Council digs up savings
For many councils across the country, the announcement of a sod turning means a run to the hardware store to spend ratepayers’ money on a number of shovels to present whichever politician is doing the honours.
Not the Shire of Exmouth, who offered up two old, but historically significant, shovels for Local MLA Vince Catania and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman to turn the earth at the Ningaloo Centre site. Shire chief executive Bill Price said one of the shovels was used for the opening of the marina in 1996.
“The other is from 1963 and was the shovel used for the commissioning of the town, so certainly is one of the most historical pieces we have,” he said.
“We’re spending money on projects instead of shovels.”
Mr Price said he was confident there would be more significant projects for the Shire’s historical shovels in the future.
Shire of Exmouth president Turk Shales and chief executive Bill Price with their historical shovels.