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Record submissions received on dam proposals
November 19th, 2014
[TDC press release]
Submissions on the funding and governance options for the proposed Waimea Community Dam closed last week, drawing a record number of submitters.
With 760 submissions received so far, it is an excellent response, said Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne.
"The proposals have certainly created a number of conversations in the community. The submissions range in flavour with a number commenting directly on the options presented, with just as many expressing support or otherwise for the proposed dam itself.
"The Council has collated all 760 submissions for the hearings planned to start next week for those who have chosen to represent their views to the Councillors direct."
With more than 150 people wanting to present their view to the Council personally, another day of hearings has been scheduled. The hearings taking place around the district provide the Councillors the opportunity to discuss the issues raised with the submitters themselves.
These hearings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend and listen. The one in MOtueka is on Thursday November 27th from 1.00pm to 4.00pm, at the St Johns hall in Courtney Street.
"Affordability is the key message the Council has received as well as being the main subject throughout the consultation meetings," Richard said.
"This submission process is only one part of an ongoing community conversation on the proposed dam. It is significant because this is the first time the Council has had the opportunity to consider community views on a fully developed funding proposal."
All questions raised throughout the consultation process have been collated and responses provided on the dedicated website www.waimeacommunitydam.co.nz. These FAQs (frequently asked questions) will remain open on the website and will be updated as the process continues. You are encouraged to read through them as you may have the same questions as other residents and ratepayers.
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