So Difficult To Determine The Truth Of Anything The Government Says Anymore
The Barbados government says it will turn a 254 acre Zone 1 area in Waterford, St. Michael into a “National Botanical Garden” to turn the water catchment area into a tourist attraction.
Hmmmmmm. Maybe. I guess. If it is real.
What is the budget? When is it scheduled?
And, if this is a real project and not some election promise, the question is (of course): who has already cheaply secured or bought up all the land around project because they had the inside track on this development?
As the Nation News says, “…a botanical garden which would not only protect the aquifers but bring environmental and economic value to the area.” (Nation News story link here)
“bring economic value to the area.” Yes, indeed.
So again, we ask… When was this plan first publicly announced, and are there any suspect land purchase offers or transfers in the adjacent areas that predate the announcement?
We all know how tings be ’round hey!
The Government’s Problem With Graeme Hall National Park
In Graeme Hall – an area the is arguably even more at risk than Waterford – the government has behaved far differently than it pretends to behave in promising to create the botanical garden.
Prime Minister Arthur already approved the building of the Caribbean Splash Waterpark in the sensitive Graeme Hall watershed. Prime Minister Arthur turned down an offer of land for the Graeme Hall National Park.
Sanctuary owner Peter Allard offered to donate the majority of the sanctuary lands to the people of Barbados as part of a National Park, but the government won’t have any part of that. A National Park would mean that the government piggies couldn’t sell off pieces of land to their friends to build condos on.
The Prime Minister didn’t even have the courtesy to reply to Mr. Allard’s offer, so unsurprisingly Allard has put the sanctuary up for sale.
The loser in all this is not Mr. Allard or even the folks who support the formation of the Graeme Hall National Park. The losers are our children and generations to come who will enjoy the Owen Arthur legacy of high rise condos, pavement and decades of crushing national debt for which Barbados received little if any value and benefit.
If Owen Arthur would create a national park at Graeme Hall I wouldn’t disagree if it were called “Arthur National Park”. I’d bite my tongue and applaud.
At least then there would be one positive legacy for a man who could have done so much with 13 years of majority government, but in the end only squandered my children’s future and natural heritage.
photo: Area of Graeme Hall National Park. Under Owen Arthur, the green will disappear.