The Andrews Labor Government has been caught out misleading Victorians regarding the sham tender process that will jeopardise the future of one of Australia’s oldest and loved lighthouses.
This morning, Parks Victoria told the Jon Faine program that they had simply suspended its tender process, despite their written advice to the operators of the Cape Otway Lightstation that they had indeed cancelled the tender process:
“Parks Victoria has made the decision to withdraw the Cape Otway expression of interest (EOI) and terminate this EOI process and will be managing the Cape Otway Lightstation precinct directly.” (Parks Victoria, 16 May 2018)
The 170 year-old Cape Otway Lightstation, located alongside the Great Ocean Road, is Australia’s oldest mainland lighthouse, and welcomes numerous tourists and visitors each year.
By cancelling the tender process, Daniel Andrews is putting at risk 40 local jobs and a family-run business that has successfully managed and maintained the lighthouse for over 20 years.
“There are people’s livelihoods at stake here. Daniel Andrews decision to shut down this successful small business means others across Victoria operating on Parks Victoria land could also face closure.”