HBW has continued to receive information from both Council insiders as well as the public complaining about the massive damage being wreaked across Cairns.
RECYCLING AND ENVIRONMENT
Large and worthwhile recycling programs were initiated by the Schier Council in the city years ago. Mayor Schier initiated not only residential recycling programs (that have had the highest participation rate of any regional city in Queensland), but began more "public" efforts at recycling. These efforts included replacement of trash bins with multi-bin recycling bins.
These have served not only to help our Council reduce costs, but underscore for our tourist visitors the seriousness we take our environment.
Bob Manning continues to dismantle this system - now replacing the popular "recycling" bins in the CBD and Council park areas with - SINGLE STREAM trash bins.
You can't make this shit up.
The Freshwater-Stratford area residents have asked Manning and their (worthless) councillor Linda "Fuck Me" Cooper for an explanation about the removal of these bins from their parkland areas. Likewise residents in Edge Hill, who've asked for a similar explanation from THEIR (less than worthless) councillor, Max "The Groper" O'Halloran. Neither has proffered an explanation, 'natch.
|NO LEASE - WHERE DOES|
THE MONEY GO?
Council is also engaged in illegally taking parking fees at several "parking lots" run by them - specifically the parking areas opposite the Queensland State Building at Hartley & Sheridan, as well as the Bunda Street parking next to the CY Hotel. Council is collecting parking fees (and issuing parking infringements) at BOTH carparks. But Council does not own EITHER of these allotments, nor is any lease agreement been signed with the property owners. Where's the money going?
And according to State Law, Council cannot collect money from EITHER of these locations without a registered lease over the title.
We've reached out to Richie "Master" Bates but he's been too busy to respond.
But the biggest bombshell is soon to hit the CBD parking with the consecutive openings of the Aquarium and the new Cairns Civic Theatre.
Residents are already aware of the parking chaos created by the events at the Munro Martin park - with many businesses and apartment buildings in the area constructed with no or inadequate on-site parking over the years. The Aquarium doesn't have ANY onsite parking for patrons nor most of the staff. And parking was REDUCED at the Civic Theatre while the number of seats was DOUBLED.
You can't make this shit up!!
SECRET ACTIONS BY COUNCIL
|IF NO ONE CAN READ THE MAPS,|
NO ONE CAN COMPLAIN, CAN THEY?
This recent notice REQUIRED BY STATE LAW was dropped into the Cairns Council website. But it couldn't be any more unhelpful. It proposes to take gazetted parkland for additional (unnecessary) roadworks. It is identified only by the obscure legal description and doesn't identify even the cross streets being discussed. And if that isn't deceptive enough, Council has included a map that is completely unreadable!
Then there's whatever is going on at Mt. Whitfield - with the public warned off the site for no apparent reason!
AND still never any explanation why Mayor Bob Manning and his wife Claire were not prosecuted for "Trading While Insolvent", and steering no-bid contracts to their company!
These are the acts of a corrupt Cairns (un)Regional Council.