Dean Chalker, Mullumbimby Creek
The council spent a pile of ratepayer money, after disregarding the results of minimal community consulation, on the Disco Dong, with only an artist’s concept drawing to go on. It has now spent more to discover that someone might climb it and fall off. Big surprise! Did no-one at Council look at the drawing and have this thought? Really? So, the council will pay even more to have it removed, presumably to avoid their inability to defend themselves should they be sued following an injury. The ratepayer winds up more than $80,000 out of pocket, with nothing to show except a recurring storage fee.
Or we could buy a ‘bird’ as a ‘memento’ – of what? Our council’s incompetence? Seriously, they should give them back to ratepayers – we’ve already paid for the bloody things.
The only way I’d pay $20 for a ‘bird’ if I could hang it around the council’s collective neck, like an albatross, through until the next election.