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Dal Minogue Hits the Mark

As usual - Dal has unique insight into the way this District is being run.

I have extracted the following from his comments on the 'Slash & Burn' post:

So your argument that this ''serious financial position' is little more than a smoke screen to rip into and dismantle the Councils Planning and regulatory Departments must be taken seriously.

Anyone interested in providing sensible planning barriers to the mining industry should start worrying about this situation. Legally sustainable planning provisions to deal with mining were to be encapsulated within the new District Plan, especially with regard to its landscape provisions, natural character provisions and the identification of SNA's . Now that is all at risk of being either watered down or totally removed.

And at the bottom of all this Our Mayors agenda may be little more than 'utu' for the fact that the Councils Planning department once reduced the number of sections in a subdivision application he made a few years ago in the high ground behind Whitianga. Interesting too that his campaign manager for the mayoral election was his professional planning advisor for this subdivision application.

Naivety that seems to abound with many in our District.

It is time we woke up before its too late.

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Reader Comments (2)

There is really only one word to sum up the feelings at TCDC at presnt - "GUTTED"

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDedicated

Not surprised at the comment posted. Took many years of hard work by Ruru to build up a team spirit after a Council in which Leach was involved with in 92-95 decimated Council staff then. Remember in 2004/5 the ground breaking adverts on TV1 Breakfast in a desdarate attempt to find suitably qualified staff - ?
Dedicated and qualified staff are hard to find in the local Government sector - who would want to work for a'company' where the 'bosses' change every three years? This Council is a good example where staff were the target in the last election campaign-- whilst many ratepayers think of Council staff as their personal employees 'I pay your wages' school of thought - in real life this is not so - the CEO is employed to manage staff - and his employer is Council. When you put to-gether a one term Mayor with a new CEO on a short term contract there has to be blood on the floor of the corridors of power - and there will be more yet to come- trust me!
Leach is revelling in his unbridled power with a group of impotent Councillors who do not even have the strength of their own convictions to debate in public - but instead do all Council business behind closed doors contrary to the LGA 2002 were Council business must be "open and transparent"
Whilst there may have been a need to review staffing levels in view of the world wide financial crisis- there is certain ways in which these are conducted - not the public lynching that transpired at the power point presentation.
Did Council supply any support for those losing their jobs- I fear not.
Such losses will have huge repercussions not only in our communities but in the Local Government sector---

February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEt Tu Brute

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