LEITH PLACE SYMPTOM OF GREATER DISEASE
The public meeting 30 march 2016 was attended by 30 people held in sports and event centre on leith place upgrade and annual plan topics.
Ten per cent of the meeting turned up at the Council Chambers to find out council changed the venue last minute expecting 14,000 people not 10s.
Mayor Sinclair stood up and report Central Government wants council to concentrate on infrastructure like roads, water, sewerage.
But when asked about councils’ 100 per cent role in alcohol licensing and pokie machine allowance numbers he was speechless.
$10 million per year is spent by gambling and the same in tax on alcohol and alcohol in Tokoroa and surrounding area.
That is $100 million out of the District each decade.
A potential difference of $200 million.
The social harm TCOSS reported to council on tells of pain in the community of Tokoroa from poverty and the Mayor lives in Putaruru.
Staff and CEO Craig Hobbs must champion Tokoroa now Council voted down a Tokoroa Community Board at representation review.
Shame on governance and management for permitting this situation from council.
Leith Place is just a symptom of greater disease. So leave the Leith Place as it is. Invest that money in research of benefits of a community by a Community board under Department of Internal affairs ready for the next representation review in 3 to 6 years time.