|COUNCIL CONTINUES TO ALLOW THE DESTRUCTION OF PARKLAND|
ADJACENT TO CAIRNS (un)BASE HOSPITAL - DESPITE A NEW PARKING
STRUCTURE THAT SITS ONLY PARTIALLY FILLED EVERYDAY
Cairns Aquarium - carpark shortfall +250
Civic Theatre - carpark shortfall +450
Munro Martin Park - carpark shortfall +80 (peak usage: 350)
Nova Tower One - carpark shortfall +65
But it gets worse.
Owners of the Cairns Square project, Sunshine Coast-based Juniper, have proposed two additional floors on the top of this building.
And with the precedents set, they've proposed a REDUCTION in the current shortfall of carparks for the building! And despite the building being occupied primarily by Central Queensland University, they also consider appropriate a REDUCTION in bicycle parking!
You can't make this shit up!
Currently, street parking around the building has become unusable for guests and customers due to the hours spaces are occupied by CQU staff and students.
In their submission for a Development Approval, Juniper argues that the building should be rated using the "educational facility" car parking regulations. This despite the fact that CQU is only a tenant in this building and have already signaled that they will eventually move into their own, purpose-built facility.
Leaving aside the fact that the current Cairns Plan requirements for car parking is hopelessly inadequate, Juniper cannot be allowed to turn the busiest tourism retail area in the city into a no-go zone.
And the idiocy of the Juniper proposal is stunning. They count bicycle parking on the Esplanade and at the Lagoon as part of their "stock". They count all the street parking (including that on the Esplanade, which has an active proposal to be closed off to traffic and parking altogether) as part of their "stock".
It's clear that the Manning Council will approve any old shitty proposal now from developers. The rest of us be damned. As Council, Chamber of Commerce, and other so-called "leaders" take an emergency meeting to implement the "Kevin Byrne Solution" to aboriginal people using the CBD, the biggest anti-social attack on business owners and tourists in Cairns is being done by the Mayor and his Council of syncopants, behind closed doors, to the benefit of only a few wealthy developers.