Councillor al­leges cable-ski con­flict

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.’’

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