Fast Buck$, Coorabell.
Cr Jan Hackett’s sad attempts to distance herself from the new wispy tinsel dick on Ewingsdale Rd reflect an equally sad truth about attitudes towards public funds. In her view the problem was that the panel was misled, kept in the dark in terms of what was promised compared to what was delivered.
The artist was ‘granted the job on blind faith’. Clearly this would never have happened if it had been Jan’s own funds at risk.
She goes on to tighten the noose around her neck by suggesting that the successful submission was the only one ‘that was not a cliché or banal’. Excuse me? What could be more banal than a model of a lighthouse in a town that already has a real, much bigger one?
‘There were no follow-up drawings or documentation, no design documentation which should be done before construction, no engineering specifications or certification’. There should have been expert engineering, safety and traffic reports plus public consultation.
The mayor cannot so easily avoid accountability for something that happened under his watch. The mayor is Green while Jan Hackett is Labor, so Simon could help avoid any suggestion that he has hung Jan out to dry by publicly explaining the evolution of the debacle and his role in it.