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Consultation craziness.

July 13, 2015

Once upon a time…

and this, of course, is all just a fairy story. Or perhaps a nightmare. The choice is yours.

As I was saying, before I so rudely interrupted myself, once there was an inner-Adelaide  Council discussing the issue of a corner café’s bid for ratepayers’ aid to create an outdoor eatery just a few metres away from a busy main road. Wanting to gauge public opinion on the proposal, and the subsidiary issue of a donation of $25,ooo of public (ratepayers’) money to  the private venture, the aforesaid anonymous Council decided to conduct a very localised public consultation.

Lo and  behold,  the result was 12 “noes” and just four in support.

Confusion. Consternation in the pro-café camp.

Solution? Argue that no notice should be taken of the figures and the donation should proceed, as the  consultation result should be taken as being in favour of those who did not respond  and were therefore  conveniently assumed to be in the “yes” camp.. So the dozen who opposed the idea are over-ruled and the proposal gets the green light.

Monty Python come home. All is forgiven.

Maybe I am being just a leetle bit cynical. Partly because, while one pro-donationist  councillor  said that  footpath fodder would be a boost for local traders, the official spokesperson for the very  self-same traders’ organisation was actually listed amid the opposition dozen!!!

Work THAT one out.

Oh yes. And the final vote? Seven to three in favour of the project and the public’s enforced $25,000  benevolence.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Trevor permalink
    July 14, 2015 4:58 pm

    This really disappoints me.
    I believe that we have been let down by the Council.
    There was a commitment to consultation and when the numbers were on the wrong side, they simply ignored them – and went ahead to do what they always intended.
    Sad.

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  2. Giles permalink
    July 14, 2015 4:59 pm

    Shame, Unley, Shame.
    Why didn’t you listen to the other traders in the area?

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  3. Hui-Ling permalink
    July 14, 2015 5:07 pm

    It is a nice place for coffee and a catchup. However, I don’t support Unley Council’s decision to bankroll the road works. That amount could have been used to reduce rates.

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  4. Ian permalink
    July 14, 2015 5:08 pm

    maybe there should be an investigation to be sure that everything is above board

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    • Kilton permalink
      July 15, 2015 1:51 pm

      maybe the council could consult the community on this matter.
      then they would get the result they want.

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  5. Fung-Hui Wong permalink
    July 15, 2015 1:53 pm

    crazy decision. crazy council.
    they didnt listen to the people and other traders 😦

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