The NZ Herald first mentioned of the announcement from Mayor Len Brown this morning with reactions coming in quick and fast all over the Internet (sorry I do not listen to Talk Back Radio).
You see on Whale Oil some of the reactions to the Mayor’s piece which was received negatively in general.
I have commented in that particular post extensively on a number of matters that were brought up by comments written.
Of particular attention was paid to The Draft Long Term Plan which sets about revenue and expenditure activities for the Auckland Council over the next ten years. I have provided the document of the draft plan below. Now I know it is mind boggling and even longer than The Draft Auckland Plan (which was 95% of pretty pictures any way) with heaps of things people do not like – NUMBERS. And by numbers I mean numbers that can run into the billions of dollars.
It seems Mayor Brown is trying to frame the debate where the lion share of our ratepayers dollars will end up in transport expenditure – I recommend people take a good look at The Draft Long Term Plan and prepare a submission on how you want your money raised and spent on Council capital and operational expenditure. I will be writing my submission and submitting it in due course – to which I hope it was not an utter waste of time due to a pre-set Council already predetermined on its action plan for 2012-2022.
Look there will be the traditional Stalinist vs Neo Liberal Cock Fight over how our money is raised and spent on Council operations, and it is that traditional cock fight that has already made us lose the debate before it even begun on how we are going get our House in order and deliver on things that are of sense to the City. Can leadership get us through the cock fight, give us a meaningful debate and propose, consult and deliver an economically and socially viable set of Budgets for the next ten years – WITHOUT BANKRUPTING THE CITY!.
For balance I include the link to Campaign for Better Transport and their debate on Len’s release of the discussion paper. I have time for CBT as they do great things like the Onehunga Line. I might not always agree with CBT but they hold my respect collectively in doing their best to better Auckland in the transport department. To be perfectly honest – a bit of my inspiration comes from those guys. Well not the Eastern Highway bit but for the rest yes 🙂
I will be running commentary into the discussion paper as well as POAL and The Draft Auckland Plan.