Sunday, 11 October 2009

Local government thin ice pivot, slide and glide on the NSW North Coast

It seems like only yesterday that local government across the nation was up in arms over the constant cost-shifting by state and federal governments, which saw councils being asked to do more and more with less and less.
Indeed there was a formal inquiry into this very subject in 2003.

So I'm somewhat bemused to hear that one NSW North Coast council (which is known to complain about straightened financial circumstances from time to time) is now committed to allocating funding for improvements in a national park for which it has no responsibility, legal or otherwise.

This is the first time I have heard of local government actually encouraging other tiers of government to off-load their own financial obligations onto council ratepayers or council's own coffers. To the tune of a ballpark figure of $22,000+ no less.

So take a bow, Clarence Valley Council, for a dubious Yuraygir National Park coastal walkway decision based on an even more dubious attempt at a trust fund raid.

One has to wonder which councillor (or councillors) is trying to curry favour with either the Rees Labor Government or the Sussex Street mob and, for what purpose?
Surely not pre-selection hopes resurfacing?

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