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"Taking on Fuel Giants": How long have we all known that Cairns motorists pay the highest prices for petrol of any regional city in Australia? We have a PORT where fuel is delivered by ship - closer to the refineries than any other regional city. And yet we've been gouged for YEARS.
"Iconic Croc's Home Has Fringe Benefits": The continued adhoc plans (which don't rise to the word "strategy") continue to cause angst in the community.
"Bill Fulton Bridge Works to Kick Off": With two other inadequate two-lane bridges yet to get any attention, replacement of this one, cheap, low-set causeway-style bridge does NOTHING to relieve congestion. But fortunately it's just in time to allow Barron River MP Craig Crawford to pose for pictures for the cover of his next campaign brochure, in an effort to convince someone he's doing something. . . .
"Health's Check-Up Defeated": A commonsense bill to do a process audit at the Cairns
We are advised that the management system is so chaotic that over 60 mostly-new wheelchairs have gone missing in the last two years with orderlies quite often scouring the hallways looking for a spare to move a patient.
"Jab Gap Lets in Disease Danger": While other areas of the country have come into compliance, Kuranda and other Far North communities continue to have vaccination rates on par with Bangladesh. The Cairns Post gives voice to people like "Kim Stedman", owner of some naturopathic witch doctor business who boasts "she doesn't even vaccinate her dogs".
This goes hand-in-hand with the lack of water fluoridation in Cairns water. Don't write your anti-fluoride diatribes here, we won't publish them.
"Setback for Casino Ambitions": Fullshare Group (owners of the Sheraton Mirage) have withdrawn their plans to convert the Laguna Quays resort to a casino operation. Does anyone anywhere still believe Tony Fung is doing anything in Cairns?
"Pat Flanagan Appointed Project Director of Aquis": Better to be made Captain of the Good Ship Lollypop. How many engineers and architects would be employed in design and construction of ANYTHING at Aquis? Anyone seen Flanagan Consulting Group grabbing up all the spare office space in Cairns? Guess why . . .
"Emirates Flies Flag for Trips to Cairns": Claiming they need a spot to park their Airbus 380 this is apparently the only thing stopping Emirates from adding Cairns to their route network.
"19 Year Old Student Racially Abused by Cairns Local": No surprise here. Only difference is this one got reported.
"Old Town Plan in Action": Clifton Beach residents again cop it sweet as big developer shoves unwanted plan up their arse. Local councillor Brett Olds casts only "NO" vote as reality of Manning Yes-man council sinks in.
"Price is High for Lapping Up Paradise": Research shows Port Douglas to be the most expensive holiday destination in Australia. Any wonder we've still shown no growth in the tourism business?
Editorial by the Cairns Post's Townsville-based editor, high school graduate Julian Tomlinson, decries the fishing "green paper" claiming that "Australia imports most of its seafood". While this is true, what he fails to mention is that Australia EXPORTS most of its locally caught seafood - including tons per day that get sent LIVE to places like Hong Kong and Mainland China. Our own fishos prefer the big export prices to selling locally, and they're stripping our local fisheries in this quest for a dollar. Stop the fishos from exporting Australian-caught seafood and watch our local prices plummet and quality go UP. Sorry, too tough an argument for the Murdock press.
You can't make this shit up!
The big "celebration" coming up? An event from 30 years ago where some creative blokes organised a world-record 100 water-skiers behind one boat, garnering Cairns world-wide attention. Current leaders couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery, with most of these "marketing geniuses" dumb as a bag of hammers. What happened to the Ukulele Festival? The original creator got tired of all the work with no help from the Chamber, or Council, or anyone else so it's "taken a break" - an event that brought hundreds of domestic and international visitors. Duh.
Then there are all the other local issues: home insurances, with Cairns still paying 300-500% more than the rest of Australia and the do-nothing Warren Entsch impotent. Electricity, North Queenslanders paying the HIGHEST per kilowatt in Australia and government happy to strip money from Ergon every year. Local transport in shambles with now 10 years of "talk" on the obvious need for a free circulator bus in the CBD. A "free" Council provided wifi service in the CBD that is so overloaded most can't use it anymore. An obscene lack of car parks. Buildings covered with graffiti, unpainted for years, with bicycles chained up to every immovable object in the CBD due to lack of bicycle parks. Locals arrested with computers loaded with child porn given nonsensical suspended sentences and let back into the community with the Cairns Post "not naming" the offenders.
And longtime residents were in full deja-vu mode this week when they saw a fatter, slower, grayer ex-Mayor Kevin Byrne waddling through the CBD, panting heavily in his new semi-retirement role of collecting more ratepayer cash via Advance Cairns. Even he's got to walk more than 20 metres from his car to a meeting. The mind reels. . .
And this is just one week in the Cairns Post. If the leaders and community would actually SOLVE some of these problems, what in the world would they report?
Oh yeah, "Disgraced Reporter Tara Brown Splits from Hubby". Now there's some NEWS!