LGNZ supports exempting farm buildings from earthquake bill
LGNZ supports exempting farm buildings from earthquake-prone
Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) welcomes
the exemption of farm buildings from proposed changes under
the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment
LGNZ President Lawrence Yule says LGNZ has
advocated for a more risk-based approach and has expressed
concern about the impacts of aspects of the Amendment,
particularly for rural and provincial communities.
“We believe that these changes should prioritise
buildings and parts of the country where risk is the
greatest, where consequences to life and the economy of a
damaging earthquake would be significant, locally and
nationally,” Mr Yule says.
“The economic impact
of these proposals could be significant for the regions.”
LGNZ is working with Government on earthquake prone
buildings. Dialogue with Minister Smith is on-going and a
technical working group has been established.
aim should be to maximise the overall fitness and resilience
of communities to handle disruption from earthquakes with a
focus on communities that face a higher risk and parts of
buildings that are least likely to perform well,” Mr Yule
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