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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Missing on the money

It could be seen as a Sin of Omission. But whatever the regard, it was an odd oversight.

Our morning newspaper reported the latest phase in the restoration of Hobart’s St David’s Anglican Cathedral, with work done in the church cloisters. And with this the last major part of the cathedral complex had been completed, according to the cathedral’s website.

But it was the Mercury report that was puzzling. It noted that the $3.8 million renovations had been funded by the St David’s Cathedral Foundation “as well as donations from a number of local and federal institutions including the Hobart City Council”.

In that, but not specifically acknowledged, was the major contribution made by the State Government – to the tune of a $1.5m donation, which came back in early 2008 when the then Premier, Paul Lennon, kickstarted a public appeal for the restoration.

Then there was a Federal contribution, by way of a $1.8m grant via the National Trust. The City Council weighed in with $300,000, so, all up, much of the restoration money seems to have come from these sources.

Taxpayers and ratepayers like to know how their money is being spent, particularly in these difficult economic times, and if it’s in such a cause as our cathedral’s renewal, then the outlay should be suitably acknowledged – in print.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Trevor K

    August 23, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Rather the church – all religious organisations – looked after itself and stopped taking tax payers money for their schools and – I can hardly believe – their churches!!

    Do they send people out for the last rites when people die on the hospital waiting list?

  2. Sam

    August 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    And the issue is?? Oh its a church therefore bad. Rather my rates my money went to restoring this than fund rubbish like “Sustainability Tasmanian Market” or “Refugee action week”

  3. Philip Lowe

    August 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Hobart City Council has an Apartheid system for the busking at Salamanca Market.Ask me how I know plea

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