There’s an old joke in which, after hearing a tall tale the respondant says “if I believe that you have a bridge to sell me right?”. The underlying sentiment is one of incredulity at the private sale of public assets. Nonetheless, that’s exactly what is happening South of the border down Wodonga way.
So if you’re in the market for a pool and have a lazy couple of mill lying around, why not lash out on Wodonga’s Stanley Street complex. Seems the site is up for bids to try to bankroll the two million dollar shortfall in Wodonga council’s budget for the proposed aquatic centre. $2.3 million to be precise, and that’s just for stage one. Nice.
Perhaps ratepayers should breathe a sigh of relief that the financial burden isn’t being transferred directly ont onto them…yet.
Instead Wodonga council is haling a hearty “come in spinner” to local buisinesses by trying to peddle them a two million dollar pig-in-a-poke in the form of the Stanley Street pool site.
The kicker though is that not only does the council want to flogg off the land at a rate that would make JD Rockefeller blush, they also want to tell the purchaser what they can and can’t do with it.
Such chutzpah one rareley sees, at least among the law-abiding.