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Large turnout for Community Meetings – Akaroa Wastewater proposal

Many local Robinsons Bay and Takamatua residents have attended information meetings to be updated on the Councils latest wastewater proposal for their Bays.

More than 80 Takamatua residents attended a meeting at the Gaiety Hall on Tuesday for an information evening and robust discussion with Council staff. Ken Paulin, representing the Church Property Trustees, reiterated their position that they are not willing sellers of the Church land earmarked for the scheme in Takamatua.

The Robinsons Bay residents meeting with the Council on July 13th led to a discussion about the large amount of storm water and groundwater infiltrating the wastewater system, and that if more work was done than is currently planned to reduce the quantity then surely a much smaller scheme could be designed.

Sixty eight people attended a meeting hosted by Friends of Banks Peninsula and the Robinsons Bay Ratepayers Association on 11th July, with Suky Thompson and Brent Martin providing a PowerPoint presentation with an overview of the current situation.

Common themes in these meetings were that Akaroa is in short supply of water every summer, and the re-use of this resource could resolve the problem. The land based Inner Bays irrigation option is too high risk, expensive, untried and placed in the centre of our communities with little margin for error.

CCC will be running three public meetings and this will be an opportunity for people to ask their questions.

o Sunday August 2nd, 2-3:30pm, Gaiety Hall in Akaroa

o Monday August 10th 5:30-7pm, Gaiety Hall in Akaroa

o Tuesday 4th August 5:30-7pm, Civic Offices, 53 Hereford St

The Akaroa Wastewater public consultation is now underway and we encourage people to begin preparing to make a submission. Friends of Banks Peninsula are currently seeking advice from legal and technical experts so that it can put convincing arguments before the Council. We will circulate information as this is formulated, as people may wish to add these extra thoughts and ideas to their personal submission.


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