Fiordland fight carries on

NEIL RATLEY
Last updated 10:05 18/03/2014
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BARRY HARCOURT/Fairfax NZ

Save Fiordland Inc executive members Frana Cardno at a protest in Te Anau in 2012 to protect Fiordland.

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Opponents of a multi-million dollar monorail project in Fiordland are taking their fight to stop the proposed development to the steps of parliament.

Save Fiordland Inc executive members Frana Cardno and Claire Maley-Shaw, and Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand pesident Robin McNeill have travelled to the Beehive to make the presentation.

An 18,000-signature petition will be presented to Clutha-Southland MP Bill English today. 

Save Fiordland chairman Bill Jarvie said signatures and pledges of support had come from throughout New Zealand and overseas and had been gathered since the monorail concession application became a public process in 2012.

The proposed route is through 30 km of forest and river valleys within the Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area.

Today's presentation comes ahead of Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith's decision on whether to grant a concession to the proposal for the world's longest monorail. The decision is pending a report on the financial viability of the project.

A large number of the signatures were from international tourists visiting Te Anau and Fiordland, Mr Jarvie said.

''Once informed of the facts they have been very willing to register their disapproval.''

A spokeswoman for Dr Smith said the minister was still awaiting the final viability report to inform his decision to give the monorail development the green light.   

 

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