Greater Wellington urges gov to do more on water bottling
Following a submission on Freshwater Reforms, Greater
Wellington Regional Council today made a submission on the
Resource Management Act Bill 2019 urging them to do more
about water taken for bottling purposes.
Wellington Chair Daran Ponter says the Resource Management
Act is limited and we need a national response to manage
water take consents.
“The take and use of water for
bottling purposes is posing challenges to regional councils
across the country with many communities and iwi raising
concerns about the use of water for this purpose.
RMA planning process is too slow in reflecting what is most
important to our people. As we have seen this year, councils
carrying out consenting for water bottling have been
hamstrung by current legislation.”
Cr Ponter says the
speed of the RMA planning process needs to be able to adapt
to the views of both the community and Greater
“These submissions give the
government two chances to address the current imbalance
either through the Select Committee process for the RMA Bill
or through the extensive freshwater consultation
“Regional councils are asking for help and it
is time for the government to listen to concerned
communities and act,” Cr Ponter says.
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