Two minutes for Taranaki – we need you to write submissions!

TaranakiOften people ask us: what can we do to help? Well, here is what we can all do right now. The four local councils in Taranaki have released their draft annual plans and are calling for submissions from the public. While engaging with the councils is more often than not extremely infuriating, we think it’s worthwhile to state once again our opposition to the drilling and for councils to step up and do their job to protect the environment and the community and help us transition to a future free of fossil fuels!

Further below are four draft submissions and how to submit. You need to do this ASAP! We encourage you to add your own words and thoughts, however, if you only have a couple of minutes, just copy and paste our brief templates into the online submission form or  email them off right now. You don’t have to live in Taranaki to make a submission. We encourage you all to use this opportunity to support the mahi of Climate Justice Taranaki and many others across the Taranaki region who are working hard for a better future.

If you wish to speak to your submission – and we very much encourage you to do so – you need to state that in your submission (ie. I would like to speak to my submission in person.). Also, you should add a subject line: “Annual plan submission” or something to that effect.

Taranaki Regional Council (TRC)

Use the online submission form or email submission to: info@trc.govt.nz

Submissions are due on 22nd April 2014 (4pm). You can find more information on the TRC website (http://trc.govt.nz/Annual-plans/). The Draft Annual Plan is available here: http://trc.govt.nz/assets/Publications/financial-plans-and-reports/Annual-plans/DAP-1415-full.pdf  Submissions will be heard on Mon 5 May.  Be sure to tick the box “I wish to present my submission personally” if you want your submission heard.

New Plymouth District Council (NPDC)

Send to: annualplan@npdc.govt.nz

Submissions are due on 17th April 2014. You can find more information on the NPDC website (http://www.newplymouthnz.com/HaveYourSay/CurrentConsultations/DraftAnnualPlan201415.htm).

Stratford District Council (SDC)

Send to: stratforddc@stratford.govt.nz

Submissions are due on 17th April 2014. You can find more information on the SDC website (http://www.stratford.govt.nz/council/documents-publications/plans-reports-strategies/annual-plan). The Draft Annual Plan is available here: http://www.stratford.govt.nz/images/MISC/Annual_Plan/Draft%20Annual%20Plan%202014-2015%20v3.pdf

South Taranaki District Council (STDC)

Send to: annualplan@stdc.govt.nz

Submissions are due on 5th May 2014. You can find more information on the STDC website (http://www.southtaranaki.com/Council/Consultation/2014—2015-Annual-Plan-Proposal/). The Draft Annual Plan is available here: http://www.southtaranaki.com/uploaded_files/AnnualandTenYearPlans-and-reports/Draft-Annual-Plan-2014-15-full-version.pdf

There are a series of public meetings to discuss the Annual Plan.

15th April – Eltham
7pm, Fire Brigade, 37 London St

16th April – Manaia
7pm, Town Hall

23rd April – Patea
7pm – Patea Old Folks Hall

30th April – Hawera
7pm, West Lounge TSB Hub

 

Submission Templates

Taranaki Regional Council – Submission
Use the online submission form or email submission to: info@trc.govt.nz

I would like to state my opposition to the drilling for fossil-fuels. We need to take climate change and the risk to our local environment seriously and leave the oil and gas in the ground. A NO to fracking, landfarming, deep-well injection, drilling and flaring is a YES to a sustainable and just future for the generations to come.

Council’s “resource management activities” require substantial improvements. The consenting process for oil and gas activities lacks transparency and does not take into account comprehensive assessment of effects on the environment. The compliance monitoring programmes lack science, objectivity, independence and statistical rigour, and enforcement actions are inadequate. The unbundling of consent processing and separate hearings between regional and district councils does not allow assessment of cumulative impacts. Joint assessment and hearings are essential.

Stratford District Council – Submission
Send to: stratforddc@stratford.govt.nz

I would like to state my opposition to the drilling for fossil fuels. We need to take climate change and the risk to our local environment seriously and leave the oil and gas in the ground. A NO to fracking, landfarming, deep-well injection, drilling and flaring is a YES to a sustainable and just future for the generations to come.

Council’s “environment and development” activities require substantial improvements. The District Plan, in its current form, does not ‘promote sustainable management of the environment’ as it fails to protect the public and the environment from the aggressive expansion of the fossil fuel industry, its activities and infra-structures. The land-use consenting process does not take into account comprehensive assessment of effects on nearby residents and the environment. The unbundling of consent processing and separate hearings between district and regional councils does not allow assessment of cumulative impacts. Joint assessment and hearings are essential.

South Taranaki District Council – Submission
Send to: annualplan@stdc.govt.nz

I would like to state my opposition to the drilling for fossil fuels. We need to take climate change and the risk to our local environment seriously and leave the oil and gas in the ground. A NO to fracking, landfarming, deep-well injection, drilling and flaring is a YES to a sustainable and just future for the generations to come.

Council’s ‘environment and development’ activities require substantial improvements. The District Plan, in its current form, does not ‘promote sustainable management of the environment’ as it fails to protect the public and the environment from the aggressive expansion of the fossil fuel industry, its activities and infra-structures. The land-use consenting process does not take into account comprehensive assessment of effects on nearby residents and the environment. The unbundling of consent processing and separate hearings between district and regional councils does not allow assessment of cumulative impacts. Joint assessment and hearings are essential.

New Plymouth District Council – Submission
Send to: annualplan@npdc.govt.nz

I would like to state my opposition to the drilling for fossil fuels. We need to take climate change and the risk to our local environment seriously and leave the oil and gas in the ground. A NO to fracking, landfarming, deep-well injection, drilling and flaring is a YES to a sustainable and just future for the generations to come.

Council’s ‘regulatory services’ require substantial improvements. The District Plan, in its current form, does not ‘promote sustainable management of the environment’ as it fails to protect the public and the environment from the aggressive expansion of the fossil fuel industry, its activities and infra-structures. The land-use consenting process does not take into account comprehensive assessment of effects on nearby residents and the environment. The unbundling of consent processing and separate hearings between district and regional councils does not allow assessment of cumulative impacts. Joint assessment and hearings are essential.

Furthermore, I want the New Plymouth District Council to ensure that the proposed expansion of its dairy operations in Tasmania (the destruction of 1806ha of forests) is stopped and that we include an ethical charter in the Investment Policy for the Perpetual Investment Fund to ensure that public money is not used in environmentally and socially harmful projects.

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