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When Bob "Sleepy" Manning was first elected as Mayor, he met with several of these hotel owners including the Kamsler family (Pacific International), the Darwin-based owner of the Hilton, management from the Shangri-La, as well as the Reef Casino and Hotel. All demanded an end to concerts at the park (with the exception of the Christmas Show) due to guest noise complaints when they were underway.
The Pacific and Hilton are particularly affected because of the old, poor construction of those buildings including the lack of soundproof windows and doors.
Manning was said to have ameliorated these business owners with the promise that the replacement of the Civic Theatre would include a concert venue in Munro Martin park - a venue that now looks to be almost completed. And while the public was told concerts in Munro Martin would be "acoustic" in nature, clearly other plans have been in mind all along.
We have on good authority that none of this was shared with
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COUNCILLOR ABOUT NEW DOOF-DOOF
MUSIC CONCERT POLICY
After the recent Council election, Manning instructed staff including General Manager Linda Kirchner: start moving the concerts OUT of Fogarty Park and into other venues around the city, especially Munro Martin Park. The "Grass is Greener" concert is just the tip of the iceberg as big business reaps its investment in the Unity Team and Bob Manning.
Richie Bates is still seen as an unreliable councillor by the majority. Major decisions are reached by Manning, Terry James, and John Schilling and presented as a "fait accompli" to the balance of the Council - with no debate and no chance to make any changes. One councillor has publicly complained that Bates is still "under the thumb" of the unions with a large part of his campaign finance coming from the Unions.
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General Manager Kirchner is also about to be holding another shitbag for Manning, as Council is said to be instructing barristers in Brisbane on what are described as "massive cost overruns" on the Tobruk Pool. Which since the "splash" opening has been mostly seeing even fewer numbers of swimmers than before the rebuild. More on this soon. . . .
So once again the business community in Cairns is making all the decisions for the public - now including who can use our "public" parks. With the Division 5's Richie Bates again revealed as a spineless and "out of the loop".