TCB Economic Grants Boondogle 
Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 12:01PM
Bill Barclay

If ever there was perfect example of rate-payer funded boondogle, it is the "Local Economic Development Grants Policy" that is to be adopted at Monday's meeting.

Where these people think they have the right to spend our rates in this  manner (in election year mind you!)  completely escapes me. It started with Leach and Day, and it has been enthusiastically adopted by all the board managers because this provides them with extarordinary powers in guiding the distributrion of these funds - in our case $50,000 to:

The accompanying document  makes perfectly clear that the projects to be funded should have "strong linkages to providing tourism and visitor attraction outcomes."

This exemplifies the direction that this Council has taken in emphasizing tourism as the be-all and end-all of economic development in this District. The Board has latched on to the policy whole-heartedly, and you and I, as ratepayers are required to fund these schemes regardless.

Central Government wavers between extolling the virtues of councils sticking to core business, whhile at the same time Joyce and others encourage local bodies to extend there activities into these extraneous areas. It is a conrtradiction to say the least, and shows a total lack of leadership and consistency at Cabinet level - they just cannot get their story straight, and this is exemplified by the Government contribution to the purchase  of the Awarua Sand Bar.

I really recommend that all readers pay very close attention to the Principles, Criteria and Process outlined in the document. It is an outrageous concept that will iundoubtedly result in certain favoured groups putting their hands up for contributions to their activities. It is not what our councillors and board members were elected to undertake. It is an out and out boondogle by which members can curry favour with the electorate.

It will undoubtedly be adopted on Monday, and implemented before anyone can raise objection as we 'sleep-walk' towards October. 




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