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Decent and hard working people in the small community of Trinity Park, Bluewater are being bullied by their Council (Cairns Regional Council) into sponsoring profitmaking multinational cruise companies.

Whilst there is no denying tourism is valuable to our region. The costs of inviting them to our shores should be spread evenly amongst those that benefit.

The Cairns Council is using (or should I say misusing) a very vague and non-descript section of the Local Government Act, against our community to maintain dredged areas outside the Half Moon Bay waterway for the benefit of some 25 cruise ships due here this year.  The estimated 50,000 passengers need to be ferried by profit-making contractors through this dredged area that relies on only about 300 people to fully fund, via a special rate charge by the Council.

The whole waterway is a public waterway with (2) boat ramps into it and should be funded evenly across the whole community who have the right and access for their pleasurable use whenever they wish.

We already have written confirmation from the Department of Transport that boat registrations pay for maintaining canal's and waterways everywhere else.

There is a multitude of beneficial users, but our lazy Council only wants to hit a very small group of people with massive extras charges.

We want the Minister to thoroughly investigate the matter, not just by asking  Council's opinion (which may lie) but look at the facts and the peoples concerns that their affordable retirement is being stolen by this Council in favour of foreign corporations making money at our expense.

QUESTION,  Would you pay your Council $870 extra X twice a year when they can't identify to you what the "special benefit' they claim you are getting, actually is ?  COULD THIS BE FRAUD OR CORRUPTION?

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