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Baldock welcomes proposed RMA changes

Wednesday, 15 September, 2004

Baldock welcomes proposed RMA changes

United Future's Larry Baldock today welcomed the improved processes brought about by the proposed amendments to the Resource Management Act announced by the Government today.

"United Future has hugely committed itself to constructively amending the RMA, and again we have steps in the right direction for a crucial piece of legislation," Mr Baldock, United Future's environment spokesman, said.

"What is happening is the handling and addressing of a matter of national importance in a pragmatic way, and while there will inevitably be changes and fine tuning during the select committee process, we are satisfied that the proposed changes are heading in the right direction," he said.

Mr Baldock said a good change that was representative of the overall direction being taken was the fact that resource consent appeals going before the Environment Court would no longer have to start from the beginning, but would be able to call on evidence produced earlier, hugely speeding up the process.


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