Have your ‘bob’s worth’

LETTER

In Saturday’s mail I got a missive from the GDC which allows me to have my “bob’s worth” about the extension to the sewerage treatment system. This is, rightly enough, part of the consultation process. I would like to strongly suggest that we all try to take the time to read this material, digest it, mark your choice, etc. and send it back in the mail format provided. If you can, you can also have a say on the website.

We have great collective power, but are most often too apathetic to exercise it. It is your money they are spending, so please have your say!

Whether the collective wishes of the ratepayers will have any effect is of course another matter.

I note that the pipeline will need to remain in the bay, for all options, as it might still be used for industrial wastewater and also as a “safety net” for system failure, as emergency discharge.

The question of pollution in the bay after heavy rain events, due to river discharge, is still unresolved by any of these options, I would imagine.

Ron Taylor

In Saturday’s mail I got a missive from the GDC which allows me to have my “bob’s worth” about the extension to the sewerage treatment system. This is, rightly enough, part of the consultation process. I would like to strongly suggest that we all try to take the time to read this material, digest it, mark your choice, etc. and send it back in the mail format provided. If you can, you can also have a say on the website.

We have great collective power, but are most often too apathetic to exercise it. It is your money they are spending, so please have your say!

Whether the collective wishes of the ratepayers will have any effect is of course another matter.

I note that the pipeline will need to remain in the bay, for all options, as it might still be used for industrial wastewater and also as a “safety net” for system failure, as emergency discharge.

The question of pollution in the bay after heavy rain events, due to river discharge, is still unresolved by any of these options, I would imagine.

Ron Taylor

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Jimmy - 8 days ago
The information from the council regarding the options seems to be lacking. How long will it take to pay off at those projected increases? Will the payment structure drop back at any stage once it's paid? Is the $280 to $400 extra per house for the system on top of the projected 4.5%-6% rates increases for the next 10 years? What will the ongoing maintenance costs be and how long will this system last before it needs to be upgraded to allow for population growth etc . . . etc, etc.

Tony - 7 days ago
Do not forget GST on top, no mention of it in their options. I personally would have thought it would be more important to stop sewage overflows from household toilets. Surely fixing the cause of this would stop loading sewage into the rivers - then we could get on to the wastewater management. Correct me if I am wrong.
If I had sewage coming up out of my toilet and on to my floor every time there is heavy rain, I would not be a happy chappie. Cleaning water at the end of the line is not going to stop this problem.

Gordon Webb - 7 days ago
Tony, you are correct. This is the focus that has been urged on successive councils since the 1980s. Sort out what goes into the pipe before you deal with the aftermath. Sadly this philosophy has been pushed to one side.

Delwyn Arthur - 4 days ago
Murray Palmer's opinion piece Wed 15 Nov re wetland - so these trials were not completed? This is so important that they should be, and full consideration should be given (and quantified) to the extra benefits.
Daily dumping of 13,000 cubic metres of well-treated water, when we are expected to have drier summers and are already depleting existing supplies, seems gross mismanagement.

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