Waste of money
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.