The Bairnsdale Advertiser of 11 July 2011 has reported on another East Gippsland Shire Council debate (5 July 2011) on Bastion Point. This debate was sparked by concerns with the EGSC-commissioned Buchan Consultant’s economic report: Councillor Mendy Urie raised the issue as a matter of good governance; Cr Bill Gamble described the Buchan report as both ‘misleading and inaccurate.’ See article here.
The Buchan report has already undergone two revisions, with one revision fixing a mathematical mistake that saw the report (as used in funding applications to the previous government) overstating benefits by $2.8 million per annum, or $56 million over a 20 year period. See Council Admits Economics Flawed.
Earlier this year, SBPC sent 14 questions to Council regarding the November 2010 revision of the bungled report. We believe that the latest Council debate may have been initiated as a result of Buchan Consultant’s responses to these questions and others questions raised by Mallacoota residents.
Council CEO Steve Kozlowski briefed Councillors on the Buchan issue on 7 June 2011. We have yet to receive any of the documents discussed.
The Bairnsdale Advertiser also reported on comments made by Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, on the government’s current examination of the SBPC alternative: Study on existing boat ramp upgrade.