The Palaszczuk Government has definitively and finally spoken on the silly massive inlet dredging project.
The answer is a resounding "NO".
While John MacKenzie and his hillbilly listeners are going to try and pin this rejection on the ALP, the fact is that both sides of politics, in a rare expression of bipartisanship, were agreed on killing this patently stupid idea. The mouth-breathing listeners of 4CA actually believed Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King and Joh Bjelke Newman when they "committed" $90M to this ill-conceived project. A commitment that was never real because both King and Newman (along with the Minister for Blogs Warren Entsch) KNEW that the federal government was preparing to limit the port dredging by international agreement.
The idea didn't pass the laugh test. Economically it was like flushing $300M down a rathole. Even the cruise companies knew it made no sense. This whole sordid affair has mostly destroyed the declining reputation of Cummings Economics - who once again have shown that they will churn out fancy bullshit for anyone prepared to pay them.
And today we have Bill Cummings blathering in the ComPost that Cairns is being "shortchanged by $100M". Of COURSE we are! Our mouth-breathing "leaders" keep promoting stupid projects instead of economically viable, reasonable investments. The rejection of this project is a smack-down of this Cairns stupidity.
If our so-called leaders would apply some brain power to this issue, we might develop a workable solution for the cruise industry. But it's time to move on and start looking on how to grow our tourism industry in a sustainable way. One place we might start is to demand an overhaul of the Cairns Airport management, which has proven to be inept at increasing airline usage but vitally adept at screwing the users of this vital tourism asset. Kevin Brown and the airport board have only been interested in fleecing the public for their investment banker owners. Guess who has the ONLY free parking spot at the airport? It surely isn't any of the hardworking employees, who see their parking costs raised to recoup any pay rises they earn like clockwork.
Cairns Airport GM Janice Antonson, not the only UK migrant snaring one of these highly paid and perk-heavy jobs from Brown, is now said to be on "stress leave". Perhaps her inability to secure international services while the Gold Coast and other airports run roughshod over the Cairns tourism market is now starting to bite. And then there's the loss of 16 year airline United, cutting Cairns off from the US market.
Anastacia Palaszczuk opened last night's FNQ Investment Conference trying to convince real, serious investors that we have real, serious projects for them. It's hard to make this case when the local news is full of nonsensical whimsy instead of real economic reporting.
And speaking of whimsy - - apparently Warren Entsch is ready to move on with his latest fairy-dust concoction. Entsch commissioned a primary schooler to produce a photoshop view of how East Trinity would benefit from a tunnel connecting the CBD to this beautiful green CBD backdrop. Just don't mention that apparently Entsch and his other former digger mates (including "General Mansford") are among the largest landowners in East Trinity. Never mind that this silly made-up drawing would require a roadway at about a 60 degree angle both up and down - which almost no cars and absolutely no trucks could negotiate.
Entschy has given the MacKenzie hillbillies a new idiotic idea to embrace and love. It's kinda like jiggling a ball of yarn in front of a cat. Sadly, these kitties can vote.