RIVER POL­LU­TION

The Tribune (NZ) - - VIEWS -

Con­grat­u­la­tions on Mayor Smith’s ef­forts to cre­ate public in­ter­est in what can be done along the banks of the Manawatu River to en­cour­age pos­i­tive ac­tiv­i­ties and leisure time over­look­ing the river for the peo­ple of Palmer­ston North.

This may start a more ac­tive public in­ter­est in the ac­tual wa­ter qual­ity flow­ing by.

While I see this as a use­ful ini­tia­tive, it seems that the ‘pic­ture frame’ (walk­ways, BBQ spots etc.) is be­ing pushed and pre­sum­ably funded – but what about the fu­ture of the Manawatu River it­self? The ac­tual ‘pic­ture’.

I was first elected to PNCC in 2007 and bat­tled long and hard to stop PNCC’S hor­ren­dous pol­lu­tion of the Manawatu River with toxic leachates and waste wa­ter dis­charg­ing from the low grade fa­cil­ity near the Awa­puni Land­fill.

Both Hori­zons Re­gional Coun­cil and PNCC should be ashamed that noth­ing of any con­se­quence has been done for years to stop point source dis­charges such as Palmer­ston North’s into the river.

I live in Fox­ton and this area is very much tourist and wa­ter qual­ity fo­cused, yet PNCC and HRC seem to have had another agree­ment with­out full public con­sul­ta­tion to pro­long do­ing noth­ing sig­nif­i­cant about fix­ing the wa­ter qual­ity prob­lem.

This is sim­ply not good enough as the ‘pic­ture’ for our fu­ture is greatly com­pro­mised by PNCC yet again run­ning away from fix­ing their prob­lem, which in turn af­fects so many oth­ers down­stream.

Michael Feyen Fox­ton

Photo: SORT/ SUPPLIED

While Palmer­ston North cre­ates a wa­ter fea­ture out of the Manawatu River, the peo­ple of Fox­ton aren’t so for­tu­nate.

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