ACTUAL IDEAS WANTED
We are heavily into the local election campaign and all I have heard from the candidates so far is insipid rhetoric.
You are all nice people but you have to earn your mayoral salary, should you be elected.
I want to hear your actual ideas around infrastructure, economic development, tourism and housing and not your plans to have coffees with the locals or post love notes in empty buildings.
Mayoral candidates purport to want to increase tourism numbers and grow the region but I’ve seen no real evidence of plans for this to date.
I would hope a reasonable mayor might influence council in order to stop what amounts to punishing small business.
The fees are ridiculous. I recently heard of a local business wanting to increase the numbers of visiting tourists over the summer by providing modest daytime food to add to their experience and instead of congratulating them and bending over backwards to help, the council hold out their hand for $5K.
That’s a kick right there in the entrepreneurial spirit. No wonder small businesses put their development plans in the too hard basket.
Let’s hear what you really plan to do in Central Otago; then we might all actually get out and vote.