But it seems he’s not a fan of the 2009 World Mountain Bike Championships being spent here. He’s put out an angry media release that you can feel the flecks of spit coming off.
“”Where is the business case for this event, Mr Barr? Where is the cost/benefit analysis for this event, Mr Barr? What are the assumptions that have been used to prepare the evaluation of this event, Mr Barr? Has your Government prepared an evaluation of this event, Mr Barr?
“The Minister needs to provide details to the ACT community of what return is anticipated for the spending of $1 million of public funds.
“The Minister must provide an analysis of the expected return from this event on the investment of $7.5 million in the Stromlo Forest Park facility.
“The comments from the Minister for Tourism about the potential benefits of this event are long on rhetoric but are short on details.
“Mr Barr talks grandly about the mountain bike event providing a return on the Government’s investment in the Stromlo Forest Park but he has not provided any basis for this claim.”
Not normally known for his vitriol (in fact well known for keeping it in when he should let it out) we can only wonder if Brendan’s family were murdered by a rapacious mob of mountain bikers? Or perhaps has the funding been pulled over to this from another project Brendan’s heart was set on?