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Survey Cost - Waimarie Riverboat
Published: 17 Apr 2016

It seems to me that the Waimarie will always be a drain on the ratepayers of this city in spite of the strenuous and well-intentioned efforts to make it a break-even operation.

The 2016 survey (a compulsory requirement) is likely to cost in the vicinity of $172,000 (WDC 19/20 April meeting papers) with no indication of where the funding is to come from. Local trusts - Powerco and the Community Foundation - cannot be expected to continue to contribute as they have done for past surveys.

So where else will the money come from? The ratepayers of course!! And a huge number cannot afford the treat of a very occasional trip.

An expensive icon indeed.

Graham Adams
Wanganui Ratepayers Association

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