Paul MacLennan’s letter of April 6 contained multiple mis-statements about the Waimea Community Dam that deserve correction.
The Waimea Water project team is comprised of two fulltime equivalent staff. A team of contractors and designers with around 100 years of collective experience building dams in New Zealand and abroad are now developing the detailed technical requirements and plans to construct the dam. The cost for these personnel is included in the $75.9M budget made public more than a year ago. Annual operating costs have been publicly estimated at $1.4-$1.5M and this has not changed. Multiple water engineers and a former Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment all agree that from a scientific and economic perspective there is good evidence supporting the ‘aquifer recharge’ solution that uses nature’s infrastructure to provide water to our community.
WIL has confirmed that commitments from landowners exceed 3000 shares and it now has a total of $38.6M for the project. The Government has re-confirmed its financial commitment to the project. The DOC land purchase conversation is ongoing.
The Waimea Community Dam project continues to meet its objectives and all involved continue working to secure water for our region’s future.
Hopefully TDCwill see the benefit of some of them as shoreline protection thereby relieving Nelsonians of any more grotesque edifices. However, if we are to be afflicted with the tacky ones may I suggest that they be used in Saltwater Creek to restrain the now sad and neglected metalwork that is suspended across the ditch.
In fairness, some of the items on offer are acceptable but as they all appear to have reached their useby date, and don’t fit in with ‘‘significant modernising’’ of the airport’’, we are left asking the question - what artistic merit is