Waste of money

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

Cul­tural Precinct plan­ning must not take pri­or­ity over more ur­gent in­fra­struc­ture needs in Taupo¯. It was so frus­trat­ing to sit in on the Taupo¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil’s last meet­ing when the draft Cul­tural Precinct plans for op­tion B master plan were pre­sented. The ma­jor­ity of coun­cil­lors and our over­paid CEO seem to be hell bent on forg­ing ahead with op­tion B when it is so ob­vi­ous that the ma­jor­ity of ratepay­ers have both voted and spo­ken strongly against any plan to place a new coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing in the do­main. Wast­ing ratepay­ers’ funds by con­tin­u­ing to pur­sue this op­tion is be­yond all demo­cratic rea­son­ing.

What was be­ing pro­posed by the plan­ners will cost tens of mil­lions of dol­lars, a cost Taupo¯ just can’t af­ford when there’s more im­por­tant in­fra­struc­ture to also con­sider. Up­grad­ing the Great Lake Cen­tre, per­ma­nently solv­ing the traf­fic prob­lem ei­ther side of Con­trol Gates Bridge and build­ing a bus de­pot we all can be proud of, should take pri­or­ity over any grandiose cul­tural precinct, or at least be part of in­te­grated plans for all of these. Tu¯whare­toa St carpark would be an ideal site for a cov­ered bus de­pot and taxi cen­tre. Taupo¯ ur­gently re­quires a mod­ern trans­port hub — far more im­por­tant for our tourist in­dus­try than a cul­tural precinct, and cer­tainly much more im­por­tant than a coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing be­ing sited here.

Our coun­cil­lors, ex­cept one or two sen­si­ble ones, and our coun­cil CEO are just wast­ing time and money on pur­su­ing a cul­tural precinct without also con­sid­er­ing much more im­por­tant and wider plan­ning is­sues for the town. The coun­cil shouldn’t even be con­sid­er­ing a build­ing for them­selves at this time.

DAVID BUX­TON

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