Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Barrier To Rodney Toll Road

Green Party Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons will later today move to have the Rodney District Council (Penlink Toll Road) Empowering Bill referred back to the Transport Committee, effectively putting the country's first private toll road on hold.

The bill would allow the Rodney District Council to contract a private company to build, set tolls and police a 7km toll road linking the Whangaparoa Peninsula to Auckland.

"The Government - with Green input - has developed a new transport strategy which includes criteria for private-public toll road partnerships," said Jeanette Fitzsimons. "The Penlink proposal fails to meet those criteria on a number of points and it would be silly to allow it to progress."

Ms Fitzsimons, who chaired consideration of the bill at the Local Government and Environment select committee will put a non-debateable motion to have the bill referred to the Transport and Industrial Relations committee, so that it can be considered in parallel with the Government's new transport legislation.

The new Public / Private Partnership provisions of the transport strategy require:

* The project to assist in achieving the objectives of the Government's transport strategy;

* The assets to be at all times operated under public supervision;

* The project NOT to involve the transfer of the asset into majority private ownership;

* The project to have a high degree of support from the community.

"Penlink fails on all these points," said Jeanette Fitzsimons. "It is an inappropriate transport development which has attracted considerable opposition within Rodney itself.

"As the compliance report commissioned by the Rodney District Council notes, the project's progress so far owes much to the force of 'inertia' - the build-up of preliminary expenses to the point that it becomes too 'costly' to abandon the project.

"This, of itself, is no reason for Penlink to continue."

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news