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    The top 10 most influential people in TNQ for 2017


    We're excited to reveal the top 10 most influential people in TNQ for 2017.

    There are some big surprises in this final section of both our TropicNow Power 50 List and The Cairns Post's most influential list.

    Check out the top 10 of both lists below, and tell us what you think on TropicNow's Facebook page.

    Don't forget: the full list will be published in the next edition of Tropic Magazine, due to hit the streets of Cairns early next week.


    Cairns Post most influential vs TropicNow Power 50


     

     

    RankingCairns Post TropicNow
    50.
    Leigh Boswell
    Kelly Reaston
    49.
    Rick Hanlon
    Shaneen Fantin
    48.
    Michael Delaney
    Karl Latham
    47.
    Harry Sou
    Suellen Maunder
    46.
    Cynthia Lui
    Amy Eden
    45.
    Ralf Dutton
    Kristy Vallely
    44.
    Anita Veivers
    Molly Steer
    43.
    Bill Cummings
    Cairns councillors
    42.
    Andy Ridley
    Ranjit Singh
    41.
    Russell Parker
    Clive Skarrott 

    RankingCairns PostTropicNow
    40.
    Allan Tan
    Wendy Morris
    39.
    Gary Young
    Carlo Amerio
    38.
    Bishop James Foley
    John MacKenzie
    37.
    Darren Halpin
    Michael Delaney
    36.
    Richard Ireland
    --
    35.
    Andrea May Churcher
    (= 35) Sam Marino / Michael Healy
    34.
    Sandra Harding
    Noel Pearson
    33.
    Justice James Henry
    Stephen Foster
    32.
    Pat Bailey
    Nick Loukas
    31.
    Ben Woodward
    Danny Betros

    RankingCairns Post TropicNow
    30.
    Sally Mlikota
    Regional mayors
    29.
    Tony Baker
    Ken Chapman
    28.
    Tony Williamson
    Chris Boland
    27.
    Julia Leu
    Paul Taylor
    26.
    Pip Close
    Jennifer Spilsbury
    25.
    Anthony Ritter
    Sally Mlikota
    24.
    Col McKenzie
    --
    23.
    Ross Moller
    (= 23) Nick Holloway/Davy O'Rourke
    22.
    Clive Skarrott
    Fred White
    21.
    Brett Olds
    Jodie Duignan-George

    RankingCairns Post TropicNow
    20.
    Scott Bowman
    Tony Williamson
    19.
    Russell Beer
    Zak Thaker
    18.
    Amy Turnbull
    Craig Crawford
    17.
    John Andrejic
    Dean Pradal
    16.
    Brett Schafferius
    Amy Turnbull
    15.
    Richie Bates
    Adam Adams
    14.
    Clare Douglas
    John Andrejic
    13.
    Norris Carter
    Luckbir Singh
    12.
    Ken Chapman
    Russell Beer
    11.
    Trent Twomey
    John Richardson

    Positions 10-1

     


    RankingCairns Post TropicNow
    10.
    Johnathan Thurston
    Warren Entsch
    9.
    Warren Entsch
    Darren Halpin
    8.
    Kevin Byrne
    Andy Taylor
    7.
    Nick Loukas
    Norris Carter
    6.
    Bob Katter
    Trent Twomey
    5.
    Billy Slater
    --
    4.
    Curtis Pitt
    (= 4th) Sandra Harding / Scott Bowman
    3.
    Wendy Morris
    Curtis Pitt
    2.
    Bob Manning
    Bob Manning
    1.
    Ghassan Aboud
    Ghassan Aboud

    Positions 10-1

    He might be a slightly controversial choice given he doesn't live here and only visits a few times a year.

    But there's no doubt about his influence over Cairns during 2017.

    GA Group billionaire Ghassan Aboud has been ranked number one on TropicNow's Power 50 List.

    In a rare alignment between the two lists, Mr Aboud was also ranked in the top spot on the Cairns Post's list.

    With his investment in TNQ now soaring above half a billion dollars, it's easy to see why.

    Mayor Bob Manning also provided a moment of commonality between the two lists, featuring at number 2 on both lists.

    But that's where the similarities between the sets of top 10s end.

    The Post has made some strange choices for its top 10 powerbrokers.

    Footy players Billy Slater and Johnathan Thurston are included in spots 6 and 10 respectively, while Federal MP Bob Katter is ranked in the lofty spot of position 6 - despite his lack of impact and results for the region in 2017.

    In contrast, we have placed Curtis Pitt in the third spot, and university leaders Sandra Harding and Scott Bowman in equal fourth position.

    All three delivered funding, projects and passion for the Cairns region during 2017. It's hard to see how footy players and Mr Katter delivered more for our local community and economy than this trio throughout the year.

    We also placed business leaders Norris Carter (Cairns Airport) and Darren Halpin (Halpin Partners) much higher on our list than the Cairns Post, who put both of them outside the top 10.

    Mr Carter is a sharp, smart operator delivering growth at our most important economic asset, while Mr Halpin has been involved in everything from horse racing to golf courses, startups to politics and much in between.

    We placed Prime Group boss Andy Taylor at number 8 on our list, while the Post failed to include him at all in its top 50.

    Given his influence over hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts for the Crystalbrook Collection projects, Mr Taylor is the man everyone wanted to know and meet during 2017.

    What do you think? Let us know on our Facebook page, and don't miss the full list in the new edition of Tropic Magazine, available early next week.


    DON'T MISS THE NEW EDITION OF TROPIC MAGAZINE

    Edition 9 of Tropic Magazine hits the streets next week, featuring the full countdown with our reasons behind each ranking. You can grab a copy from over 100 cafes, waiting rooms, shopping centres, and our office at Shop 1/103 Mulgrave Rd.