MELBOURNE Business School Professor Selwyn D’souza couldn’t have summed it up any better when he suggested the local community had blown a perfect opportunity for a $60 million investment from all levels of government with the Waterfront project due to indecision and infighting.
Governments generally look for opportunities not to invest money while at the same time suggesting they want to help you.
Let’s face it, if they helped every community that stuck their hand out there would be none left in the kitty for their healthy retirement funds.
But there appeared to be many elements of the Waterfront concept which had survived community consultation and stood up to scrutiny.
Along this vein, it was disappointing to hear the Unity team’s mayoral candidate Bob Manning proudly announce one of the first things he would do if elected would be conduct a full review of the Waterfront plans.
In the next breath he admitted he hadn’t actually read the report he wanted reviewed.
If politicians local or otherwise want to make bold statements about vital plans for our future, it would be appreciated if they took the time to understand what they are critical of in the first place.