Dodgy socialist dam plans like Malcolm Tuckers coffee machine

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A much awaited review of the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme was presented at a Hawke’s Bay Regional Council meeting this afternoon.

The engineering section of the review raised concerns for chair Rex Graham as the figure of $1.45 per cubic metre for the RWSS compared with $5 per cubic metre for on farm storage was found to be misleading.

The total didn’t include the water from the dam getting to the farms front gate and with this in mind the total was raised to $3.10 per cubic metre for the RWSS.

Mr Graham said this meant the dam was about the same cost as building one privately.

Council Group Manager Strategic Development James Palmer said the benefits of RWSS was that the water would arrive at the farm gate with significant pressure and no further infrastructure would be required unlike those who have private on farm storage which requires things like pumps.

The council commissioned a review of the scheme back in November after progress on the controversial RWSS stalled with more regional councillors who questioned the dam elected at last year’s local body elections.


…critics say the scheme will harm the environment by allowing more intensified farming in the district.

The co-ordinator of the $150,000 review process, council strategic development group manager James Palmer, told Wednesday’s meeting the Ruataniwha scheme was “a particularly bold and transformational project”.

Because it was a commercial venture, there were “inherently and inevitably a wide range of risks and some uncertainties” which were unavoidable in a project of the scheme’s nature, Palmer told the meeting.

“Uncomfortably for councillors there is point in time at which a decision is required in relation to this scheme where there will remain some degree of uncertainty,” he said.

“We are unable, in practical terms, to get to a point where we have totally removed the financial risks and uncertainties as well as the environmental ones. It’s just the nature of the project.”

He said it was up to the council to “draw a line” and decide whether the risks were acceptable or whether it should walk away from the project because of the uncertainties.

Complicating matter for the council is a judgment currently awaited from the Supreme Court related to the legality of a land-swap deal pivotal to the creation of the scheme’s 7km-long irrigation reservoir in the foothills of the Ruahine Range.

The plan was an omnishambles from the get go. Dishonest calculations, dodgy science, heroic assumptions, dodgy socialist councillors, foxes in charge of the hen house. The review shows just how bad these clowns were with the project.

Its a shame millions of dollars of ratepayers money has been burned on such a dodgy proposal. If only the councillors responsible could be sued for the lost cash.

I always said is was dodgy and yet again I have been proven right.

I wonder how Craig Foss feels right now about his pet project?


– Hawkes Bay Today

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