Puzzled, amused, bemused by Lawrence Gullery’s article 15 February. ‘‘No need to over consult says council’’. It was unclear which individuals or groups Mayor Jan Barnes had in mind when she said the council did not want to ‘‘over consult’’ and ‘‘wear people out’’.
We might be worn out with laughter re: no public consultation whatsoever over decommissioning Waharoa Memorial Hall two years ago; worn out wondering why a promised meeting has never taken place.
Perhaps she meant council members are worn out worrying how to dodge taxpayers genuine concerns? So away with concerns about protection of beautiful trees; away with the historic borough council building, the Matamata Memorial Hall; the Waharoa Memorial Hall; comprehensive road repairs.
Chris Lewis of Federated Farmers wrote ( Waikato Times 7/9/16): ‘‘Local government needs to remain transparent and a crucial mechanism to hold our elected officials to account is consultation’’. And: ‘‘choose the candidate who best fits the needs of the rural community, not someone who will build you the flashiest library or town hall’’.
-Caroline Dibert, Friends of Waharoa Memorial Hall