Editorial May 7th 2021

Welcome to this week’s editorial, Just imagine that you were going to buy a new car. The family were all asked what they would like and the suggestions came thick and fast requesting Bluetooth, DVD screens in the back, a five door that provided comfort, separation and space for the dog after it had been to the beach. Some of the suggestions made sense and some were clearly outside the budget and the brief of “What is a family car?” In the end it was agreed that the new family car should suit the exact needs of your family. What followed was a list of the requirements. In this case the driver and passenger were average Australians average height and average weight. Being that these averages verge on taller, and heavier, a small car with restricted leg room and head room was out of the question. The old car had both leg room and headroom for everyone and it was agreed the new car should have the same. Discussion then centred around the bells and whistles. These were restrained by budget and how much was in the bank. It was voiced that there shouldn’t be a loan because it would have to be serviced and that would impinge on the many other things the family needed by way of new existing and unexpected expenses. It was agreed that it was best to stay in budget. “But what if we had a seven seater for friends of the kids, warmed driver and passenger seats, DVD players in in the headrests, Bluetooth sound system, a GPS, a bull bar and roof racks”. The answer came back that those things were nice but outside of the budget. What was required was a practical and affordable family car. The day of the new car arrived and the family watched it come down the street. It was a bright red and white, two door convertible with white wall tyres. The car was an antique that had nothing other than an old radio, quarter windows for air-conditioning and the tightest of squeezes behind its skinny front seats that might allow room for one child and a small dog. The family were astonished to learn that it cost considerably more than their budget, ran only on Premium fuel, was a manual rather than automatic and had doors that worked half the time requiring one to leap in and out. “But what about what we asked for? What about the budget? How will we be able to afford to run this? It is too small. It might be fun for a little while but the charm will wear off. Didn’t you do all the sums before you bought this? You didn’t buy this for the family, you bought this for YOU !! One might draw a parallel between the story above and the new Batemans Bay pool. The pool is small, the heated pool is shallow, and the learn to swim pool is very shallow. The theatre is small, much smaller than agreed to, but the gymnasium, that no one said they wanted is enormous. Like the new car the budget has been blown sky high and like the new car, the pool running costs are huge. Having spent so much on the pool we, like the family, will learn what we will go without. That hasn’t been revealed yet but it will soon be apparent as the next budget is determined. While the new car looks pretty nice the family all decided it wasn’t actually fit for purpose and after a few trips grew tired of it. The car became known for its red and white theme and was called the Big Pavlova, being light, fluffy and of little substance that failed to deliver anything other than sugary promises. Will the new Batemans Bay pool, currently under extreme scrutiny, share such a fate? Until next—lei

Above: The Big Pavlova, affectionately called The Pav

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