|FUNNY WHAT A LITTLE PHOTOSHOP|
CAN DO. SCARY WHAT A LOT DOES!
Many issues in Division 9 have gone begging, including large areas in Clifton Beach and Trinity Beach that still have roads without kerb and channelling. And continued issues with high-density housing applications not being noticed to the neighbourhoods have highlighted Fennell's worthlessness. Fennell is now attacking his opposition candidates for speaking out on "state issues", claiming that his job is roads, rates, and rubbish. Well that's rubbish - surely his role as chief Division 9 community organiser is vital to getting attention to these local issues. And no explanation why he's been the attack dog against the school zone traffic areas then - a clear state responsibility.
Fennell's inattention has undercut the work done to establish the Neighbourhood Watch groups in the northern beaches. An attentive councillor would be the first to show up for these grass-roots meetings with the community. Fennell has done none of it.
Fennell has been so bad that the LNP in the area put up another LNP candidate against him - Howie Thomas. Yes, we know that ballot says "Bronwyn Thomas", but really - how is that possible? "Airhead" Bronwyn can barely string two sentences together, and has NO business or community activity record. We've previously documented the sneaky shit that surrounds Bronwyn and Howie. A lot of "dirty tricks" have been underway in Division 9, with the Thomas corflutes the only that look to have survived the waves of vandalism. And we're not even sure that the woman on the corflutes is really Bronwyn Thomas - looks more like Howie with that bad photoshop job.
With the Thomas' active in LNP politics, Bob "Sleepy" Manning apparently decided that TWO preferencing candidates might get Fennell over the line. At the recent Palm Cove candidate's forum it was clear that Sleepy had no interest in Bronwyn's opinions on anything. Along with the rest of the audience. You have to wonder how the Thomas family supports themselves.
We also note several councillors including Richie "Turncoat" Bates have been insisting that a councillor should live in their division. Bronwyn doesn't - they've lived in a succession of rented houses in Division 8. And neither Bronwyn nor Howie appear anywhere on the electoral rolls, with no apparent reasons why they might qualify for a "silent" registration. With them even listed in the phone directory, why are they not on the rolls?
We've previously covered the paper-thin CV and experience of Bronwyn Thomas. It's some scary shit.
Brett Olds. While some in the community responded "Who?", Olds has been pretty active around the community for some time. The current president of the Clifton Beach Tennis Club, he's been a community activist for coming up on 25 years. He speaks well and has a coherent idea of how local government works. However he's stuck on the misspent idea that being "independent" means he shouldn't make a preference deal with the other progressive candidate, Sarah Flenley. While party affiliations are of course not a feature of local government elections, it would be nice to know that Olds plays well with the other councillors. This is a bit of a worry. Maybe not the best in some books, but ticks all the right boxes to be effective.
Sarah Flenley also has a strong track record of community involvement - the best of all the candidates. She understands the value in strong community organisations including the Neighbourhood Watch groups. Organised and articulate, Flenley is a fine candidate for council and they would be pleased to have her at the helm. Jim Brooks is fortunate to have her as member of the Connect Cairns team. Additionally, with the dearth of women in elected local government, we would hope that voters in Division 9 would take this into account at the ballot next Saturday.