OPINION: Let's hear it straight from the horse's mouth.
The unfortunate ratepayers find out through The Southland Times that the CEO of their council continues to throw money at the A2B yacht race.
Our council needs to invest in our community, not private sector businesses and their own pet projects.
In light of the low voter turnout, our council should use our funds to increase participation in local government (also known as the governing of our community).
Christchurch City Council is set to live-stream its council meetings (one would hope they are archived, too).
The set-up costs are less than $25,000 with two meetings a month broadcast for less than $27,000 a year.
I would far prefer the $115,000 already spent on the A2B yacht race be put toward increasing transparency and participation.
It's possible our council know an informed and involved community wouldn't let them get away with half the things they have been doing though.
I challenge Invercargill City Council to prove me wrong.
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