In politics like in most other matters, the truth always comes out sometimes with embarrassing consequences, moreso when transcripts are kept of procedural matters and then are made public.
Below is the Council resolution relating to the go ahead on the Cultural Precinct plan and the authority given to the Mayor and Chief Executive Officer to proceed with the Heads of Agreement .
What is interesting to note is that the motion dated 11th December 2008 was moved and seconded respectively by Cr Blake and Cr Cochrane and carried unanimously by all Councillors present.
However, with the fast approaching 2012 local government election, Councillors are shoring up their discredited personal political positions. Cr Cochrane, recent announcement of her intention to nominate for the position of Mayor has resulted in what is termed in political talk as a 'flip flop'. That is, from being the sponsor of the below motion Cr Cochrane is now actively acting against it. She is using this issue as a tool to differentiate and distance herself from the Mayor Val Schier.
The people of Cairns need to see her latest position as nothing more than an act of political bastardary on the part of Cr Cochrane and her fellow travellers. She is prepared to play politics at the expense of the best interest of the City and the well being of its residents.
Cr Cochrane's action has put into jeopardy the proposed State/Federal government's contribution of $100 million. She knows that without this contribution the project cannot go ahead. Sadly, Cr Cochrane and her adherants are prepared to risk all for their short term political gain.
Cr Cochrane's actions are in direct contradiction to her Oath of Office she recited when she was sworn in as a Councillor in March 2008.
24th November 2011
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