Environment Southland faces 'balancing act'
With voting nearing a close in this year’s local body elections, the priorities for the new councils are becoming increasingly important. The Southland Times had a chat with some past and present council representatives, stakeholders and community members to find out just what they thought would be the biggest issues facing their respective elected officials. Here’s what they revealed.
Environment Southland will have to walk the line between encouraging development and regulating conservation during the next three years.
Water and water management will again be all-important issues for the incoming regional council, as it continues with its Water and Land 2020 and Beyond initiative.
Southland Federated Farmers president Russell MacPherson said the next Environment Southland council would have to toe the "middle line".
"It's a balancing act between economic development, people's property rights and community perceptions of poor water quality."
Federated Farmers was willing to sit around the table to help find solutions that worked for farmers, economic development and environmental outcomes, he said.
Southland Conservation Board chairwoman Viv Shaw said that, as well as continuing work on water quality, Environment Southland would have to review how its policies fitted in with other regulations during the next three years.
The new council would need to manage its policies so they aligned better with other regional plans, including the Fiordland National Park Management Plan, Ms Shaw said.
There were inconsistencies between Environment Southland policy and other plans, which became an issue when people applied for resource consent, she said.
E S CANDIDATES
Fiordland constituency (1 vacancy): Ross Cockburn
Eastern Dome constituency (2 vacancies): Ali Timms, Peter Jones
Hokonui constituency (1): Grant Hubber
Invercargill-Rakiura constituency (6): Bill Claridge, Neville Cook, Rowly Currie, Key Frost, Robert Guyton, Lyndal Ludlow, Pauline McIntosh, Marion Miller, Steve Mitchell, Ben Nettleton, Jan Riddell, Maurice Rodway, Alan Topham, Monica Toretto, William (Bill) Watt Southern constituency (1): Brian Mason, Lloyd McCallum
Western constituency (1): Nicol Horrell
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