A mat­ter of in­flu­ence

The Weekend Post - - Views - Just JenWITH JEN­NIFER SPILSBURY ED­I­TOR, CAIRNS POST

Iused to love watch­ing Count­down when I was grow­ing up. It was es­sen­tial view­ing for just about any age group if you wanted to be hip and know what was hap­pen­ing in the mu­sic in­dus­try. Molly Mel­drum was the bomb and had all the best acts on the show and it was fun to count down the best hits. I re­mem­ber a pim­ply faced Michael Hutchence and INXS per­form live for the first time. To a whip­per­snap­per it looked to me like he wanted to eat his mi­cro­phone but for oth­ers I guess it was sen­sual. Then there was a young Amer­i­can dancer try­ing to make it as a singer. Madonna’s first per­for­mance on Aus­tralian soil was so hip at the time. There she was with hair teased to within an inch of her life, sloppy tank top with bra and belly but­ton peek­ing out and ban­gles jan­gling to the beat of her soon-to-be-a-hit Hol­i­day. If you look at the foot- age now, it looks pretty tame but back then? She was mega cool and world’s apart from the likes of Sher­bet.

The Cairns Post has been con­duct­ing its own count­downs this week.

How did you go? Did you guess the top 10s in our Most In­flu­en­tial and Queens­land sports stars 100 lists?

Our sports de­part­ment is a proud lot and came up with its own top 10 Far North sports stars with no sur­prises on who was No.1. Yep, Prince Billy Slater. To­day we pro­duce the en­tire 50 in the Most In­flu­en­tial list in our an­nual spe­cial edi­tion of the Cairns­eye.

This year the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil’s CEO John An­drejic holds the man­tle.

He pips for­mer No.1s, Mayor Bob Man­ning and Syr­ian bil­lion­aire Ghas­san Aboud, whose first ho­tel de­vel­op­ment in Cairns opened in early No­vem­ber.

Mr An­drejic’s in­flu­ence does not come through elec­tion, ob­scene wealth or self­pro­mot­ing net­work­ing.

In­stead his el­e­vated in­flu­ence in the past year has been thrust upon him via cir­cum­stance – a new set of Queens­land­wide lo­cal gov­ern­ment laws. Since their in­tro­duc­tion 22 de­ci­sions have been de­ferred to him be­cause of coun­cil­lors’ con­flicts of in­ter­est. These de­ci­sions in­flu­ence the or­di­nary but pre­cious daily lives of Cairns ratepay­ers.

I doubt this in­flu­ence is some­thing Mr An­drejic ever wanted but through law­ful process he has it in spades.

No.3 on our list is mur­der vic­tim Toyah Cord­ing­ley. Her death has af­fected the com­mu­nity in a deep and per­sonal way. Peo­ple have been out­raged, heart­bro­ken and de­fi­ant all at once.

Her young, vi­brant soul reached out to the com­mu­nity to act. Peo­ple who didn’t even know her have scoured beaches, as­sisted po­lice and plas­tered Toyah stick­ers ev­ery­where. Her death has made many thou­sands of minds pause to won­der why can’t a woman walk her dog safely on a beau­ti­ful beach?

Why not in­deed Toyah.

MR AN­DREJIC’S IN­FLU­ENCE DOES NOT COME THROUGH ELEC­TION, OB­SCENE WEALTH OR SELF-PRO­MOT­ING NET­WORK­ING. IN­STEAD HIS EL­E­VATED IN­FLU­ENCE IN THE PAST YEAR HAS BEEN THRUST UPON HIM VIA CIR­CUM­STANCE.

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