Despite Gazza (Cr. Caffell) being a solid bloke it still worries me greatly when he liaises with the public too much… because he seems to give every idea thrown his way- no matter how patently ridiculous- some time out of his day. I realise this is somewhat hypocritical of me as I consistently bang on about council being deaf…. but to that I say…”Do as I wish…”.

Well anyway… today on Masterton Matter’s Facebook page this popped up:

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Don’t even go there. Do not even think about thinking about it. Just say “what the fuck”, like I did.

Needless to say, I couldn’t help myself from joining in on the discussion:

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For the love of god man Gary, please start filtering ideas before you post them to your page. Sooner or later some public body will pick one of them up and actually run with it…. and then we will all blame you, Gary, you! I don’t want to see Gazza get tarred and feathered any more than Gary wants to be tarred and feathered.

All jokes aside, if you want this town’s image to improve we need to start culling a few of the boy racers who menace Queen street, and see about developing a town planning standard which sees all new buildings having a “character facade” requirement  such as we see in Greytown and to be fair Kuripuni.. A squad of lads dispatched to Henley lake with shotguns and a ute full of birdshot wouldn’t be an idea amiss either.

Art will naturally follow once solid city planning foundations are laid down and adopted… get  country town chic  going and the yuppies will come.  We are simply dressing mutton up as lamb in building and talking about grandiose art monuments before and in the absence of a cohesive plan that plays to our strength’s of a premium lifestyle “country” destination with the accompanying building aesthetics.

Lyn Eglington spoke some wise words the other day, and I congratulate her not blathering on about trees too:

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Forgive me for appearing to take the piss but maybe even the Pyramids are too small town for our Gary’s huge enthusiasm. What about building a wall from over the Tararua’s to Castlepoint to seal us off from the hairy footed over in Carterton??… What do you think, Gary? It would look fantastic! Like this one:

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Of course, Caffell could easily say “I didn’t actually endorse the suggestion, mate”, to which i’d say, “stop chasing clicks then, hombre”. His page is widely read and we don’t need to risk more inappropriate projects germinating.

All of the above could  bring me to an update of the CBD redevelopment…. but you’ll have to wait for that as its quite a bit to digest and write up, and I wouldn’t want to ruin your dinner.