Congratulations to Scott Allen for stepping up into the executive …

Comment on Council: one third of budget still unspent by Hal Duell.

Congratulations to Scott Allen for stepping up into the executive position of Director of Technical Services. I wish him well.
The fact that Council is still paying for their new chambers comes as a surprise. I thought the original loan was for only 10 years. If we are still paying that loan off, how much, including interest, have those chambers ended up costing us, the ratepayers?
And congratulations to Cr Melky for keeping as much of Council’s financial story as he can in a public forum. That’s our money Council is spending, and we have every right to know what they are doing with it.

Recent Comments by Hal Duell

Confusion over gallery leadership: government’s fault
“I have no idea what the Member for Araluen is talking about …”
And that comment is true.

Gallery: Gunner sticks with ANZAC Oval
“Every consultation we have done shows the CBD location is the preferred location, and that’s the only location that offers a sense of place and has the space to be able to do it.”
That comment is simply not true.

No sign of council playing ball on Anzac Oval
This is beginning to feel like stalking. What part of “no” doesn’t this man understand?

Wakefield insists on Anzac Oval, ignores majority
Once again it seems to be a case of our way or the highway.
When this location debate first came up, I was of the opinion that the Desert Park was the right choice. But then the traditional owners spoke up at the council meeting debating to MOU or not to MOU, and the TOs seemed to be united in wanting any gallery to be south of The Gap.
So what’s the problem?
If revitalising the CBD is truly the aim, build flats there, and build a skate park at the river end of Parsons Street, and make the area vibrant again.

Wakefield insists on Anzac Oval, ignores majority
Any update from Alex Nelson on the heritage application for the Anzac site?

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