Good news to hear talk about a lake accord, I assume to try and get to grips with the pollution going into and laying at the bottom of the lake, most of which is the responsibility of previous and present Horowhenua district councils.
I am pleased to support initiatives working towards cleaning up the lake and seeing it as a potential feature in this region for the future.
The bad news is there does not seem to be any money budgeted in the 10-year plan to match the words. This makes the talk extremely hollow which seems to suggest it is only a public relations exercise ahead of the next election. I want to see a serious 10-year plan that addresses the key pollution issues around the lake and which appears in the HDC budget as a sign of commitment to the well- being of this community and region. There needs to be evidence of serious discussions with key stakeholders to achieve these goals.
It may be OK for the average person to put the lake in the too- hard basket, but not the HDC. It is responsible for this issue and it has the power and authority to put it into action.
- Horowhenua Mail