- 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.