It's a rather tiresome tactic, because new media simply expose them and their vain games for all to see.
The 31 second clip is called Paul & Libby.
"Hey Paul, why don't you sell something?" says one of the characters. It ends with the words "I'm a bad arse mother f*%ker!"
What on earth it has to do with the Cairns Post is beyond me. However, maybe it portrays, as the title says, a typical day at the Cairns Post.
Grab a view before they rip it down when the boss gets in tomorrow.
There are comments left on the channel like:
sisterspure sisterspure cannot understand what CairnsPost is supposed to be about!
TROPICALWALLAH THE CAIRNS POST IS TOTAL SHIT!
Saturday, 22 August 2009
It emanated from the drilling rig West Atlas, 250km off the north Kimberley coast in Western Australia. That's around 150km from the Ashmore Reef.
69 workers have been evacuated to Darwin.
"PTTEP is continuing its planning to determine how the leak can be brought under control so the West Atlas can be safely reboarded and begun to be restored to working order," a statement from the Norway Seadrill owner told WA Today. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is trying to the clean-up the mess.
Cairns conservationist Terry Spackman reminded me that some local politician said it would be safe to drill for oil on the Great Barrier Reef. Something about modern technology?
In an email to a Council employee this week, he writes "I am not Dennis Quick. Both Dennis and myself have made this clear previously on Moore's blog."
"I don't like Blake, I just don't like Michael Moore more-so. Moore is a vindictive little creep who will fabricate something out of nothing to get at someone he has a vendetta against.
Quickie went on to claim that I altered the time on the photos of Blake's car outside Kerrie [Hull's] place. "I have proof," he exclaims.
This is in reference to my story in May when I published photographs showing that Council Communications Manager Kerie Hull was holding private undisclosed meetings with Councillor Alan Blake. For the record, the car was parked inside Hull's driveway, not outside.
"I am a supporter of the truth, not Blake. Sorry for the misunderstanding and I should cease posting under the name Quickie - I only use that name because of Moore's hatred of Bryne and [Dennis] Quick," Quickie writes.
Actually, I have a rather good dialogue with Dennis Quick, Bynre's former executive assistant and LNP member. We've even enjoyed coffee together on more than one occasion. I actually enjoy his political dialogue and respect his point of view. Dennis has told me previous he is not the Quickie behind the one on the Blog.
You wouldn't believe, but just last week, a Council parking officer chatted with me outside Cairns Central. Evidently she's a regular follower of CairnsBlog. Who would have thought.
"I know who Quickie is and he's like an old woman," she said. She wouldn't disclose anything else other than to say he was a "good mate of Councillor Blake." No surprises there.
After nearly a year of anonymous writing on CairnsBlog as 'Factman' prior to the 2008 Council election, I exposed Council employee Murray Langdale, the person behind the moniker.
You can drop Quickie an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
There's also a line up of art exhibitions, entertainment and you can even stick a song on one of the public pianos placed outside around the city.
This year's festival adds food and lifestyle events, along with educational displays and even a walking meditation programme.
“No one should be left out of this year’s Festival Cairns – businesses, individuals, families and visitors all have the chance to join in something,” Cairns Mayor Val Schier says.
“We want to encourage people to just come out and get amongst it – get involved in celebrating our Cairns lifestyle.”
Events on this weekend include...
- Spraying Our Stories; an aerosol art project to transform temporary buildings, Marking Places - New Voices Now, visual art exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Art.
- Tropical Wave Festival, six short plays by young playwrights.
- 3 Million Shades of Grey, a multi-cultural visual art and entertainment display, contemporary art exhibition by three local artists.
- Keys to the City, community piano playing throughout the city.
- Pacific Toyota Grand Parade and Fireworks
- Esplanade Free Concert with Saltwater Band
- Festival Hub Market Square.
- Street markets showcasing local produce and celebrity cook-offs
- Cairns Street Busker’s Festival, six of the best national buskers perform.
"I'll be attending most of the events throughout the festival as an astonishing collection of talent would be on display," Councillor Di Forsyth says.
“I am looking forward to watch the parade, as I am sure it will be the best event to start the celebrations for this year’s Festival Cairns. It's the finest way to get to know what amazing talent we have in this region.”
"Also participating in the Pacific Toyota Grand Parade will be Johno Johnson and his Blues Band. After an article in The Cairns Post yesterday, 14 people offered the use of their flat-bed trucks."
Following a coffee meeting on Thursday morning with Festival Cairns coordinator Belinda Griffin and PR consultant Pip Miller, they asked if I could put up a message on CairnsBlog to seek a truck for Johnos Blues Band.
"We need a more immediate way to get the message out," Pip said. "We can't wait until the paper."
So, as new media can show, I did this via my mobile on Thursday morning. Blog articles are immediately replicated via the CairnsBlog social networking subscribers on Twitter and FaceBook, a combined instand local audience of over 12,000.
The Cairns Post spotted this, and ran a story the following day. This has become a regular source of information for the beleaguered Cairns Post.
I'm just so delighted that I can help them out with news ideas and leads. Saves them leaving the office.
"At least 15,000 hits are made every week, and it's a medium that as such is expanding in popularity. Its access is readily available and with no direct financial cost to those that read it, it is a avenue to public policy and affairs."
Parisi says it's common knowledge that most, if not all Councillors, read CairnsBlog, yet they are reticent to contribute at least under their real name.
"Politics is the art of communication. Councillors have a golden opportunity to utilise this forum as a means of communication. Inertia, laziness and ignorance has taken refuge with some of the elected members, particularly those that are approaching their use by date. Their arrogance does not endear them well especially with the general public."
"Councillors, would find that if they were more open with the public, less secretive and took them into their confidence, they would go a long way in regaining/earning the respect of the public. The public is tolerant, understanding and usually can live with hard unpopular decision, provided the deliberations are made public and explained."
"The unpopularity of the Cairns Regional Council does not stop with the Mayor. The Councillors are not excluded and are a contributing part of the problem. The solution is within their grasp."
NB: Councillor Linda Cooper responded to a story yesterday, as the new Chair of Finance and Administration. Paul Gregory posted his first comment on CairnsBlog recently.
"Despite Cairns Regional Council’s funding of on-site remediation and rehabilitation efforts, the site is not really in much of a better state than it was when the Minister suspended the approval," Nowakowski says.
Reef Cove went into receivership three weeks ago, however there is strong concern in the community for the future plans of the site and the developer's intention.
While I have reservations over aspects of the EU, I love the fact they have a common currency and almost no borders. Hence I am a fan of New Zealand and Australia removing as many barriers as possible.
I don’t see much merit in political union (unless both islands gained statehood giving us more grunt in the Senate) but am persuadable on a joint currency etc.
The possible revival of the ANZACs could be hugely popular, as ANZAC Day on both sides of the Tasman becomes more and more hallowed by the public. The Herald reports...
- New Zealand and Australian defence chiefs will soon begin discussions on setting up a joint Anzac rapid-response force.
The shape, size and operations of the proposed force – disclosed by the Herald in May – have yet to be considered, but Prime Minister John Key and his Australian counterpart, Kevin Rudd, believe the close ties between the two defence forces should be formalised in a new transtasman unit.
Colin Espiner also reports on the travel plans...
- Trans-Tasman travel is about to get easier, but passport-free visits are unlikely.
Travellers between New Zealand and Australia will be able to use electronic passport control and bypass queues for baggage screening from the end of this year, under changes to New Zealand airport arrangements announced by Prime Minister John Key in Canberra yesterday.
Electronic-passport kiosks, called smart gates, will be installed at Auckland International Airport’s arrival hall in December and in Wellington and Christchurch from the middle of next year.
The kiosks will be available to departing passengers in Auckland from late next year and in Wellington and Christchurch by mid-2011.
They allow travellers aged over 18 with an electronic passport containing a biometric chip to be able to scan their own passports and use facial-biometric technology to identify themselves and go to departure gates without going through immigration control.
Most New Zealand and Australian passengers arriving in New Zealand will no longer automatically have their baggage screened under changes announced by the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry.
I like self service kiosks. Air New Zealand has done a brilliant job with its technology and the e-pass and m-pass. Queues are almost a thing of the past. If this can be extended to security checks, all the better.
Friday, 21 August 2009
Coupled with this, the new chair of the Finance and Administration committee, Councillor Linda Cooper, along with Councillor Paul Gregory who chairs Water and Waste, are seeking their own office each.
They are so keen, they've even asked Brett Gosser, Cairns Regional Council's manager of corporate services price up how much the new offices will cost. They have requested new offices be constructed, at a whopping cost.
Most Councillors operate in an open plan environment, a fab idea that was created in the early 80's to enable workplaces to engage in better communication. There was praise and ridicule, if not confusion, about what many felt was an Amercianised influence into our workplace.
Nevertheless, Blake and Bonneau, who is still overseas, are clinging onto their private offices. When Blake heads away next week for two weeks leave, maybe Paul and Linda should simply do what your big brother would do when you were away at Summer Camp.
Besides the Mayor on level 3 of the Spence Street Council building, Deputy Mayor Margaret Cochrane and Councillor Robert Pyne enjoy their own office. However, if size was a measurement of status between the two, Margaret would be accused of compensating for a small appendage, if you know what I mean.
I believe that Blake and Bonneau do require a locked office. Why don't they telephone Lotus Glen Correctional Centre to see if they has a spare room.
Thursday, 20 August 2009
It needs to be large enough for Johno's four piece band.
If you can help, please call Belinda on 4044 3593, 0407 966 530 or Pip 0419 681543
This year's show, has had a face-lift and a total change, in look, feel, and content. After the tender process backfired after the project organisers when belly up, the job to put on the two week programme fell back with Council.
The parade along the Esplanade at 6pm on this Saturday, will also be a treat.
I recommend you grab a copy of the free Festival Cairns programme, or program as it's labeled to save money.
This year's is the first for long while to be largely under the direction of Cairns Regional Council.
It's good to see that Pacific Toyota has returned as a major sponsor, under it's new management, despite the turbulent year they've had.
They join funding from our Council, Ergon Energy, Queensland Government, along with the Federal Heritage and the Arts support.
There's a heap of other sponsors, and they're all listed on the website, and in the guide.
This year's offering provides a lot of free activities, and unlike previous years, almost every event is specially on for the Festival.
You can collect a copy of the Festival Cairns guide from all good KFCs, or venues around town. The Cairns Post will no doubt have some spares at their Abbott Street office, if you ask them nicely. Thomas will be working in reception, as part of a new work experience programme.
I'm having a cuppa at Bang with Belinda Griffin, who's co-ordinating the Festival from Council, and Pip Miller, who is driving the media. I'll give you an update tomorrow on the inside goss and what you really must see over the next two weeks.
Andrew says that from experience, there are two kinds of businesses in the world - those that have had tough times in the past and those that will have tough times in the future.
"It is simply a fact of business life, survival is all about what we do when we are faced with tough times and that is exactly why I have written this book now," Andrew Griffiths says.
"I have broken this book into four distinct sections. The first covers the steps we need to take at any time to make sure our business is bullet proof. The second section covers what action we need to take when we start to get nervous and the third section is all about what to do when 'it its the fan'. The fourth section is for those businesses that don’t make it, which will sadly be the case for many," Andrew says.
He insists it's an easy read, and Ross Gittens, a business columnist with the Sydney Morning Herald, agrees.
“It's a remarkably sensible, practical and useful book for business owners who want to be masters of their own fate. Andrew Griffiths knows his stuff,” Ross Gittens says.
Bullet-proof your Business Now is published by Allen and Unwin and is available in bookstores.
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Both have failed their role in presenting a real story, hell-bent on spinning.
Today Thomas writes another piece of "investigative" journalism, clearly aimed to discredit the Val Schier, complete with a photo of the Mayor in their online version:
- Cairns Regional Council has paid $ 55,000 to promote the region in a television series that bombed in the weekly ratings.
In the program, Mayor Val Schier and other faces of Cairns spruik the region as a liveable destination packed with adventures and job opportunities.
- Burnett Shire Council said it would support the project “morally” but not financially. Tara Shire Council rejected the proposal. The $ 55,000 investment by the Cairns Regional Council – revealed in purchase documents leaked to The Cairns Post this week – equates to spending about 80c for every viewer of the program.
The council said it received 50 inquiries after the show, which equates to spending $1100 for each lead generated. Council sources claim no figures ever went before the council for approval and no direct references of payment have been found in public documents.
- Channel 7 staff and thought the show was “good value”.
- Documents obtained by The Cairns Post show an invoice dated in 2009, though it is believed negotiations took place before September 2008, with a payment order lodged by new communications manager Kerie Hull and signed off by former CEO Noel Briggs.
Of course, this was done in the days when Hull and Briggs were thick as thieves and you could have mistaken them for a pair of Easter bunnies with baskets of poison chocolates.
Why wasn't the Post headline, and the first paragraphs, about those who authorised the bloody video, just like that dodgy deal with Radio 4CA? Why? Well, the whole story reads like a press release from Councillor Alan Blake.
Will we ever get a paper that we deserve, or has the majority of Cairns given up? I really thought, following the first few editorials from new editor Andrew Webster, that he was going to turn the newspaper around. Sadly it's not happening.