A plea to help fund an emergency management centre at Milford Sound has been turned down by Environment Southland.
After considering 150 submissions on its 10-year Long Term Plan, the regional council announced water quality would continue to be its main focus for the next decade. Funding of $140,000 had been sought from the marine reserve fee, or cruise ship fund, for the centre.
Environment Southland acting chief executive Graham Alsweiler said the council was focused on its core business, and could not afford to help fund an emergency centre.
Milford Emergency Response Team controller Andrew Welsh said he was bitterly disappointed Milford Sound had missed out.
"I think if we looked at the risks that Milford faces, with regards to earthquake, flood, avalanche, snow, slips – if there's anywhere worthy of money for emergency management, I would have thought Milford would have been top of the list," he said.
The area had a population of 150 and a transient population of a small city, "but it's down to a couple of volunteers and a fire truck" in an emergency.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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