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RMA Costing Jobs And Growth

RMA Costing Jobs And Growth

Unacceptable delays and costs imposed by the Resource Management Act process are not confined solely to infrastructural processes, ACT New Zealand Acting Leader Ken Shirley said today.

"While the obstacles to development may be a revelation to Cabinet Ministers associated with the infrastructural report, they are not new - business interests have been screaming at government for 10 years to simplify and streamline the resource consent process," Mr Shirley said.

"Previous National Environment Minister Simon Upton commenced significant reforms, but these were dropped by the incoming Labour Government, which went on to add further unworkable complications - and, only recently, Environment Minister Marion Hobbs foolishly described the RMA as `beautifully written and beautifully balanced'.

"The Act's purpose must be confined to its original intent, relating to the sustainable management of natural and physical resources. All references to nebulous metaphysical, spiritual and cultural outcomes should be expurgated.

"The concept of `standing' should be reintroduced - wherein only those shown to be directly affected by the proposal can object - and there should be direct reference to the Environment Court and many other streamlining administrative measures.

"It would be a tragedy if Labour provided fast-track amendments for public sector infrastructural schemes, but failed to remove the RMA process' clumsy incumbrances - which impact on the entire economy, costing us jobs and growth," Mr Shirley said.

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