Seven times pollies blew enough cash for a new rescue tower
BALLINA desperately needs a new Marine Rescue tower to watch over the town's dangerous bar - instead our pollies are blowing dough on flags and coffee cups.
With the infamous "leaning tower" now closed, Marine Rescue volunteers no longer have a view over the dangerous Ballina bar, which means they will be unable to see if someone is in trouble but can't get to their radio.
Replacing the tower will cost a total of $2.1 million. The plans are done, the land is available and most of the money ie there - it's all just waiting on the final $450,000 - $550,000.
So far, the only level of government yet to come to the party is the Federal Government.
The Feds haven't chipped a cent for the Ballina Marine Rescue tower, but they have spent roughly the same amount the tower needs on some bizarre and possibly unnecessary things recently:
1. FLAGS: Pollies spent $500,000 on flags in the last half of 2014.
2. OFFICE FIT-OUT: $450,000 to set up and fit out an Adelaide office for former prime minister Julia Gillard.
3. LOGO: A new logo for the largely government-funded agency, the Australian Institute of Sport, cost $500,000 in 2014. Pretty isn't it?
4. COFFEE CUPS: In 2013 the government helped fund a $360,000 grant for a Melbourne engineer designing a world-first coffee cup.
5. BULLET-PROOF BMW: Earlier this year former prime minister Tony Abbott was driving around in an armoured BMW, designed to withstand semi-automatic rifle fire and bomb blasts. It cost $550,000.
6. HIGH-TECH THEATRETTE: According to AAP, the government spent $330,000 (including $800 for a door knob) for a border protection media briefing room.
7. MARBLE CLADDING: In February the Department of Defence called for tenders to repair the Carrara marble-cladded panels on its Canberra offices, at an estimated cost of $500,000.