|"BUY LOCAL" BRIDGE PROVES|
TO BE POOR ECONOMY
But Manning pushed forward to have bridges for the Southern Cycleway fabricated by a Cairns contractor.
This week, one of these bridges was torched and made inoperative. Vandalism on the south side of the city is known to be rampant, and two of these bridges are in secluded areas inaccessible to police patrols.
But the ignorance shown by Bob Manning and his "buy-local" policies are now costing ratepayers plenty. Engineers have discovered structural damage to the bridge due to the fire. The warped metal superstructure might be a write-off according to Council insiders - meaning the entire bridge will need to replaced. And this isn't the only dud bridge on the Southern Cycleway. It's only a matter of time. . .
|AEROGLEN BRIDGE - |
LOOKS LIKE THE DAY IT WAS NEW
The Aeroglen bridge? Cheaper, a better design, vandal-resistant, and with decking that can't be set alight. Councils right across Australia have been purchasing these quality-designed and made bridges along with other public infrastructure without issue. The vendor, Queensland-based Landmark, was dudded on these new bridges by Manning, despite their status as an Australian Local Government "Preferred Supplier". Perhaps the only shortcoming by them is the fact THEY haven't given political contributions to the Unity Team.
Is "buy-local" right if the costs are grossly overpriced and the quality is shit? Our Australian Navy didn't think so. Neither do we.
The Manning "buy-local" policy is the mistake that keeps on taking - from us, the ratepayers.