Pyne, “Business Community does NOT ‘hate my guts’, just a selfish few!
by Rob Pyne.
A Facebook Identity by the name of Cairns Ratepayer said yesterday I was ‘loathed’ by the big end of the business community. I do not believe this is true! YES, I do have powerful enemies because I PUT COMMUNITY INTEREST before any persons private business interests!
This resolution (see below picture) saw me VOTE AGAINST a proposal to reduce flood immunity levels from Q100 to Q50. There are wealthy individuals in Cairns who own land that floods MORE than every 100 years. We ended up winning this one and they will NOT be able to put residential developments on flood prone land. If folks ‘loath me’ for that ‘too bad’.
In this context and with sea levels unquestionably rising (currently at 3mm/year), I read of Gavin King’s ‘brainwave’ last month to have far greater residential densities in the CBD including the suggestion that the disused “fuel farm” land near the port could be potential residential high-rise sites.”
Now my preference and the ‘community interests’ are for the primary focus of future residential growth, to be Edmonton and Smithfield, where we have excellent levels of flood immunity. To me that ‘just makes sense’. Am I wrong?