The buck stopped where?

The Daily Examiner - - YOUR SAY - TIM HOWARD Chief of Staff

THERE is some­thing se­ri­ously wrong with the de­liv­ery part­ner model cre­ated to man­age the con­struc­tion of the Wool­go­olga to Bal­lina sec­tion of the Pa­cific High­way.

For­mer NSW roads min­is­ter Dun­can Gay touted the model, pinched from the 2012 Lon­don Olympics, thus in 2014:

“Un­der this new model, a ma­jor provider with de­sign, build­ing and man­age­ment ex­per­tise will be en­gaged to over­see the project in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Roads and Mar­itime’s Pa­cific High­way Of­fice, man­ag­ing mul­ti­ple con­tracts for pro­fes­sional ser­vices, sup­ply, and build­ing of the high­way.

“The de­liv­ery part­ner model will of­fer bet­ter value for money and drive project ef­fi­cien­cies.” Ex­cept it hasn’t. Some­how the up­per ech­e­lons of this model have man­aged to soak up $7.5 mil­lion which should have fil­tered down to the mum and dad con­trac­tors who have com­pleted work on the high­way for which they have not been paid.

The col­lapse of Ost­wald Brothers last year has re­vealed flaws in the ac­count­abil­ity needed to justly over­see the project.

The ma­jor com­pa­nies have been in a court case, the new Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Michael McCor­mack, the cur­rent NSW Roads Min­is­ter Melinda Pavey and the RMS have promised to help.

But no one has put up a hand and said “the buck stops here”.

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