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The aquatic GDE?

By johnboy - 21 March 2012 16

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The Liberals’ Vicki Dunne is asking some hard questions about what’s going on at the Cotter Dam expanstion:

Today it has been revealed that $315.7 million has already been spent on the Cotter Dam, before the impacts of the March floods are even taken into account. ACT Shadow Nature Conservation and Water Minister Vicki Dunne said today that the dam has now secured its place alongside the Gungahlin Drive Extension in ACT Labor’s infrastructure hall of shame.

“The Cotter Dam is now the aquatic GDE – half built and triple the cost,” Mrs Dunne said today.

“ACT Labor has tried to soften the ground for a budget blowout, blaming it in advance on the floods, but we now know beyond doubt that the floods are not to blame. The government has already spent $315.7 million of the allocated $363 million.

“With less than $50 million remaining, it is painfully clear that ACT Labor once again won’t deliver a major infrastructure project on budget, and they’ve known it for some time.

“One of the main reasons infrastructure delivery, such as the dam and the GDE, has failed is due to the short-term thinking of ACT Labor.

“The Canberra Liberals have a solution for this. Through our Infrastructure Canberra policy, we will develop a long term infrastructure strategy which takes into account prospective economic variables.

“It will be overseen by an independent Infrastructure Commissioner, supported by a board, to advise on developments for the long-term interests of Canberra.

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16 Responses to
The aquatic GDE?
housebound 7:08 am 22 Mar 12

This was on the news the other night. The Libs were blaming the ALP for not starting the dam sooner, so it would be finished before the drought broke.

Can anyone remember whether the Libs had a policy of building a dam that never got up – either when they were in power or afterwards?

They’re stretching it a bit to say anyone could have predicted the recent rains (the words ‘record breaking’ might give a hint), but I still wonder at how ACTEW found seismic technicians who couldn’t detect a bit of extra hard rock before starting blasting.

There’s a broader issue of risk management and planning that everyone is fairly quiet about.

Where are the Greens?

Aeek 11:17 pm 21 Mar 12

trevar said :

I would also vote for a policy of having an army of elves that poke slow-walking people in the back of the knee and tell them to hurry up.[/quote>

I was a walker but then I took a finger to the knee.

c_c 9:18 pm 21 Mar 12

“Through our Infrastructure Canberra policy, we will develop a long term infrastructure strategy which takes into account prospective economic variables.”

What, they’ll have a psychic, a magic 8 ball and a temporal singularity so they can be the see all, hear all, predict all saviours of infrastructure projects? What a croc.

They’re saying either:
a) they would never have built a much needed additional water supply, or
b) they would have massively inflated the budget in the first instance so from a PR perspective, there’s no blow outs, it either comes in on budget or without these unprecedented rain events way under budget.

All they’re saying is they would have packaged the exact same thing differently.

eily 7:26 pm 21 Mar 12

goggles13 said :

random said :

I am much more interested in voting Liberal, however, if the subtext is that they will be appointing an Infrastructure Commissioner with the magical power to control the weather. That’s just the sort of ambitious campaign promise we need to liven up politics in this town.

+2

it’s hard to be critical of the project as it has been delayed by something no one can control.

at least it hasn’t been built once, and then rebuilt to meet requirements. unlike the GDE.

Or the original dam.

Which was built early last century and then heightened some time in the fifties…so this could be seen as the third attempt.

gooterz 7:02 pm 21 Mar 12

random said :

I am much more interested in voting Liberal, however, if the subtext is that they will be appointing an Infrastructure Commissioner with the magical power to control the weather. That’s just the sort of ambitious campaign promise we need to liven up politics in this town.

I’m not sure even the libs could have predicted that we might have rain at any time in the year 2012.
Very unlucky for ACTEW that they built the dam in a year we had rain!

thatsnotme 6:54 pm 21 Mar 12

ACT Labor has tried to soften the ground for a budget blowout, blaming it in advance on the floods, but we now know beyond doubt that the floods are not to blame. The government has already spent $315.7 million of the allocated $363 million

Yep. Those floods – first rain we’ve had in years. Definitely no flooding rains before now. The old dam definitely didn’t flow over and wash away earthworks before now. Up until now, a ray of sunshine filled with fairy kisses has shone down on the dam construction site daily, and there are no excuses for the project to be over budget. And rainbows. The site’s been surrounded by rainbows – and double rainbows – constantly. Not from rain mind you – these are leprechaun rainbows. No excuses.

goggles13 6:51 pm 21 Mar 12

random said :

I am much more interested in voting Liberal, however, if the subtext is that they will be appointing an Infrastructure Commissioner with the magical power to control the weather. That’s just the sort of ambitious campaign promise we need to liven up politics in this town.

+2

it’s hard to be critical of the project as it has been delayed by something no one can control.

at least it hasn’t been built once, and then rebuilt to meet requirements. unlike the GDE.

Deref 5:20 pm 21 Mar 12

The Libs would have fixed it. They would have built the dam for $100.

And sent those goddam public school kids to work.

EvanJames 5:04 pm 21 Mar 12

Some poor bastard at Liberal HQ is busily writing down all those policy suggestions. what a sorry bunch of no-hopers they are. The trouble is, Sausage-face isn’t asking hard questions, she’s scoring some cheap points. Some hard questions would be good, about how the funds are allocated, what process there is to protect the taxpayers from rapacious contractors. Why do these project continually blow out? Can we appoint the airport as contract allocators and managers from now on?

p1 4:29 pm 21 Mar 12

trevar said :

random said :

I am much more interested in voting Liberal, however, if the subtext is that they will be appointing an Infrastructure Commissioner with the magical power to control the weather. That’s just the sort of ambitious campaign promise we need to liven up politics in this town.

+1

I would also vote for a policy of having an army of elves that poke slow-walking people in the back of the knee and tell them to hurry up.

The two best New Policy Proposal I have heard all year. Sadly, not the stupidest.

trevar 4:03 pm 21 Mar 12

random said :

I am much more interested in voting Liberal, however, if the subtext is that they will be appointing an Infrastructure Commissioner with the magical power to control the weather. That’s just the sort of ambitious campaign promise we need to liven up politics in this town.

+1

I would also vote for a policy of having an army of elves that poke slow-walking people in the back of the knee and tell them to hurry up.

random 3:38 pm 21 Mar 12

The dam isn’t something I care that much about, but my understanding was that the delays and cost overruns have pretty much all been the result of unexpected (and unpredictable events), like problems with the site that the surveys didn’t turn up, general rain delays, and of course the recent floods.

I am much more interested in voting Liberal, however, if the subtext is that they will be appointing an Infrastructure Commissioner with the magical power to control the weather. That’s just the sort of ambitious campaign promise we need to liven up politics in this town.

p1 3:19 pm 21 Mar 12

CitizenK said :

AGREE – And this is an ACTEW infrastructure project, not (directly) an ACT Government one. ACT Government has no say at all over budget or project management or costs for that matter.

If this were really an ACT gov operation, someone would have painted it green by now.

CitizenK 3:08 pm 21 Mar 12

verbalkint said :

Where did she ask the hard question? Seems like she stated some information and then started talking about her own policy.

The issue of the cost-to-date seems reasonable, but the rest of that post above is just pointless waffle.

AGREE – And this is an ACTEW infrastructure project, not (directly) an ACT Government one. ACT Government has no say at all over budget or project management or costs for that matter.

verbalkint 3:01 pm 21 Mar 12

Where did she ask the hard question? Seems like she stated some information and then started talking about her own policy.

The issue of the cost-to-date seems reasonable, but the rest of that post above is just pointless waffle.

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