We need Invercargill Licensing trustees with backbones.
Nominations are now open for the election of six trustees. New Zealander of the year Dame Anne Salmond (Southland Times, July 26) said politicians ''need to grow a backbone'' about the Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Amendment Bill.
The Invercargill Licensing Trust announced (July 27) that because ''the stars have not aligned'', it has postponed the building of a new hotel in the inner city.
In the view of many experienced observers, a new hotel should be a cornerstone investment in the inner-city upgrade. The trust says it is considering ''half a dozen sites'' and it has the money.
Its 2012 annual accounts say: ''Your City, Your Trust . . . We are motivated by our primary objective of enhancing the city''.
We need to hear from potential trustees about their ideas and we need to elect six trustees with the courage to make good decisions.
- The Southland Times