Coun­cil digs up sav­ings

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Shire of Ex­mouth pres­i­dent Turk Shales and chief ex­ec­u­tive Bill Price with their his­tor­i­cal shov­els.

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