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