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Chris Carter must make right decision

Sandra Goudie
National Party MP

6 March 2006

Chris Carter must make right decision

Conservation Minister Chris Carter must not ignore a ruling reached after a decade’s worth of legal wrangling when he announces the fate of the proposed Whangamata marina tomorrow, says National Party Coromandel MP Sandra Goudie.

"Backers of the Whangamata marina proposal have followed an expensive process in good faith. They don't deserve to have the rug pulled out from under them at the eleventh hour after just half a day's lobbying by a vocal minority.

“Do the right thing, Mr Carter.”

Ms Goudie says the proposal was given the regulatory green light in October last year after millions of dollars had been spent on years of process and after nearly a month of hearings in the Environment Court.

“The marina project has considerable support in the Coromandel area. Locals will enjoy it and welcome the new investment, jobs and tourism that it will create.

“The issue has been thoroughly traversed through the Environment Court and I’d urge Mr Carter to make the right decision tomorrow and butt out,” says Ms Goudie.


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