Compass Research survey on City Place March 2013

Attached is the Compass Research survey on City Place, which was the only component Cairns Regional Council justified their conclusion that the community was in favour of putting a road through City Place, saying that the other 12 components of their “community consultation” were “tainted by people with vested interests” because the results did not accord with their required outcome.

16. Why did Compass Research only describe Option 1 of the three official options in its telephone poll? http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/71996/appendix_12.pdf

Why did Compass Research interviewers not read out all three official options and ask respondents which of the three options they prefer?

17. Why did Compass Research refer to Option 1 as “the Council’s option”?

18. Why did the Compass Research make it a condition of Option 3 that the bus stops had to stay where they are currently located in Lake St, when advocates of Option 3 wish to see buses removed from Lake St altogether, and while Council gave itself the privilege to move the bus stops down to Lake St at Aplin St?

It must be noted that in this flawed and unprofessional telephone poll by Compass Research, the report stated that the main reason people voted for Option 1 was that they did not want the bus stops to remain where they are in Lake St between Shields St and Spence St.

The following is an excerpt from a longer critique of the community consultation.

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16. Why did Compass Research only describe Option 1 of the three official options in its telephone poll? http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/71996/appendix_12.pdf

Why did Compass Research interviewers not read out all three official options and ask respondents which of the three options they prefer?

17. Why did Compass Research refer to Option 1 as “the Council’s option”?

18. Why did the Compass Research make it a condition of Option 3 that the bus stops had to stay where they are currently located in Lake St, when advocates of Option 3 wish to see buses removed from Lake St altogether, and while Council gave itself the privilege to move the bus stops down to Lake St at Aplin St?

It must be noted that in this flawed and unprofessional telephone poll by Compass Research, the report stated that the main reason people voted for Option 1 was that they did not want the bus stops to remain where they are in Lake St between Shields St and Spence St.

19. In Q. 5.3 of the Compass Research poll, respondents were asked the following.
“Which do you support:
1. Going ahead with the Council proposal
2. Keeping the buses in the current location in Lake Street and retaining and revitalizing City Place
3. Don’t care one way or the other’

“Cairns Central City Masterplan – Community Survey” Compass Research, ref J2662 March 2013
http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/71996/appendix_12.pdf p10

The above is what was read out to respondents in the Compass Research telephone poll questionnaire. Criticisms include:
* “Going ahead” implies progress, which almost everyone wants
* Why describe it as the “Council proposal” – unnecessary to get an objective result.
* Linking “keeping buses in the current location” with Option 3.

The submission by Save City Place – Make It WOW! campaign (Appendix 11 of Council’s documents)
http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/about-council/meetings/ordinary-meeting/ordinary-meeting/24-apr-2013
describes a suggestion for bus routes where buses are removed from Lake Street. The questionnaire is saying “if you want to retain and revitalise City Place then you have to agree to keeping buses in their current location in Lake Street between Shields Street and Spence Street”. This is manipulative and unnecessary.

20. “The dominant reason for supporting the Council proposal is the removal of buses from Lake Street south.”
“Cairns Central City Masterplan – Community Survey” Compass Research, ref J2662 March 2013
http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/71996/appendix_12.pdf p12

This means that if the issues of the location of the buses and the future of City Place were delinked, then the outcome may have been significantly different.

Given that Council has placed heavy reliance on the results of the Compass Research poll while disregarding results of other components of the Community Consultation, do you agree that this is significant cause for a review of the Community Consultation process?

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PRESS RELEASE – Wed 24 Apr 2013

Email: SaveCityPlace@gmail.com

http://www.Facebook.SaveCityPlace.com

Twitter:  @SaveCityPlace

Web: www.savecityplace.com

Save City Place campaigners will rally at Council Chambers at 9am today to highlight what they see as fundamental flaws in the council’s community consultation on the future of City Place, and confirmed in the recently released report on the consultation by Council.

“Both the consultation and the report are disingenuous and have manipulated public opinion” said Save City Place campaign coordinator, Geoff Holland.

“The Council Resolution of 27 Feb 2013 stated ‘Such consultation will canvas the options of opening Lake Street to all vehicles in a low speed environment; buses only or retain City Place.’  But only the first option was canvassed.  The Council’s consultation process failed to follow the terms of reference of its own Council Resolution” said Holland.

“Also, people could only select Option 3 to retain and revitalise City Place as a pedestrian precinct if they also agreed to leave the bus stop in its current location in Lake St.  But the Save City Place campaign submission would also see buses out of the Lake St mall.  The Compass telephone poll stated ‘The dominant reason for supporting the Council proposal is the removal of buses from Lake Street south.’”

“Aspects of the consultation described in the report which show a majority of people support revitalising City Place as a pedestrian precinct have been dismissed by Council as biased.  But Council designed the consultation!” added Holland.

The Save City Place – Make It WOW! group has vowed to seek legal and other independent professional advice.  “We owe it to the people of Cairns to ensure their taxes are not wasted on illegitimate consultation” Holland concluded.

More information contact Geoff Holland 0414 062 091.

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DEPUTATION and SUBMISSION to CAIRNS REGIONAL COUNCIL by Save City Place – Make It WOW! campaign Wed 27 March 2013

Presented by:
Geoff Holland, Georgia Babatsikos, Darren Hunt
Save City Place – Make It WOW! campaign
Email: SaveCityPlace@gmail.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.savecityplace.com
Twitter: @SaveCityPlace

Web: http://www.savecityplace.com

Mob: 0414 062 091
OPTION 1: Open City Place to buses and cars, develop the Shield St extensions
OPTION 2: Open City Place to buses only, develop the Shields St extensions
OPTION 3: Revitalise City Place as a pedestrian-only precinct, develop the Shield St                extensions

Agenda
1. Why we request that the community consultation period for the future of City Place be
extended until 31 May 2013
2. Why we wish to retain and revitalise City Place as a pedestrian precinct
3. Why we reject the Cairns Transit Network option in the CBD
4. Alternatives bus routes and bus stops in the CBD
Questions and comments from Mayor and Councillors on Cairns Transit Network
5. Why we reject Option 1 and Option 2 to open City Place to vehicles
6. Vision for a revitalised City Place and revitalised Lake St
Final commentary
Questions and comments from Mayor and Councillors

Appendices
1. Letter requesting extension of consultation until 31 May 2013
2. Alternative bus routes through the CBD
3. Articles on Townsville Flinders St experience
4. Statement by Dr Garry Glazebrook, Urban and Transport Planner, University of Technology, Sydney
5. List of inner city businesses, performers, and traditional owners who have signed the
petition to retain and revitalise City Place
6. Polls and surveys, references to urban planning and transport internationally
7. Questions for Queensland Transport (DTMR)

DOWNLOAD PDF HERE

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Time is running out to Have Your Say

Council’s public consultation is ending this Thursday, 28th March.  You do not have much time to submit you feedback and opinions on how our city centre should look.

Please take their survey, join the forum discussions and write a submission.  Every voice is counted.  You need to register at Council’s website, wait for your confirmation email, then get started straight away!  Look for the words “City Centre Alive: A Fresh Approach”. Visit http://yoursay.cairns.qld.gov.au/

If you haven’t signed out petition, do it online!  Click on our “How Can I Help?” page, or use this link: http://www.gopetition.com/petition/43062.html

Your support is greatly appreciated by us, and generations to come!

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Excellent news: Option 3 is now being considered!

In the Cairns Regional Council meeting of Wed 27 Feb 2013, the option to retain and revitalise City Place was included as an option in the Community Consultation plan.

OPTION 3 would see not only City Place revitalised but also the Shields St extensions down to Abbott St and up to Grafton St.  It would also include Lake St extensions 40m either side of City Place.

OPTION 3 would see an increase in public space 40% higher than OPTION 1 and OPTION 2.

OPTION 3 suggests buses could travel along Abbott St, Spence St and McLeod St with a pair of bus stops on Abbott St beside Woolworths and Orchid Plaza.

It would see a pair of bus stops on Spence St between Grafton St and Sheridan St in close proximity to Rusty’s markets.

It would see a pair of bus stops on McLeod St as part of a transit hub linking country buses on Bunda St, country trains and suburban trains from Gordonvale and Babinda.

In OPTIONS 1 and 2 there would only be one pair of bus stops in the CBD so people would have to walk up to 400m or more to get to a bus in the tropical heat and in downpours.  Currently we have 10 bus stops in the CBD.

OPTION 3 would do away with buses in Lake St altogether providing more opportunities for a pedestrian friendly Lake St between Shields St and Spence St, with fig trees and other tropical vegetation as well as extra parking spaces.

OPTION 3, like OPTIONS 1 and 2 would see a variety of water features in City Place and the Shields St extensions.  But instead of 6 secondary water features, we would locate one major water feature which serves as an icon for Cairns (reef and rainforest) spectacular enough for tourists to want to pose in front of for photographs, and two or three secondary water features.

OPTION 3 would see City Place become a tropical oasis where people can relax and meet and enjoy a coffee, read the newspaper, enjoy the cool tropical surroundings.

In OPTION 3 there would be:

  • Tropical shade trees (eg fig and or raintrees or other) with wild native orchids, epiphytes, food plants for Ulysses and Birdwing butterflies to cultivate these butterflies in City Place;
  • stylish public tables, chairs and sunshades;
  • free WIFI;
  • public art – particularly art which reflects the original Aboriginal inhabitants and culture providing colour;
  • state-of-the-art information kiosk;
  • 24hr 7 days police beat desk with two full-time Aboriginal police officers trained in Aboriginal liaison and tourist liaison;
  • Rustic, attractive stalls selling cappuccinos and newspapers;
  • Vendors selling barrows of tropical flowers for the office and fresh local (organic) pre-washed fruit for people on the run which would provide colour;
  • Performance stage – with community input, especially input from performers,  to make sure we are happy with the design.

Summary

¤  The Cairns community has never been consulted on the plan by Queensland Transport (DTMR) to open City Place to vehicles.

 

¤  Polls indicate 80% of the Cairns community as well as over 80% of inner city businesses want to see City Place revitalised as a pedestrian precinct and performance space.

 

¤  City Place is a valuable performance space and meeting place in Cairns.

 

¤  City Place is a unique space with a huge fig tree, and heritage-listed buildings, including the Cairns Museum and historical Hides Hotel, on each corner.  It is an important  meeting place.  It is the only pedestrian precinct in the CBD.  It is traditionally the location for celebrating Mabo Day launch of NAIDOC week, and Earth Hour, amongst many other community events.  The Cairns City Forum, where election candidates interact with the public, was held twice in 2011 for both Local and State elections.  It is our democratic space, our Town Square.  There is a lot of history associated with City Place including history of the traditional owners – the Yidinji Gimuy Wallabarra clan, and the Irukandji tribe.

 

¤  Save City Place – Make It WOW! campaigners request a transparent and professional community consultation process on the future of City Place, and request more options from Queensland Transport (DTMR) as to bus routes through the CBD.

 

 

 

 

Background

There has never been any community consultation on the future of City Place, (at least since 1995), including with respect to the plan to open it up to motor vehicles.

 

2009 – Queensland Transport (DTMR) “locks in” the proposal to open City Place to buses without proper community consultation.

 

2010 – Architectus in Brisbane is contracted to do a City Centre Masterplan, but their brief already includes City Place as a bus-way.

 

2011 January – an informal survey indicates less that 95% of the community are aware of the proposal to open City Place to motor vehicles.

 

March 2011 – following protest from the community, Mayor Val Schier holds a workshop at Cairns Regional Council on the City Centre Masterplan (but not on the future of City Place).  Concern is expressed at that meeting about the plan to open City Place to traffic, and also pointing out “how can we consider urban planning of the city centre if we do not also consider transport options within the CBD?”

 

May 2011 – Queensland Transport (DTMR) contracts Compass Research to do a public survey.  69% of respondents say the plan to open City Place to traffic needs to be reconsidered and there needs to be more community consultation.

 

May 2011 – following ongoing protest from the community a second workshop is held which involves not only the City Centre Masterplan (Architectus) but also Queensland Transport (DTMR) and their Cairns Transit Network plan.  Officials attempt to dominate with another “information presentation session”, and there is another attempt to break participants up into small groups.  But the participants call for a vote, and the workshop remains as a single group.  Participants also call for organisers to limit their “information presentation” so there is sufficient time to discuss issues.

 

Participants are critical of the “only one option” position of Queensland Transport (DTMR), and are overwhelmingly in support of retaining and revitalising City Place as a pedestrian precinct.

 

Traditional owner, Seith Fourmile, of the Yidinji Gimuy Wallabarra clan, tells participants that he and his people have never been consulted on the plan to open City Place to motor traffic, and he does not agree with the idea.

 

2011 – Save City Place – Make It WOW! campaigners speak with inner city businesses.  Over 80 businesses sign a petition saying they do not agree with the plans to open City Place up to motor traffic and wish to see City Place revitalised as a pedestrian precinct.  Over 95% have never been consulted.

 

2011-2013 –    Despite repeated requests, Cairns Regional Council has refused to have a forum on their Yoursay website on the topic of the future of City Place.

 

Dec 2012 – Council set to endorse a plan to open City Place up to, not just buses, but to all traffic, dispensing with all pretence of a so-called “shared zone”.  Under heavy criticism, the Recommendation is changed from “endorse” to ”propose” and a community consultation on the future of City Place is promised.

 

 

 

“If you’re going to go out on consultation on something, you can’t say before you do that that we’re not going to talk about any of the options.”

Mayor Bob Manning on John Mackenzie 4CA radio, 21 Dec 2012

 

 

“There are options within the parameters that we’ve been given.  So it’s getting down to the look and feel of the crossing of City Place.  Whether the road will be of x-metres or will it be larger.”

Cairns Regional Council CEO Peter Tabulo, recorded meeting 15 Jan 2013

 

 

Member for Cairns, Gavin King suggests we all must “compromise”.  His suggestion for compromise?  “We should introduce two lanes of traffic throughout Lake St [ie through City Place], opened to all vehicles.”   Weekend Post 26 Jan 2013, p28.

 

 

“I have always felt that Council was being dictated to by DTMR and I am not convinced there is only one option for bus routes through the Cairns CBD.  This has been an issue from the beginning. When our conversations started with DTMR this question was raised on a regular basis, however we were always informed that for connectivity and for timing issues, this was the only option.” 

Councillor Linda Cooper, email to Save City Place campaign,  26 Feb 2013.

 

 

Following a question asking Deputy Mayor Terry James if he knew how many bus stops there were in the CBD he replied:

“I don’t know because I never catch the bus.  I wouldn’t catch a bus if you paid me.  I couldn’t care less.”

Cairns Council Chambers, Wed 27 Feb 2013.

 

 

 

Plan does not improve public transport as claimed

Queensland Transport (DTMR) say their Cairns Transit Network plan will improve public transport.  But Save City Place campaigners question this.  For example, the number of bus stops in the CBD will be reduced from 11 to just 2 (and these 2 will be opposite each other in the same location).  Bus passengers will have to walk a lot further to reach their destinations making bus travel less attractive.  There will be more congestion of bus passengers.  There is far less coverage of the CBD in their plan.

 

 

City Place has been degraded by Cairns Regional Council

Cairns Regional Council (formerly Cairns City Council) has systematically degraded City Place by:

  1. Removal of the fountain
  2. Removal of shade trees, creating a ‘frying pan’, including installing metal seats too hot to sit on
  3. Removal of grassy sitting area
  4. Slashing the entertainment budget for City Place to just 15% of its original budget
  5. Relocation of the Christmas Tree which was donated to Council for City Place and without consultation of the donors
  6. Replacing the Sound Shell with a dysfunctional performance stage without a changing area, without proper acoustical projection, without protection from the elements
  7. Failure to keep the performance stage area clean – very filthy condition

 

Campaigners want shade trees reinstalled, a new fountain, better performance stage, public art, tourist information kiosk with police beat desk, amongst other features.

We have shown we can do wonderful design projects in public spaces in Cairns – for example at Muddies Playground, Esplanade Lagoon, Trinity Boardwalk near Wharf 2.  We can have the same quality design for City Place.

 

 

City Place is a unique space

City Place is the site of Gimuy Lagoon, now located underneath Rockman’s and extending down to Orchid Plaza.  A creek flows out of Gimuy Lagoon and flows down Shields St, under the Esplanade Lagoon and out to sea (visible coming out under the Esplanade Lagoon).

Gimuy Lagoon was the meeting place of the Gimuy Wallabarra Clan of the Yidinji people.  Gimuy is the original name for Cairns.  Gimuy fig trees grew around Gimuy Lagoon.  The Gimuy Wallabarra clan made shields out of the buttress roots of these gimuy fig trees, without killing the trees.

City Place is close enough to the sea to enjoy sea-breezes.  There are heritage-listed buildings on two corners and buildings on the other two corners are in the process of heritage listing.  It has a giant fig tree on the eastern side and another large tree on the western side.  As a crossroads, it has vistas in four directions, and as a crossroads it is a natural meeting place.

The idea of “moving City Place” to the corridor space on Shields St, between Lake St and Grafton St – the so-called “Heart of Shield St” plan – is inappropriate as this space has none of the qualities of a meeting place or performance space.

 

Less expensive option

With a limited budget (currently $5m), we can do a lot more with revitalising City Place, than

i)              Building a new City Place – “Heart of Shields Street”

ii)             Demolishing City Place

iii)            Building a road through City Place

 

 

Our Goals:

  1. We believe that City Place should be retained and revitalized as a pedestrian-only community space for economic, social and environmental benefits while supporting improved public transport.
  2. To ensure broad, inclusive, open and fair community consultation about the future of city place and cairns transit network.

 

 

Our Request

  1. 1.        That the option of keeping City Place, and revitalizing it, be part of the community consultations around the “Lake Street Proposal” and that City Place simply be part of the City Centre Masterplan.
  2. 2.        That Queensland Transport (DTMR) present two other alternatives for bus routes through the CBD.
  3. 3.        That a professional and transparent community consultation process take place.

 

Inner City Businesses

List of 118 businesses who have been asked if they had been consulted in this process, and who support retaining and revitalising City Place as a pedestrian precinct:

  1. 1.     12 Bar Blue     62 Shields St     (A.D.)   not consulted
  2. 2.     Acqua Moda    115 Abbott St    (Christina)    not consulted
  3. 3.     Ali Babba’s     20 Shields St    (Hasan)   not consulted
  4. 4.     Ambeau Sports & Recreation     19-21 Lake St     (Beau and Amanda)  not consulted
  5. 5.     Asian Foods   101-105 Grafton St    (Jeffery)     not consulted
  6. 6.     Axis Chiropractic    36 Grafton St     (Claire)   not consulted
  7. 7.     Backpackers World Travel     9-13 Shields St    (Kenny – acting manager)  Feb 2013  not consulted
  8. 8.     Banana Bender     1/55 Lake St     (Christina)     not consulted
  9. 9.     Beethoven 105     105 Grafton St     (Alison)     not consulted
  10. 10.   Bellocale Restaurant   62C Shields St  (Anna, manager)  not consulted
  11. 11.   Billabong    12 Shields St    (Sheri)     not consulted
  12. 12.   Bollywood Kitchen     62 Shields St     (Manik)  not consulted
  13. 13.   Bonsai Hair   84 Lake St    (Graeme – owner)   Feb 2013    not consulted
  14. 14.   Cactus Jacks  66 Shields St   (Chris, manager)  2013   not consulted
  15. 15.   Caffiend     5/78 Grafton St     (Oliver)     not consulted
  16. 16.   Cairns College of English     67 Lake St     (Ueli)  not consulted
  17. 17.   Cairns Dive Centre     121 Abbott St    (Leslie)     not consulted
  18. 18.   Cairns Needle At Work   17A Main St Arcade  81-88 Lake St  (Francis – owner)  Feb 2013   not consulted
  19. 19.   Cairns Place Tarot   City Place      (Joe)    not consulted
  20. 20.   Cairns Reef and Tour Centre    76 Shield St     (Donna)    Feb 2013  completed a general survey on the city but no mention of City Place, or City Place being opened to traffic
  21. 21.   Cairns Scooter & Bicycle Hire     47 Shields St     (David)     not consulted
  22. 22.   Calypso Cafe    87 Lake St     (Nelson)  not consulted
  23. 23.   Chilli Thai   Shop 34, Orchid Plaza, Lake St   (Mai – manager)   Jan 2013   not consulted
  24. 24.   Chopstix   Shop 31, Orchid Plaza   (Simon – owner)   Jan 2013   not consulted
  25. 25.   Community Foods Coop     74 Shields St     (Susan)     not consulted  
  26. 26.   Corona Backpacker     72 Grafton St     (Angelo)     not consulted
  27. 27.   Counselling Creatively   83-85 Lake St  (Janet)   not consulted
  28. 28.   Cover Girls     77 Lake St    (Bryan)     not consulted
  29. 29.   Cruze Coffee    Shop 13, Oceana Walk, 62 Grafton St   (Karina and Gil)    not consulted
  30. 30.   Crystal Ball Bookstore    96-98 Lake St   (Fiona)   not consulted
  31. 31.   Didgeridoo Hut     13/85 Lake St    (Edina and Les)   consulted (leaflet under door  in Feb 2011). She told the mtg she was against opening City Place to vehicles
  32. 32.   Digital Diver   Shop 7, Main Street Arcade, 85 Lake St   (Chris – owner)  Jan 2013   not consulted
  33. 33.   Dolci&Gelati     Shop 3  9-13 Shields St    (Graham – owner)    Jan 2013   not consulted
  34. 34.   Double Shot Café (formerly Downtown Café) 71 Lake St    (Chris)  2013  not consulted
  35. 35.   Dr Tours    Shop 2 / 87 Lake St      (Mark)    not consulted
  36. 36.   Earth Toys    55 Lake St, Shop 6   (Bree and Brad)   Jan 2013   not consulted
  37. 37.   Eddie James Design     27/55 Lake St   (Eddie and Mick – owners)  Jan 2013   not consulted
  38. 38.   EDO   Lvl 1/96-98 Lake St, Cairns  (Patrick)  not consulted
  39. 39.   Ever After Cafe    85 Lake St    (Nick)   2011   not consulted    Now closed.
  40. 40.   Fasta Pasta   68-72 Shields St    (Val – owner, manager)  2013     not consulted
  41. 41.   Fernandez Music Centre     43 Sheridan St    (David – owner, manager)  2013  not consulted
  42. 42.   Fetish 4 Life   54 Shields St   (Mikaila, owner)  2013  not consulted
  43. 43.   Fetta’s  Tavern    99 Grafton St     (George)  not consulted
  44. 44.   Fisher Buttrose Architects   L1/116 Grafton St  (Mark, Director)   Feb 2013  not consulted
  45. 45.   Giftworld    15 Shields St     (Janny)  not consulted
  46. 46.   Gingerbread House Cafe     90 Lake St    (Jana and Andreas)    2011  Val asked Andreas what he thought and he said is was not a good idea.  He is from Europe.  Now closed.
  47. 47.   Hides Coffee Cafe     5/87 Lake St     (Annelise – owner)   2013  not consulted
  48. 48.   Hides Hotel      87 Lake St    (Malcolm – manager)    Jan 2013   not consulted
  49. 49.   Honey    76 Shields St   (Donna – owner)   Feb 2013    not consulted
  50. 50.   Hostel Reef Trips     100 Abbott St     (Kevin)     not consulted
  51. 51.   Indigenous Realities   Shop 4  59 Lake St  (Maryanne – owner)  Jan 2013   not consulted
  52. 52.   IndiviJewel 2/9-13  Shields St   (Aya)   not consulted
  53. 53.   Inn Cairns      71-75 Lake St     (Selwyn and Eric – owners)   Jan 2013    not consulted     (mention of a plan for city but no mention of opening City Place to traffic).   not consulted
  54. 54.   Japanese Shop Kaze   Shop 9-11   84 Lake St   (Kensei – owner)   Jan 2013    not consulted
  55. 55.   Kanpai    62 Shields St     (Hiroshi)   not consulted
  56. 56.   Kaotica Vintage     Oceana Walk, 62 Grafton St  (Sandra – owner)   Jan 2013  not consulted but understands not everyone can be consulted
  57. 57.   Kevin Shorey Jewellers   12 City Arcade, 78 Grafton St  (Kevin – owner)   Feb 2013   not consulted
  58. 58.   Koaland     15 Shields St     (Janny)   2013   not consulted
  59. 59.   Koppen Investments Pty Ltd      Suite 1/ 82 Grafton St      (Brett)   not consulted
  60. 60.   La Fettucina    41 Shields St    (Andrea)   not consulted
  61. 61.   Libby’s Souvenir Clothing   (Liberty)   not consulted
  62. 62.   Lillipad   72 Grafton St  (Yuri – owner)     not consulted
  63. 63.   Luxury Vacations   Shop 17, Orchid Plaza, Lake St  (Terence, manager)  Jan 2013   not consulted
  64. 64.   Macaron    19/62 Grafton St     (Laurent – owner)     not consulted
  65. 65.   Mc Coco   Rusty’s Markets    (Chris and Alex – owner)    not consulted
  66. 66.   Montezuma’s     45 Sheridan St     (Nick)   not consulted
  67. 67.   Mother India     2/82 Sheridan St     (David, owner, Jaz owner manager)   2013  not consulted
  68. 68.   Mr Wolf Café     Lake St and Shields St, City Place    (Nick, owner manager)  2013  not consulted
  69. 69.   Natural & Organic   79 Abbott St    (Christina)  2013  not consulted
  70. 70.   Nature Gems     7 Shields St     (Lou)   not consulted
  71. 71.   Obsession Ink     5/87 Lake St     (Matt)   not consulted
  72. 72.   Oceana Walk Leather     25-26 / 55 Lake St     (Darren owner, Rob manager)  2013   not consulted
  73. 73.   Oceanhorse Design    2A/82 Lake St   (Robert)   not consulted
  74. 74.   Ochre Restaurant     43 Shields St    (Craig)    not consulted
  75. 75.   Off Ya Tree   Lake St   (Trudy)  Jan 2013   not consulted
  76. 76.   Oiled Massage   82 Lake St   (Graeme – owner)  Feb  2013  not consulted
  77. 77.   Onigiri Café Omu   Shop 33  Orchid Plaza   (Taku – owner)  Jan 2013  not consulted
  78. 78.   Paddywacks Restaurant41A  Shields St    (Rob)   2011   not consulted   Now closed.
  79. 79.   PappaRoti    87 Lake St  (Yu-Chieh Hong)    not consulted
  80. 80.   Pat Zalenski consultant   96-98 Lake St   (Pat)   not consulted
  81. 81.   Peterpans    90-92 Lake St  (Aimee – manager)  Jan 2013  not consulted
  82. 82.   Pho ‘n Thai     39 Lake St     (Dae)     not consulted
  83. 83.   PNG Art    Orchid Plaza      not consulted   Now closed
  84. 84.   Re:hab Café     3A Bolands, Lake St     (Oscar)     not consulted
  85. 85.   Real Food Plus   Shop 15  Lake St, Main St Arcade  (Craig – owner)  2013  consulted
  86. 86.   Relay Rockers Against Cancer    City Place   (Lyn)   not consulted
  87. 87.   Resin for Being   City Place   (Taryne)    not consulted
  88. 88.   Ruth McGregor, Naturopath    85 Lake St     (Ruth)     not consulted
  89. 89.   Shiva Moon     90 Grafton St     (Emma)    Feb 2013   not consulted
  90. 90.   Singapore Charlie     31 Shields St     (Maureen)     not consulted
  91. 91.   Skydive Australia     82 Grafton St     (Ruby)     not consulted    
  92. 92.   Skydive Cairns    121 Abbott St    (Robbie)     not consulted
  93. 93.   Snoogies Health Bar    82 Grafton St     (Aron and Nuri – owners)   Jan 2013   not consulted
  94. 94.   So Unforgettable     52 Shields St     (Tet)   2013   not consulted
  95. 95.   Spire Clothing    84 Lake St    (Glen)     not consulted
  96. 96.   Stany Miguel     City Place    (Miguel)    Jan 2013    not consulted
  97. 97.   Starlight Jewellery   Shop 8, Orchid Plaza, Lake St   (Astrid – owner)   Jan 2013   not consulted
  98. 98.   Subway   Shop 12/19  85 Lake St   (Katrina – owner)  Jan 2013  not consulted
  99. 99.   Suede Hair Skin Everybody     39 Shields St    (DJ)     not consulted

100.Sushi Express   Orchid Plaza, Abbott St  (Young – owner)  Jan 2013  not consulted

  1. 101.  Sushi Hero     4C Main Street Arcade   85 Lake St  (Hiro – owner)   Feb 2013    not consulted
  2. 102.  Tequila Bar & Grill    Level 1, 9A Shields St    (Paul)  2011   not consulted    Now closed.
  3. 103.  The Cultural Place    94-98 Lake St    (Todd)   Jan 2013    not consulted
  4. 104.  The Hair Studio Express    82 Lake St   (Cally)  Nov 2011  consulted
  5. 105.  The Jerky and Nut Shop   3/82 Sheridan St   (Chris)  (owner, manager)  2013  not consulted
  6. 106.  Trek North Tours   3/87 Lake St   (Leigh – owner)    Jan 2013   not consulted
  7. 107.  Tribal Cairns     20-22 Shields St       (Erryn – director)   Jan 2013  not consulted
  8. 108.  Tropic Nights    Cnr Shields St and Esplanade   (Garry)  not consulted
  9. 109.  Tropical Institute    L1/85 Lake St   (Greg and Kylie)    not consulted 
  10. 110.  Tropical Tour Bookings     Shop 2 Mantra, Esplanade, Shields St    (Jonathon)  not consulted
  11. 111.  Twenty Four     3/72-74 Grafton St     (Joe)     not consulted
  12. 112.  Ultimate Party  RockmansBldg, Shields St     (Graham)   not consulted
  13. 113.  Universal Joint     2A Shields St     (Danny)  not consulted
  14. 114.  Vibe Bar     39 Lake St     (David, Ben – owners )  Jan 2013   meeting held at Vibe Bar
  15. 115.  Wellbeing Korea     50 Lake St     (Richard and Kelly)   not consulted
  16. 116.  Will’s Massage Place   Rusty’s Markets, Sheridan St    (Will – owner)   not consulted
  17. 117.  Yokozuna Café Restaurant   (Seigo – owner)   Jan 2013   not consulted
  18. 118.  ZonkyPlonky     Shop 4 / 72 Grafton Street     (Tim and Sarah – owners)   Jan 2013   not consulted

 

 

OTHER BUSINESSES

  1. 1.     Cairns Sharehouse     17 Scott St     (Phil)  2011   not consulted
  2. 2.     Concept Design   87 Petersen St, Freshwater   (Garry, owner)  2013  not consulted
  3. 3.     Down Under Dive     287 Draper St     (Peppi)  2011   not consulted
  4. 4.     Dreamtime     4 Terminus St    (Steve)    2011   not consulted
  5. 5.     xHelicharters    Hangar 9 Bush Pilots Ave, General Aviation     (Virginia)  2011   not consulted
  6. 6.     Raging Thunder     52-54 Fearnley St   (Peta)  2011   not consulted
  7. 7.     Salt House    Marina Point, Cairns (Olivia)  2011  not consulted
  8. 8.     Shirtbox   140 Aumuller St   (Christian, owner-manager)   2013    not consulted

 

 

 

INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

 

  1. 1.     Seith Fourmile on behalf of the Gimuy Wallabarra Clan of the Yidinji Tribe
  2. 2.     George Skeene on behalf of the Yirrigandji Tribe
  3. 3.     George Riley on behalf of the Buluwandji Clan of the Djabugay Tribe

 

PERFORMERS

  1. 1.     A Night in Texas   33 Harvey Rd, Redlynch   (Angus – guitarist)   2013   not consulted
  2. 2.     Jeremiah Johnson    48 Marshall St, Machans Beach  (Jeremiah – solo performer)  2013  not consulted
  3. 3.     Johno’s Blues Band    Cairns Esplanade   (Johno, manager)   2013   not consulted
  4. 4.     Mark Burton    6 Marcia St Smithfield   (Mark – solo performer)   2013  not consulted
  5. 5.     Tall Poppies   1/7 Minnie St, Cairns  (Steve, manager  Enzo)   2013   not consulted
  6. 6.     Vikarious   27 Black Mtn Rod, Kuranda   (Zdenek)    2013  not consulted

 

OTHER COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS

  1. 1.     CAST      Cairns Action for Sustainable Transport
  2. 2.     C-BUG    Cairns Bicycle Users Group

 

 

Recent Survey/Poll Results

 

1.             Compass survey commissioned by Queensland Transport (DTMR) – May 2011 – asked respondents:

“Do you think these plans should be reconsidered and more community consultation undertaken about the future of City Place?”

69% answered YES, 28% NO and 4% DON’T KNOW

 

 

2.             The Cairns Post – Thursday 13 December 2012:

“Do you agree with opening City Place up to vehicles?”

80% said NO, 20% said YES.

 

 

3.             Cairns Holiday (over 20,000 followers – http://www.facebook.com/CairnsHoliday) on Tuesday 12 December 2012, readers were asked:

“Would you support the Cairns City Council removing the City place to make way for traffic on lake st?”

85% said NO, 13% said YES whereas 2% said DON’T KNOW

 

 

4.             Zinc 102.7 Cairns radio station Facebook site Friday 14 December 2012, asked:

“Would you like to see the City Place opened up to traffic? Yep it’s about time or absolutely not.”

11% were for ‘opening it up’ (making it into a road), whereas 89% were against it.

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Well Done Everybody

The focus now is on encouraging people to sign the online petition;

http://www.gopetition.com/petition/43062/sign.html

Copy and paste this web address into your browser.

You can also leave a comment.  View other people’s comments at:

http://www.gopetition.com/petition/43062/signatures.html

Thanks again,

Regards, Geoff and team

Save City Place – make it Wow!

76  Inner City businesses sign a petition to save City Place as a pedestrian precinct (knowing their names will be published).

We, the undersigned, call on Cairns Regional Council to abandon its plans to reopen City Place to vehicles which would destroy City Place as a place for people.

We call on Cairns Regionsl Council instead, to facilitate a genuine community engagement process, and through this process upgrade City Place by reinstalling the shade trees and people-centred seating, by providing a functional soundstage we can be proud of, and achieving Best Practice in 21stC design of a pedestrian precinct in City Place.

not consulted means they have never been told about the plans or asked their views by either Cairns Regional Council or the State Government.

12 Bar Blue 62 Shields St (A.D.)   not consulted

Ali Babba’s     20 Shields St    (Hasan)   not consulted

Ambeau Sports & Rec. 19-21 Lake St   (Beau)  not consulted

Asian Foods   101-105 Grafton St     (Jeffery)     not consulted

Backpackers World Travel 9-13 Shield St (Narelle) not consulted

Banana Bender     1/55 Lake St     (Christina)     not consulted

Beethoven 105     105 Grafton St     (Alison)     not consulted

Billabong    12 Shields St    (Sheri)     not consulted

Bollywood Kitchen     62 Shields St     (Manik)    not consulted

Caffiend     5/78 Grafton St     (Oliver)     not consulted

Cairns College of English     67 Lake St     (Ueli)    not consulted

Cairns Dive Centre     121 Abbott St    (Leslie)     not consulted

Cairns Reef and Tour Centre 76 Shield St  (Donna)   completed a general survey on the city but no mention of City Place, or City Place being opened to traffic

Cairns Scooter & Bicycle Hire 47 Shields St (David)not consulted

Cairns Sharehouse     17 Scott St     (Phill)     not consulted

Calypso Cafe    87 Lake St     (Nelson)   not consulted

Community Foods Coop 74 Shields St   (Susan)     not consulted   

Corona Backpacker 72 Grafton St (Angelo)     not consulted

Counselling Creatively 83-85 Lake St   (Janet)     not consulted

Cover Girls     77 Lake St    (Bryan)     not consulted

Cruze Coffee Shp 13, Oceana Walk(Karina & Gil) not consulted

Didgeridoo Hut 13/85 Lake St (Edina and Les) received leaflet under door in Feb 2011. She told the mtg she was against opening City Place to vehicles.

Dolci & Gelati Shop 3  9-13 Shields St  (Graham)   not consulted

Down Under Dive     287 Draper St     (Peppi)     not consulted

Downtown Café     71 Lake St     (Chris)    not consulted

Dreamtime     4 Terminus St    (Steve)     not consulted

Dr Tours    Shop 2 / 87 Lake St      (Mark)    not consulted

Eddie James Design 27/55 Lake St (Eddie, Mick) not consulted

Ever After Cafe    85 Lake St    (Nick)    not consulted

Fetta’s  Tavern    99 Grafton St     (George)   not consulted

Giftworld     15 Shields St     (Janny)    not consulted

Gingerbread House Cafe     90 Lake St    (Jana and Andreas)  Val asked Andreas what he thought and he said is was not a good idea.  He said he is from Europe where people value pedestrian precincts.

Helicharters Hangar 9 Gen Aviation  (Virginia)     not consulted

Hides Coffee Cafe     5/87 Lake St     (Annelise)    not consulted

Hides Hotel      87 Lake St    (Nick)     not consulted

Hostel Reef Trips     100 Abbott St     (Kevin)     not consulted

Inn Cairns      71-75 Lake St     (Selwyn and Eric)    not consulted     (mention of a plan for city but no mention of opening City Place to traffic).

Kanpai     62 Shields St     (Hiroshi)    not consulted

Kaotica Vintage     Oceana Walk, 62 Grafton St       (Sandra)     

Koaland     15 Shields St     (Janny)    not consulted

Koppen Investments 82 Grafton St (Brett)    not consulted

La Fettucina    41 Shields St    (Andrea)    not consulted

Lillipad     72 Grafton St     (Yuri)     not consulted

Macaron     19/62 Grafton St     (Laurent)     not consulted

Montezuma’s     45 Sheridan St     (Nick)    not consulted

Mother India     2/80 Sheridan St     (David)    not consulted

Nature Gems     7 Shields St     (Lou)    not consulted

Obsession Ink     5/87 Lake St     (Matt)    not consulted

Oceana Walk Leather 25-26 / 55 Lake St (Darren) not consulted

Ochre Restaurant     43 Shields St    (Craig)    not consulted

Paddywacks Restaurant  41A  Shields St    (Rob)    not consulted

Pho ‘n Thai     39 Lake St     (Dae)     not consulted

PNG Art   Orchid Plaza    (Christopher)      not consulted

Raging Thunder     52-54 Fearnley St   (Peta)     not consulted

Re:hab Café     3A Bolands, Lake St     (Oscar)     not consulted

Relay Rockers Against Cancer City Place   (Lyn)   not consulted

Ruth McGregor, Naturopath 85 Lake St   (Ruth)     not consulted

Salt House    Marina Point, Cairns   (Olivia)    not consulted

Shiva Moon     90 Grafton St     (Emma)    not consulted

Singapore Charlie     31 Shields St     (Maureen)     not consulted

Skydive Australia     82 Grafton St     (Ruby)     not consulted     

Skydive Cairns    121 Abbott St    (Robbie)     not consulted

Snoogies Health Bar 82 Grafton St (Aron & Nuri) not consulted

So Unforgettable     52 Shields St     (Tet)    not consulted

Suede Hair Skin Everybody  39 Shields St    (DJ)     not consulted

Tequila Bar & Grill    L 1, 9A Shields St    (Paul)     not consulted

Trek North Tours    5/1 Shields St   (Leigh)    not consulted

Tribal Cairns     20-22 Shields St       (Kathy)    not consulted

Tropical Institute L1/85 Lake St (Greg & Kylie)     not consulted

Tropical Tour Bookings  Shp 2 Mantra, Shields  (Jonathon) not c.

Twenty Four     3/72-74 Grafton St     (Joe)     not consulted

Ultimate Party Rockmans, Shields St (Graham)  not consulted

Universal Joint     2A Shields St     (Danny)   not consulted

Vibe Bar     39 Lake St     (David, Ben)  not consulted

Wellbeing Korea 50 Lake St  (Richard and Kelly)   not consulted

Zonky Plonky  3/50 Shields St     (Tim and Sarah)   not consulted


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PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN CITY PLACE at 3PM, Monday 12 Sept

 A total of 74 inner city businesses have signed a petition to Save City Place – Make it Wow! This campaign is being launched this week by business owners who are frustrated with the decision by Queensland Transport (DTMR), with the backing of Cairns Regional Council, to open City Place to vehicles. 

 Coordinator of Save City Place campaign and inner city business manager, Geoff Holland, said he strongly questions Queensland Transport and Cairns Regional Council claims they have consulted the community.

 “Both myself and the majority of businesses are firmly opposed to this prospect and believe there has been no proper community consultation.

“Prior to June 2011, over 90 per cent of the community had no idea City Place was going to be opened to vehicles,” he said.

In speaking on behalf of his business associates, Mr Holland says Queensland Transport has ignored the community at their own public workshops.

Following criticisms that there had been inadequate public consultation, a public forum was held at Cairns Regional Council on 4 May 2011. 

“The message from the public at that meeting was loud and clear – opening City Place to vehicles is a bad idea.  Queensland Transport and Cairns Regional Council are not listening. 

 “It is our view that Cairns community prefers to save City Place and enhance it.”

“Queensland Transport conducted a public survey following this meeting on 4 May despite locking in plans to open City Place to vehicles in 2010.  They have not revealed the questionnaire or the results of the survey.  Another survey indicates that given the option between enhancing City Place (as part of the City Masterplan) or opening it to vehicles, the community prefers to enhance City Place as part of the City Masterplan.”

A survey of inner city businesses reveals that less than 5 per cent were consulted.  Of the 5 per cent, Mr Holland said they merely received a flyer under the door notifying them of a presentation at Boland Centre  during work hours.

“If Queensland Transport was serious about Community Engagement it could have erected a board in City Place with their proposed plans,” he said.

Long time CBD business operator and successful restauranteur, Craig Squire concurs.

“Queensland Transport got it wrong last time in 2000 because transport officials in Brisbane did not listen to what local businesses were saying. We told them if they take away the fountain, the grassy area, the seating and the shade they are going to create a frying pan – which is exactly what happened.  They completely ignored our own concept design,” said Mr Squire.

Andreas from Gingerbread Café is also frustrated by the plans.

“Mayor Val asked me what I thought of the plan and I told her it was a bad idea. I come from Europe where we value public spaces and meeting places,” said Andreas.

Another concern of inner city businesses is that too much of Council’s  attention is focused on beautifying and managing the Esplanade that in turn, is emptying the CBD.

“We need a creative focus to draw people into the Heart of the City,” said Mr Holland.  “If people walking up Shields Street and see busses crossing, they will turn round and go back to the Esplanade.

“My view is shared by many that City Place is the natural heart of Cairns and central focal point.  It is a wasted opportunity to make it a roadway,” he continued.

Ideas put forward by local businesses include:

  • ·         quality design standard comparable to Esplanade Lagoon
  • ·         installation of an international icon comparable to fish sculpture at Esplanade                          Lagoon
  • ·         shade trees and other forms of shade
  • ·         quality seating and designer sunshade
  • ·         state-of-the-art tourist information kiosk (with bus timetables!)
  • ·         beautiful and inspiring fountain
  • ·         improved performance stage
  • ·         mosaics and sculptures telling local water stories and history of City Place as the                      ancient Gimuy Lagoon meeting place.
  • ·         tropical gardens
  • ·         water feature and mosaic trail to link Esplanade along Shield St to City Place to draw people in to the CBD, (and to reflect the stream underneath from City Place  down Shields Street which comes out under the Lagoon swimming pool).
  • ·         regular quality performances in City Place
  • ·         buses in Lake St to set down and pick up only – no idling or layover.  Hybrid buses to use pollution-free and noise-free electric motors while in CBD.

74  Inner City businesses sign a petition to save City Place as a pedestrian precinct


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