|RICHIE BATES RAKES IN THE DOSH|
FROM THE BIG END OF TOWN
Like the continual merry-go-round of faux public issues that occupy "Cueball" MacKenzie and his 300 radio listeners, once again apparently this week we're getting a faux analysis of the issue.
When Lake Street was reopened to traffic, merchants heralded the newfound traffic as their "business saviour". This has proven to be NOT the case - as traffic volumes choke Lake Street with slow-moving cars attracted to the "free parking" in the centre island along with public buses, "impulse" merchants like the news agency and fast food restaurants are reporting DECLINES in their business.
Lake Street is now seen as a "no-go zone" for most. And all caused by council ineptitude.
And because of the ineptitude of Richie Bates, it's about to get worse. MUCH MUCH WORSE.
We're already seeing a shortage of carparks adjacent to the new Cairns Aquarium. While primarily caused by tradies scooping up all the carparks at 6AM, this is only a harbinger of the area's future. With a shortfall of perhaps 400 carparks during peak periods, the Cairns Aquarium was given project approval with no objection from Bates. And just a block away from the new Cairns Civic Theatre, which was already 200+ carparks short. And now a second term for the Manning Council which has built NO new parking facilities despite at least one being "shovel-ready" when they took office!
You can't make this shit up.
And with Central Queensland University now approaching full capacity at their Shields Street site, this area adjacent to the Esplanade is now fully choked with a parking shortfall. And with Council turning a blind eye to the now endemic parking in loading and taxi-pickup zones, merchants on the Esplanade and copping it from both directions.
Bates meanwhile is a reliable "ZZZZZZZZZ" on any vote called by Bob Manning. And Bates cleared a healthy $8250 in electoral donations OVER AND ABOVE the $5000 he was required to hand over to Manning and the Unity Team. A nice little earner for him, that's for sure.
Merchants in many of these areas of the CBD are in for a rude awakening as this huge parking shortfall fully hits in the upcoming year.
Meanwhile Cueball MacKenzie will dance around the reality of this issue for a day or two, and then return to another dog-whistle for his diminishing audience. Fluoride, perhaps?