Napier Port sale wrong move
‘HB Regional Council’s plan to sell our Napier Port.’ is the wrong move.
We at CEAC have submitted to Hawkes Bay Regional Council on 6th December 2018 at the hearings on sale of (our) Napier Port, first to ask the Government for some Regional Development Funds under the Government’s (RGF) funding to improve the services infrastructure to the Napier Port.
This is justified by the taxes Government receives from the many ‘cruise ships’ that come to this Port every year .
Our Napier Port already is enriching the Government’s coffers and this is a ‘cash cow’ for the Government.
We at CEAC say ‘the Government owe us’ and they need to be fair and return some of the money collected back to the people of HB and our Council.
Our HB Regional Council are already struggling to ‘save our environment’ and need funding to ‘mitigate for environmental damages to our region’ without selling it’s own source of income from the Port asset now just to improve the services and mitigation costs.
There are also deep concerns about the ability to maintain our environmental safety, health and wellbeing of our communities if they sell part of the port that is seen as a very negative move.
Hawes Bay Regional Council must now reconsider this sale of Part of Napier Port will result in losing control of environmental stewardship influence, and now it is a real threat selling part of the Port which is foolish as their goal, we see Council will be compromised of the ability to maintain our environment safety, health, and wellbeing of our communities.
Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre. CEAC.