THE Far North committee of the Regional Development Australia Fund deserve a slap in the face for rejecting Cairns Regional Council’s application for funding for the Waterfront.
While there is obvious bias in my condemnation of the three projects chosen to be put forward for federal funding, a simple analysis of the three successful projects shows a distinct lack of foresight on the committee’s behalf.
Etheridge Shire Council’s plan to upgrade the Hann Highway is something which should be done by government departments if it is required regardless.
The Mareeba Shire Job Training Association Incorporated’s plan to rebuild a tourism information centre is worthy, but again, if a tourism information centre is burnt down as the previous one was, then surely there are other ways to fund it.
And the Torres Strait Island Regional Council’s application to build sea walls so residents aren’t swept away by the tide is a project you would think should be funded by governments regardless.
I thought the RDAF was meant to be for visionary projects which proved beneficial for regions and contributed to the financial health of communities. If a major infrastructure project in one of Australia’s major regional tourism locations fails, then so does the criteria.