On Friday Zed Seselja wrote a media release, and last night he managed to get it online but it’s still worth taking a look at his take on the axed solar farm project:
The whole process to find a company to construct the solar farm in the ACT has cost taxpayers $384,306 since 2008/09. That’s over $200,000 on salaries, over $170,000 on consultants and over $8,000 on promotions and advertising – all for a project that was dumped by ACT Labor.
“ACT Labor is treating ACT taxpayers with contempt; spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on projects that inevitable don’t go ahead,” Zed said.
“This is another example of extreme waste by the Labor party who over a long time attempted to attract companies to bid for this project, only to scrap the idea in favour of the expansion of a highly inefficient feed-in-tariff scheme which is expected to cost Canberra families an additional $200 a year on their electricity bills.
“The project was heavily promoted as a Labor party election commitment and as part of the Labor and Greens agreement. The tender process had narrowed down potential companies to build the solar farm yet Simon Corbell dumped his party’s policy, with the Greens supporting this approach.
“Simon Corbell needs to answer why he was so carelessly thrown away almost $400,000 of taxpayer’s money on a project he didn’t end up completing.