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GHD and Michael and Adani

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This gives them a temporary budget blip, but more importantly, becomes a great quid pro quo for these associates who then tell them what they want to hear.

Byron Council has been an enthusiastic and growing user of consultants, and their very favourite is the multi-national engineering conglomerate GHD.

Some time ago Cr Michael Lyon went all hairy-chested in Council and vowed to banish from their books any consultant who contracted to the environmentally-disastrous Adani coal mine. He later reiterated this in a letter to the Echo.

Well Michael, GHD was the author of the favourable EIS which greased the path for the Adani approval which included such a grossly inflated job-creation estimate that the firm itself had to later refute it.

GHD is still on the Adani payroll and ‘will assess any future opportunities to work with Adani businesses’(GHD web statement).

The world-wide Engineers Without Borders organisation has ‘respectfully ceased’ its partnership with GHD over Adani.

There is a lot more, but now it’s over to you Michael.

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  1. GHD & Adani are still holding hands… they sigh
    together & lie together. As the saying goes…
    they are made for each other – an entwined
    matrimony of minds %/z4x! oops! read ‘mines’!
    There’s nothing quite like a good bugger-upper.

  2. In response to Victorian resident Tom Tabart, when we passed the anti-Adani motion we made a compromise that we would not cost this community unnecessarily by cancelling existing contracts, which would have become very expensive. GHD began work on the design and applications with respect to the bypass project before the anti-Adani motion was passed and the recent work is further to that engagement. Using a new supplier at this stage would have had cost and time implications, which in turn would lead to more cost implications. GHD have not been engaged since the anti-Adani motion in any new work, nor has any other company with links to Adani. This includes one supplier who tendered for work on the noise attenuation part of the bypass construction but was ruled out due to their association with Adani.

    For the Greens to be relevant and to grow we must employ some pragmatism with our principles and show that we can govern effectively where we have the chance. Otherwise, we will continue to sit on the fringes at state and federal level and our community will be the worse for it.

    Cr Michael Lyon
    The Pocket

    • Michael Lyon resign. You are … unsuited oto be a councillor. All you do is … excuses an never achieve much at all. the Shires roads remain crap, people sleeping on the street and the place looks like a third world dumnp. You and Richardson … not only that but for some weird and unfathomable reason … Ndayie has bene ma e deputy mayor after wasting $50000 on a crapy iditoic scultpure which now has been dismanteld costiung the rate payers how much more?? The next election cannot come too soon!

  3. I’m a bit confused by your explanation, Cr Lyon, as I had fairly vivid memories of a Council meeting (replete with much fanfare and large posters urging us to: STOP LABOR’S ADANI MINE) that passed something a bit different.

    Checking Council website I found minutes of the Ordinary Meeting 23 November 2017 that had under item 9.2 a successful resolution moved by you that stated in Point 2: Resolves not to contract or engage in services under any existing contract with Downer EDI or any of its subsidiaries, including the RPQ Group and NSW Spray Seal, until they publicly withdraw from their agreement with Adani to construct and operate the Carmichael mine and publicly renounce any further involvement with Adani and the Carmichael mine.

    Was this later rescinded when found to be not sufficiently pragmatic?

    Although Tom is now a Victorian resident, after many years of active involvement in the life of the shire – with no doubt lingering affection for it and pride in his achievements and dedication to it- he still wishes to enter the dialogue. Do you have a problem with this?


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