Observer/Zinc headlines May 22
THE fact is the adage "choked by bureaucracy" didn't come about purely by chance.
There was a good reason for it. It had become a habit, a predictable misgiving.
And here we are, in the thrust of an industry boom with the promise of wads of cash for our community and it's come down to that tired and pitiful excuse.
Why is there no money in the Gladstone Foundation kitty?
From where most of us are sitting, it's as simple as this: there is a bank account.
There is a promise of cash. So where's the problem?
Of course, there's an election to blame.
Goodness knows, nothing could possibly happen while we are in caretaker mode.
And while understandable to a degree, why does an entire tier of government essentially shut down for the duration of an election campaign when clearly there are insufficient planning mechanisms to assure bodies such as the Gladstone Foundation of what they're entitled to?
This foundation was formed almost 18 months ago.
It was a brand new day for infrastructure and service needs for the Gladstone region.
It held much promise.
It's being supported, for the most part, by the big-ticket LNG companies - that's the plan, at any rate.
But it seems even when the money is on the table, it has to go through myriad governmental swings and roundabouts before anyone can see the figure appear on the statement?
Why is it all so difficult?
Why is it that what should have been a simple transaction has become an intricate study in red tape?
Campbell Newman and the LNP stormed to power in Queensland on (among other things) a promise to streamline.
Well, let's see it.
We have a robust example of how this process should not operate. Let's now see how it should.