Some of you may recall recently Albury Council held something of an informal vote to decide the fate of the toy plane which has been busily rotting away at the airport for the duration of recent memory.
While I was surprised at how close the vote was, the results were still fairly conclusive, the people of Albury declined the “generous” offer of a local cashed up family to restore the wreck, on the proviso that Albury city dipped into public funds to the tune of a million or so dollars initial outlay, plus an annual upkeep of around a hundred grand to store the aging monstrosity.
While this would be in keeping with the great Australian tradition of “this piece of machinery is over fifty years old, let’s erect a shed over the top of it and charge people admission to see it”, it would hardly constitute a good deal for the people of Albury given that they would be considerably out-of-pocket for what is essentially (in my opinion) an eyesore of dubious historical merit and of highly questionable benefit to the tourism industry (which is the main selling point of the pro uiver crowd).
Seems councillor Neville Hull undeterred by public opinion has decided to resurrect another local tradition, namely Albury council disregarding the input of the local citizenry and going ahead with whatever they felt they wanted to do in the first instance.
Patty Gould’s “internal-external-round-about-upside-down-back-to-front-inside-out-by-pass” (circa 2000) springs to mind.
Daryl Bettridge’s “what’s good for the grog peddlers is good for us all” approach further springs to mind.
It does beg the question, that if Albury council already knows what’s best for Albury (as they seem to think they do) why bother holding elections at all?
Surely the money saved by scrapping all those unneccessary local elections altogether could be put to more productive uses, like putting the Cumberoona on top of a dirty great pole strategically located for maximum visibility at the entrance to town.