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Yarralumla nursery joins the list of territory owned businesses going to wrack and ruin

By johnboy 9 October 2012 22

The Canberra Times has a scathing critique of the failings at the Yarralumla nursery:

— the destruction of more than 133,000 plants and trees worth $1.5 million last financial year

— nutrient-rich water, which feeds algae blooms, was running off the property and into Lake Burley Griffin

— Only two of 28 heritage listed glasshouses in complete working order with 18 closed for safety reasons and an inquiry into an employee confirmed six breaches of the Public Sector Management Act leading to the staff member’s dismissal.

Also most of what they sell has not been grown on site which might well surprise their customers.

UPDATE: The ABC is carrying Chief Minister Gallagher’s confidence that “processes are in place” now. But if we’d asked her a year ago it’s hard to imagine she’d have said anything different.

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MarkG 12:59 am 10 Oct 12

133 000 plants lost is sad and shambolic. Taxpayers own this business, so claiming ‘commercial in confidence’ as grounds for secrecy is akin to a regular business denying information on profit and loss to its own shareholders. Proper transparency could have saved us all a lot of money here.

Also, the use of bland phrases like “couldn’t be donated”, unaccompanied by any form of explanation, should trigger alarm bells among those of us who’ve worked in or near the APS. It’s simply never a good sign.

“Processes” are being changed, purportedly. Hopefully we get a process for ending the misuse of ‘commercial in confidence’ to conceal information about public assets from the public.

Mark Gibbons
Pirate Party for Brindabella

bd84 11:53 pm 09 Oct 12

Another prime example why this town needs a change in government.

Here we have a government run enterprise which clearly has not been properly run, nor has there been anything close to adequate oversight by the head of the department involved by the looks of it. But here we have Katy running back onto the field going “oh it’s all good, there was a problem, but we fixed it now so it’s still all good and we don’t need to do anything” No accountability for anybody, just add it to the list of the hospital data scandal and Rhodium as another case of the finger pointing each way exercise..

I think the people demanding to know why the plants weren’t donated to schools etc. should read between the lines mentioned in the story and realised that the plants were diseased or had already been destroyed. It sounds like they wouldn’t have been much use for anyone.

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