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Well the Leith Place devel­op­ment sure has peo­ple up in arms doesn’t it?

Last week we had the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil’s own chief ex­ec­u­tive warn­ing of a pos­si­ble ghost town if some­thing wasn’t dras­ti­cally done now to po­si­tion Toko­roa for the fu­ture.

There’s a lot to be said for get­ting the tourists to stop in town on route to the pop­u­lar tourist towns like Taupo and you can’t blame the coun­cil for want­ing to try and get some of those tourists dol­lars to be spent in Toko­roa.

But is it a re­al­ity? Will peo­ple re­ally stop if Leith Place is re­de­vel­oped? Ti­rau is al­ready a pop­u­lar spot for tourists to stop and re­fresh, so does the coun­cil re­ally think Toko­roa can com­pete with that? Well yes - but it has to of­fer up some­thing dif­fer­ent. That’s where a play­ground would work won­ders.

I reg­u­larly stop in Ohope on route from Hamil­ton to Gisborne sim­ply be­cause they have a des­ti­na­tion play­ground. If Toko­roa had one too, surely it would be of ben­e­fit.

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