The NT Government, widely regarded as being bankrupt, has just spent $2m demolishing the Anzac Highschool (the photo shows the empty site). Minister Uibo announces she will now "invest" $5.2m "in specialist infrastructure to help support NT students with additional needs to reach their full potential". That was one of the functions of Anzac High. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
“Clearly, we think the Anzac Oval site is the best site for the national indigenous art gallery project,” says Minister Dale Wakefield. She was speaking at the launch of a youth action plan at the St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre this morning. Students cooked lunch for the function. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
"Even by today’s standards, opening a place of this magnitude would be a major ribbon cutting ceremony. Demolition is the height of ignorance and stupidity, a shocking, staggering waste of money and resources," writes MIKE GILLAM.
Two historic buildings containing asbestos – Chapman House at Pitchi Ritchi and and the Seven Mile Aerodrome have received public money for restoration. The old Anzac High School has not. All have asbestos. The NT Government has not given any coherent reasons for this, including to the Independent Commission Against Corruption. Analysis by ALEX NELSON.
"It is critically important that the executive officers bring rigour to the role that they perform so that we, for example, can see a trail of decision making, matters documented, and the like," ICAC boss Ken Fleming told ABC Radio about the process leading to the decision by Minister Eva Lawler to proceed with the demolition of the historic school (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.
The demolition of Anzac High School (pictured) will continue, says Minister Eva Lawler, the Minister responsible for the Department of Infrastructure, Planning & Logistics (DIPL). In reply to a shock statement from the ICAC yesterday she says getting a report on the refurbishment of the historic building "would have been a waste to taxpayers’ money". ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE Friday 7.40am: Save Anzac High campaigner David Hewitt says he inspected the school last night and found no signs that the removal of asbestos had started, as claimed by Minister Lawler.
The ICAC finds the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics let a $2m tender to demolish the Anzac Hill High School despite a report that it was “good condition” with “no sign of deterioration in any of the external walls, floors, pylons, or concrete stairs”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.