Cr Michael Lyon, The Pocket
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.