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

 

Landcare Group Backs Targeted Rates Review

Landcare Group Backs Targeted Rates Review

A Coromandel conservation group is backing efforts to revise the targeted rates imposed by Waikato Regional Council on peninsula communities for harbour and catchment management.

Upper Coromandel Landcare Association spokesperson Reihana Robinson proposed the review at an August 21 meeting of the WRC Coromandel Zone Liaison Subcommittee in Whitianga. Robinson is one of seven community representatives on the panel, which also includes TCDC, iwi, forestry interests, DOC, and WRC.

The Coromandel subcommittee, in an 8-1 vote with four abstentions, requested the regional council, as part of its 2015-25 long-term planning process, “to review and consider its funding and revenue policies (including the Peninsula Project) for all Coromandel harbour, catchment and coastal marine area planning and management, and to consider restoring the previous full regional funding for these activities as appropriate and consistent with its funding practice for other major regional assets.”

“The Coromandel coastline is an undisputed national treasure”, Robinson said. “Our harbours, rivers, and coastal waters are among the region’s foremost environmental and economic assets. Funding to manage these assets should not fall on the shoulders of locals. It should be paid by the region as a whole.”

In support of her proposal, Robinson noted that WRC levies special charges across the region to clean up industrial dairy pollution in Lake Taupo and fund the $27m bicycle track in Cambridge. Regional, not locally targeted, rates also support WRC’s annual grants of $300,000 to maintain the Maungatautari fence project.

“If the entire region pays for Lake Taupo, the velodrome, and MEIT because they are considered regionally significant, then the entire region should be maintaining the crown-jewel Coromandel coastline,” Robinson said.

“Current regional council rating policy is inappropriate and unfair in light of other WRC funding policy. To be consistent, the so-called Peninsula Project rate, as well as local charges on communities like Whangamata, Tairua and Te Puru, should be scrapped,” she said.

“Regional funding for the Coromandel is nothing new or radical,” Robinson said. “Stopbanks on the North Shore are funded by the entire Auckland Region, not local residents. As for our own harbour management services, full regional funding was the case until 2009. We say, it’s time for WRC to go back to the future.”

UCLA is also seeking changes to wild animal control practices, with an aim of protecting native species, safeguarding human health, minimising animal cruelty, creating jobs, and limiting adverse impacts on the peninsula’s critical tourism and primary production sectors.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Not Easy: Gordon Campbell On The Greens’ Ongoing Problems

Hard to treat the Greens’ belated decision to stand a candidate in Ohariu as being anything other than a desperation move, by a party whose own leadership is evidently concerned about its chances of survival...

A few months ago, the Greens felt able to forego that role in Ohariu in order to help a beleaguered Labour Party get its candidate Greg O’Connor across the line, and knock Peter Dunne out of the parliamentary frame. More>>

 

Closing The Gap: Ardern Rules Out Income Tax Rise

After earlier commitments by Jacinda Ardern to do something about inequality and poverty, this new position on income tax seems an about face. To do something significant about inequality requires increases in income for those at the bottom and decreases for those at the top... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On DHB Deficits And Free Trade

Currently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions of Americans stand to lose access to the healthcare they need... More>>

Greens' Response: Slum-Like Rentals Exposed In Renting Review

“...The grim findings of the review are a wakeup call about the true state of rentals in this country. Too many renters are festering in slum-like conditions under the thumb of landlords who have largely unchecked powers and ignore tenants’ complaints when it suits them.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election