Councils should 'work together on response'

CATHIE BELL
Last updated 16:00 24/01/2013
Nelson City Councillor Eric Davy
Nelson City Councillor Eric Davy

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The three councils in the top of the South Island need to work together on the Government's proposal to move the interisland port from Picton to Clifford Bay, Nelson City Councillor Eric Davy said yesterday.

He said he would attend the Marlborough District Council-organised public meeting in Picton, one of three organised by the council to assess public feeling towards the Government's proposal to move the port from Picton to Clifford Bay, south of Seddon.

His attendance would be a private one, not as a Nelson city councillor, Mr Davy said, but he intended to report back to the council about it to assess if the council needed to take an official position on Clifford Bay.

"I have had discussions with the mayor that we need to look at this, because of the consequences to council from extra costs imposed on all our freight and extra costs imposed on our visitors to make it to Nelson from Clifford Bay. That's my concern really."

Mr Davy said he would like the three councils in the top of the South Island - the Marlborough District Council, Nelson City Council, and Tasman District Council - to all get together to discuss the Clifford Bay proposal.

"I believe the three councils should get together and do something. I believe it will have serious consequences for us."

Nelson Economic Development Agency chairman Bill Findlater said the agency had a concern about any detrimental affect on any of the top of the South Island regions.

"You can't separate Nelson from Marlborough, or Marlborough from Nelson. We're intrinsically linked, whether we like it or not."

He said that to be fair, the agency did not know what effect the Clifford Bay proposal would have on Nelson, or the top of the South.

"We're a little bit in the dark, like you. There certainly a lot of interest in what would happen, because there would be some effect."

The agency was doing some work for the Nelson City Council on ferries, and would report on that at the end of the month.

"It is not peculiar to Clifford Bay, but it does feature in it."

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