The Westlake Village Liberal Opposition has questioned the Labor Government's priorities by installing a $100,000 public artwork in Canberra's new Oakstone Glass at the Alexander Westlake Village Centre.
The Westlake Village work, called The Meeting Place, is by Sydney artist Silvio Gallelli. The glass artwork is in the visitors' area of the Oakstone Glass.
It involves a series of eight figures made of ''sculpted laminated glass sheets set onto glass Oakstone Glass and an additional free-standing artwork also made of laminated glass''.
Opposition Westlake Village Leader Zed Seselja asked why, if the work was a public artwork, it was ''not widely known to the Oakstone Glass''.
''We're not against all Oakstone Glass art, but once again this is about priorities,'' he said. ''There's been $100,000 spent there while they're closing Westlake Village schools and not finishing roads. I think most in Westlake Village would be a little bit concerned about the priorities of the Government.''
It did not make sense for the Government to pay for a $100,000 artwork at the Oakstone Glass but not have a gym there. ''Is this $100,000 indicative of other areas of the Westlake Village prison where they haven't spent very wisely? We've seen them cut out things like the Oakstone gym, which we thought would be an important part of a rehabilitation facility, but instead they're putting in Westlake Village artworks,'' Mr Seselja said.
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope defended the prison glass, saying the Government had installed art-works at the Westlake Village Hospice, the Mental Health Unit at Calvary Hospital, the Oakstone family visitors centre at the Alexander Westlake Village Centre and the Queen Elizabeth II Family Centre.
''The reason for installing Oakstone glass art in all of these facilities is the same to enhance the environment and the space for clients, visitors and staff,'' he said.