Two weeks ago blowhard Norman complained bitterly that there was "no business case" for the project. Mayor Schier on that Friday set the record straight for both Norman and John MacKenzie - an extensive business case prepared by council staff with the assistance of a large number of residents has been available on the council website for months. Reports that she tried to shove it up MacKenzie's nose are incorrect - however it's still likely that Macca hasn't even cracked the thing open to give it a read.
Today Norman complained that a "new $5 Million business case" was being funded by the state government and council, and he intimated that this was an obscene amount of money to be spent on this documentation. However again Vice Mayor Cochrane advised last Friday that this money wasn't for a business case, but in fact a full evaluation of the building design, resulting in a final, costed project design.
Cochrane in fact did a terrific job of outlining the decision-making procedure at council, and specifically pointing out that it wasn't council's job to put every decision to a referendum. Councillors are elected to make decisions, and the ones with backbone make the best long-term decision for the community. She also noted again that the "volcano" proposal was only an initial suggestion, and that a full design brief would be developed with the seed money being tipped in by state and federal governments.
MacKenzie's continued reference to the "Val-cano" is designed just to stir up the hillbilly element in the community. Another example of his divisive nature, used only for his sleazy self-promotion.
Is Bob Norman deaf? Or is his selection of facts designed only to build some kind of flimsy platform on which he can satisfy his political ambitions?
Norman then alluded to a secret cabal being manipulated by the Port Authority who were the real proponents of the Performing Arts Centre. He refused to say more saying he "didn't want to let the cat out of the bag".
That's not a cat, Bob. That's just cat shit. You've got bagloads of it.