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> Submissions close for the Southland energy conference, with a theme of sustainable buildings
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> For more info go to http://www.southlandenergyconference.co.nz/

The Review of the Crown Minerals Act Regime, submissions due (following from CANA)

The purpose of the review is to “encourage the development of Crown-owned minerals so that they contribute more to New Zealand’s economic development; streamline and simplify the regime; and to ensure better coordination of regulatory agencies.” BUT! Many of the proposed changes will erode the already weak regulatory regime and open the country up further to mining.

We encourage you to take time to read the discussion paper and the proposed changes to the petroleum and minerals regime. Details at

http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/natural-resources/oil-and-gas/review-of-the-crown-minerals-act-regime/

Postal address: Resources Policy Group, Ministry of Economic Development, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140

Email: CMAReview@med.govt.nz

There are a series of review questions that the Ministry is asking for feedback on, and of particular interest is Chapter 2: Health, safety and environmental (HSE) matters. It is a fairly short chapter to read and worth giving feedback on!  Also of interest are Chapter 4: Petroleum, and Chapter 5: Tier 1 Minerals, especially the review questions relating to HSE matters.

Draft Long Term Plan 2012/13 -2021/22 and Annual Plan 2012/13

The Draft Long Term Plan 2012/13 -2021/22 sets out the Council’s financial strategy of the next ten years and contains information on the changes the Council plans to make to achieve this strategy, the projects that the Council intends to complete and financial information including draft budgets, funding sources and changes to rates. The Draft Long term Plan 2012/13 -2021/22 also contains the annual plan for the 2012/13 year with information on fees and charges and council grants that are planned for the 2012/13 year.

The consultation period is your opportunity to “Have Your Say” about what you want to see included in the Council’s plans. This year the submission form includes a questionnaire about the choices the Council has made to reduce overall rates increases. Have we made the right choices?

Submissions close at 5pm, 17 April 2012.

Submission forms, details of public meetings, and Long Term Plan documentation are all at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/draft-annual-plan

Proposed Fiordland Link monorail submissions due 19 March. Send/email to the Southland Conservancy Office, Department of Conservation, Box 743, Invercargill 9810, Email:  invercargill@doc.govt.nz

The Minister of Conservation has recently announced her intention to grant two major developments affecting Fiordland and Mt Aspiring  National Parks, and Snowdon Forest in Te Wahipounamu (South West New Zealand) World Heritage Area, both designed to provide faster access for tourists to Milford Sound. Both proposals will have significant impacts on internationally significant National Parks and public conservation lands.  …The monorail involves clear felling old growth beech forest and disturbing rare red tussock grasslands, to construct two parallel roads.  Neither proposal is essential.  The public and tourists already have access by public roads to these areas in the National Parks and the jury is out as to whether they would alleviate, or even add to congestion at Milford. Forest and Bird is opposing both proposals.  Submissions are to be sent/emailed to the Southland Conservancy Office, Department of Conservation, Box 743, Invercargill 9810, Email:  invercargill@doc.govt.nz

Submissions are due on Solid Energy’s proposed Mt William North mine at 5pm Monday March 19th. You can email your submission to the West Coast Regional Council (info@wcrc.govt.nz) and it also needs to be served on Solid Energy (info@solidenergy.co.nz attn Ruth Bartlett).

Your submission should state whether you oppose all or part of the resource consents that have been applied for, and whether or not you wish to be heard at the hearing. Usually you include your name, address, email and phone number.

If you need more info you can download various documents at the West Coast Regional Council site http://www.wcrc.govt.nz/mtwilliam/application.html

The proposal is adjacent to the planned Happy Valley mine, covers 243ha, and involves about five million tonnes of coal. This is about the same size as the proposed Escarpment Mine on the Denniston Plateau to the south.

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