Self-de­ter­mi­na­tion plea

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

I am ask­ing the 10 coun­cil­lors to have a rep­re­sen­ta­tion re­view, for $30,000, on com­mis­sion­ing a Toko­roa Com­mu­nity Board to prop­erly survey the de­sires of the wider com­mu­nity for its wishes to elect its own mem­bers, in Toko­roa, for this board, with a mix­ture of youth (up to 35 years old) and long­stand­ing ur­ban folk. That is self­de­ter­mi­na­tion.

The cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion re­view is no spe­cial con­sul­ta­tive pro­ce­dure Mr Hobbs. A slip­pery slope, hid­ing appalling ex­pen­di­tures in the past decade and get­ting worse.

Hobbs’ com­ments de­mand a re­ply. The CEO of South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil wrote (SWN Oc­to­ber 22), ‘‘ . . . the coun­cil adopted the pol­icy with­out con­sul­ta­tion; sav­ing it and the ratepayer the cost of a con­sul­ta­tion process on an is­sue we be­lieve we al­ready have a strong steer on.’’ You in­sult me! What re­turn are we get­ting from the mil­lion dol­lars SWIF fund spent on Lake Moananui with its 40 per cent bud­get blowout and the lake is now shal­lower than when we started?

Give me democ­racy! Lower swimming pool prices by greater oc­cu­pancy is your coun­cil task.

And another task well com­pleted, led by Cr Tua, thank you for the free in­ter­net in the li­braries and no thanks to Cr Van Ro­jien for vot­ing against free in­ter­net in the li­braries over the past three terms.

Let’s hear from the Toko­roa coun­cil­lors now.

R Young, Toko­roa

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