The Stanhope Government’s greatest defenders keep telling us that the busway and arboretum are dead.
It is peculiar then that we keep reading stories about the continuing work and continuing money being spent on those things as schools, libraries, and government shopfronts close down (to say nothing of the roads which look worse and worse despite claims from the same sources that they’re not).
Today the Canberra Times has a story on preparations for a mass planting of trees in the next few weeks on the aboretum site which is going to take over a megalitre of water a year to sustain.
If you needed proof that the “water crisis” in this town is totally bogus I think this should just about cover it.
UPDATED: Richard Mulcahy has pointed out that the Government has granted itself a new bore licence to service the water needs of the arboretum despite denying this option to the rest of the community.
FURTHER UPDATE: An angry Chief Minister has slapped out a media release pointing out that the arboretum will “only” use as much water as 10 of us whingers. Also the trees had already been ordered so it would be a shame for them to go to waste, no?
Considering how bad he is at getting most things done, he’s a bloody genius when he sets his mind to something.