Tom Tabart, Drysdale
For some decades governments of all levels and political stripes have been outsourcing what were legitimate public service responsibilities to private consultants.
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.