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    Most Powerful in TNQ: Top 10

    TropicNow delivers the final part of its Power 50 List to give readers a chance to compare rankings with The Cairns Post's Most Influential List.


    This is it folks. The final countdown.

    We've spent the past few days comparing The Cairns Post's Top 50 Most Influential People list with our own TropicNow Power 50 list.

    Needless to say, there were lots of differences between the two lists.

    Today, the countdown is in the final stretch.

    (You can click here to read the list from 50 - 31 and here for 30 - 11)

    Please enjoy and debate the top tens of both lists below - and let us know what you think.


    Cairns Post most influential vs TropicNow Power 50

     


    RankingCairns Post TropicNow
    50.
    Dennis Wallace     
    Rick Hanlon
    49.
    Ruth Crouch
    Greg Nucifora
    48.
    Clive Skarrott
    Gary Young
    47.
    Emma Louise
    Clive Skarrott
    46.
    Russell Parker
    Joann Pyne
    45.
    Gary Young
    Tom Gilmore
    44.
    Harry Sou
    Julia Leu
    43.
    Suellen Maunder
    Suellen Maunder
    42.
    Ty Williams
    Nick Holloway
    41.
    Max O'Halloran
    Rob Pyne

     


    RankingCairns Post TropicNow
    40.
    Dr Mark Wenitong
    Bruce Martin
    39.
    Wendy Morris
    Max Shepherd
    38.
    Darren Halpin
    Marlies Hobbs
    37.
    Sheriden Morris
    Noel Pearson
    36.
    Richie Bates
    Fred White
    35.
    Col McKenzie
    Sharon Dawson
    34.
    Tony Williamson
    Bree James
    33.
    Allan Tan
    Bishop James Foley
    32.
    John Andrejic
    Andrew Griffiths
    31.
    Thelma Spelta
    Gina Hogan

     


    RankingCairns Post TropicNow
    30.
    Kristy Vallely          
    Amy Turnbull
    29.
    Pat Flanagan
    Michael Huelin
    28.
    Ross Moller
    Kristy Vallely
    27.
    Paul Taylor
    Ross Moller
    26.
    Nick Loukas
    Tony Williamson
    25.
    Tony Baker
    Cairns Councillors
    24.
    Col Sparkes
    Richie Bates
    23.
    Linda Cooper
    Ken Chapman
    22.
    Grace Lillian Lee
    Chris Boland
    21.
    Kevin Byrne
    Craig Crawford

    RankingCairns PostTropicNow
    20.
    Charles Woodward
    Luckbir Singh
    19.
    Bob Katter
    Paul Taylor
    18.
    Russell Beer
    Brett Moller
    17.
    Bishop James Foley
    Darren Halpin
    16.
    Richard Ireland
    Nick Loukas
    15.
    Tania Major
    Justice Jim Henry
    14.
    Warren Entsch
    Deb Hancock
    13.
    Justice Jim Henry
    Russell Beer
    12.
    Matt Bowen
    Nick Trompf
    11.
    Prof. Sandra Harding
    Kevin Byrne

    THE TOP 10

    The vast differences between the top 10 lists compiled by TropicNow and The Cairns Post can be summed up in one word:

    Tarzan.

    We are big fans of the legendary Michael Fomenko, that mysterious figure glimpsed wandering the Bruce Highway for so many years.

    But by ranking him at number 4 on its most influential list, The Cairns Post has placed him higher than university vice-chancellors Sandra Harding and Scott Bowman, Federal MP Warren Entsch, a range of community and business leaders and the Treasurer of the state Curtis Pitt.

    Similarly, while we admire Madeline Cowe's achievements in winning Miss World Australia, we don't believe that accolade is worthy of the number 3 spot (again ahead of Pitt, Harding, Entsch, Bowman and many others).

    So TropicNow took a very different path to decide the top 10 most powerful and influential people in our region.

    Our formula to decide the top 10 looked at a mix of their public profile and behind-the-scenes influence, how many people in the community are impacted by their decisions and what results they have delivered. 

    At number 10, Richard Ireland is included due to his influence in the upper echelon of Advance Cairns and his close relationship with Mayor Bob Manning.

    Given the remarkable rise of CQUniversity in Cairns over the past 12 months, we have included both Jodie Duignan-George and Scott Bowman in our top 10. When you think what these two have done for the Cairns CBD, as well as the Cairns Taipans, their high positions are surely justified.

    We've put Deputy Mayor Terry James in our top 10 - bizarelly Cr James wasn't even featured on the Post's list at all.

    Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch is also there (much higher on our list than the Post's ranking of 14). Like him or not, Entschy had a strong win at the ballot box this year and is making headway on projects like the Cairns Marine Precinct upgrade and the Peninsula Development Road. 

    Trent Twomey is number 5 on our list, a similar ranking to the Post's list who put him at number 6. Twomey's involvement in a range of organisations, including Advance Cairns, North Queensland Primary Healthcare Network and the James Cook University Council means his influence spreads far and wide. 

    JCU's Professor Sandra Harding represents one of the starkest differences between the two lists. While the Post ranked Prof. Harding outside the top 10 at number 11, we've placed her much higher at number 4. As the leader of one of the biggest organisation's in the region, we think Prof. Harding warrants a top 5 spot.

    Given the tourism boss, it's little wonder Alex de Waal is so high on both lists. He is also extremely close to Mayor Manning and does well to help woo international investors.

    Treasurer Curtis Pitt is our number 2 pick (again higher than the Post's ranking of number 5). Pitt controls the state's multi-billion dollar budget and has the potential to deliver significant wins for the region. We certainly hope he steps up to deliver more for TNQ over the next 12 months. 

    At least both The Cairns Post and TropicNow can agree on one thing: Mayor Bob Manning deserves to be the crowned the most influential and powerful person in Cairns.


    RankingCairns PostTropicNow
    10.
    Joe Moro
    Richard Ireland
    9.
    Ken Chapman
    Jodie-Duignan George
    8.
    Noel Pearson
    Terry James
    7.
    Deb Hancock
    Prof. Scott Bowman
    6.
    Trent Twomey
    Warren Entsch
    5.
    Curtis Pitt
    Trent Twomey
    4.
    Michael Fomenko
    Prof. Sandra Harding
    3.
    Madeline Cowe
    Alex de Waal
    2.
    Alex de Waal
    Curtis Pitt
    1.
    Bob Manning
    Bob Manning