For­get fence

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion -

Our mayor has sug­gested that a fence could be in­stalled along a sec­tion of the rail­way line be­tween Mata­mata and Wa­haroa to pre­vent chil­dren cross­ing the tracks and en­dan­ger­ing their lives on the way to a swim­ming hole.

What has hap­pened to per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity?

Is the mayor go­ing to fence all the roads, rivers and drains in the district as well to pro­tect our chil­dren from dan­ger? Of course not, what a ridicu­lous idea.

The coun­cil don’t even seem to be able to af­ford to in­stall a fresh water tap at the mo­torhome dump sta­tion or mow the road­side grass that can cre­ate a fire haz­ard, so how can they af­ford a costly fence or even spend mil­lions of ratepay­ers’ money on an event cen­tre in Te Aroha?

Let the coun­cil take a step back and con­sider what it was set up for.

Roads, drainage, water sup­ply, rub­bish col­lec­tion, build­ing ap­proval that the ratepay­ers can’t deal with as in­di­vid­u­als and not all the warm fuzzy so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties that they seem to be more in­volved with nowa­days.

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