"THE GREATEST CHALLENGE FOR THE CAIRNS REGIONAL COUNCIL IN ITS NEXT TERM IS TO DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE IN ORDER TO ATTRACT INVESTMENT AND BUSINESS ACTIVITY INTO THE AREA"
This is the key policy statement made by Bob "Sleepy" Manning and his Unity Team prior to the 2012 CRC election.
In this they have been abject failures. This factor ALONE is enough for voters to turn out this rubber-stamping mob at the next election.
WE GIVE YOU EXHIBIT NO. 1:
This photo of the Cairns CBD this week. At the election of Bob Manning in 2012 there were TWO construction cranes on the Cairns skyline. Since those were taken down in 2013, not ONE has replaced it. NOT ONE.
We've been given a lot of smoke and mirrors. Tony Fung. Sure. And Benny Wu - who blows into town, buys a run-down hotel and small island resort, and then does nothing to improve them (unless you call land-clearing on Double Island an "improvement". Wu now has Double Island for sale, AGAIN, we're advised. Cairns is being used as a money laundry.
You really can't make this shit up. Look around you.
Then the Aspial project. It would seem the Singaporean-
based Aspial is a reputable company. With great fanfare we were told that Aspial construction "was underway". OVER A YEAR AGO. In a media show orchestrated by Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King for a visit by his now deposed boss, Campbell Newman. Aspial has built a model and sales office - and stopped dead. Clearly because of Bob Manning and his Unity Team. Manning allowed approval of this complex of Asian-style dog boxes and even gifted several million in ratepayer concessions. So where is it, Bob?
The only two major Unity Team construction projects completed by the Cairns Council (Tobruk Pool and Murray Street Dam) were both contracts given to southern contractors, despite Cairns having qualified contractors available. And the third big contract (signed, but as yet unimplemented) for the refurbishment of the too-small Cairns Civic Theatre was also given to a non-Cairns contractor.
While of course all of these companies claim a desire to "employ local workers if possible", the Cairns Unity Team council refuses to require contract language enforcing such a provision. Language that is standard in large contracts by councils in Townsville, Ipswich, the Gold Coast, and other regional cities.
With developers and contractors the biggest campaign contributors to the 2012 Unity Team, one would guess they got their money's worth.
But what about the community, Bob? Where are the jobs?
Bob Manning and his group of sycophants have failed to restore confidence, and failed to attract investment and business activity to Cairns. Instead they've attracted clown shows and circuses - all show and no action.