Cairns Mayor Bob "Sleepy" Manning, living up to his moniker, has lashed out angrily at the Queensland Parliamentary Committee taking public testimony on the Pub and Club Lockout Law changes today.
Cairns Council has already made their thoughts clear on the proposal in a letter to this committee So why is Sleepy so angry? Manning is angry because he won't get his opportunity to stutter and stammer his opinions on this important legislation like other Mayors across the state.
Manning however is lying by suggesting the Committee has snubbed Council's testimony. As was made clear to Bob Manning and the Cairns (un)Regional Council CEO Peter Tabulo, all they had to do was make a request to do so.
Manning should be angry at the incompetents he's hired to manage our city. It's their fuck-up.
But sadly, it isn't the first.
Manning has been in such a last-minute, pre-election rush to do SOMETHING about our derelict Civic Theatre he rushed the announcement and contract WITHOUT any meaningful public consultation - the result of which was that NO proper application for funding was made to the Palaszczuk Government.
And even almost two months later, Council staff STILL hasn't made a proper application! They also haven't made any federal application for funds, either!
This is Manning Council Incompetence of epic proportions.
And it's going to cost the ratepayers MILLION$.
We always hate to admit when John MacKenzie gets something right. But like a broken watch, MacKenzie identified the problem yesterday in a rant with a caller. MacKenzie relates a story about how government officials typically get incomplete or ignorant proposals from Cairns, when places like Townsville know how the paperwork gets the job done. Kevin Byrne and Val Schier knew how to get the proposals properly made, which got Cairns MILLION$ for the Lagoon and almost $100M for the Manning-ditched Entertainment Precinct.
When Bob Manning took office he sacked our very experienced and successful CEO Lyn Russell (who often gave testimony to government committees, and got competent requests into the government on-time) with the Developer's Poodle Peter Tabulo. As CEO, Tabulo has been the key mis-manager of these important issues.
You can't make this shit up.
This kind of mis-management is governmental malfeasance. And Manning now tries to blame it on a government committee that has advised "we would have been happy to take Manning's testimony - but no one asked us for the time". It's spineless and dishonest, Bob. You're not fooling anyone.
Cairns Ratepayers are being victimised by the Manning Council Incompetence. We all want a proper share of our tax money returned to us. But we've elected idiots and layabouts who don't get it done, and hire other idiots and layabouts that don't get it done.
John MacKenzie, having identified the problem, should be asking the hard questions of our elected leaders and their poor performance.
Nah. No testicles.