Keeping with the Manning stupidity is the announcement that Manning has signed a (completely worthless) Memorandum of Understanding to purchase the Cannon Park Racetrack.
While every other government entity in Australia is privatising assets, Manning's keen sense of business acumen has again been revealed. Buying an essentially bankrupt racetrack operation and believing that a couple concerts a year (currently being more appropriately held at Fogarty Park) can somehow make this a worthy investment is apparently the same thinking that bankrupted EventsNQ.
Why Manning thinks that the centrally located CBD Fogarty
Park should be replaced by a suburban location with limited parking and virtually no public transport is. . . . frankly. . .insane.
What about all the CBD businesses that reap a bonanza in extra business when concerts are held at Fogarty Park? We're now throwing the CBD businesses "under the bus"?
You can't make this shit up.
Where's all the "private investment partnerships" that Manning has been preaching to the public? Why haven't these deep-pockets jumped in to "rescue" the Jockey Club? Where are all the Chinese investors we're told are keen to invest in Cairns?
And why didn't Manning mention this at the Chamber candidate luncheon last week? (Well, we all know the answer to that). He would have been booted out the room.
And even more arrogantly, once again, Bob Manning and the Unity Team have decided to make a major decision using public money. . . .
WITH NO CONSULTATION.
This is frankly despicable.
While we have yet to make our voting recommendations, this act makes it clear that NONE of the current councillors should be returned to the public pig trough.