavin King. But I reckon we have another good man standing here in Division 3 in Scotty Colbran. Hes a businessman with a young family. I dunno who the hell our current Councillor is, some dame who didn't get voted in and nobody knows her.

Anonymous said...

Bob R Pyne back again I see talking himself up!

Anonymous said...

Annon 18:35, that's funny mate! Good call.
Pyne likes to milk the sympathy vote because he hasn't got legs, big deal, I couldn't care less. Of late Pyne has been exhibiting the same old political assclownery and disloyalty that is synonymous with what a politician stands for. They are ALL douchebags. All they do is swivel between taxpayer troughs. Legs or no legs, I still wouldn't piss on any of them if they were on fire.

Anonymous said...

It is not just Manning. It is his CEO.. the absolute slime-ball that is a result of personal appointment by Manning, and not as a result of an Australia-wide appointment process.

What has Peter Tabulo done for this city as CEO, other than sucking out a massive, massive wage? Where are his inspirational words that take this City and our community forward?

Those words are not there.. because he doesn't understand community engagement.

If, Peter Tabulo, had properly engaged properly with the community, there would not be the backlash against key Council projects.

This CEO and his totally inexperienced, dumb-ass support need executing before Manning is given the flick!

Vote for a new team at the next election.. please.

Anonymous said...

Scott Colbran is running in Div 4, Michael McGarry is running in Division 3.

THE END said...

What Tabulo did was give 148 loyal CRC employees away to another council with no job when they got there.No redundancy payout and repeat no job when they got there. How would you like it if your employer gave you away to another employer but no job available when you got there.Do you know the kaos that caused,the failed mortages, marriages. No matter how and what your opinions are of council workers it was an appalling decision based on the principle that manning wanted to reduce staff but like all lnp party members did it the low way because it didn't effect him.In the end the new Port Douglas council had to come up with redundancy payouts and sympathy cards. A lot of them moved away and took there families and we wonder why our population is going backwards.

Alison Alloway said...

Anonymous 18:35 - The person who signs himself as BOB R. is most definitely not Rob Pyne. I have never been formally introduced to him, however he has been identified to me at a gathering once. Anonymous 20:16, that is a disgusting, reprehensible comment to make.

Anonymous said...

Anon 20:16

I am not sure what you refer to about Pyne exhibiting the same old assclownery but my opinion is his problem is more that he doesn't, Called a naysayer but he was right to say no on most occasions. Gets back to Cairns demanding to be treated as children. Manning and Pitt supports AQUIS but what point is there in supporting fairy tales.? AQUIS put the brakes on both public and private sector investment as they play wait and see. Tourism will not invest when such a project looms threatening to put the region in massive over supply of facilities. Finally after how long they start to prime the babies for the reality of a much smaller project. Had that been the reality from day one things would be happening by now.

The problem with Pyne is the same as ALP in that they do not have a vision. With Cairns though it is still all about AQUIS and now with. 2nd rate theatre we lose another opportunity that the state could have delivered on. People voted for a lack of vision and now blame game. The vision Pyne needs is the same one he had at council, cultural hubs are a major requirement for cities to be taken seriously. Want to sell apartments to foreign buyers but want drunks on the street all hours and no cultural hub? No work? King, Manning seem to think people will travel the length of the globe to live in a tiny apartment. No they want to go where there is work, arts, culture, education and health facilities of the highest standard. If access to progressive city means living in a tiny apartment then you see trade offs. But they really seem to think an apartment was the golden chalice. Put red pagoda on Grafton St, build some dog boxes and they will come?

But Pyne would be crucified if it put that back on the table and so will any new council by the regressive rednecks so Pyne has core government services left to ensure we secure a reputation as a first world city in that regard at the very least. We have to grow up. We rejected what they offered and what we needed so have chosen to go it alone. So we have to stop demanding and start making the best of what we have. We threw away a massive opportunity.

For new council what we have is lifestyle destination. Many investors shun " life style " destinations but it can also be an asset. Work with what we have. Resort style redevelopment inner city areas, greening of suburbs so they are all attractive. It seems council want some areas to look like slums. More public swim pools and more access to natural swiming holes. The cycleway between northern beaches good idea. Neighbourhood vegetation themes like edible walk, Palm tree walks, other trees that have stunning flowers. Take the negative "lifestyle " town and turn it into a positive. No more of those new estates with no land, no trees.

We need realistic goals and to stop crying like babies because government cannot deliver on totally irrational and stupid demands. This town has a very immature culture and need to grow the hell up.

TAS said...

Hillbilly, can you please put a 'Like" button option? I would like to endorse much of what Anon 20:60 has written.

Of course Labour claims support for Aquis. They know, as we all know, it's pie-in-the-sky never going to happen. But to oppose it simply gives the cargo-cultists and The Old Boy's Club red-necks of this town an opportunity to blame Labor when it doesn't go ahead. The idiot King has gone. Next we need Manning and his Unity idiots out, followed by that lazy piss-and-wind do-nothing Entsch. Only then is there hope for this town to advance and prosper.

Anonymous said...

WTF Shanghai - have you been out with your spray cans again?

Anonymous said...


Manning left Ports due to being bullied by the ALP State government 2002. I do wonder if he has an unhealthy obsession with the past. Bullying does affect you for years. He did not register any concerns about LNP plans for the port but soon as ALP took over the same plans he rallied the troops and went running to the press with doomsday predictions. So I wonder what his motivation are?, not really his area of responsibility aside from making submissions same as all entities and interested parties. He made no submission so really has no say. Have to ask whose interest is he actually acting for?

Anonymous said...

I see Rob Pyne at Jim Brooks Launch and Jim Brooks is attacking the council about the flying fox trees being trimmed or cut down. Rob Pyne's stance on the bats are well known. If Jim Brooks makes the bats a Major Issue at the election he is going to cop a flogging. Don't take to much notice of the greenies telling you how much support they have. The majority of Cairns residents have no time for bats in the city and I have talked to plenty of people including labor supporters who thought Rob Pyne was a good councilor but have been totally put off by his support of keeping flying foxes in the city and his close ties to the local greenies.

Anonymous said...

Anon 18:43

You are an example of the voters demanding a patriarchal leader. A father figure that will save you from the scary bats. The reality is experts said they will just move to another tree if disturbed and that is exactly what happened. So we pay big money to arrive at the same conclusion as experts already knew from the start. Now we have bats in many more trees on that block than before. Butchered trees, upset wildlife, fines, legal costs for NO RESULT Except to pander to scared little children. Why should we pay for stupid stunts for you to think daddy is saving you. Grow the hell up.

Anti-bat said...

I'm always amused by the pro flying fox bleeding hearts. Would these people like a tree full of them living in their own yards? Would they like the incessant noise, the angry shrieking which goes on night and day without a break? Would they like to see bat shit on their houses which dissolves the paint and acts much like acid? How about bat shit all over their car and on friends and neighbours cars? Would they like to pay the cost of having them spray painted? What about when the bats fly accidentally into the house and scare the living shit out of everyone? Have they ever tried to pacify a terrified child who has been scared out of their wits by having a flying fox inside the house? Have they ever had to rush and launder all the bedclothes because a flying fox has shit on it? Then when the flying foxes all gravitate to the nearest fruit tree and stage a great big bloody war over eating the fruit and then scattering the remains all over the neighbourhood? Would these people like having to go into neighbours yards and clean up the mess, all the way up and down their street?
Locals tell me that when they were young here in the Far North, anyone could just go out and shoot them as they were classified as vermin. Nobody then had any problems with them.

Anonymous said...

The Tobruk Pool is or was due to open mid December but looking at it there is no way it will be ready in 6 weeks so I would like to know what has gone so wrong there.

Anonymous said...


Would like to see an end to 11% compound interest on late payments. The most pressure is on those that can least afford it.

Anonymous said...

'
Anti bat, Move them from the library is the quickest way to have them move into your yard. It was not pro bat so much as just being pragmatic. To rational people anyway.

Anonymous said...

Annon 12:30, I agree. Would love to see the paperwork, including the project 'variations'. If it is running 6 weeks over it is costing the taxpayers a lot of money. No doubt Manning will try to cover it up as usual.......and Anon 10:23 I agree. It's bullshit how the bats have more rights than people. They should all be shot, but there are baits you can make, plus the bats don't like laser pens so try using them. The do-gooders will say 'you can't do that', to that I say fuck em, do whatever it takes to get rid of them. It's a pity the bats don't take up residence in Sleepys backyard.

Tony Hillier said...

The Tobruk Pool site still resembles a scene from the Somme c. 1916. When it does eventually open, I suspect the cover charge (given that a wave pool is being built as part of the new facility) will be beyond those like myself who swim laps four or five times a week for fitness. With former councillor Peabody's Waterworld supposedly in the offing and an upgrade mooted for Sugar World, there's a real danger of it becoming as much of a White Elephant as the nearby International Tennis Centre, which has been scantily utilised since its inception some half-dozen years back (ostensibly to host a Davis Cup match).

Anonymous said...

Born and bred here and love the north warts and all. Maybe it might be easier if anti bat 10:23 pisses off from the tropics back to a nice comfy bat and nasty animal free place and leave us northerners to our wildlife.

Anonymous said...

Tobruk Pool is running 4 months behind due to mismanagement by ADCO that has seen several contractors go into receivership. Site Forman Chris Carey is nothing but a low life thug.

Observer said...

Flying foxes are found in many parts of Australia. Anonymous 11.02. It would seem to me as if Anti Bat has experienced a close living relationship with flying foxes. She or he has described the problems associated with close living very explicitly. The thing is, Anonymous 11.02, have you?

TAS said...

You have to wonder at these anti-bat comments above. These are people who choose to live in one of the most environmentally sensitive parts of Australia and they want to be moving, shooting, laser-lighting, cutting down trees, etc to get rid of bats - and anything else in our natural environment that annoys them. Don't these idiots realise; no bats, no rain forest diversity as we know it? Add to that sentiment the anti-crocs idiots too. Move to the concrete jungle if that's all you want, there's enough of it.
Some people won't be content until they can sit on their fat arse, virtual reality goggles on controlling their own perfectly constructed world.

Anonymous said...


There was never a plan to get rid of bats.The plan was simply to move them. In that context it was a waste of money. For bat haters they did not evaporate, just went to the next tree or the ones nearer horses increasing risks to humans. For bat lovers the bats and trees were attacked for no result. It was incompetence whatever side you take.

Anonymous said...

I have a suggestion which will resolve the flying fox debacle once and for all. A new flying fox friendly suburb can be established full of fruit bearing trees, along the streets, in peoples yards etc The suburb should be well away from the rest of the developed suburbs. Then the entire colony of flying foxes can be moved and enticed to remain in this one flying-fox friendly suburb. With certain enticements it can be done. Then, the people who love flying foxes can move in and live right amongst them all. Having a few thousand flying foxes around them all the time, to demonstrate their genuine love and passion for the animal. I would believe that this will resolve the issue.

Mickwow said...

So much hate in this community,mainly generated by long time local families that hate change and long for the days when they could fix everthing by paying a dodgy cop or judge or culling it.The leaders of the community seem to be adopting the same way of settling problems as Abbott did,confrontation and devision,and having a loud mouth vile shock jock.We now know how that turned out forAbbott
I suspect that Manning will be ousted next election and hopefully a person with some sort of a vision will take over.The bats are just a way for the coservatives to divide the public and attack the hated "greenies and environmentalists".Apart from the goodwork these batsdo forthe ecology,it is a wonderous joy to watch them flying through the dusk,the tourists love it,and i do too,so all you people who whinge about the huge damage and suffering the bats bring,when was the last time you heard about someone being attacked by bats in downtown Cairns?Get a life you idiots or maybe fuck off to somewhere thatthe bats won'tbe able upset or scare you.

Anonymous said...

How about we move all the bats to the vicinity of Kevin Browns airport? Maybe they will shit and piss all over his Mercedes Benz in the only FREE carpark at the airport, his staff carpark.

Ken svay said...

I am in the building game and I wonder about projects here, after the tree was cut down at the park project there was a long period of no progress. The aquarium seems to be the same, started finally and now stopped. What's this all about?
The Tobruk Pool looks like it has a way to go, are there penalties in the contract for over runs?
And why are rates so expensive here, I pay much more here for a tiny one bedroom unit than I paid for a house on a block in Perth. About 40% more!
We are currently battling with our BC company and long term caretaker and it seems to me that corruption is endemic here, it's a bit of a wake up call even for someone who has spent many years in one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

shanghai said...

my answer to the bat problem in Murray st is just eat them like the good ol days but alas the ol ways are gone wrap it in a piece of paper with M on it and watch scoff it down don't laugh pilgrims where not much better look at our guts actually..... your guts not mine

herb said...

the fuck you say Shanghai? Long yum cha eh!
mickwow 19:27 - lovely own goal sir.

Anonymous said...

WTF Shanghai did you say, no fairdinkum WTF did you say?

Anonymous said...

Observer 9:33, I thought my comment was quite explicit and yes I have lived with flying foxes as neighbours.

shanghai said...

now pilgrims i have eaten flying fox in new Hebrides that's now Vanuatu for u hipster gufus out there in 1975 and it taste like rabbit I guess I didn't die probably to the chagrin to some on this site !

Anonymous said...

Yes the delay costs are $ 40,000.00 per day so if the 4 months is correct ADCO could be looking at several million in damages.

Anonymous said...

Anyone seen that the Sleepy Bob Campaign is going to be led by failed staffer of Trout- Suzie Grinter. Grinter describes herself as a Wordsmith!! Going to take much more than words to push this sack of potatoes across the line.

Anonymous said...

Anyone seen that the Sleepy Bob Campaign is going to be led by failed staffer of Trout- Suzie Grinter. Grinter describes herself as a Wordsmith!! Going to take much more than words to push this sack of potatoes across the line.

Anonymous said...

Wordsmith = Bullshit artist. I knew a member of PMC in Canberra who got paid big dollars to write and speak shit. Typical 23 yr old Uni student studying law and economics who loved the sound of her own voice and would get moist hearing the PM use her paperwork in his speeches! Words words words, bollocks. As they say 'all talk, no action'. Describes our politicians very well.

Bob R. said...

shanghai old china plate matey, we'll probably all end up eating fucken flying foxes once the Chinese own all our cattle stations and our beef herds. I just listened to old Glen Lazarus give a bloody fucken brilliant speech in the Senate on how governments are flogging off our cattle properties as fast as they can. As Lazarus said it is only a matter of time before we will have to import processed meat products for the first fucken time in our history. Yeah and you can bet your last dollar imported beef won't be cheap, not that it is fucken cheap now but it will be one hell of a lot dearer. Yeah I reckon some bastard with an eye on making some serious money should start creating some recipes with flying fox, dingoes, wallabies, bandicoots and so on as the meat. I guess we are bloody lucky we have a whole colony of flying foxes here in Cairns to start with.

Anonymous said...

Well I'm a true blue FNQ hick and I don't give a shit about no bat protection bullshit. I shoot them on my property, use laser lights, poison and high frequency whistles. Fuck the bats, the Greens, and anyone else who wants to protect these crop destroying, car paint ruining, disease spreading vermin. And on occasion when I catch them in nets I use my farmers boot to crush their tiny skulls while they are still alive. Blow that out your asses all you fucking tree huggers!