On our main tourism highway just across from the Cairns Airport is now the broken shell of the Cairns economic miracle.
The Fruit Bat.
Like the other fruit bats, this iconic veggie business stands cold, lifeless, and scrawled with graffiti - a testament to the failed Cairns economy and the Cairns (un)Regional Council.
Main Roads has refused to respond as to the status of the yearly lease for this site, but insiders report that the lease is now being paid secretly by the Jonsson (Farm Market) Family. The Jonssons have long attempted to have the government cancel this lease - ever since they installed their own business selling farm products just a few hundred meters away. When the public continued to patronise the Fruit Bat, finding their produce fresher and with many more local choices, the Jonssons attacked politically.
Oddly the Jonsson's lackluster business (built in an area without the proper Cairns Plan zoning thanks to the idiocy of Peter Tabulo) can operate only because of the piece of public land they've stolen for parking. What used to be a nice grass-covered respite for travelers with caravans on the highway was usurped without any payment to the state and finally paved-over. Illegally.
The Cairns Way.