Really?? this Chestnut…Still!!!

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.

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Hi I'm Jack Stone (a pseudonym), I'm a long-time Albury resident and I think it's a great place to live and work. I have a strong interest in local events and media and I started this site because I think a different perspective is often needed when reporting local news. I take a keen interest in local politics, as well as what's going on at the state and federal level, I'm also a supporter of social justice issues, the envirionment and the need for people to have a say in the events that effect their lives. I'm a fan of the Border Bandits and I'd love to see both teams take the flag this year, and next year, and maybe the one after that too.
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3 Responses to Really?? this Chestnut…Still!!!

  1. Bob says:

    Although we have clashed about immigration and multiculturalism, i have to agree with you that the Uiver is the biggest load of nonsense. I wish someone would just sell it for scrap already. I kinda like your idea for the Cumberoona, but it might look better kinda plonked on the council chambers, like the car on the Ettamogah Pub. Now that’s a tourist attraction i’d go and see.

  2. Well we couldn’t let the people of Deniliquin get the better of us, they have a ute on a pole don’t you know? In fact there’s a great Aussie tradition of putting things on poles.
    My favourite suggestion for the QEII park redevelopment, some local peanut suggested (in all earnestness I might add) we “put the Cumberoona there”. That’d look nice wouldn’t it?

    Yes, a permanent display at the library museum, the world’s largest collection of uiver related memorabilia already firmly ensconced in a publicly owned collection. One wonders when enough really is enough.

    Perhaps if Cr. Hull succeeds in getting his way and the uiver goes on permanent display Albury city can go one further, track down the original pilot and co-pilot of the Royal Dutch airlines plane, have them exhumed and arranged in a life-like pose in the cockpit, you know, as long as it was tastefully done of course.

  3. come to think of it, that zombie metaphor is great, the issue itself won’t die, it keeps coming back from the grave time and time again.
    Think I’ll nick that visual for any subsequent uiver posts.

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