New the­atre 5

Cam­bridge’s velo­drome

Waikato Times Weekend - - WAIKATO WEEKEND - Dr Julian White Hamil­ton Rus­sell O Ar­mitage Hamil­ton Diane Clancy Hamil­ton Ge­orge Garard Hamil­ton Trevor Simp­son Te Kauwhata Richard Wright Cam­bridge Trevor Green Mata­mata

In New Zealand, the in­ci­dence of cancer of the ton­sils and back of the tongue in men has more than dou­bled in the last 25 years and is ap­proach­ing the in­ci­dence of cer­vi­cal cancer in women. These are all dis­eases which are largely pre­ventable through vac­ci­na­tion.

New Zealand is a world leader in mak­ing the new ver­sion of the vac­cine avail­able for free equally to males and fe­males, and I would whole­heart­edly en­dorse the rec­om­men­da­tion that the op­por­tu­nity for vac­ci­na­tion should be widely taken up. in­formed on this ex­cit­ing project, can they keep their neg­a­tiv­ity to them­selves and let Mo­men­tum, which are man­ag­ing the project, get on with the job? The venue is needed now. Hamil­ton City Coun­cil, please do not build a new the­atre in Vic­to­ria Street. It will cause traf­fic and park­ing prob­lems ga­lore.

Any the­atre built near the cen­tral city will need a mul­ti­storey park­ing build­ing un­der­neath the the­atre. This may present build­ing is­sues, be­ing so close to the river.

The park­ing build­ing in Hood Street is not an ac­cept­able op­tion, as it would make the trip to the the­atre more ex­pen­sive.

This makes de­mol­ish­ing the Founders The­atre and re­build­ing with a mul­ti­storey car park un­der­neath a more vi­able op­tion.

Oh, and al­low free park­ing for ticket hold­ers. are ‘‘more as­pi­ra­tional than the na­tional bot­tom lines’’ and even the Col­lab­o­ra­tive Stake­hold­ers Group ad­mit­ted that achiev­ing them, de­spite an 80-year time­frame, would be ‘‘costly and dif­fi­cult’’.

Part of the rea­son is that full achieve­ment of these, ac­cord­ing to the plan, ‘‘re­quires tech­nolo­gies or prac­tices not yet avail­able’’.

The Vi­sion and Strat­egy aims to re­store the rivers ‘‘so that they are safe for people to swim in and take food from over their en­tire length’’. I don’t be­lieve the original in­tent of this ob­jec­tive was an ex­pec­ta­tion that wa­ter­ways should be swimmable ev­ery day of the year, in­clud­ing win­ter and in flood. That’s not how it reads.

The other ob­jec­tive, that seems to have been for­got­ten, is the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the rivers and the eco­nomic so­cial and cul­tural well-be­ing of Waikato’s com­mu­ni­ties. So­cial well­be­ing links closely with em­ploy­ment and eco­nomic se­cu­rity.

The eco­nomic re­port made it clear that im­ple­ment­ing the plan as pro­posed would have a chilling ef­fect on the re­gional econ­omy.

Those two crit­i­cal ob­jec­tives, and the way they are in­ter­preted, have the abil­ity to either ruin the fu­ture of the re­gional econ­omy or al­low it to pros­per and grow while still mak­ing gains in wa­ter qual­ity. It is a bit rich Hamil­ton claim­ing the velo­drome in the ar­ti­cle on the fu­ture of Hamil­ton (Waikato Times, July 15).

Hamil­ton City Coun­cil did not con­trib­ute a cent to­wards the cost of the velo­drome, and ac­tu­ally it is in Cam­bridge.

A better ar­ti­cle would have been on the fu­ture of the Waikato, which im­pacts on ev­ery­one liv­ing here. Also there are sim­i­lar de­vel­op­ments hap­pen­ing across the whole dis­trict. so must de­stroy our roads. To read comments that they have nowhere to go and that ratepay­ers/tax­pay­ers should sup­ply them with some­where to do their burnouts is the men­tal­ity that we should give the young gen­er­a­tion everything that they re­quire and then they will com­ply.

They have enough money to buy and en­hance their ve­hi­cles for burnouts, so logic tells you that if they com­bine their monies and form a le­git­i­mate club, then they could pur­chase land and de­velop their own strip and charge ac­cord­ingly to re­coup costs.

It is time these en­thu­si­asts took re­spon­si­bil­ity and made the cor­rect de­ci­sions and adapt their be­hav­iours. Most are in­tel­li­gent people and are ca­pa­ble of run­ning and con­trol­ling such events with­out dam­ag­ing our roads and cre­at­ing dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions for them and spec­ta­tors.

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