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Securing water rights: who gets to decide?

July 23, 2010

Looks like the Invercargill City Council is worried about securing it’s water rights as changes to Environment Southland’s water plan may impact supply. Water is allocated to the city under a consent from Environment Southland.

According to the Southland Times Mayor Tim Shadbolt said, “We need to prepare for a long hard battle.” Seems like fighting talk when the matter – to do with giving priority to community over commercial/industry and charging major users – has by no means been worked out.

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  1. July 24, 2010 9:59 am

    There’s not anything wrong, neccessarily, with fighting for your corner and some internal tensions make for a well tempered result – it is hoped!
    Environment Southland does though, seem to have a habit of making brave noises, then retiring to a ‘reduced’ position , once the brawling is done. Federated Farmers seem to rely on this phenomenon in planning their offensives. I hope the City Council doesn’t feel to emboldened by the Fed’s success re. the rates for heavy water users issue.

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