Alistair Coe is feeling vindicated today having discovered that the green paint being used to make on road cycle paths is ferociously expensive:
- One of the very Questions on Notice the Chief Minister lambasted as ‘frivolous’, has revealed it costs 14 times more to paint a green bike lane than the cost of the bitumen underneath, Alistair Coe, Shadow Minister for TAMS, said today.
The average cost of green lane marking is $100 per square metre. This is in stark contrast to the average cost of $6.76 per square metre for ‘chip seal’.
“Mr Stanhope anointed himself the ‘mayor of Canberra’ when he took over the TAMS portfolio after the last election. Unfortunately he seems to have trivialised his own Territory and Municipal responsibilities,” Mr Coe said.
“In a whingeing media release on the 10th June, the Chief Minister said the Opposition’s questions were nothing more than a ‘wild fishing expedition’ and were a ‘deliberate attempt to distract the Government and the public service from our real work’.
It did seem like a poorly judged example of frivolity from the Chief Minister at the time.