The cost of do­ing business

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS -

our com­mu­nity.

With ir­ri­ga­tors springing up all over Hawea Flat we need a big, new sub­sta­tion to sup­ply enough power.

Aurora chose the ob­vi­ous site; a piece of waste land ly­ing un­der the ex­ist­ing power line. Sur­prise, sur­prise, a lot of ob­jec­tions were raised when they put in their ap­pli­ca­tion.

The site they chose was next to two fast grow­ing recre­ational as­sets: the Hawea River cy­cle track and White Wa­ter Park. It’s also the gate­way to Hawea Flat, a com­mu­nity where hun­dreds of peo­ple live.

Aurora’s re­sponse to com­mu­nity con­cerns was the of­fer to re­duce the reflectivity in­dex of the paint­work and the baf­fling state­ment that, while peo­ple may be able to see parts of the de­vel­op­ment, ‘‘this is not an ad­verse ef­fect in and of it­self’’.

We live in a beau­ti­ful place. Visual amenity drives our econ­omy and makes the peo­ple who live and work here happy. How our place looks, re­ally mat­ters to us.

It’s hard to be sym­pa­thetic when the cost of failed ap­pli­ca­tions is self­in­flicted. There are plenty of sub­sta­tion sites to choose from. A ten minute brain­storm by Aurora could have sent up red flags about this site.

That sort of con­sul­ta­tion could save ev­ery­one the pain of ex­pen­sive and time con­sum­ing bat­tles.

● Sue Coutts lives in Hawea Flat.

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