Dear Beagle Editor, It is with much hilarity that I read the article Situation normal: Mayor in today's Bay Post on-line news. The Bay Post couldn’t have chosen a better headline. Those of us old enough to have been around in 1975 and remember the fall of Saigon know all to well the expression Situation Normal.
Above: During the Vietnam War the term SNAFU meant Situation Normal, All F%$#&^ Up which often turned into TARFUN - Things Are Really F%$#&^ Up Now and then finally FUBAR which was the abbrev. for F%$#&^ Up Beyond All Recognition Barely controlled chaos has become Council’s Situation Normal
The Bay Post article has Cr Lindsay Brown rabbiting on saying that Council are engaging with the RMS “in a manner that will achieve the best result for the community”. “This isn’t what I pictured doing with the site at the time of purchase, but an opportunity has come up and I welcome it, while we go through the EOI process with the private sector.” Looks like the councillors have all been told to move their lips and repeat “lease period could be an opportunity for wider engagement with the long-term use of the site.”
Good to see Councillor Constable say “Community engagement has not been as accommodating as it could be for all people, and the lease period may create a pregnant pause for community engagement”. Might have been nice to have had the chance at that pregnant pause back in 2016 when Council bought the site for $2.7m without any public consultation.
Mayor Innes then tells the Bay Post that the council was obliged to support the RMS in any way possible. With all the crap and lies in the air and with the RMS originally proposing to use the Mackay Park area for its gear and office containers we reckon that the RMS (State Government) might be backscratching Council to get them out of the poo.
Ya gotta love Mate Jack Tait who has taken to letting cats out of the bag. He told the Bay Post “The building does need a lot of work and I believe there are clauses in the proposed lease with the RMS that they will be required to fix it up to use it – it’s my belief that the ratepayer will come out in front.” And there we were being told by Council that the building was uninhabitable, dangerous and beyond community use. Situation Normal indeed. Not too long to FUBAR. (R.M AATTV Phuoc Tuy) now Batehaven Name and address supplied