Shadow Treasurer Ryan Park has accused the Berejiklian Government of continuing its reckless splurge on consultants after contract details revealed an external consultant was hired to develop a ‘strategic plan’ for the Office of Environment and Heritage.
That is despite the Department of Environment and Heritage employing 49 senior executives at a cost of $11 million per year to the taxpayer- Mr Park said developing a strategic plan should be a core function of the department.
The contract- worth over $361, 000- comes after the Liberal-National Government cut $121 million from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
An analysis of Crown Entity Financial Statements by the NSW Opposition revealed last week that the Berejiklian Government spent an extraordinary $75 million on bankers, lawyers, accountants, public relations experts and other consultants for work in privatising Port Botany, Port Kembla and Port of Newcastle.
Earlier this year, documents showed the Liberal-Nationals had thrown $20 million at consultants to sort out its stadium policy before it had even released the business cases for splurging $2.7 billion on the knock-down and rebuild of Sydney stadiums.
Mr Park accused the NSW Government of being forced to turn to the private sector, because it was out of ideas on how to properly run the state.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Treasurer Ryan Park
“Consultants, developers and the big end of town are continuing to line-up for a handout from the Berejiklian Government.
“It seems everyone except the people of NSW are benefiting from the cash being splashed about by the Liberal-National Government.
“The Berejiklian Government is hell-bent on selling off and outsourcing everything they can. This is a government which clearly has its priorities in the wrong order.”