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:

Australian Flag.
Australian Flag. Tom Huntley

1. FLAGS: Pollies spent $500,000 on flags in the last half of 2014.

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard

2. OFFICE FIT-OUT: $450,000 to set up and fit out an Adelaide office for former prime minister Julia Gillard.

The new Australian Institute of Sport logo.
The new Australian Institute of Sport logo.

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.

Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott fields questions on the carbon tax in Mackay.
Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott fields questions on the carbon tax in Mackay. Lee Constable

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.

Topics:  ballina marine rescue marine rescue

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