I usually respect the judgement of Councillor Tony Jack but with this proposal to put aside $M2 per year for land purchase I feel he is being incredibly irresponsible.
The need for extra parks and reserves in the future is created entirely by developers and subdividers in the course of their profitable businesses. Council set a Parks and Reserves “Contribution” level as a condition of building consent. If this is not enough to fund the area’s needs in this respect the Council have been totally inept and careless of the financial welfare of those that employ them – the Ratepayers.
This is local government election year, let us make it absolutely clear that Tony Jack and supporters of this scandalous decision have put their jobs very much on the line.