More than 100 to give feed­back on Tas­man’s 10-year plan

Nelson Mail - - NEWS -

Sub­mit­ters to­day get their say on the fo­cus of the long-term work of Tas­man District Coun­cil when a hear­ing be­gins over its pro­posed 10-year plan.

Be­tween March 1 and April 5, the coun­cil re­ceived 480 sub­mis­sions on its Long Term Plan 2018-28 con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ment. At least one late sub­mis­sion may also be ac­cepted.

Of the to­tal, 117 sub­mit­ters in­di­cated they wished to speak in sup­port of their sub­mis­sions on one of three days set aside for the hear­ing - to­day at Rich­mond, Mon­day at Takaka and Tues­day at Motueka.

The pro­posed Waimea dam, ear­marked for the Lee Val­ley, drew mul­ti­ple sub­mis­sions. They come af­ter a four-day hear­ing in De­cem­ber on gov­er­nance and fund­ing op­tions for the controversial proj- ect, which sub­mis­sions.

Some of the sub­mis­sions to the Long Term Plan about the dam project call for a ref­er­en­dum on the pro­posal in­clud­ing the con­tri­bu­tion from sub­mit­ter Peter Mil­ner. He says the coun­cil seems hell­bent on ram­ming the dam down ratepay­ers’ throats and asks what ben­e­fit the project would be to peo­ple out­side of the dam area such at­tracted 1513 as res­i­dents of Murchi­son and Golden Bay.

‘‘To be hon­est, you need to hold a ref­er­en­dum on this dam project and lis­ten to what ratepay­ers want,’’ Mil­ner says in his sub­mis­sion.

Other hot top­ics that drew mul­ti­ple sub­mis­sions to the Long Term Plan in­clude Ko­hatu Park – a pro­posed re­gional mo­tor­sport and ad­ven­ture park near Ta­paw­era – as well as coun­cil pro­pos­als to keep net debt un­der $200 mil­lion and rates rev­enue in­creases un­der 3 per cent a year, plus an al­lowance for growth.

The first day of the hear­ing at Rich­mond is due to be­gin at 9.30am with sub­mit­ters sched­uled to speak un­til 8pm. Mayor Richard Kempthorne is set to be chair­man of the hear­ing panel, which con­sists of the full coun­cil.

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