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About turn on Rock Walls

Rock walls, so long anathema to TCDC and to other local  Government authorities with ‘soft structures’ being the ‘preferred option’ no matter what the situation. Evidence to show that soft structures don’t work has been glaring.  They cannot withstand the tide of lashing storms. Now there seems to be an about turn on this policy in the name of preventing the effects of Thames’ Climate Change, at an almighty cost to the ratepayer.   

This proposal for coastal protection works to mitigate rising sea levels around thames is  simply unfair.

The proposed capital expenditure of over $78 million for Thames to protect their land with rock walls while elsewhere ratepayers are denied the ability to do exactly the same thing is democratically inappropriate. Even more inappropriate is the fact that the rates paid by residents  in other parts of the Coromandel peninsula will no doubt be contributing to thames’ rock walls.

DON’T LET THOSE RATES SPIKES HURT

We are asked in the LTP if Council should “manage” rates spikes, as if that’s a helpful and novel idea. It’s not.

There  shouldn’t be vicious rates spikes in the first place. Prudent councils know to “cut their costs according to their cloth” – ie projected expenditure in any year should never exceed the amount ratepayers can reasonably be expected to pay.

In these times, challenging for Council and even more for ratepayers, every single item of planned expenditure should be essential.

$25 MILLION FOR VIBRANCY?

One of the TCDC’s four priorities is to “Create a vibrant and safe district”.

Is vibrancy what the nearly $25million earmarked to spend on the Pollen Street Redevelopment in Thames and the Whitianga Esplanade Waterfront Redevelopment is supposed to achieve?

Happy hours with free beer and bands playing jazz or rock would be pretty vibrant and a whole lot cheaper. It’d take a long time to cut out twenty-five million dollars!

$12 million speculation

It is speculated, among the few people who’ve even picked up on it, that The Esplanade project is about safety.  Surely that’s covered in the $1,423 million allocated to Whitianga Wharf safety and operational improvements.

As for beautification – the Esplanade’s in a magnificent natural setting already. Shakespeare nailed it when he said (I paraphrase) that to paint the lily ie man trying to improve on nature, is “wasteful and ridiculous excess”.

 
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About turn on Rock Walls

Rock walls, so long anathema to TCDC and to other local  Government authorities with ‘soft structures’ being the ‘preferred option’ no matter what the situation. Evidence to show that soft structures don’t work has been glaring.  They cannot withstand the tide of lashing storms. Now there seems to be an about turn on this policy in the name of preventing the effects of Thames’ Climate Change, at an almighty cost to the ratepayer.   

This proposal for coastal protection works to mitigate rising sea levels around thames is  simply unfair.

The proposed capital expenditure of over $78 million for Thames to protect their land with rock walls while elsewhere ratepayers are denied the ability to do exactly the same thing is democratically inappropriate. Even more inappropriate is the fact that the rates paid by residents  in other parts of the Coromandel peninsula will no doubt be contributing to thames’ rock walls.

DON’T LET THOSE RATES SPIKES HURT

We are asked in the LTP if Council should “manage” rates spikes, as if that’s a helpful and novel idea. It’s not.

There  shouldn’t be vicious rates spikes in the first place. Prudent councils know to “cut their costs according to their cloth” – ie projected expenditure in any year should never exceed the amount ratepayers can reasonably be expected to pay.

In these times, challenging for Council and even more for ratepayers, every single item of planned expenditure should be essential.

$25 MILLION FOR VIBRANCY?

One of the TCDC’s four priorities is to “Create a vibrant and safe district”.

Is vibrancy what the nearly $25million earmarked to spend on the Pollen Street Redevelopment in Thames and the Whitianga Esplanade Waterfront Redevelopment is supposed to achieve?

Happy hours with free beer and bands playing jazz or rock would be pretty vibrant and a whole lot cheaper. It’d take a long time to cut out twenty-five million dollars!

$12 million speculation

It is speculated, among the few people who’ve even picked up on it, that The Esplanade project is about safety.  Surely that’s covered in the $1,423 million allocated to Whitianga Wharf safety and operational improvements.

As for beautification – the Esplanade’s in a magnificent natural setting already. Shakespeare nailed it when he said (I paraphrase) that to paint the lily ie man trying to improve on nature, is “wasteful and ridiculous excess”.