Poles trust de­nied cash by coun­cil for event

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The Talk­ing Poles Trust has been de­nied fund­ing for its 2012 Sym­po­sium by the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil.

The coun­cil re­solved at its last meet­ing not to give the $20,000 the trust sought. The funds would have been used to help with ad­ver­tis­ing and pole pro­duc­tion.

Coun­cil­lor Alan Blair said: ‘‘ At this stage we re­frain from grant­ing Talk­ing Poles Trust any money. Be­cause I said to coun­cil last year that I was con­cerned about the ef­fec­tive­ness of the trust and what it is achiev­ing.

‘‘The Talk­ing Poles Trust has done noth­ing other than have an an­nual ju­bilee . . . And noth­ing else is rais­ing funds need to see them do some­thing.’’

Dur­ing the coun­cil meet­ing Deputy Mayor Jenny Shat­tock said she was strug­gling to give the money to the trust. Coun­cil­lor Barry Her­lihy sug­gested the trust fundraise them­selves.

Coun­cil­lor Brenda Watkins would like the money to be used on main­tain­ing the ex­ist­ing poles and to make them more in­ter­ac­tive.

The Toko­roa Talk­ing Poles Sym­po­sium 2012, from Fe­bru­ary 20 till March 16, would have seen a com­mu­nity sig­na­ture pole cre­ated.

Bla’ir – Coun­cil­lor Alan

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