Coun­cil ‘can’t fix’ eye­sores

The Weekend Post - - News - CHRIS CALCINO [email protected]

DE­CREPIT shopfronts left to rust and peel in the CBD are here to stay un­less own­ers have a change of heart and de­cide to add a lick of paint.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil has proven it­self a tooth­less tiger and re­fused to con­sider by-law changes that could al­low it to pres­sure build­ing own­ers to pick up their game.

The pos­si­bil­ity of a vol­un­teer work­ing bee group mo­bil­is­ing across some of the city’s worst-kept ar­eas or the rein­tro­duc­tion of fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives for land­lords was also ig­nored.

“While coun­cil aims to lead by ex­am­ple in terms of beau­ti­fy­ing the city for the en­joy­ment of both res­i­dents and vis­i­tors, it is up to build­ing own­ers and ten­ants to main­tain their own premises,” a coun­cil spokes­woman said.

“Un­less there is a gen­uine pub­lic safety risk, coun­cil does not have the abil­ity to force own­ers to up­grade their build­ings.” The re­sponse fol­lowed the

Cairns Post’s re­cent push to fix up some of the city’s most un­sightly eye­sores.

The coun­cil spokes­woman said the ma­jor­ity of own­ers did “great work” to en­sure their build­ings con­trib­uted to the vi­brant amenity of the CBD.

The Cairns Post has pushed for a so­lu­tion to an ugly sit­u­a­tion.

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