Con­tract­ing worms

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

The coun­cil has ex­pressed its dis­ap­point­ment at the theft of some of its plant­ings at Ara­puni. This is un­der­stand­able. What I don’t un­der­stand is the dou­ble stan­dard it seems to op­er­ate un­der.

The coun­cil it­self has been re­spon­si­ble for mul­ti­ple plant­ings, in­volv­ing hun­dreds of trees, shrubs etc which it has planted, aban­doned, sprayed and then mowed over. If the coun­cil or any one else dis­putes this I can take them on a guided tour.

I also un­der­stand (and am will­ing to be proved wrong) that the con­trac­tor in­volved had his con­tract re­newed with­out hav­ing to ten­der. I think in delv­ing into coun­cil con­tract­ing ar­range­ments we have opened a worm farm, not just a can of worms. The ratepay­ers de­serve bet­ter. Un­for­tu­nately, air­ing one’s griev­ances through the press is, as things stand, the only way to bring at­ten­tion to these mat­ters. It would be much more sat­is­fac­tory if we could get ac­tion and trans­parency from the peo­ple we pay to deal with them.

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