Health of­fi­cial sup­ports coun­cil

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

De­spite South Waikato District Coun­cil’s ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign around its pro­posed Clean Air Bylaw be­ing called into ques­tion, a Waikato health of­fi­cial does not doubt staff’s com­mit­ment to in­form­ing res­i­dents.

Ear­lier this week Pop­u­la­tion Health’s Dr Dell Hood who, spoke to her submission last week, re­sponded to coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to shelve the bylaw, say­ing they have her con­tin­ued sup­port.

‘‘I re­spect South Waikato District Coun­cil what­ever their de­ci­sion. No one can say that this coun­cil has not given ev­ery­thing, and there cer­tainly was not a lack of com­mit­ment.’’

At last week’s hear­ings Dr Hood con­grat­u­lated SWDC on its at­tempts to im­ple­ment the bylaw, how­ever had reser­va­tions about the im­pact it would have on res­i­dents.

‘‘We re­alise that this is go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult bylaw for the peo­ple of Toko­roa and the South Waikato be­cause of the im­pacts of it fi­nan­cially.

‘‘The peo­ple of this com­mu­nity are not well placed to meet the cost that this bylaw will im­pose on them. How­ever, I was look­ing again at it last night and re­alised your first dead­line is in fact al­ready this year. I couldn’t help won­der­ing if per­haps that time frame needs to be stretched out a bit more, that’s go­ing to have im­pli­ca­tions in your achiev­ing com­pli­ance,’’ she said.

Dr Hood noted that the or­gan­i­sa­tion is mind­ful of the fact that forc­ing the com­mu­nity to pay fur­ther ex­pen­di­ture will have its own im­pact on health.

‘‘I noted that one of the ob­ser­va­tions in other sub­mis­sions in your sum­mary on your web­site was that the air qual­ity has al­ready much im­proved. Now that the harm that this form of pol­lu­tion has done to hu­man health in many com­mu­ni­ties over many years is recog­nised, we strongly sup­port your coun­cil,’’ she added.

Dr Dell Hood

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