Council ‘can’t fix’ eyesores
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.