The Auckland Council has decided to vote against a free convention centre, one pushed by Len Brown and one that won’t cost the city anything.
Auckland Councillors have expressed their lack of support for the Sky City pokies for convention centre deal.
Councillor Cathy Casey put forward a notice of motion at the Governing Body today that the council doesn’t support a convention centre in return for changes in legislation to increase gambling at SkyCity casino.
Councillors supported it 10 to 7.
Councillor Casey says it’s a very strong message for the Government.
“They’re coming into our patch with a dodgy deal, they’re increasing gambling without any heed of Auckland Council’s Auckland plan in which we seek to minimise the harm from gambling.”
Cathy Casey I suppose won’t propose an alternative, or perhaps she thinks rates should increase to fund some other sort of convention centre rather than taking a free convention from SkyCity.
What a bunch of muppets.
Who are those 10 councillors who voted against something that won’t cost ratepayers a cent.
She bags out SkyCity and yet they are the city’s largest ratepayers, one of the largest employers and contribute in many, many other ways to the city.