Conlon admits: No consultation over Cadell Ferry

Transport Minister Conlon revealed in an estimates hearing today that the Weatherill Labor Government did not undertake enough consultation with affected communities before deciding to close the Cadell Ferry service.

Transport Minister Conlon revealed in an estimates hearing today that the Weatherill Labor Government did not undertake enough consultation with affected communities before deciding to close the Cadell Ferry service.

In an extraordinary admission, Minister Conlon said:

“Can I say, I have discussed with my people that I do not think we did enough consultation with the locals...While I think consultation might have been better, the material difference it made is probably not large.”

Hansard, 20/6/2012

The admission is the latest in a sequence of Weatherill Labor Government “announce and defend” policies that make a mockery of the Premier’s commitment of a more “open and transparent government”.

“The Weatherill Labor Government can find $40 million for a footbridge to the $535 million Adelaide Oval, but has nothing for the people of Cadell,” Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said.

“Adding insult to the injury suffered by the Cadell community and the Riverland region is the fact that this decision was taken without consultation by a Government that trumpets its ‘open and transparent’ credentials.

“Just as saying is different to doing, telling is different to consulting.

“Perhaps if the Weatherill Labor Government had taken the time to consult with the people impacted by its decision, it would have realised that the relatively small budget saving was not worth the near destruction of a rural community.

“The failure of this Government to consult, and then axe a service vital to the well-being of a small community, demonstrates that not only is the Weatherill Labor Government out of touch with South Australians, but shows no desire to connect with the people it is charged to serve,” Mr Whetstone said.

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