Consent applications for the $600 million irrigation scheme spearheaded by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council are¬†still before a board of inquiry.
Under the proposal, 22 hectares of land in the Ruahine Forest Park would have its protection status removed so it can be flooded as part of the 450 hectare water storage lake.
But Forest and Bird advocacy manager Kevin Hackwell said the Conservation Act did not allow for disposal or exchange of protected land.
He said plans to set aside another section of land for conservation purposes also conflicted with the Conservation Act and the proposal was a long shot.
The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council can’t win a trick.
I bet Forest and Bird have sat on this for ages and just waited until¬†the¬†fools at HBRC¬†made a dumb play, then BOOM they nail them with this.
The proposal has been a dog from the start. The proponents haven’t had nearly enough information to stand their ground, have lost in every court action, got rinsed in the Board of Inquiry and yet stupidly press ahead with even this latest land-mine unresolved.
It is high time Fenton ‘Jong-un’ Wilson fell on his sword along with the paid council staffers who have pushed this dodgy socialist dam along at great expense for no discernible benefit to the ratepayers.
– Radio NZ