December 3, 2010

What a Waste

Photo by: Castielli
Near where my mother lives is a very old street which leads to the hospital and is quite busy. For many years, the islands in the middle of the street were filled with beautiful bougainvillea. It was always such a lovely sight when they were in bloom and so it was with some confusion a number of years ago, that we discovered the local council had removed every single bougainvillea plant from their beds.

The large traffic islands lay bare until the weeds began to grow and for several years, they lay untended, an ugly eyesore for visitors who often travel this road to gain access to the airport.

The residents simply could not understand why the bougainvillea were removed, and then the land left completely bare and ugly.

Just a few months ago, the council finally decided to do something about the bare traffic islands, and planted them again with lots of highly coloured plants. 

They planted MORE bougainvillea!

What a complete waste of time and money. What the heck was that all about? 

One hears tales of councils and governments wasting money, and here is a classic example. Doesn't the council have to justify how it spends its money? Frankly I think the townsfolk should demand that the employees responsible for this stuff-up should be paying for it out of their own pocket, don't you?

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