Townsville, where huge government sums have been spent over the last ten years, found itself the recipient of a $100M commitment by Newman to build a THIRD stadium.
In the end, enough voters saw through the profligate spending plans and ousted these ratbags, and replaced them with - a different group of ratbags with the same core values.
Because at the end of the day, sadly this has what government has become - a giant piggybank that is broken open for any old crap. This is true at the local level as well. Bob "Sleepy" Manning ran on a platform of STOPPING the planned Entertainment Precinct and then did the unthinkable by giving back the promised money to be spent in Brisbane. He's then cheerfully forgotten about his promise to do SOMETHING to meet the arts needs in the community, instead getting his subservient council majority to rubberstamp a swimming pool that's in the wrong place, for a cool $25Million.
And twice yearly like clockwork, mums and dads line up at the council trough to get public money for their club, or sport field, or kid's team, or netball group, or. . . . It's the public's money, and the pollies dish it out like bowls of ice cream despite the level of need. A wink from your councillor, you're in! Why wait until tomorrow for something you want TODAY?
The Australian psyche is filled with this notion that the government should be making all the investments. This has even extended the long arm of government into our homes - we now EXPECT, indeed EXPECT that the government pay for our children's books and pencil boxes and uniforms for school. They're OUR kids - where is OUR investment in these simple things?
So we today honor the men and women members of the Marlin Coast Bowls Club in Trinity Beach. As anyone who's driven up the highway to the Northern Beaches will have noticed, the MCBC has erected a truly magnificent roof over their bowls area.
We understand an expenditure of almost $800K. With not one penny from the ratepayers or taxpayers anywhere.
Just hard-working (well they were, most retired now) Australians (and a sprinkling of Brits and others) who budgeted, saved their dollars, and put this roof over their club.
Keep in mind the MCBC has NO pokies. NO restaurant. Just a nice modest clubhouse and of course a bar where one can get a refreshment.
One senior member asked about their achievement modestly
|MCBC BEFORE THE NEW GROUNDS|
COVER WAS BUILT
On the day it opened, not one politician stopped by to congratulate the members for their achievement. I guess if they can't take the credit, they just don't give a shit. Because at the end of the day, that's what the money's for. Self-aggrandizing politicians.
Until the public stops playing this game and understands the consequences, we're going to continue to be hamsters in a wheel going from one group of over-promising ratbags to another.