A community’s passion fuels transport initiative
A resident-driven public transport initiative has been accelerated by a $200,000 grant from the South Waikato District Council.
But that is as far as the council’s hand extends.
The scoping project was one of the lucky submissions to receive funding from the district’s $5 million fund but Mayor Neil Sinclair believed it should not be a council project.
‘‘If there is a transport system, it is not an area the council can run,’’ he said.
That has not stopped Sinclair’s input of ideas.
‘‘I think one of the areas we need to focus on is the Tokoroa Hospital and I think it needs to be used,’’ he said.
The Cook Island Wardens and the South Waikato living without violence Trust also applied for their own transport needs.
Pride in Putaruru put in a separ- ate bid for public transport.
A collaborative submission from several organisations presented their research and plans but were also denied the grant up front.
Instead council wants to work with those who submitted on the venture in a scoping study to define what is needed in the way of transport.
Akarere Henry, manager of South