Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


November Referendum Planned on Ohura Water Supply Issue

November Referendum Planned on Ohura Water Supply Issue

Over 30 Ohura residents attended the third in a series of community meetings on Wednesday (11 June) to discuss the future of Ohura’s water supply.

Ruapehu District Council (RDC) has been working with the local community over the past year to find a long term viable solution for the future supply of drinking water in Ohura with the current scheme being unsustainable in its current form.

RDCD Chief Executive, Peter Till, said that Council was pleased with the high level of on-going engagement from the Ohura residents in the process.

“At the meeting Council outlined the process and steps required for working toward a binding referendum on shutting down the current Ohura water treatment plant.”

“The decision about the future of the water treatment plant and drinking water supply in Ohura is the communities alone,” he said.

“To be binding 75% of voters need to vote in favour of closing the plant.”

Mr Till noted that there is a large financial benefit to Ohura ratepayers in closing the water treatment plant.

“Currently Ohura water rates are averaging around $1,200 per household which are twice as high as any other part of the district.”

“These will cease if the plant close and Council is working on putting together a low interest loan option for residents who are financially unable to fund the installation of a water tank.”

“If a ‘close vote’ is not achieved the status quo will continue and Council will reconsider other options.”

Mr Till said that between now and the planned postal referendum date of late November Council staff will assess each property on the reticulated network.

“The community will be provided with copies of all the findings before the referendum.”

“If residents vote to close down the water treatment plant they will have until 30 June 2016 to install an alternative water system such as a roof fed water tank.”

Mr Till added that one critical step is that residents need to ensure that they are on the electoral roll if they want to vote in the referendum.

“Due to the high level of community engagement to date Council is confident of a good response to the referendum,” he said.

“Unfortunately there are no easy solutions but everyone involved recognises that we cannot continue with the status quo which is the worst possible solution we can have.”


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Two Dead, One Injured: Suspect Charged After Ashburton Shooting

Russell John Tully has appeared in Christchurch District Court. Tully has been remanded in custody on charges of murder of Peg Noble and Leigh Cleveland and attempted murder of Lindy Curtis.

The victim’s families and the victim have requested that their privacy be respected and will not be making a statement at this time.

Police have formed a picture of what has occurred yesterday and are appealing for further information and sightings .... More

 

Parliament Today:

John Key Press Conference: Ashburton Shootings, Judith Collins Inquiry

Prime Minister John Key has delayed the release of Nationals’ fiscal policy in light of this morning’s shooting at a Work and Income office in Ashburton... Key also answered questions about Judith Collins, and confirmed that independent inquiry will be held with regard to allegations made against Collins. More>>

ALSO:

Internet MANA: Georgina Beyer Rocks The Waka

“There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority of MANA members and supporters around the country” states MANA Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. More>>

ALSO:

IGIS Update: Inquiry Into Release Of NZSIS Information

The Inquiry would be conducted in private and individuals would appear before her separately over a period of more than a week. She does not intend to name those summoned to give evidence until her report is published. “I can confirm that all persons summoned will be required to appear under oath...” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On John Key’s ‘Blame It On Judith’ Strategy

Right now, Prime Minister John Key seems intent on limiting the scope of any inquiry into his government’s dealings with Cameron Slater. The declared aim is to make that inquiry solely about Judith Collins’ behavior with respect to the Serious Fraud Office. More>>

ALSO:

Maori Council Lawyers' Statement: Supreme Court Decision On Maori Water Rights

“…the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead… the Supreme Court has questioned whether the Crown owns the River at all.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Debate, And The Collins Accusation

Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned out to be a bruising encounter with Prime Minister John Key last night on TVNZ. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Winston Peters' Latest Bout Of Immigrant Bashing

It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other's vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist... Few are questioning how Peters got to this happy place, and what it says about the mood of the electorate. More>>

ALSO:

More Immigration News: First People Trafficking Charges

The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand (INZ)... The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand. More>>

Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news