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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.

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  1. I’m a bit confused here, Cr Lyon – the motion you foreshadowed, and that was passed, was very strongly worded and included:

    ‘ 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.

    3. Investigates further companies to which at present or in the future Council may award
    contracts that may have any involvement in contracting for the development and operation of the Carmichael mine, or otherwise have ties to Adani.

    4. Resolves not to award future contracts to those companies identified in point three that are involved with Adani or the construction of the Carmichael mine until they renounce any involvement with Adani and the Carmichael mine. ‘

    I seem to remember the opposing councillors arguing, with little effect, against being cavalier with ratepayers funds. Evidently this one emblem of the climate issue was paramount.

    ‘…to engage in services under any existing contract’ doesn’t sound that compromising about unnecessary costs- albeit in reference to a specific and different company and its subsidiaries.

    Tell me, was Council contractually obliged to go with GDH for this further work? How much delay and extra cost would be involved? Isn’t the Adani mine still the touchstone of the climate issue?

    The meeting in question, Nov 2017, was accompanied by quite a bit of colour and movement including large signs demanding that we ‘STOP LABOR’S ADANI MINE !’

    The federal election’s now done and dusted with that bit of wedge politics having worked a treat!


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