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Parliamentary scrutiny not positive for Immigration Bridge

By johnboy 29 May 2009 26

Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on National Capital and External Territories has released the report of its inquiry into the controversial immigration bridge proposal.

    The committee made three recommendations which if implemented will improve aspects of the process. First, the IBA [Immigration Bridge Australia] in improving its transparency and accountability should clarify its refund policy and make its financial documents available on its website.

    The committee also recommends that if the proposal proceeds and the bridge is ceded to the Commonwealth, the government should ensure that agreement to receive the bridge is met by increased government funding to the NCA to manage its ongoing maintenance.

    The final recommendation encourages the IBA to reconcile competing issues relating to Lake users and the vista and heritage values of the Lake and its foreshores. If the IBA finds that this challenge cannot be met or its development application for the proposed bridge is unsuccessful then the IBA should consider changing the location of the bridge or propose an alternative memorial to migration.

For a proposal by a private company calling for public subscriptions and lacking planning approval it’s certainly running a lot of TV advertising.

To my reading that final recommendation is bad news for the proposal as the sailing community is going to be very hard to please at the proposed location, a problem we flagged at the very start of the process.

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Cobrico 1:33 pm 30 May 09

Canberra is becoming a dumping ground for mausoleums. It’s time we share some — not the good ones — with other regional cities. So we should offer the immigration bridge to Rockhampton, Albany, Warrnambool and Launceston.

Thumper 12:06 pm 30 May 09

I wish to make a SIEV36 memorial. I wonder if I can tack it onto the bridge?

I will add my support to the scrapping of this stupid, brain-damaged idea. It’s a waste of money, looks like shit, wrecks the view, spoils the lake for sailors and generally sucks in every possible way.

Thumper 9:06 am 30 May 09

Ah, nope…

BerraBoy68 1:32 am 30 May 09

Thumper said :

There’s an immigration wall at Darling harbour, I do believe…

Roger that. At $20 p/person you can have mum and dad and any Thumper siblings immortalised, Thumper.

kobez_outlaw 11:58 pm 29 May 09

Yeah this thing is gross and money very poorly spent. They could at least spend the money on something that is going to see profit or attract tourists. Not this peice of hippy crap.

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