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Economic Development, Full Throttle!

I commend the Economic Development Committee Agenda for their 15 March meeting to readers to give an indication of just what this high powered bunch of entrepreneurs and bureaucrats get up to at our expense.

But not if you tend towards higher blood pressure.

After three years, and countless sums both open and hidden, it can now be said to have "settled in." Into a comfortable talk-fest that has achieved precisely nothing. Believe it or not - they still carry Leigh Hopper's CV on the website even though he resigned a year ago. It is just too much trouble to keep up to date with everything that is going on - that is clear!

What is not so clear is just why it exists other than as another boost to Leach's ego - he comes along and pontificates with his business mates, and make declaratory remarks about the glories of the District, and where we are going.

It is hard to believe but there is not one mention of the Grand Heritage Region, the Coromandel Harbour Facilities, or the Hauraki Rail Trail Trust in the agenda.  On the face of it, it appears that they have all become such an embarrassment that is is best if they are simply not mentioned, then there is no need to report on them.

But we do get a whole bunch of lather about Broadband and the WW1 Forests from Ben Dunbar-Smith - he must think that all his Christmases have come at once with this little gig. The work that he reported could have been done in a day and half at the most. Certainly, the Information Centre and Destination Coromandel reports are nothing to write home about.

I honestly do not understand how this shemozzle came into existence, let alone how it has continued this long. I simply can't wait for the election and for some competent Mayor to say "enough is enough - on your way," along with Day, who appears to be putting as much distance as he can between himself and the Committee.

Mixing business with pleasure in this manner should be consigned to the building over the road where Leach can hold court as he wishes for as long as he likes. He could pay them their $1,000 meeting fees while he is about it.




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Reader Comments (1)

It ought to be troubling that the E.D.C. does not see, or will not look for, some of the issues that face smaller local business in the area. It is smaller business that is of paramount importance to the future of our people - providing work for citizens, keeping money in the area, contributing to sustainability, et. al. The buzz word currently seems to be diversity - perhaps the E.D.C. ought to be looking at how we keep a diverse range of business in our communities and our main streets. How many coffee shops and two dollar shops can a small population sustain? and why is retail diversity diminishing? Perhaps these subjects could be part of some external stakeholder focus groups facilitated by the E.D.C....

March 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

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