CONSULTANT documents reveal that Labor is considering spending $4.3 million on public art for the new government office block, says Opposition Leader Zed Seselja.
An ACT Government consultation report prepared by the Cox Group has recommended that one per cent of the total proposed budget for the $432 million Government office block be spent on public art to “enhance the character, functionality and amenity of the precinct in which it is located”.
“This is self indulgence at its highest,” Seselja claims.
“First we saw the revelations of an $11 million plush new Ministerial wing connected to the Legislative Assembly by a $2 million sky bridge, now there are plans for millions to be spent on art and all at a time when Canberrans are feeling the cost-of-living strain more than ever before.
“Instead of focusing on delivering core services and taking the cost burden off Canberra families, Katy Gallagher and her Government are planning grand office accommodation adorned with millions in public art.
“This is the single-biggest infrastructure project any ACT Government has ever entered into, bigger than the Cotter Dam and bigger than the Majura parkway. $4.3 million on public art shows just what ACT Labor’s top priorities are for Canberra taxpayer’s money.”