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The Universal Remedy - Appoint a Consultant 

Suddenly, 'out of left field' TCDC has taken the unremarkable step of appointing an international consultant to provide the remedies needed to deal with climate change effects on our coastal environment. 

And if this apppears a substantial change of directing, just consider for a moment the following statement by our Mayor in the PR reeased today to announce the appointment:

"the appointment is one of the proactive steps our Council is taking in response to the challenge of climate change for our communities.

"The Coastal Management Strategy is something we have been working on for quite some time as part of our focus on ensuring our communities are engaged, prepared, protected and safe in the long-term,"

This is a cheeky segue from her previous position pleading ignorance of the imminent dangers, and the extent of human causes. For that we should all be relieved, and perhaps now we can get on with real planning for the future - the consultant appointed appears on first sight, really well qualified. for the task .

This PR is a remarkable coincidence coming on top of the previous post . I just hope that the terms of reference are fully cognizant of the needs of those communities threatened with inundation, as well as those claiming precedence for erosion protection.  

Evidence to date does not support this presumption.



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Reader Comments (2)

Flip-flop aside, I just don't understand why its a problem local council should be getting involved with investigating. This is legislatively a regional council issue I would have thought

May 3, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterhigh and dry

In the words of WRC Chair Livingstone during consultations on their LTP last year, it only has responsibility for maintenance of its existing protection assets, including barriers and pumps, and for rivers, including river mouths. It has no responsibility for any other protection measures. District Councils are responsible for everything else excepting the highway. (TNZ) It is messy, but an historic division. When the Tararu delegation that was present demanded action, he simply asked staff if their were any WRC assets involved, other than the river walls protecting houses above and below the highway bridge, Told there were none, he rapidly moved on to the next item.

May 3, 2019 | Registered CommenterBill Barclay

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