Thursday, November 16, 2006

Something to go to in Palmerston North

Horizons Manawatu is holding a public forum to discuss water quality in the Manawatu:

When: Friday, 17th November, 1 to 3 pm
Where: Corporate lounge, Arena 2, Pascal St

The forum will be chaired by Steve Maharey.

This has been sparked by public concern over Horizons' decision to allow Fonterra to use the Manawatu River as a sewer,as well as their seemingly lax attitude to water quality in general. Unfortunately, the timing of the meeting (which does seem calculated to limit public involvement) has meant that many environmental groups are boycotting it.

On the plus side, Horizons does seem to be getting the message, announcing that it will be taking a tougher line on those who habitually violate resource consent conditions. This is good to see, but at the same time you have to ask whether they shouldn't have been doing this already.