New start is needed

LETTER

So the wheels are falling off for the council, its business henchmen and the “in” group behind the scenes.

In the wake of yesterday’s clear signal there is not enough funding for the infrastructure needed for the district, could the Government immediately suspend all but the most essential projects and spending in Gisborne until after the election when a major review should be carried out.

Government needs to appoint a commissioner as soon as possible to put the brakes on council’s business and bring it under control.

Interminable discusssions, reports and delays, constant non-essential spending, poor political and management decision-making — all of these and more have been in evidence in Gisborne for years.

So has the ability to bring spending down to a sustainable, affordable level — despite ongoing protest and suggestions.

I have lived and worked in Gisborne as a journalist for almost 40 years and have collected much material on the region’s lack of progress and the reasons behind it.

The same issues are repeated — lack of co-operation and coherency, shallow planning, lack of hard focus and drive, inability to prioritise, etc etc.

Gisborne could do so much better for its citizens — but not until it rebuilds a positive attitude or mojo.

A new start is needed — with the goals set by residents, not powerful interest groups and people behind the scenes.

Roger Handford

So the wheels are falling off for the council, its business henchmen and the “in” group behind the scenes.

In the wake of yesterday’s clear signal there is not enough funding for the infrastructure needed for the district, could the Government immediately suspend all but the most essential projects and spending in Gisborne until after the election when a major review should be carried out.

Government needs to appoint a commissioner as soon as possible to put the brakes on council’s business and bring it under control.

Interminable discusssions, reports and delays, constant non-essential spending, poor political and management decision-making — all of these and more have been in evidence in Gisborne for years.

So has the ability to bring spending down to a sustainable, affordable level — despite ongoing protest and suggestions.

I have lived and worked in Gisborne as a journalist for almost 40 years and have collected much material on the region’s lack of progress and the reasons behind it.

The same issues are repeated — lack of co-operation and coherency, shallow planning, lack of hard focus and drive, inability to prioritise, etc etc.

Gisborne could do so much better for its citizens — but not until it rebuilds a positive attitude or mojo.

A new start is needed — with the goals set by residents, not powerful interest groups and people behind the scenes.

Roger Handford

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N R Mcgregor - 2 months ago
At last . . .
Our council has champagne taste on beer income. Titivation of cycle routes and other non-essential items are of no benefit to the majority of ratepayers, and the ECT could be described as a Ponzi scheme as it does not benefit the contributors to it, ie those who pay the power bills, as it distributes crumbs from the table to those who they decide are worthy. How can any organisation which has a guaranteed income of so much, have to employ so many at such inflated incomes?
Mr Handford is not alone in his knowledge of who these elite of Gisborne are and what is going on.