Water, Waste and World War One

First steps towards the Waimea Community Dam (also known as the Lee Valley Dam)

Resource consents are now being sought to allow the construction, operation and maintenance of a dam and associated infrastructure on the Lee River in Tasman District, as part of the Waimea Water Augmentation Project. This is the first step towards allowing a dam and provides the legal framework for a dam option. The closing date for submissions are 15 August.  See http://www.tasman.govt.nz/property/resource-consents/notified-resource-consent-applications/applications-open-for-submissions/waimea-community-dam-lee-valley/

An interesting policy initiative from Labour also materialised last week. Does this mean central govt funding for a dam is now on the agenda? Does this mean that Tasman and Nelson voters should now be voting for Labour to overcome the elephant in the room around the dam proposal – funding?

Obviously the devil will be in the detail and the leader of the Labour party, David Cunliffe, indicated that any long term investment would require some “skin in the game” as well as a sound economic proposal. However, the Waimea Community Dam would appear to clearly meet both criteria. See http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10295617/Regional-development-key-election-issuehttp://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/10292727/PM-dismisses-Labours-slush-fundhttp://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/10295790/Key-v-Cunliffe-Battle-of-the-soundbites.

Regional landfill waste

Another positive step towards shared services between Nelson and Tasman was agreed last week – with the aim of cost savings and efficient use of resources for both councils. A win-win for the ratepayers of both councils.

Last week the Works and Infrastructure Committee of Nelson City agreed in principle to accept all Tasman District waste from 1 July 2015, to share operating surpluses and to publically consult on this proposal. Tasman council consulted on the proposal in March 2014, through the 2014 draft Annual Plan. Nelson council are now going through the consultation phase. See http://nelson.govt.nz/council/consultations/open-consultations/regional-landfill/.

Museum news

The Nelson Tasman WW1 Service Database, which lists the names of men and women from the region who served in WW1, was officially launched at a ceremony held at the Museum on 23 April. The database is the result of the work by local researchers Coralie Smith, Cheryl and Mike Carnahan, Eileen Thawley, Syd Daughtrey and Pat O’Shea. The database includes the names of nurses, soldiers, padres, and those men and women who served with the Australian forces, the Royal Navy and the flying services of England.

To view the database online and for more information on the WW100 commemoration of the First World War visit www.nelsonmuseum.co.nz/ww100.

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