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Lego cost was money well spent: Council

Thursday, 6th September, 2012

The Lego Forest installation at the Living Desert in July. The Lego Forest installation at the Living Desert in July.

City Council says the $10,000 it paid to keep the Lego Forest installation at the Living Desert for 10 days in July was money well spent.

The installation gave Broken Hill a "multimillion dollar boost" through the widespread publicity it generated, according to Council.

"There has been an amazing return on the investment ... and a credit to the staff at the Living Desert and the local volunteers who helped make the Lego Forest such a success, Manager Economic Development, Andrea Roberts, said in a statement.

Mayoral candidates questioned

Wednesday, 5th September, 2012

Wincen Cuy Wincen Cuy

In the lead-up to Saturday's Council elections, the BDT is running interviews with the city's mayoral candidates over the next few days.

The questions cover a range of topics and have been answered by Mayor Wincen Cuy, and councillors Darriea Turley and John Groenendijk.

We start with Mayor Wincen Cuy.

Q: What should be done with the film studios? Do you still support the project?

A: I fully support the ongoing development of the film studios. I pledge to continue to work as hard as I can to make the city's investment
a success for future generations.

Voters beat the rush

Wednesday, 5th September, 2012

Election candidates handing out ‘How to vote’ fliers yesterday at the pre-poll office. Election candidates handing out ‘How to vote’ fliers yesterday at the pre-poll office.

By Erica Visser

Around 3,500 people are expected to cast their vote before the official City Council election day on Saturday.

The pre-poll voting has been open for over a week and Returning Officer, Darren Flowers, said that the office had been overwhelmed by voters wanting to get in early.

As of yesterday morning, 1900 people had voted, a figure which exceeded the Sydney office's prediction.

Outsourcing idea "significantly flawed"

Wednesday, 5th September, 2012

Tom Kennedy Tom Kennedy

By Kurtis J Eichler

Jobs could be axed and money wasted if City Council outsourced management of facilities, a councillor has claimed.

Yesterday the BDT revealed Councillor John Groenendijk's plan to outsource the running of the Civic Centre, Airport, Visitors Information Centre, the Albert Kersten Mining and Mineral Museum and the Film Studio.

He said this would save a cash-strapped Council $4 million and Council wouldn't lose ownership of the sites.

Man with a plan

Tuesday, 4th September, 2012

John Groenendijk John Groenendijk

By Kurtis J Eichler

Outsourcing management of the Civic Centre and the Airport could be the secret to City Council's financial success, according to mayoral contender John Groenendijk.

Councillor Groenendijk says outsourcing "huge expenses" such as the Film Studio, Civic Centre, The Albert Kersten Mining and Mineral Museum, the Airport and the Visitors Information Centre to specialist operators could save a cash-strapped Council $4 million.

"It doesn't mean Council will sell these or lose control; ownership will be retained by Council but the operations and management will be outsourced," he said yesterday.

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