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15 February 2017

TRADEWINDS HOTEL CONTRACTOR UNLICENSED - MORE TRADIES ABOUT TO BE DUDDED??

NEW TRADEWINDS TOWER HAS TINY, ODD
SHAPED ROOMS SERVED ONLY BY
ONE TINY GUEST ELEVATOR. BUT HEY, IT
 LOOKS NEAT FROM THE OUTSIDE! 
As hundreds lined up yesterday at the Tradewinds hotel for old, filthy mattresses and overpriced and dodgy hotel televisions, more serious issues surround the rush to approve this project despite continued questions about the developer, the use of "hot" money, the CEO, and now the contractor engaged to build the project.  

The poodle councillor for the Esplanade area has, as usual, refused to respond to these myriad of issues.  Nice going Richie.

When the Tradewinds was first approved in the 1980's, adjacent property owners battled with the council about the shortfall of parking.  At the time, the 256 room property was required by the then inadequate parking code to have 187 off-street parking spaces.  The developers bullied the council into an approval with only 139, but subsequently only built 95.  
OBJECTIONS TO THE ORIGINAL 1986 APPROVAL ABOUT PARKING SHORTAGE 

The new development adds 55 more rooms, and has provided a consultant's report that suggests that the 95 are completely adequate for the greatly-enlarged project!  The Cairns (un)Regional Council has, under Sleepy Bob, been completely under the grip of developers and their consultants, so don't look for anyone at council to question this bogus report.

In part the report completely ignores the parking requirements for STAFF.  Which is understandable, since employees at the Tradewinds have always been told to "park on the street".  

More serious however is the employment of Prime Constructions (Qld) P/L as contractor for this project.  Prime is only licenced as a Category 3 Contractor in Queensland.  This limits the company, and owner Andy Taylor, to projects no more than $30M in value.  


Emails to Prime have not had a response.  An email to the Prime PR shill Danae Jones wouldn't have much weight - she's a known bankrupt (In Touch Media) that left employees dudded, and former front-man to Cairns' Minister for Blogs, Warren Entsch.  We wouldn't trust a word she said, so tainted is HER credibility.

TERRY JAMES SHOVELING SHIT
AS NORMAL  
Trade workers in Cairns are often the victims of these dodgy developments.  Millions have been sucked out of tradie's pockets by millionaires like Ghassan Aboud, when the projects go belly up.  Like most construction projects in Cairns, this development has been set up around a purpose-formed company (Urban Sync P/L) that developers can easily "walk away" from, dodging personal liability and all the payments they can.

Starting out with a contractor who isn't licenced for this kind of project makes tradies even MORE vulnerable.

The upgrade to the existing Tradewinds building has NO additional elevators - a known shortcoming that has been well documented in TripAdvisor.  

There's no stopping the ghost train.  All aboard!!!  We look forward to the ribbon-cutting - we understand Bashar al-Assad will be hosting the festivities!


22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bashar al-Assad in all his remaining years on this earth couldn't fuck Cairns up any worse than the current mob of business leaders, Councillors, elected Politicians and other assorted FNQ fucktards and complete incompetents.

Anonymous said...

WEll said and well expressed Anon 21:09.
Could not have said it more eloquently myself.
Were's Val when you need her?

Anonymous said...

She's still around. Perhaps we can start a campaign to bring her back?

Tony Hillier said...

During my nigh on 35 years as a Cairns and northern beaches resident, I've been actively engaged with the community as a journalist, broadcaster and musician. It is, therefore, frustrating to opine that the region's enormous potential remains palpably unfulfilled in many regards. As Anon 21:09 earthily and accurately observes, we have been very poorly served by myopic, mediocre and mendacious business leaders, politicians (local, state & federal), "meedya" types and other supposed "movers & shakers" — with the notable exception (as Anon 21:38 suggests) of former Cairns Mayor Val Schier, a visionary mayor who was crudely castigated and shafted by Cairns's notorious old boys/white shoe network, and the old school Mulgraveshire chairman & Cairns mayor Tom Pyne, the erstwhile and cruelly undervalued member for Leichhardt Jim Turnour and a handful of State members (Lesley Clark, Desley Boyle and Steve Wettenhall among them). On the Cairns Council front, I sincerely hope Jim Brooks will change his mind and lead a Connect Cairns team at the next election. Vision, intelligence and acumen are urgently required if the city and region are to become a true jewel of the south Pacific.

Anonymous said...

On a more serious note anonymous 21:09 Basher Al Assad and his dear old dad would fuck Cairns over big time, just ask the residents of Hama who had the Al Assads come in and kill over 30000 people in just 2 weeks back in 1982. I visited there in 1991 and the evidence of the massacre was still on display. As for Bashar, who is a trained eye doctor, he has also left his mark on Syria too. While I enjoy HBW and its satirical coverage of Cairns and its residents, it sometimes gives airtime to retarted illiterates who think they are witty and funny but have no fucken idea on delivery. It's all in the timing.

Anonymous said...

Heard on the grapevine today that Al Assad is complaining he can't get enough workers for his redevelopment. In an area with one of the highest unemployment rates in Australia! Since the anti-union ABCC legislation was past with the assistance of One Nation, he can now import labour under the 457 working visa program. Nice to know.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:51, thanks for the history lesson, but I've probably travelled and worked in more places than you could ever dream of, many of them dangerous third world shitholes, like Cairns! My reference to Assad is a flow on from the HBW article, so settle pettle. Of course the bloke is a complete turd. But I bet you are a big supporter of the mighty Uncle Sam and it's lapdog Australia, yes? The USA supported and supplied Assad with money and weapons and then shit on him when it suited them. Australia follows and supports whatever Team America do, so we are complicit in creating the pin head Monster of Syria. Anyway, grant the fucker asylum in Cairns I say, at least he will clean out all the entrenched morons who have run the region like a mafia for the past 20 years.

Hamish Krint said...

Instead of bitching about the dire lack of talent in Cairns, at any level of enterprise or government, why not volunteer YOUR services and rectify the problem? Too many people just sit on the sidelines, snipe at everyone, make comments but actually do SFA when it comes to jumping in and getting involved.....

Anonymous said...

Val said no way and then never again upon my asking her if she would stand again amd then to reconsider. She had had a gutful. Isnt it funny. I bet she would get back in and that little turd who blew in as a reporter, stirred up all the opposition against her, and then went into politics and couldnt organise a bbq, has totally been lost in the landscape, thank goodness. Was only thinking that we need someone as strong as her right now, a couple if nights ago. Manning is a nighmare.

Anonymous said...

I asked (begged) her to consider running again a couple of elections back while we were at Machans Beach primary school voting for a federal election and she said no way and then never again when I asked her to reconsider.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 20.07 I think you meant to say Ghassan Aboud. He is the developer, not Al Assad.

Observer said...

I don't think anyone could criticize Val for not wanting to put her hand up again. She endured the worst demonization and bullying ever experienced here in the Far North. Nobody was ever subjected to such a concerted and vicious no holds barred campaign which was designed to force her to resign early so that the blubbery gutted Byrne could just up and reclaim the Mayoral chair for himself. It is all credit to Val that she withstood the onslaught with calm, grace and dignity when everyone else would have crumbled. It is further credit that she foiled the plot of the bullyboys and remained in her position until the next election.
I know Byrne would have been too weak and gutless to have survived such a campaign. Ditto Manning. Neither have a miniscule of the qualities of courage and resilience when compared to that which Val displayed. They demonstrated this to the public when they all joined forces - a gang of weak, cowardly men, all ganging up against one single strong woman.
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Anonymous said...

Anonymous 12:52, if you are referring to the paperboy, he is currently struggling with some very serious health problems and is unlikely to ever indulge in the same mischief as before. One should not kick a man when he is down, regardless of his sordid past. Let's just concentrate on that lying shock jock, who is now promoting the view that the ALP is deliberately delaying the release of the latest dredging report until the election is out of the way. And one by one the LNP stooges ring up and all the angry old white men incl. perennial bore Ron Crew. No one mentioned that when the previous LNP government came to power they first buried the dredging report completed by the Bligh government, then ordered a new report , which THEY sat on until after the election,which they lost.

I'll give you another example about what that lying turd does day in day out. First he read an alarming report from the Courier Mail that 80 % of income tax is spent on welfare (read: single mothers; dole bludgers). He then got Saul Easlake on, who patiently explained that that report was totally misleading , as income tax is only part of total revenue and you must also include company tax, stamp duty etc. etc., which then gives a totally different picture. He then explained that the biggest expenditure was on old age pensions (retired people who basically paid tax all their lives and were not in a position to build up enough superannuation) and family tax benefits (the massive handouts from the shock jock's federal LNP mates during the Howard/ Castello years). Unemployment benefits actually make up the smallest part.This was all clearly explained. Yet the next day another angry white man rings up about this same report, having the customary rant about dole bludgers, socialism, communism, bloody greenies, bring back flogging and the death penalty blablabla and Mckenzie makes no effort to set him straight, but just lets him rant on. What a turd !

Anonymous said...

Anon 22.30 you got NFI about how the world works, as per your post and NFI on my life experiences either. If you had any education and more than 3 brain cells you would know that the biggest financier of Syria for 30 years has been Iran, not the USA. The US puts its money into Egypt, Jordan and Israel, with Pakistan getting somewhat less. Where have you worked and been to? Please enlighten us? oh by the way Bali, Pattaya and Patpong don't count.

Anonymous said...

Annon 16:41 you get your info about Syria from reading mainstream media you Muppet. I spent a lot of time in the Middle East, particularly Saud Arabia, and by the sound of it I and my special ops team were kicking your ass old mate. You mentioned Indo and Thailand in your last queer comment so at least we know you are a traveller to exotic ladyboy locations. Go back to trawling public toilet blocks you silly old twat and leave world affairs to the experts.

Ken svay said...

Some pithy comments here as usual.Is the builder really going to use 457 visa holders to save money? And elevators are not that expensive nowadays, about $40,000 to buy a quality product plus the engineering required to find a place for it. Surely 50 extra rooms requires another elevator?
I am still awaiting some action from Mr Entsch after making promises about jobs and growth at the last election.
The poor ignorant electorate have been sold another pup it seems.

Anonymous said...

Well said Observer. Certainly one of the things which was highlighted during the bullying campaign to oust Val from the Mayoral seat, was the cowardliness of "the boys' club" in Cairns. Craven sooks, absolutely gutless, banding together and hiding away behind the media machine. To this day, I cannot think of them as "men".

shanghai said...

omg the the fair work commisssiom sides to the boss now sat and sun don't mean much ?so if two people do that well on sundays they will hire a third person on sunday because its cheaper yeaah right ! government workers on shift your next. no doubt about it .ironically if get paid less the government gets less that's deflation u cant tax deflation but in our town it affects everyone mind you I have never heard a politician say if the people I represent take a pay cut so will I....dream on pilgrims ..val over to you

Anonymous said...

One thing you can be sure of, when people start talking about 'their special ops teams' you know they did jack shit.

Anonymous said...

And I bet you wear your Obama and Clinton shirts proudly nancy boy?

shanghai said...

fuck that I'm going to Smithfield kmart this Saturday the cairns chicks are going to flash their titts /tatts in protest of the breast feeding fiasco last week I'll be at the back yelling c'mon girls show us your titts/tatts this is a million dollars of advertising ttnq couldn't dream up u know why because they're a bunch of fuck wits they preferred to be feed in the closet!

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile the despicable shock jock has started another campaign against progress (probably on the behest of his sponsors) against proposed traffic changes in Grafton Street, The changes make a lot of sense, but Cueball and his mates won't have a bar of it, so he is whipping up a "storm of protest", including the usual dodgy phone polls (99.9 % against the changes) about this looming "disaster". What a grub !!!