Cleaning up the story

VICTORIA BROWN of Esperance writes:

I can’t resist commenting on the front page story of the Esperance Express on Wednesday 17th October, ‘Push to save truck wash’. The ‘push’ was a pushover.

Government funding for the truck wash was OK’d some weeks ago and was waiting to be cleared by Cabinet prior to an official announcement by Minister Redman.

The story reads as if the National’s candidate for Eyre, Colin de Grussa, has been earnestly working on the truck wash issue with Minister Redman as recently as Friday October 12th to secure funding, saying he ‘urged him to find a permanent solution’. What nonsense! The ‘urgent solution’ he claims to seek and call for had already been found.

Finding a solution to this issue has been a joint effort by several groups in the community, including the Myrup Truck Wash Working Committee, Shire staff and Councillors, local politicians Graham Jacobs MLA and Wendy Duncan MLC, ASHEEP, DAFWA and the local livestock transport industry. Dr Jacobs aired a grievance in Parliament in March this year, and Shire Councillors lobbied Minister Redman at a dinner in Esperance in April. Lobbying has been going on by many dedicated parties for well over a year to solve this problem.  The National candidate for Eyre has joined in at the end of a long haul by others.

This is surely a ruse to give the impression his final ‘push’ has helped obtain funding for the truck wash, as I am sure your paper will carry the story of last Friday’s official funding announcement. Of course he was ‘optimistic of a positive outcome’. It had already been found, as he and several others had been aware of for some time! The official announcement was a formality expertly executed by politicians to take place at the Esperance Agricultural Show, and I am absolutely delighted by this result. Congratulations to all involved. It is a fantastic outcome.

Credit where credit is due. This funding has been obtained through the long-term efforts and tenacity of many people. Smacks of ‘smoke and mirrors’ to me. There must be an election in the air …

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