City Bureaucrats paid bonus for fixing their own mistakes

The Herald Sun is reporting that the City of Melbourne has paid over $170,000 bonus payments to the top five – this payment is on top of the lurks and perks that the City Council bureaucrats claim on a regular basis. Free car parking, petrol, use of executive cars, free booze and overseas trips. These are the same bureaucrats that caused the blow out in council expenditure and now they are been paid a bonus for fixing their mistakes. The truth is that the Council pays out this “optional” bonus payment without any real assessment of valuation of merit. The bonus was paid to Council staff who oversaw the corrupt management practices and budget blow outs. Even if they get it wrong they still get the full bonus payments. It is designer job in the city Council.

We also understand that the City Council employed former City Councillor, Kate Redwood at the recommendation and request of Catherine NG. Questions are being asked as to the legality of the employment contract and the possibility that Ms Redwood may have to repay the City Council the money she has been paid in compensation. Under the terms of the Local Government Act a City Council is not allowed to employ directly or indirectly a former city Councillor within two years of them ceasing to be a councillor. We understand that the Ombudsman and Auditor General Department has been asked to investigate the employment contract and to review the Council’s appointment of Ms Redwood. If it turns out that the council has in fact acted illegally then those responsible should be held accountable, Catherine NG may have compromised the City Council in what is seen as a possible sweet heart illegal contract.

Council razor gang reaps reward
Ian Royall January 23, 2008 12:00am

FIVE Melbourne City Council bureaucrats who oversaw job losses and budget cuts last year have shared annual bonuses of more than $170,000.

The Herald Sun can reveal five department directors pocketed an average $34,000 each on top of their annual salary package of up to $272,000.

It angered unions and prompted calls for Lord Mayor John So to act.

It comes after dozens of executives at Town Hall received a 4.3 per cent pay rise three months ago.

Former chief executive David Pitchford won a $46,800 golden handshake when he left last month for a job in Dubai.

Documents seen by the Herald Sun under Freedom of Information laws show the directors received $170,757 in so-called “at-risk performance component”.

Each director can get up to 20 per cent of their salary in an annual bonus.

How much each one received was kept secret.

The five to accept the bonuses were sustainability and regulatory services director Geoff Lawler, design head Rob Adams, finance director Scott Chapman, corporate services boss Martin Cutter and community and culture director Linda Weatherson.

Mr Lawler is also acting chief executive until Mr Pitchford is replaced.

Cr So said the chief executive had responsibility for the payments.

“The chief executive determines annual director performance bonuses in strict accordance with their employment contracts,” he said.

But Cr Peter Clarke has accused Cr So of “simply letting the managers please themselves”.

“I could well understand why people are unhappy at being sacked at the same time as people are getting paid extra for doing the sacking,” Cr Clarke said.

Mr Lawler said directors’ bonuses were considered “at risk”.

“They are not guaranteed, and are carefully weighted against performance on an annual basis by the chief executive,” he said.

Mr Pitchford approved the bonuses in November just weeks before he left.

Last year, more than 100 staff left the council and budgets were slashed.

Australian Services Union state branch secretary Brian Parkinson said: “Staff morale in the organisation is not good and this highlights how the upper echelons are just looking after themselves.”

Mr Parkinson said the $170,000, equal to the salary of three or four workers, could have been used on services such as child care that had been cut in the past 12 months.

Former lord mayor Kevin Chamberlin said the rewards were ludicrous.

“Hard-working staff have had their lives destroyed, yet the directors get these pay bonuses,” Mr Chamberlin said.

“The standard of governance is at an all-time low.

“How can the directors get this money when the municipality essentially went backwards?”

City Bureaucrats paid bonus for fixing their own mistakes

The Herald Sun is reporting that the City of Melbourne has paid over $170,000 bonus payments to the top five – this payment is on top of the lurks and perks that the City Council bureaucrats claim on a regular basis. Free car parking, petrol, use of executive cars, free booze and overseas trips. These are the same bureaucrats that caused the blow out in council expenditure and now they are been paid a bonus for fixing their mistakes. The truth is that the Council pays out this “optional” bonus payment without any real assessment of valuation of merit. The bonus was paid to Council staff who oversaw the corrupt management practices and budget blow outs. Even if they get it wrong they still get the full bonus payments. It is designer job in the city Council.

We also understand that the City Council employed former City Councillor, Kate Redwood at the recommendation and request of Catherine NG. Questions are being asked as to the legality of the employment contract and the possibility that Ms Redwood may have to repay the City Council the money she has been paid in compensation. Under the terms of the Local Government Act a City Council is not allowed to employ directly or indirectly a former city Councillor within two years of them ceasing to be a councillor. We understand that the Ombudsman and Auditor General Department has been asked to investigate the employment contract and to review the Council’s appointment of Ms Redwood. If it turns out that the council has in fact acted illegally then those responsible should be held accountable, Catherine NG may have compromised the City Council in what is seen as a possible sweet heart illegal contract.

Council razor gang reaps reward
Ian Royall January 23, 2008 12:00am

FIVE Melbourne City Council bureaucrats who oversaw job losses and budget cuts last year have shared annual bonuses of more than $170,000.

The Herald Sun can reveal five department directors pocketed an average $34,000 each on top of their annual salary package of up to $272,000.

It angered unions and prompted calls for Lord Mayor John So to act.

It comes after dozens of executives at Town Hall received a 4.3 per cent pay rise three months ago.

Former chief executive David Pitchford won a $46,800 golden handshake when he left last month for a job in Dubai.

Documents seen by the Herald Sun under Freedom of Information laws show the directors received $170,757 in so-called “at-risk performance component”.

Each director can get up to 20 per cent of their salary in an annual bonus.

How much each one received was kept secret.

The five to accept the bonuses were sustainability and regulatory services director Geoff Lawler, design head Rob Adams, finance director Scott Chapman, corporate services boss Martin Cutter and community and culture director Linda Weatherson.

Mr Lawler is also acting chief executive until Mr Pitchford is replaced.

Cr So said the chief executive had responsibility for the payments.

“The chief executive determines annual director performance bonuses in strict accordance with their employment contracts,” he said.

But Cr Peter Clarke has accused Cr So of “simply letting the managers please themselves”.

“I could well understand why people are unhappy at being sacked at the same time as people are getting paid extra for doing the sacking,” Cr Clarke said.

Mr Lawler said directors’ bonuses were considered “at risk”.

“They are not guaranteed, and are carefully weighted against performance on an annual basis by the chief executive,” he said.

Mr Pitchford approved the bonuses in November just weeks before he left.

Last year, more than 100 staff left the council and budgets were slashed.

Australian Services Union state branch secretary Brian Parkinson said: “Staff morale in the organisation is not good and this highlights how the upper echelons are just looking after themselves.”

Mr Parkinson said the $170,000, equal to the salary of three or four workers, could have been used on services such as child care that had been cut in the past 12 months.

Former lord mayor Kevin Chamberlin said the rewards were ludicrous.

“Hard-working staff have had their lives destroyed, yet the directors get these pay bonuses,” Mr Chamberlin said.

“The standard of governance is at an all-time low.

“How can the directors get this money when the municipality essentially went backwards?”

City Bureaucrats paid bonus for fixing their own mistakes

The Herald Sun is reporting that the City of Melbourne has paid over $170,000 bonus payments to the top five – this payment is on top of the lurks and perks that the City Council bureaucrats claim on a regular basis. Free car parking, petrol, use of executive cars, free booze and overseas trips. These are the same bureaucrats that caused the blow out in council expenditure and now they are been paid a bonus for fixing their mistakes. The truth is that the Council pays out this “optional” bonus payment without any real assessment of valuation of merit. The bonus was paid to Council staff who oversaw the corrupt management practices and budget blow outs. Even if they get it wrong they still get the full bonus payments. It is designer job in the city Council.

We also understand that the City Council employed former City Councillor, Kate Redwood at the recommendation and request of Catherine NG. Questions are being asked as to the legality of the employment contract and the possibility that Ms Redwood may have to repay the City Council the money she has been paid in compensation. Under the terms of the Local Government Act a City Council is not allowed to employ directly or indirectly a former city Councillor within two years of them ceasing to be a councillor. We understand that the Ombudsman and Auditor General Department has been asked to investigate the employment contract and to review the Council’s appointment of Ms Redwood. If it turns out that the council has in fact acted illegally then those responsible should be held accountable, Catherine NG may have compromised the City Council in what is seen as a possible sweet heart illegal contract.

Council razor gang reaps reward
Ian Royall January 23, 2008 12:00am

FIVE Melbourne City Council bureaucrats who oversaw job losses and budget cuts last year have shared annual bonuses of more than $170,000.

The Herald Sun can reveal five department directors pocketed an average $34,000 each on top of their annual salary package of up to $272,000.

It angered unions and prompted calls for Lord Mayor John So to act.

It comes after dozens of executives at Town Hall received a 4.3 per cent pay rise three months ago.

Former chief executive David Pitchford won a $46,800 golden handshake when he left last month for a job in Dubai.

Documents seen by the Herald Sun under Freedom of Information laws show the directors received $170,757 in so-called “at-risk performance component”.

Each director can get up to 20 per cent of their salary in an annual bonus.

How much each one received was kept secret.

The five to accept the bonuses were sustainability and regulatory services director Geoff Lawler, design head Rob Adams, finance director Scott Chapman, corporate services boss Martin Cutter and community and culture director Linda Weatherson.

Mr Lawler is also acting chief executive until Mr Pitchford is replaced.

Cr So said the chief executive had responsibility for the payments.

“The chief executive determines annual director performance bonuses in strict accordance with their employment contracts,” he said.

But Cr Peter Clarke has accused Cr So of “simply letting the managers please themselves”.

“I could well understand why people are unhappy at being sacked at the same time as people are getting paid extra for doing the sacking,” Cr Clarke said.

Mr Lawler said directors’ bonuses were considered “at risk”.

“They are not guaranteed, and are carefully weighted against performance on an annual basis by the chief executive,” he said.

Mr Pitchford approved the bonuses in November just weeks before he left.

Last year, more than 100 staff left the council and budgets were slashed.

Australian Services Union state branch secretary Brian Parkinson said: “Staff morale in the organisation is not good and this highlights how the upper echelons are just looking after themselves.”

Mr Parkinson said the $170,000, equal to the salary of three or four workers, could have been used on services such as child care that had been cut in the past 12 months.

Former lord mayor Kevin Chamberlin said the rewards were ludicrous.

“Hard-working staff have had their lives destroyed, yet the directors get these pay bonuses,” Mr Chamberlin said.

“The standard of governance is at an all-time low.

“How can the directors get this money when the municipality essentially went backwards?”

City Council splurge on Games Ratepayers continue to foot the bill as the full expenses are hidden from public view

Melbourne City Council spends up big on the Commonwealth Games. The Herald-Sun today reports that the City Councillors will spend in excess of $170,000.00 on Commonwealth Games tickets. And that is just the tip of the Ice Berg.

Herald Sun: Ratepayers foot Commonwealth Games splurge bill [31jan06] by Jen Kelly

The City Council has spent much much more overall, most of the expenditure has been hidden away under creative accounting and other budget items. The previous two Councils had spent 100’s of thousands of dollars visiting the Sydney Olympics, Junkets to Manchester – London and the like all in the name of the Games.

Part-time Labor Councillor Kate Redwood (Yes the same Kate Redwood elected on the back of McClowns push for the top job). Kate spent over $20,000.00 on a five day visit/junket to Manchester in 2003. To what benefit? Kate was not directly involved in the planning or organisation of the event and has little to no experience, knowledge and skills in sports/event planning.

The concerns expressed by Cr Ng are highly dubious if not deceitful. Surely Ng knew about these expenses before today? If not she should have. She comes out and expresses concern about the level of unbudgeted expenditure only after the Herald-Sun catches them out.

Council expenses, which are due to be published today, are all funded by a bottomless pit of contingent funding from consolidated revenue. We have constantly requested the council provide a budget for Councilor expenses but they never release this information Why?. Because they do not have a budget preferring instead to just pay the cost as and when they occur. No constraints, no financial management and no responsibility.

We challenge and call on the City Council to provide a full detailed account of Games related expenditure so that ratepayers can be informed of the full cost benefits to the City in hosting this two week event.

Game on

Update: For more information and review see Andrew Landeryou’s Blog for Freedom article on Cr Ng “Snouts in the trough”

City Council splurge on Games Ratepayers continue to foot the bill as the full expenses are hidden from public view

Melbourne City Council spends up big on the Commonwealth Games. The Herald-Sun today reports that the City Councillors will spend in excess of $170,000.00 on Commonwealth Games tickets. And that is just the tip of the Ice Berg.

Herald Sun: Ratepayers foot Commonwealth Games splurge bill [31jan06] by Jen Kelly

The City Council has spent much much more overall, most of the expenditure has been hidden away under creative accounting and other budget items. The previous two Councils had spent 100’s of thousands of dollars visiting the Sydney Olympics, Junkets to Manchester – London and the like all in the name of the Games.

Part-time Labor Councillor Kate Redwood (Yes the same Kate Redwood elected on the back of McClowns push for the top job). Kate spent over $20,000.00 on a five day visit/junket to Manchester in 2003. To what benefit? Kate was not directly involved in the planning or organisation of the event and has little to no experience, knowledge and skills in sports/event planning.

The concerns expressed by Cr Ng are highly dubious if not deceitful. Surely Ng knew about these expenses before today? If not she should have. She comes out and expresses concern about the level of unbudgeted expenditure only after the Herald-Sun catches them out.

Council expenses, which are due to be published today, are all funded by a bottomless pit of contingent funding from consolidated revenue. We have constantly requested the council provide a budget for Councilor expenses but they never release this information Why?. Because they do not have a budget preferring instead to just pay the cost as and when they occur. No constraints, no financial management and no responsibility.

We challenge and call on the City Council to provide a full detailed account of Games related expenditure so that ratepayers can be informed of the full cost benefits to the City in hosting this two week event.

Game on

Update: For more information and review see Andrew Landeryou’s Blog for Freedom article on Cr Ng “Snouts in the trough”

Empire Building City Council propose free tourist bus service to support fleeting Museum attendance. Residents’ needs left wanting

City of Melbourne will today decide what appears to be a given with the proposed establishment of a free Tourist bus service. The Council is being asked to fund a 40 seat bus shuttle service between Southbank/Crown Casino and Carlton.

The City of Melbourne have already spent/allocated $500,000.00 and plans to provide a further $750,000.00 ratepayer subsidy at the average cost of $85.00 per trip. (four trips per hour 6 hours a day 365 days a year)


Problems exist in that the free-shuttle service has a limited route and directly undercuts private tour operators who already service this sector and have invested a considerable amount of money in their business. Other cities around the world provide similar services but most are subsidised by the commercial sector. Establishments such as Crown Casino stand to benefit from such a service. The Museum, which was poorly located on the outskirts of the City (An issue that was identified when Jeff Kennett ignored community and professional advice and shifted the location of the Museum from Southbank to Carlton), are hopeful the free tourist service will revive its patronage – which is well below expectations. The proposed route is already serviced by the tram network although it is not direct and not free.

Insufficient information has been provided by the City Council as to the assessment of alternative proposals and we wonder if they were given due weight and consideration.

The City administration report recommending the establishment of the free bus service lists dubious statistical information based on the number of responses they received for and against the proposed project. On what basis the Council can give weight to the numeric analysis of the number of submission and respondents is beyond me, other then it gives an impression that the service has wide support and is worthwhile and viable, but is it?. Reliance on the statistical information of submissions would be foolish and adds little to the merits of the project. Issues of economics, viability and assessment of alternatives outweigh the self interests statistics of those who made a submission.

The City Council is not a good or efficient provider of services. In most cases they are empire building, expanding the management job market within the Council.

Let’s not forget the proposal, supported by former Councillor Kate Redwood, to establish mobility support/hire services for the disabled. The Redwood proposal was 3-4 times the cost of providing a similar service utilising infrastructure and services provided by existing community organisations such as Travellers Aid. Council should have considered more the submission made by former Lord Mayor Trevor Huggard. The council could have approached the Car Hire companies based in the City to asked for their support and assistance in providing this service to the public. Chances are hire companies would have offered their services free of charge as good corporate citizens, after all the provision electric wheel chairs is complementary the service they already provide. where they consulted?

The City Council should think twice before establishing a free tourist bus service.

Prediction: We expect that Council will soon find it need to put in significantly more funds and additional managerial services to oversee the provision of this service. The size of the buses will need to be reviewed with consideration given to the use of smaller buses that are better suited to manoeuvring though city traffic less city congestion. Operators will soon ask for more money. The proposed service in two to three years time will be closed down as it will be found to be economically unviable. The true cost of the project will not be disclosed as hidden costs will be allocated to other budgets and areas of expenditure. More money and limited resources wasted on ill-considered ideas designed to keep management busy.

Further consideration needs to be given, in preference to the proposed tourist shuttle, to the establishment of a mini-bus service linking East Melbourne, Carlton, Parkville and North Melbourne complementing and adding to the existing public transport connections currently available. This service could be run by private operators with a nominal fee per trip. It would significantly benefit residents of the East Melbourne, Carlton, Parkville and North Melbourne who currently have no access to cheap efficient public transport linking these areas, other then having to travel into the city centre and out again. Parkville in particular has limited public transport options available providing access to Carlton and North Melbourne shopping precincts.

Empire Building City Council propose free tourist bus service to support fleeting Museum attendance. Residents’ needs left wanting

City of Melbourne will today decide what appears to be a given with the proposed establishment of a free Tourist bus service. The Council is being asked to fund a 40 seat bus shuttle service between Southbank/Crown Casino and Carlton.

The City of Melbourne have already spent/allocated $500,000.00 and plans to provide a further $750,000.00 ratepayer subsidy at the average cost of $85.00 per trip. (four trips per hour 6 hours a day 365 days a year)


Problems exist in that the free-shuttle service has a limited route and directly undercuts private tour operators who already service this sector and have invested a considerable amount of money in their business. Other cities around the world provide similar services but most are subsidised by the commercial sector. Establishments such as Crown Casino stand to benefit from such a service. The Museum, which was poorly located on the outskirts of the City (An issue that was identified when Jeff Kennett ignored community and professional advice and shifted the location of the Museum from Southbank to Carlton), are hopeful the free tourist service will revive its patronage – which is well below expectations. The proposed route is already serviced by the tram network although it is not direct and not free.

Insufficient information has been provided by the City Council as to the assessment of alternative proposals and we wonder if they were given due weight and consideration.

The City administration report recommending the establishment of the free bus service lists dubious statistical information based on the number of responses they received for and against the proposed project. On what basis the Council can give weight to the numeric analysis of the number of submission and respondents is beyond me, other then it gives an impression that the service has wide support and is worthwhile and viable, but is it?. Reliance on the statistical information of submissions would be foolish and adds little to the merits of the project. Issues of economics, viability and assessment of alternatives outweigh the self interests statistics of those who made a submission.

The City Council is not a good or efficient provider of services. In most cases they are empire building, expanding the management job market within the Council.

Let’s not forget the proposal, supported by former Councillor Kate Redwood, to establish mobility support/hire services for the disabled. The Redwood proposal was 3-4 times the cost of providing a similar service utilising infrastructure and services provided by existing community organisations such as Travellers Aid. Council should have considered more the submission made by former Lord Mayor Trevor Huggard. The council could have approached the Car Hire companies based in the City to asked for their support and assistance in providing this service to the public. Chances are hire companies would have offered their services free of charge as good corporate citizens, after all the provision electric wheel chairs is complementary the service they already provide. where they consulted?

The City Council should think twice before establishing a free tourist bus service.

Prediction: We expect that Council will soon find it need to put in significantly more funds and additional managerial services to oversee the provision of this service. The size of the buses will need to be reviewed with consideration given to the use of smaller buses that are better suited to manoeuvring though city traffic less city congestion. Operators will soon ask for more money. The proposed service in two to three years time will be closed down as it will be found to be economically unviable. The true cost of the project will not be disclosed as hidden costs will be allocated to other budgets and areas of expenditure. More money and limited resources wasted on ill-considered ideas designed to keep management busy.

Further consideration needs to be given, in preference to the proposed tourist shuttle, to the establishment of a mini-bus service linking East Melbourne, Carlton, Parkville and North Melbourne complementing and adding to the existing public transport connections currently available. This service could be run by private operators with a nominal fee per trip. It would significantly benefit residents of the East Melbourne, Carlton, Parkville and North Melbourne who currently have no access to cheap efficient public transport linking these areas, other then having to travel into the city centre and out again. Parkville in particular has limited public transport options available providing access to Carlton and North Melbourne shopping precincts.

City Council splurge on Games Ratepayers continue to foot the bill as the full expenses are hidden from public view

Melbourne City Council spends up big on the Commonwealth Games. The Herald-Sun today reports that the City Councillors will spend in excess of $170,000.00 on Commonwealth Games tickets. And that is just the tip of the Ice Berg.

Herald Sun: Ratepayers foot Commonwealth Games splurge bill [31jan06] by Jen Kelly

The City Council has spent much much more overall, most of the expenditure has been hidden away under creative accounting and other budget items. The previous two Councils had spent 100’s of thousands of dollars visiting the Sydney Olympics, Junkets to Manchester – London and the like all in the name of the Games.

Part-time Labor Councillor Kate Redwood (Yes the same Kate Redwood elected on the back of McClowns push for the top job). Kate spent over $20,000.00 on a five day visit/junket to Manchester in 2003. To what benefit? Kate was not directly involved in the planning or organisation of the event and has little to no experience, knowledge and skills in sports/event planning.

The concerns expressed by Cr Ng are highly dubious if not deceitful. Surely Ng knew about these expenses before today? If not she should have. She comes out and expresses concern about the level of unbudgeted expenditure only after the Herald-Sun catches them out.

Council expenses, which are due to be published today, are all funded by a bottomless pit of contingent funding from consolidated revenue. We have constantly requested the council provide a budget for Councilor expenses but they never release this information Why?. Because they do not have a budget preferring instead to just pay the cost as and when they occur. No constraints, no financial management and no responsibility.

We challenge and call on the City Council to provide a full detailed account of Games related expenditure so that ratepayers can be informed of the full cost benefits to the City in hosting this two week event.

Game on

Update: For more information and review see Andrew Landeryou’s Blog for Freedom article on Cr Ng “Snouts in the trough”

Empire Building City Council propose free tourist bus service to support fleeting Museum attendance. Residents’ needs left wanting

City of Melbourne will today decide what appears to be a given with the proposed establishment of a free Tourist bus service. The Council is being asked to fund a 40 seat bus shuttle service between Southbank/Crown Casino and Carlton.

The City of Melbourne have already spent/allocated $500,000.00 and plans to provide a further $750,000.00 ratepayer subsidy at the average cost of $85.00 per trip. (four trips per hour 6 hours a day 365 days a year)


Problems exist in that the free-shuttle service has a limited route and directly undercuts private tour operators who already service this sector and have invested a considerable amount of money in their business. Other cities around the world provide similar services but most are subsidised by the commercial sector. Establishments such as Crown Casino stand to benefit from such a service. The Museum, which was poorly located on the outskirts of the City (An issue that was identified when Jeff Kennett ignored community and professional advice and shifted the location of the Museum from Southbank to Carlton), are hopeful the free tourist service will revive its patronage – which is well below expectations. The proposed route is already serviced by the tram network although it is not direct and not free.

Insufficient information has been provided by the City Council as to the assessment of alternative proposals and we wonder if they were given due weight and consideration.

The City administration report recommending the establishment of the free bus service lists dubious statistical information based on the number of responses they received for and against the proposed project. On what basis the Council can give weight to the numeric analysis of the number of submission and respondents is beyond me, other then it gives an impression that the service has wide support and is worthwhile and viable, but is it?. Reliance on the statistical information of submissions would be foolish and adds little to the merits of the project. Issues of economics, viability and assessment of alternatives outweigh the self interests statistics of those who made a submission.

The City Council is not a good or efficient provider of services. In most cases they are empire building, expanding the management job market within the Council.

Let’s not forget the proposal, supported by former Councillor Kate Redwood, to establish mobility support/hire services for the disabled. The Redwood proposal was 3-4 times the cost of providing a similar service utilising infrastructure and services provided by existing community organisations such as Travellers Aid. Council should have considered more the submission made by former Lord Mayor Trevor Huggard. The council could have approached the Car Hire companies based in the City to asked for their support and assistance in providing this service to the public. Chances are hire companies would have offered their services free of charge as good corporate citizens, after all the provision electric wheel chairs is complementary the service they already provide. where they consulted?

The City Council should think twice before establishing a free tourist bus service.

Prediction: We expect that Council will soon find it need to put in significantly more funds and additional managerial services to oversee the provision of this service. The size of the buses will need to be reviewed with consideration given to the use of smaller buses that are better suited to manoeuvring though city traffic less city congestion. Operators will soon ask for more money. The proposed service in two to three years time will be closed down as it will be found to be economically unviable. The true cost of the project will not be disclosed as hidden costs will be allocated to other budgets and areas of expenditure. More money and limited resources wasted on ill-considered ideas designed to keep management busy.

Further consideration needs to be given, in preference to the proposed tourist shuttle, to the establishment of a mini-bus service linking East Melbourne, Carlton, Parkville and North Melbourne complementing and adding to the existing public transport connections currently available. This service could be run by private operators with a nominal fee per trip. It would significantly benefit residents of the East Melbourne, Carlton, Parkville and North Melbourne who currently have no access to cheap efficient public transport linking these areas, other then having to travel into the city centre and out again. Parkville in particular has limited public transport options available providing access to Carlton and North Melbourne shopping precincts.