In Warrnambool in south western Victoria, Wannon Water is extending the sewer system to a growing part of town. Wannon Water has been required to pay for the provision of a flagsman to guard a local rail line to ensure that no trains hurtle through the work site. But there are no trains to spot. State governments constantly argue that the cost of providing new infrastructure is so large that there is a need for massive federal funding to supplement state funds. It would be easier to take these claims seriously, if one had confidence that existing funding was not being squandered due to absurd regulations, or antiquated work practices.
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