Councillor alleges cable-ski conflict
The proposed cable-ski park at Aotea Lagoon must be put on hold until Porirua City Council resolves land management issues, says a former city councillor.
Robert Shaw has been strong in his opposition to the commercial venture, which got the green light from councillors in August.
Mr Shaw and three of his colleagues were advised by the chief executive not to vote because they had predetermined opinions on the issue.
He did not stand for re-election but has vowed to keep fighting against the wake park. Lately, he has been in correspondence with the Department of Conservation, about health and safety, water quality and other issues, including council’s management of Aotea Lagoon.
The Minister of Conservation is due to give her verdict on whether the application can go to the consent stage in the coming weeks.
As PCC is looking to develop a management plan covering all Porirua reserves in 2011, on which the public must be consulted, Mr Shaw said an application for the cable-ski park should be put on hold.
‘‘To me, all this shows off the inadequacies of what council is doing. A management plan is coming next year so it makes any applications that were made before this happens null and void.
‘‘People have to be able to have their say in accordance with the Reserves Act.’’
Mr Shaw said councillors were ‘‘ overcome with enthusiasm’’ when they voted in favour of the proposal and they have ‘‘ come unstuck’’. He believes any judicial review looking into the process will fall in favour of those opposing the wake park.
‘‘If this came to a resource consent situation, any lawyer will drive a bus through it.’’
Council management, however, are adamant the process being followed is sound and there is no need for the application to be halted.
Peter Bailey, the council’s general manager of asset management and operations, said DOC has provided advice that reviewing, consulting on and finalising a reserves management plan for the city can be done at the same time.
‘‘DOC is considering the application and information received from council. Any decision on the Aotea Lagoon cableway will be incorporated into the future plan.’’