Friday, 22 July 2005

Sawmill project shows RMA court a "lottery"

One million dollars, several years of planning, and the Coromandel sawmill proposed by Blue Mountain Lumber has now been knocked on the head by the Environment Court. Apparently the court decided that people on the property's 'marginal strip' could see the proposed plant. Wouldn't that be terrible for them.

Blue Mountain spokesman Garth Moore said on Radio NZ this morning that as far as he can see the RMA decision process is "a lottery." A lottery, perhaps, with the odds stacked against property owners.

With odds stacked as they are, why would anyone be planning any large projects such as these?

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