Trad’s plan a crazy cost

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

JUST when we thought that Kevin 07, the bat man from hell, was dead and gone, up pops his fe­male equiv­a­lent from the new La­bor Gov­ern­ment.

Some­one named Jackie Trad, a vir­tual un­known to most Queens­lan­ders, with a pro­posal to spend $ 1.9 bil­lion on a makeover for the Townsville CBD.

“If” – and that is a very big “if” – the peo­ple of Townsville or for that mat­ter the peo­ple of Queens­land or even Aus­tralia could af­ford that amount of money, it cer­tainly would not be on any sane per­son’s pri­or­ity list as a place of suit­able in­vest­ment.

Ob­vi­ously, the La­bor Party is des­per­ate to shore up the sup­port of lo­cal mem­bers.

Dur­ing my 30 years in Townsville, the CBD has had at least three very ex­pen­sive makeovers and re­mains a white ele­phant. This will be a big vote loser for the La­bor Party.

This type of crazy ex­pen­di­ture of public money must cease, and busi­nesses should look to their own av­enues for in­vest­ment.




WRONG PLACE: A reader op­poses Jackie Trad’s pro­posal for a makeover of the Townsville CBD.

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