When politicians gob off in opinion pieces with local newspapers they really need to be struck about the head with a length of 2×4.
Alistair Scott has written expressing his support for the Ruataniwha Dam.
He is a rich man, will he invest in the dam, if not why not?
One of the major issues facing the Hawke’s Bay at the moment is the future of the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme (RWSS). As many people are probably aware the RWSS has faced some major hurdles recently and its future is not yet certain. There are currently four challenges to be completed in order for the RWSS to proceed. If they succeed, the RWSS will improve economic and environmental security for the Hawke’s Bay.
The biggest hurdle is the Board of Inquiry and then the High Court have found that contrary to claims by promotors the dam will actually turn the Tukituki river toxic. When I say toxic, you won;t be able to let the water touch your bare skin…it will be wader only.
The construction of the RWSS is expected to increase employment in the Hawke’s Bay by 3.5 per cent and GDP by 4 per cent.
Secondly, farmers must agree to take up at least 40 million cu m of water by the financial close.
Two problems there…it is temporary employment and there is no way anyone can guarantee that let alone a politician. The second problem is that no farmers will sign up for water. Alistair Scott is wealthy, he should look at the prospectus then tell us why he will invest or not. Read more »