Se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

I have just fin­ished read­ing an ar­ti­cle about a ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent in which a ve­hi­cle was sta­tion­ary at a road junc­tion and an­other swerved to avoid it (while ap­proach­ing the road junc­tion) and ran head on into a ve­hi­cle trav­el­ling in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. The ac­ci­dent re­sulted in very se­ri­ous in­juries to the driver of the swerv­ing ve­hi­cle.

The re­port went on to state that ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Min­istry of Trans­port fig­ures the aver­age cost of ve­hi­cle caused fa­tal­i­ties was just over $4.5 mil­lion.

I find it in­cred­i­ble that this ac­ci­dent (which was at Tama­here) would prob­a­bly not have been be­tween ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling at any where near the open road speed and yet could so eas­ily have been fa­tal. With the cost of ac­ci­dents be­ing so high (in more ways than one) the cost of sig­nage to slow down traf­fic trav­el­ling through Toko­roa makes an ab­so­lute mock­ery of the min­istry’s stated ob­jec­tive to make trav­el­ling on our roads safer.

A friend of mine re­cently said to me ‘‘you know don’t you that when bu­reau­crats take on their jobs they leave com­mon­sense out­side,’’ cyn­i­cal ? I’m not so sure.

John C Sim­cock, Toko­roa from the $5 mil­lion. Seven years ago I sub­mit­ted to the an­nual plan process and ad­dressed full coun­cil in hear­ings ask­ing they di­vest them­selves of $26m SWIF monies.

It was a de­lib­er­a­tive dis­trac­tion to the core busi­ness of coun­cil.

Who are the trustees selected at arm’s length from the coun­cil to hold this trustee role? With the coun­cil go­ing into pub­lic ex­cluded 17 times in the past three years, and the me­dia be­ing tossed out too, who will re­ally know how the saved elec­tric­ity share money was spent, in­clud­ing the $5m, and how it was al­lo­cated and who gets that money ul­ti­mately.

Cor­rect me if I am wrong but I spent 12 half days at­tend­ing the pub­lic sub­mis­sions over the an­nual plan process 2014/15 and the $5m pub­lic al­lo­ca­tion process to only then not know which coun­cil­lors sup­ported which projects be­cause the pub­lic were ex­cluded.

Why, be­cause Deputy Mayor Jenny Shat­tock shouted from the tea room "get that per­son out of here". So let’s just en­joy now the coun­cil can get back to its core busi­ness of swim­ming pools and li­braries. It is tyranny if the pub­lic can­not sit and watch how its money is to be spent. Any­way con­grat­u­la­tions to the res­i­dents for get­ting your money back.

All $26m of it. I hope the al­lo­ca­tion works out for jobs and pro­mo­tion.

PS: Ask the mayor and deputy on the equal amount of debt that’s been run up over the past decade. I look for­ward to pay­ing the in­ter­est on this debt. En­joy your money. Rod Young, of­fi­cial com­plainant

Rod Young, Toko­roa

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