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Gross mismanagement of Government Funds

By Wrongpriorities2012 15 October 2012 86

Public art in canberra
How is it okay for the government to waste so much of our money on Public Art in Canberra?

The “scrap metal” on the Gungahlin drive cost us $750,000 !!!!

Imagine you had $750,000 …… what could you do with it? Surely you could do more than buy a scrap pile of metal? The government should be treating our money as their own and spend it wisely.

I hope the rest of the public pick this up off the signs on the Public Art today.

public art in canberra
[ED. photos sent in by Jess]

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CanberraMum 10:23 pm 16 Oct 12

I love art, (Must be left-wing party-hack) I love it in the right place, (must be right-wing party-hack) like the beautiful sandstone carving now on London Circuit, which makes me happy, or the great small art-pieces scattered in many of the local shops. Wellington, NZ does it really well, it makes the city feel more alive (must be a Greens party-hack). In contrast I am bitterly disappointed about the lovely “Great Brown Land’ ($240K) artwork which can’t be seen up above the hill-line of the Canberra Arboretum….so many other worthwhile places it could have gone…why did we need another sculpture garden there?
p.s – I love the new work at the front entrance to the Canberra Airport…

LSWCHP 7:34 pm 16 Oct 12

rosscoact said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Girt_Hindrance said :

. After all, what did it cost us under the Liberals to returf and then paint green an entire football oval?

Does painting an oval green count as public art?

like the avatar there

I’m glad it’s not just me who noticed that. 🙂

gazket 5:18 pm 16 Oct 12

I think the roadside art is better value than $75,000 for 5 coffee machines and $45,000 to service them for 2 years. I would love to see what Federal Labor would have paid if they didn’t introduce spending cuts and budget “restraint”

Mysteryman 4:27 pm 16 Oct 12

MissChief said :

I don’t mind the right art in the right place but our acquisitions over the past few years have been put in completely inappropriate places. Art along the highways is an unnecessary distraction and often just serves to make its location look cluttered.

If they took the view of putting art where it was needed instead of just bunging it in any where, it might actually have some asthetically pleasing value.


housebound 3:52 pm 16 Oct 12

The problem is that the $750k disaster on the GDE was constructed within months of schools being closed with 5-days notice because the government could not afford even $250k for six more months to give children time to do Barr’s much-vaunted transition.

It’s hard to accept the claims of a government that cries poor on one hand then spends so much on a wreck of steel girders on the other.

Perhaps if they had launched the public art campaign at a time when they weren’t crying so very poor, people would be more accepting of the concept.


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