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Public meetings on HBRC investment in Ruataniwha scheme

Media Release
13 May 2014

Public meetings begin on HBRC’s potential investment in the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme

The first in a series of public meetings to discuss Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s potential investment in the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme is being held in Putorino tonight (Tuesday 13 May 2014).

The Council has released a statement of proposal on investing up to $80 million in the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme and is asking the public to make a submission.

A flyer drawing attention to the proposal is being delivered to homes throughout the region. It outlines the benefits and risks of investing in the large irrigation scheme in Central Hawke’s Bay.

A series of 17 lunchtime and after work public meetings are being held throughout the region, with the first being held at the Waikare Hotel in Putorino from 5.30pm tonight. The details of the public meetings are included in the flyer, with additional information available online.

The public has until the 3rd of June 2014 to lodge a written submission on the investment proposal, before verbal submissions are heard from 16th of June.

Before deciding whether or not to invest up to $80 million in the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme Council will consider all the written and verbal submissions, along with a range of reports, including an independent peer review of the business case and a report on potential alternative investments.

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