Bob McMullan is trying to divert attention from his own failure to deliver jobs for Gungahlin.
He has called on the ACT Government to use the empty office space upstairs in The G shopping centre to help the construction backlog.
Yes it should have been used by the ACT Government when they relocated their Land Development Agency. For the LDA to put a higher priority on convenience for their staff than convenience for their customers (most of whom for the next several years will be in Gungahlin) reflected badly on the ACT Government. And the lack of faith in their own product no doubt undermines attempts to lease space in their new Gungahlin business park now under construction.
But Bob McMullan also welched on his pre-election commitment to put location of Federal Government offices in Gungahlin as “his number one priority”. On his watch, the Defence Department has taken up leases on two new buildings new the Airport’s Brand Depot. And of all the departments, Defence is the one with the most logical link to Gungahlin, given the thousands of Defence staff and homes in our area. Hundreds of local jobs gone begging and nothing from Bob McMullan.
Perhaps Bob McMullan has been stung by Gungahlin Community Council’s criticism of his failure on this issue, which was included in our latest newsletter to everyone in Gungahlin. But this is a transparent card trick on his behalf to shift blame.