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16 January 2016

MEMORIAL FOR VICTIM OF CAIRNS AIRPORT INEPTITUDE ONLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG AT THIS DODGY FACILITY

Community activist Geoff Holland has organised a memorial walk to honor Dinah Boughton, who was tragically killed along Airport Avenue on 24 January last.   Boughton, who had just relocated to Cairns, was walking to meet her husband who was arriving on an early flight.  And with no moderate-cost alternatives to a taxi (which costs almost $10 just to get to the main highway). Boughton was unaware how dangerous and substandard this road is.



And as has been typical since the Vulture Capitalists took over the airport operation, the Cairns Airport CEO has taken to the media to defend their failure to even meet the binding requirements under their agreement with the Queensland Government.  Kevin Brown has said that 'Cairns Airport takes road and pedestrian safety seriously'.  He goes on to say that Cairns Airport has . . .'introduced enhancements over and above requirements to improve overall safety".  

This is patently untrue.  The Development Agreement that the AIRPORT prepared says specifically that "Sealed pathways for pedestrians and bicycles (must be) provided".  THEY HAVE NEVER DONE SO, AND STILL REFUSE TO HONOR THIS AGREEMENT.  Instead they get Mayor "Sleepy" Bob Manning to install a sign that warns pedestrians not to walk to the airport.  MP Craig Crawford STILL refuses to respond to queries about the ALP government's failure to enforce the agreement in this respect.

However other serious problems at the Cairns Airport are starting to come to light.  


FUEL LEAKS

We have been receiving persistent reports from airport workers of severe underground leaks of Jet-A (kerosene), the fuel used for refueling aircraft.  The primary area of leakage is around the tarmac area of the international terminal just a few hundred meters from the Barron River!

Airport staff indicate that the leaks have been underway for
over 2 years, with an estimated 30k-40k litres of fuel "missing".  Since first reported to the airport executive there have been areas of the tarmac dug up, pipes have been rewelded, and other high-tech methods have been undertaken.  However the smell of Jet-A fuel is still prevalent around drains and and open grills.  

We've contacted both the Cairns Airport and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.  The airport has refused to respond, and the CASA said "they'd get back to us".  However public discussion of the problem can wait no longer.

This area of the airport is very close to the water table, and pumps are often used in low-lying areas to pump the water out.  Can a flooding incident involving the Barron River wash raw fuel into the ocean?  Where is all the contaminated ground? 

Why has airport management not taken this problem seriously?   


GENERAL AVIATION

Many are unaware of the community importance of a thriving General Aviation precinct.  General aviation (which are all the hangars and shops that line the Cook Highway on the west side of the airport have light aircraft used for pilot training, service business and corporate aircraft (including the state-owned jet belonging to the Premier), rescue helicopters, police services, and maintenance shops.    A whole range of services and economic activity.  However the Cairns Airport has long coveted this land for retail and commercial buildings - even though there is ZERO demand for these facilities.  

Last year Beagle Airways was forced out of the airport when their $264 access charge was raised to over $18,000 per year!  They were told to "go to Mareeba Airport".  While CEO Kevin Brown has suggested that they are planning a new precinct for these facilities on the east side of the airport (behind the car rental yards), they have done ZERO investment in this area.  And yet they continue to drive out these users as their leases come due.

And while the Vulture Capitalists in New York that own our airport continually boast about their "$1 Billion Development Plan", we can't even get them to honour their responsibility to build a fucking footpath along Airport Drive.

And now the plan to remove the popular mangrove boardwalk has emerged, with Bob "Sleepy" Manning quoted as saying he would "prefer" it remain.  This guy has no backbone at all.  

Here's hoping a nice crowd turns out on the 24th to honour Dinah Boughton and hopefully bring traffic on Airport Drive to a halt for a few hours - in the spirit of activists everywhere.  Peaceful protest about the carpetbaggers stealing Cairns blind at this place is long overdue.



34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is that the same Geoff Holland that was instrumental in "Mens Rights" and was providing instructions on how to avoid paying child support?

Anonymous said...

Who the hell is running that place? A billion dollars meant to be spent on infrastructure, yet nothing. Retail outlets to the East of GA planned, nothing. A new GA operations area to the South planned, yet nothing. Kevin Brown'tongue and Princess Antonson constantly running off to China and bringing back new carriers, nothing. Promises of a footpath to the Scairport, nothing......but hang on, car parking fees have gone up, GA rental fees have gone up, tenant leases have gone up, Kevin Browneye's outrageous salary has gone up, and the cost of purchasing his brand new Mercedes has gone up!
Perhaps the reason that Cairns airport won't respond is because Benjamin Button Brown is on the tarmac with a sieve and is trying to strain and reuse the contaminated fuel? At $30 a barrel he may want to store it and then resell it back to Shell when prices rise again?
I've also heard rumours that morale in the place is extremely low, staff are either running for the door or getting punted, and as one worker said recently 'there are no decent people left in the place'.
To have someone killed on the airport road due to there being no footpath is plain criminal in my view. There is no excuse for that. To not fix the problem (build a footpath) after a death has occurred is either pure negligence or utter arrogance, whatever the reason it is a heartless decision that sends a giant 'up yours' to our community, and proves that the almighty dollar is more important than people's safety. Heartless human beings devoid of molars or conscience. Whatever happenned to accountability? Why hasn't the Councils or the Airports chief executive been held to account over the death? After all the Council own one side of the road and the airport owns the other.
For a CEO who likes to get his head on TV whenever he can Kevin Brown'nose sure is avoiding the media over some of HBW's noted issues. Unless of course he is in China again? Nah he can't be, from the mangrove boardwalk I saw him in his black mafia Mercedes last week cruising to his shonky airport along the road where there are no footpaths to go and earn his over $10k per week salary (excluding bonuses and other perks). At least it's a happy new year for Kevin. Not so sure about it being a happy new year for his enduring staff (those who are left).

vallour said...

As great as it is to have a International Airport in a small city like Cairns, it makes my stomach churn even as I approach that disgusting circus with their unfathomable multi-coloured posters they use as signage, then unable to stop for what seems like 3 seconds before some fuckwit threateningly give's you the choice to fuckoff! or use there gourging parkin areas....then if your forced to use the park area's the final insult is paying 2-3$ for a FUCKIN bagage trolley ...fuckin dogs man!!!! yes I agree the staff are mainly foreigners whom would work for nothin and the rest...well...there you have a prime example of Cairns Customer service..it's a joke! Man I worked out there for a period of time and I can honestly say I thank jesus/buddah & fuckin muuhamed every time I see a plane go overhead that I don't anymore...
And how woeful is it that still no footpath, decent lighting,(I used to ride my bike sometimes)or public transport systems are in place...I do hope they get people out there on the 24th to make a point...terribly sad about the mother of two....all because of these self serving DOGS!!!! what is it with the generally apathetic public here? And as for our Manning with his "oh you shouldn't walk to the Airport! they don't in Brisbane!" what a fuckwit end of story....

TAS said...

The selling off of vital public infrastructure to venture capitalist will be the undoing of the capitalist system, because the greed and level of gouging by such blood-suckers knows no bounds. Selling of public assets is probably the main reason Newman/LNP were kicked out. But never forget, it was Bligh/Labor who sold this vital public asset.
Not being privy to the sale agreement, but one would assume there were clauses about the public interest/public good when selling such a vital and monopolistic piece of infrastructure? One would think there would be limits and restraints to amount of gouging that can take place against the community which relies upon it? It was after all, very clear what can happen when such assets are sold. Look no further than Macquarie Bank's purchase of KSA Sydney, and the gouging at Melbourne's Tullamarine.
Do you have any information on this Hillbilly? Was the airport sold off without conditions?

Anonymous said...

That's what happens when you give a boy a CEO job

Anonymous said...

30 000 to 40 000 litres of raw fuel oose under the ground doesn't sound good. Similar issue in Newcastle and the fuel and contaminants have leaked in to rivers and the ocean. Will this happen to our Barrier Reef? Who is monitoring and watching this issue, testing the ocean and baron river daily? I cannot believe the state government aren't all over this or the media (apart from HBW). And what about CASA, why aren't they all over it? And the friggin EPA, why aren't they all over it?

Tony Hillier said...

Punters don't walk to the airport in Brisbane 'cos they don't need to. There's a brilliant public rail system that goes right to the domestic and international terminals. The Anna Blight-led ALP state govt betrayed Cairns when they sold our airport to the "Vulture Capitalists" (if Blight hadn't flogged it off, Herr Newman & the LNP certainly would have)! It's not as though we got anything in return.

Anonymous said...

That is disgusting doing that to Beagle Airways. That might be the way you conduct business in Scotland Kevin Brown but that's not the Australian way. I hope people boycott the airport on the 24th.

Anonymous said...

WTF did you say Shanghai? whinge, whinge, Whinge that's all they do. You say spud Kev says potato, i say chips Obahma say fries, bloody hand fuckers.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Brown will go outside in his silly striped shirt and "Can I help you" vest and try to scoop up some of the fuel?

Mickwow said...

Manning,the big fat Moller blokefrom Gordonvale,Schilling the emaciated failed builder,Terry(the short) James and all those old,irrelevant councillors are still living the adversarial way that the stupid fuck,Tonny Abott espoused.They believe that they are above the common folk who should accept all they say and should not havethe the democratic right to question what they decree things should be.
Manning freaks meout every time i see him bumble and stumble his way through the odd interviews he does.Clearly the man is way out of his comfort zone, he looks like he could drop off tne perch at anytime,he is uninspiring and gives the overall impression of a greedy old man hanging in(just)to finance his retirement.
How can this city go forward with an old prick like him giving the orders.Good leaderscan think on the go,they are inspiring,competent and usually possess a certain amount of charisma,everything this old man is not.
Mr Manning ,just because you were born here means nothing....you are not the man for a city trying to compete for the tourist dollar against switched on Mayors all over Queensland.You have had a go and failed,why dont you go back to your family business where you can have a little sleep whenn your age catches up on you,actually you cant,you fucked the family business as well.

Anonymous said...

An 'insider' at Browns airport told me over the weekend that once every quarter they have a day where all the executives put silly posters on the walls in the Board room and show the staff all the upcoming projects, KPI targets and other assorted drivel. The posters even include smiley faces! Yoohoo how exciting! Anyway, all staff are expected to attend (so much for a democracy) and they have to sign in as well. They are even badgered to enter a silly competition and if they don't (naturally all names are checked against a list) then they are hassled by their executive manager. I was told that the staff hate it, that none of the projects (fantasies) ever come to fruition, and that it is a thoroughly lame and childish, amateur waste of valuable time and that they feel like they are in primary school. Not my words folks, these are the words of their staff. My question is this - does Kevin attend it as well, wearing those high heels and dancing a jig?

Anonymous said...

From what I understand it sounds like there are big plans for the airport, but they are stuck on the implementation. When the issue of the footpath was brought up it hit a road block with the fact that the bridge would need to be wider, and the road at some point needs to be wider, so they cant build a footpath now before they address those upgrades too.

With the moving of the airport services from the Aeroglen side there seems to be a hitch with the land lease/sale? of the mangrove area. They must know there will be a big stink about destroying all the mangroves and must be trying to figure out a way around it/push it through.

The fuel leaks probably require removing the tanks and replacing them. Very big job and they may have plans in place to move them to another area and its held up by not being able to move forward on other related constructions.

So yes I can see why things are a mess there, but what really bothers me is the usual behind closed doors decisions and discussions that the public are not privy too. Why the secrecy? why can't they come forward with updates and plans and let Cairns know what it actually being planned? But this is the common theme with this Council, that the public doesn't need to know anything, or be consulted in anything. The Council knows best and the public should just follow alone like sheep.

Anonymous said...

To my knowledge the airport master plan is a public document and is signed off by the CEO, NQA Board and the state government. So take a look at the master plan and use that as a year stick to measure if they are performing up to scratch. As for still not having a footpath one year after a death, that is plain irresponsible. If Brown said that 'safety measures' have been put in place, what are they? One or two pathetic signs? Not good enough. As for grossly high GA costs, again is that part of the master plan? CAPL closed and decommissioned a runway. How is that an airport improvement? What about the continuous noise issues from constant aircraft engine runs in the early hours of the morning which wakes the Aeroglen residents? It is still going on. What about the security breaches with loonies jumping airport fences, another threatening to torch himself in the domestic terminal. What security improvements have been made? Personally I would be wondering for how much longer the NQA Board would be willing to endure these high level issues? From the outside it appears that Brown has little to no control and his senior managers are allowed to do whatever they want with no recourse. Very messy.

Anonymous said...

Both Manning and Brown were on radio today, but because of the way they mumble I could not understand a word they said. That . Judging by his droning voice what a boring, uninspiring man he must be. Both have the charisma of a jellyfish

Anonymous said...

Annon 07:36, the fuel issue is much more complex than just tanks. There aren't tanks under the ground in those locations, there are high pressure fuel lines that lead directly to the fuel facility (left side of the airport as you approach from the South). A relative used to work out there. 30 000 litres is a hell of a lot of uncontained fuel? I hope Kevin has it all bunded. You know, OHS, safety first and all that.

Anonymous said...

What a joke. A radio interview with one person who drones on like a garden gnome and the other one a Jenny who speaks like a used car salesman. Jellyfish you say? I reckon more like a pair of starfish (and not the Barrier Reef type either)

Anonymous said...

A massive bloody airport and they want to rip out mangroves for some helicopters? Where is the paperwork, the environmental impact statement? I heard that the airport doesn't have a compliance department anymore and that includes not having a permanently employed environment manager. Is that why mangrove clearing, noxious weeds, noise complaints and leaking fuel are occurring? FFS this airport lays at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, have they forgotten that? Or is it because most of management come from overseas and either don't care or don't understand?

Anonymous said...

In CAPL's 'Managing Responsibly' document (signed off by the CEO and accepted by the Board) in the commitment to the environment component they say; "we foster and maintain a zero tolerance for unsafe, insecure or non-environmentally friendly practises". So I wonder where clearing mangroves for helipads, having poisonous weeds, having sub-soil fuel contamination (massive amount) and the lack of a footpath resulting in a death stacks up against their own policy/commitment?
As has already been mentioned, where I the accountability? And why are the board of directors allowing this?

Ken svay said...

Where is Air Asia?

Anonymous said...

Shhhhh. Now you've done it Ken. King Kevin and Princess Antonson will have to take another international 'trip' to Asia. On average a one week 'work sojourn' costs around $20k per person, including business fares, 5 class accommodation, personal and private expenses and so on. Not a bad chunk of change hey? And how much business has all those trips brought in over the past 4 years????

Anonymous said...

Somewhere in the Sea of Java I believe...

Anonymous said...

haha you are kidding right Ken? Air Asia is a bucket airline that negotiates bargain airport fees for their airline You think Kevin would give up any of his money to them to induce them to land here? lolololololololol

Anonymous said...

Wouldnt Kevin's bucket of money only stretch as far as to cover his salary, bonus, Mercedes, house paid for, utilities paid for, kids education etc etc?

Anonymous said...

Well Air Asia X flies to Cairns. It was a miracle that the Cairns airport 'team' even pulled off that deal. With the amount of incentives the airport had to offer plus the tiny return the airport makes on the deal I wouldn't mind betting it takes a decade to make a decent return out of the deal, if any.

Anonymous said...

Is this shit for real? Sounds like a kindy rather than an airport business. Who still manages this way? Very odd

shanghai said...

um this is the airport that says 40 000 people are employed thanks to them silly me thought the reef and rainforest had something to do with it mind you I haven't met any one who actually come here to see the airport itself I guess you land here I suppose but if they were good as they think they believe they are 80 000 people would be employed thanks to them not that reef or rainforest had anything to do with it

Anonymous said...

Wasn't mr colourful shirts Kevin talking about freight in and out of Cairns at one stage? Or was that just another one of their non-achievements? Lots of long faces in that place these days, what's happenned?

Anonymous said...

Maybe CAPL will celebrate this poor ladies anniversary death and will make a cake and cut it, the same cheesy way that they celebrate airline anniversaries and attempt to grab a cheap headline? But I doubt it. They will be hiding from any media coverage that is 'negative'. The same way they remove negative Facebook comments about the airport. Numerous people in that place like to hIde behind closed doors and pull triggers from afar. Spineless

Anonymous said...

So we had the walk yesterday for Dinah, it was a touching event. Naturally neither Bob Manning nor Kevin Brown attended, the two people who should be putting their bald heads together to formulate a plan to put in a footpath. Bob would've been sleeping and Brown would have probably been Poncing about Port Douglas in his black mafia Merc in his little shorts and lilly white legs. Absolutely pathetic that a regional Mayor and a representative of JP Morgan the capitalists can't cough up a few cents to pay for the footpath. Safety, what safety?
I hope Dinahs loved ones get some peace from yesterday's walk, it was certainly supported by people with a moral conscience who aren't more concerned with profits and bonuses. R.I.P Dinah.

Anonymous said...

Shanghai 18:07, good call. The reality is that it is an airport, and people will always fly and need to use it. If Kevin Brown buggered off back to Scotland (and took his stupid coloured shirts with him) the airport would survive, we wouldn't miss him. Browns role quite simply is to squeeze as much as he can out of the local community - lease increases, car parking fees, litigate against competition, cut local staff positions where he can, minimise spending on the community airport, all about money and profits, nothing else. The Scotsman and JP Morgan are the perfect match - it's all about bonuses and profits for both, greed greed greed. Airports aren't a challenge in general, they are a gaurentred revenue earner. However what concerns me above profits are deaths due to not having footpaths, massive fuel leaks, environmental risk and security breaches. That is not how an airport should be run. What are we as a community going to do about this? We need to demand answers to questions? We need to demand that these problems are fixed? We shouldn't accept the way out airport is being managed as being acceptable.

Anonymous said...

the airport is a joke. It's totally understaffed and Brown gets rid of anyone who in his brain rocks the boat. He has either driven out or sacked some damn good people so that they can gloss over serious issues. He only wants yes men/women working there, it's pathetic. That company isn't about fixing problems it's about saving money for the investors.

Anonymous said...

Well that's interesting annon 13:04 because 2015 was a pathetic year for the airport. They've had floodgate problems airside. Is it fixed yet? Wet terminal roof paint flowed into drains and into the little Baron. Did EPA do anything? Up to 40,000 litres of leaked aviation fuel is sitting under the international tarmac, which just so happens to be a few hundred meters from the ocean. Fixed yet? Crumbling general aviation Tarmac area. Fixed yet? Turnover of security, operations and compliance staff and an increase in audit non compliances. Fixed yet? Safety issues with the runway lighting bridge that goes across the Baron river. Fixed yet? Poor morale and hated managers. Why? Rental increases for tenants. Tick. Rental increases for light aircraft operators. Tick. Increases in car park fees. Tick. Rental increases for hire car operators. Tick. Pay for luggage trolleys. Tick. Budget cutbacks. Tick. Poor management behaviour. Tick. Lots of overseas travel and expenditure by executive management and the Board. Tick.
Stupid childlike strategy sessions in the board room with butchers paper, minties and a roll call that staff hate. Tick. All talk no action. Tick. Airport shops allegedly operating illegally (as reported in HBW). What's the outcome of that? No roadway footpath and a pedestrian gets killed. What's the outcome of that? Precious mangroves that have survived for centuries are to be removed for a helicopter landing area. Seriously, who has signed off and permitted that? Us tenants being forced to attend stupid boring safety and security meetings which are poorly facilitated, drag on forever, cost us precious time and valuable resources and are about as interesting as watching paint dry. Tick. Not enough water stations airside to provide us with a drink during these stinking hot summers.Tick.......puke, I'm done with this airport and Cairns. It sux.

Anonymous said...

Annon 16:30, they should put all that shit up on a wall on butchers paper, get out the minties and give away a door prize to whoever can fix all of that stuff. Staff would love it.