Keep pres­sure on for ‘whiff of pork’

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

There are huge amounts of cash be­ing splashed around at the mo­ment by the State Gov­ern­ment in the form of pork bar­rel­ing.

How­ever the peo­ple of Nar­ra­can may only get the whiff of pork if they head to­wards Mel­bourne.

The $225 mil­lion be­ing spent on re­vamp­ing Eti­had sta­dium may be no­ticed if you go to the foot­ball or the Big Bash cricket.

Other sport­ing sta­di­ums in and around Mel­bourne and Bal­larat will get a share of $241.6 mil­lion.

If you want to go by train to the air­port the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment is cough­ing up $5 bil­lion.

Bil­lions of dol­lars will be spent on a new tram route from Caulfield through to Rowville. But what will Nar­ra­can elec­tors get in­side the elec­torate?

Prob­a­bly the same un­ful­filled prom­ises we’ve al­ways had. Imag­ine what sort of hos­pi­tal we could get if some of the money was redi­rected our way.

How­ever that car­rot will be dan­gled in front of us come elec­tion time and then in all prob­a­bil­ity be hastily with­drawn post-elec­tion.

Con­stant ag­i­ta­tion rather than blind ac­cep­tance of prom­ises seems the only way to get some­where.

Nar­ra­can vot­ers need to keep the pres­sure on all the way to the elec­tion and even be­yond. We are not sec­ond class cit­i­zens and our politi­cians should be kept well in­formed of that. Greg Tuck, War­ragul

Ac­cord­ing to The Gazette, the in­de­pen­dent en­tity’s iden­tity is not just mys­te­ri­ous, but ghostly too. Although it’s hard to be­lieve that the veil of se­crecy is de­cep­tive as well as pro­tec­tive, se­crecy breeds sus­pi­cion. It’s the an­tithe­sis of the trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity ex­pected of lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

Lessons learnt surely go be­yond coun­cil­lors stress­ing to the CEO need for de­tailed anal­y­sis and busi­ness ra­tio­nale to un­der­pin de­ci­sion­mak­ing, es­sen­tial though that be. It’s equally im­por­tant that coun­cil­lors ask the right ques­tions of of­fi­cers and ex­ter­nal ad­vis­ers, to as­sure them­selves of the qual­ity of ad­vice and rec­om­men­da­tions com­ing to them.

The ‘good faith’ as­serted by mayor Joe Gauci on be­half of the pre­vi­ous coun­cil is a pre­req­ui­site too, but self-ev­i­dently in­suf­fi­cient of it­self to en­sure sound de­ci­sion-mak­ing. It would also be more con­vinc­ing if Cr Gauci were pre­pared to dis­close de­tails that quite clearly are not, or ought not to be, con­fi­den­tial.

John Hart, War­ragul

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