Spectator fee on back-burner, maybe in through the back door after September.

Albury council has voted to suspend the controvertial spectator fee proposed for the Albury sports stadium, electing instead to leave it up to the council which will be re-convened after the September election as to whether they want to impliment it or not.

Council’s obvious reluctance to drop the idea suggests the proposed fee has some support within council but there is a strong division as to whether council wants to adopt the fee which may be needed to keep the stadium operating, or bow to public pressure to drop it.

I’d like to think the results of the upcoming council election will be decided on weightier issues than this, but frankly, I’ll believe it when I see it.


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7 Responses to Spectator fee on back-burner, maybe in through the back door after September.

  1. I’d like to see them threaten to close down the Sports stadium and sell it to a private operator because of community reluctance to meet the cost of operating it. It’d serve the self righteous whiners right.

    I fail to understand why user pays seems to be applied to almost everything in our lives except anything to do with sport. As an example, the council charges our Apex Club to use one of their meeting rooms to hold our Primary School Public Speaking competition, which usually has about a dozen schools participate, despite the fact that we are a not for profit community organisation. I think that it’s a sad reflection on our priorities.

  2. raydixon says:

    It’s political dynamite Dave, and they don’t want to ignite that just 3 months out from an election. So will this be “the” issue or not? It seems it will.

    (PS: It was pretty dumb to bring it up when they did, s0 perhaps they deserve to be voted out for being so stupid).

  3. Well it wouldn’t be the first time in Australian political history a group of politicians behaved in a manner contrary to the platform they were elected on.

    Dave, I think you’re right, what’s needed here is a pollie who’s prepared to call the bluff of these tin-pot despots on all these committees and sub-committees and put it to the public straight, cop a fee or the stadium goes under OR, every rate payer in Albury pays your fees for you OR, the stadium is sold to a private operator who charges a sight more than a $2.00 entrance fee.

    It sounds like Amanda Duncan-Strelec is almost there, I notice she had a shot at Patricia Gould along the lines of “who’s actually running the council” when she put a submission before council which was virtually identical to a document issued by one of the community groups causing a stink at present.

  4. I’d like to see the correlation between the people complaining about the spectator fee, the people demanding a heated indoor pool, and the people who loudly complain that our rates are too high.

    There seems to be a section of the Albury community who didn’t realise that The Magic Pudding was a work of fiction, rather than an analogy for government budgets.

  5. that’s politicaly conservative social and economic policy combined though isn’t it?

    “Spend big , God will re-imburse us”.

    “As long as we don’t allow “teh gays” to get hitched, everything else takes care of itself.”

    “If things look nasty we’ll just hire one half of the poor to enslave the other half”

    I’m not sure how you’d source the stats Dave, or what could be done about it once you identified the people involved, but I suspect you’re right, there does seem to be a very vocal minority in Albury who don’t have the common sense of a loaf of mouldy bread.

  6. raydixon says:

    there does seem to be a very vocal minority in Albury who don’t have the common sense of a loaf of mouldy bread.

    Ditto for Bright.

  7. Perhaps we could round both groups up and ship them off to Wangaratta, would anyone even notice a few more idiots in THAT village.

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