Amid cries that it is too expensive and/or it has had its day, there is unrest from some over Unley hosting the TDU.
During budget deliberations, we heard cries from some in our community to abandon the TDU. Indeed (from memory) two councillors said the same. Some including the two councillors will be disappointed with the news it is going to happen.
Those same cries were not so apparent when we debated earlier in the year whether we should put another bid in or not. That is when the debate was needed to be had, not at budget time.
Curiously this happens every year. We agree to put in a bid. Then at budget time we debate if we should change that decision.
With the announcement imminent of who has been successful in hosting a start or a finish, budget time is precisely the wrong time to have the debate. To pull out then would surely to be irresponsible.
But what are we debating. The calls to drop our association with the TDU come from concern over the $ 266,000 it costs council to stage the Gourmet Gala.
I don’t argue that this is a significant amount of money for one event. But is it? More on that in a future blog.
Whilst the Gourmet Gala is associated with the TDU it is not the TDU. The TDU start surely must stay. As I wrote in my last blog post the City of Unley and the TDU go hand in hand.
For the premier bike capital of Adelaide (Unley) not to host a start, or a finish for that matter, would surely be criminal.
So, when this comes up again, let us focus on what we are actually debating. Is it the TDU or is it the Gourmet Gala? Or is it both?