Two Environment Canterbury councillors are pushing for a two-year trial of free buses in greater Christchurch, but the move is likely to cost ratepayers and taxpayers millions of dollars.
The regional council, which is already proposing a 24.5 per cent rate increase, will vote on Thursday whether to investigate a two-year public transport free-fare trial to start from mid-next year.
ECan councillor John Sunckell, who requested the vote along with fellow councillor Megan Hands, said ECan had not been “heroic” enough in looking at public transport options within Christchurch.
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54.8% No, it will cost ratepayers too much54.8% Complete
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The proposed Smokefree 2025 Action Plan includes significantly reducing the number of retailers able to sell tobacco, limiting the nicotine content of cigarettes, and raising the age of purchase every year, so that anyone born after 2004 could never lawfully be sold tobacco.
Columnist Mike Yardley says most lower-income earners who smoke shell out more money in tobacco excise than they do in income tax.
"They should be vigorously urged to switch to vaping as a smoking cessation alternative, given it’s not just far less hazardous to their health, but also to their back pocket," he says.
What do you think of the proposed Smokefree 2025 reforms? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Hello Folks, I am pleased to let you know that the South Brighton Voices are holding a concert on Sunday 16th May at the Roy Stokes Hall in New Brighton, commencing at 2.00 p.m., and we have some lovely well known music in the program. I am really looking forward to taking part in this one, as we have the New Brighton Silver Band as our Guest Artists. There will also be refreshments served after the concert. Please see the Poster I have attached for more details. Jean
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