Hearings to start 12 October
The Akaroa Treated Wastewater Options Hearings Panel will start hearing oral submissions on Monday 12 October. Friends of Banks Peninsula will be presenting on Tuesday 13th October at 1:10pm, so please come along and support us at the Gaiety Hall in Akaroa.
Friends of Banks Peninsula will be presenting their wastewater submission to the hearing panel at 1:10pm on Tuesday 13th October at the Gaiety Hall.
The Hearing is confirmed for the following dates:
· 9am, Monday 12 October, The Gaiety Hall, Akaroa
· 12.30pm, Tuesday 13 October, The Gaiety Hall, Akaroa
· 2pm, Friday 16 October, Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street Christchurch (the meeting will be livestreamed to the Akaroa Boardroom)
· 2pm, Wednesday 28 October, Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street Christchurch, for deliberations (the meeting will be livestreamed to the Akaroa Boardroom)
The Hearings Panel membership is comprised of Councillors Pauline Cotter, Mike Davidson, Aaron Keown, Sara Templeton and Community Board Members Nigel Harrison and Tori Peden.
Results from submitters
At the close of consultation 341 submissions had been received from individuals, organisations and businesses, with 83 asking to speak at the hearings.
A harbour discharge was supported by 179 submitters (53 percent) and discharge to land was supported by 107 submitters (31 percent). Another 55 submitters (16 percent) did not indicate a preference or stated they did not support any of the options.
Staff also sought feedback from submitters on the use of highly treated wastewater in its parks. This was supported by 247 submitters (72 per cent), was not supported by 46 (14 per cent), with the remaining 48 (14 percent) not stating a view.
Submitters were also asked if they would support further exploration of a purple pipe scheme, to allow highly treated wastewater to be used for garden watering and other non-drinking purposes. There was strong support for this, with 253 submitters (74 percent) in favour, 45 (13 percent) not in favour and the remaining 43 (13 percent) not stating a view.