[ED (Ntp) – Ari has also submitted a post related to this with links to ABC and CT coverage. His post can be seen by hitting the “more” tag or going into the comments.]
The ESA have admitted making a mistake (ESA Media release here)in buying and implementing the Firelink communications system.
Commissioner Gregor Manson said “The evaluations on the Firelink project indicated that the program is unsuitable for the ESA’s ongoing operations,”
He also added, “I regret to tell the ACT community that $4.5 million was spent on this program which may have instead been used to purchase vital equipment for our volunteers and full time emergency services professionals.
Corbell scraps a 60-Grassby ESA stuff-up – Post submitted by Ari.
The same ESA chiefs who helped bring us the Canberra fires of 2003 also introduced a whiz-bang new communication system costing ACT taxpayers $4.5 million.
Now Emergency Services Minister Simon Corbell (who took over ESA control after the fires) has been forced to scrap it as it’s way too complex for the ACT.
Using the now generally accepted measure for ACT Govt waste, I calculate this stuff-up cost us about 60 Grassbys.
Here’s a quote from the current ESA chief in the ABC’s online coverage.
ESA Commissioner Gregor Manson says the Firelink system is just too sophisticated for the ACT’s needs.
“We’ve really bought a sledgehammer to peel peanuts,” he said.
Much more from the Canberra Times here.