Gotta love “Permittable Activity” the Suction Dredgers Friend. But as discussed here, how long is that going to last. Now that the clean rivers mobilization is coming amongst us. This is a great idea and well thought out. So gratifying to see many climbing aboard with a promised donation. Sadly I can’t assist, as one I am a pensioner of limited income and 2. My dredging days are well behind me.
Up here on the Coast we are governed by the West Coast Regional Council, which are pretty pro mining. The chairman Allan Birchfield is a large scale mining operator. Recently there was a move by the Deputy Chairman to unseat Mr Birchfield for a number of reasons. Claiming he pressurized the WCRC CEO and Staff to move on granting consents to various ones that had been denied for some obscure reason and was hindering rather than assisting a common sense approach. The Deputy Chairman had sufficient backing to topple Mr Birchfield. Luckily the Maori side of things (Nga Tahu) and Katiwaiwai (Local) stepped in. Acted as brokers or peace facilitators, arranged a meeting of all affected parties at Arahura.(Local Maori Seat) and the plot was thwarted. Prior to being voted onto the WCRC the Deputy Chairman was a member of Forest and Bird, he relinquished his membership of that organization upon his appointment. Although it was reported in the local paper that at the time of voting, his membership of FB was not known nor mentioned.
Social media comments revolved around Green Organization’s sup[porting their members to stand for various Regional Councils to affect, I guess change, that supported their views. And that is quite within their rights.
So yep things are going to get tougher. This is not a case of "The Boy that Cried “Wolf”. It is real and coming our way. So we have a great initiative from “Mangrove” to mitigate and safe guard our future here. Well done that man.
Here is the link to the WCRC Water Plan. Scroll down to Rule 30 which covers “Suction Dredging”
Schedule 1A (wcrc.govt.nz)
Cheers Trev aka “The Hatter”