What a balls up. How could they continue to stuff up this area?
This has to be the worst example of a Council so out of control and out of touch with it's people.
We have just been presented with what is the third or fourth attempt of Shitty Place, I mean City Place. What were they thinking? No consultation. No consultation. This mantra should be inscribed on the outside walls of the Spence Street Office block.
I recall some years ago the builders screens were removed after months and months of work, only to be revealed with a Piazza!
Gone were the rolling green grassy mounds and lush shady tropical trees... and bamm: 27,000 brick pavers, and hot steel seats with no shade (3 years on, they still don't have any shade). We mounted a fight to get a shade over the children's play area, and were told there wasn't money in the kitty. They finally reneged. Questionable art appeared in the form of wash basins. I know art is subjective, however it hardly represented our region in such an important and central location like this.
The Cairns Post report today that we live alongside Elves.
If you gathered together 100 Year 8's from Redlynch School, gave them all a sheet of A4 paper, and asked them to draw and list what they'd like in their "town square", they would have eaten our city planners and Council alive. In fact, why DIDN'T we ask them??
They would have listed all things green, cultural and tropical, flowing creeks.. a mini rainforest... iconic representations of our ancient history and what makes of region internationally famous.
That's what they would have done. No doubt about it.
But the Bynre Council simply got a truck load of bricks left over from another Hedley apartment construction, and look what we've got.
Today's Cairns Post reveals the latest response following the completion of the new stage area... a giant mushroom looking thing.. shocked. This Blog also agrees the whole episode from start too finish - over 4 years - is one big balls up. This Council doesn't ask you or I. Know why? Because we might have some input about our community and how we'd like it to evolve and grow and change. But that's not how this Council does business.
This City Place development is a terrible legacy against the inability for this Council to consult with it's people. It is a most disgusting representation of anything that engages the audience or visitors. It is a space the actually does the opposite. It repels people away instead of being a central meeting place.. with a welcoming and embracing feel.
This should be a place to gather and wander and meander and relax and enjoy.
What a shame. A real shame that this has been allowed to happen. I suspect the bill will be in the millions for all the work and patch-ups that have occurred in this space over the last 5 years.
You know it's time to throw out a Council when things like City Place happen.