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4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News Led by John "Cueball" Mackenzie

01 February 2017

CAIRNS AQUARIUM READY TO COLLAPSE DESPITE MASSIVE GOVERNMENT SUPPORT ALREADY

We warned years ago that the financing for the proposed Cairns Aquarium was well short of the mark.

We're now finding out that the building can't be finished as proposed, the number of jobs is MUCH less than advertised, and that the place likely won't even be able to open without $1M in government money.



Our money.

MORE of our money.

Developer Daniel Leipnek's original project proposal blew out from $35M until over $50M, and the ratepayers have chipped in with free parking.  Well, we actually just guaranteed that this whole area of the CBD would become a parking nightmare, and Leipnek's paying nothing.

Now he's cap-in-hand asking for government money, and threatening to keep the place shuttered without it.  Who can blame him?  This strategy worked with the Bob "Sleepy" Manning, and we DO have a state election coming soon.

In a coffee shop on the Esplanade this morning, someone was heard to say "why doesn't someone get the arab to part with a lazy million".  However a REAL businessman would run screaming into the good night after hearing what's been going on at this aquarium.  Better to go down to the casino and put it on plaid.  

It's a shame that so many good projects in this town die from neglect, bad business planning, stupidity (that means you, Paul Freebody!!!), and government laziness.


13 comments:

Anonymous said...

McKenzie backed it, so it was bound to be a dud. if it fails he will be the first one to run for cover and distance himself from the whole thing. So crocs, dredging and law and order will be at the order of the day for the foreseeable future again. He's gone quiet on bats lately, so a bit of bat bashing must be overdue by now.

Anonymous said...

I hope it work out for all involved however time will tell I suppose.

Anonymous said...


having recently worked on that site I can honestly say its a toxic enviroment there with dickhead managers/foreman...constantly contradicting each other, not to mention trying to bully the workforce, particularly hired labour....good luck with that assholes!

Anonymous said...

The aquarium was always going to fail. I would hate to see what the admission price is going to be.

shanghai said...

well well shanghai has been right for the last 2 years a contast critc of the proposal,process and on going venture at least now its a bank problem who would lend $50 million dollars for this ! they came in their pants when they saw the fees! cant wait for the blame game. what a schmozzel qlder.

Anonymous said...

HBW, did you see the stench getting his fat gut on the post front page extolling the 400 mil boat deal at the same time Austal bigwig on ABC radio was saying 28 mil, may stretch to 50 mil over life of project?

Anonymous said...

WTF did you say Shanghai?, no fairdinkum WTF did you say?.

shanghai said...

what I'm saying is if u can read between the lines this fiasco could bring down the council the pieman is not joh or bondy

Ken svay said...

Just read the puff piece in the CairnsLife. How did the financiers let them start building without having all the finance?
It sounds like an Aquatic Ponzi Scheme.

Anonymous said...

Sort of related, regarding infrastructure - In a number of newspapers including the Compost is the fact that Cairns airport has the second highest rate of aircraft damage due to bird strikes in Australia. What a wonderful record to hold! Maybe they need someone who works there who actually understands hazard and risk rather than plastic surgery and anti-wrinkle (it's isn't working) cream? The Chief Dung Puncher provided some waffle about how they are trying to control the problem. Ha ha. What, by sitting behind a desk or smoking in the lunch room? Cairns is retarded and governed by retarded business leaders and politicians. I am astounded that the whole region is shut down for regulatory non-compliance for everything including the airport, roads, rail, port.....all shit.

Hamish Krint said...

I haven't seen the word 'loan' anywhere in relation to government support - or am I missing something? Why should any private enterprise get taxpayer money for free?

Anonymous said...

It's private enterprise so absolutely no FKN public money for them.

Anonymous said...

Has Chris Carey been sacked by ADCO and now with FKG ? Sounds like him.