Grand vision could cost too much
THE roof is leaking; white ants are attacking the foundations. With the bank account empty, what do you do?
If you follow Lismore Council’s lead, you say to hell with it, borrow and buy a plasma TV.
The decision by our cash-strapped, overly indebted council to press ahead with a glittering new art gallery when our roads and other infrastructure are crumbling, is sheer folly.
Councils’ own figures show Lismore needs to spend more than $166 million to bring its assets, including roads and bridges, up to scratch – and the situation is getting worse each year.
And what do the residents think?
Council ‘s 2007 independent resident’s survey found 83 per cent want more money spent on roads and only 17 per cent wanted more on art galleries.
The resident’s priorities are clear but they are being ignored.
The proposed special rate rise of almost seven per cent will be almost entirely gobbled up by the art gallery in running costs and loan repayments leaving virtually nothing for roads and footpaths.
Don’t be fooled.
Lismore is a relatively poor area and we cannot afford this massive rate hike.
Council’s commonsense is being blinded by its grand vision. It needs to listen to its community.