Kapi-Mana News : January 24th 2012
12 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 24, 2012 NEWS WESTPAC STADIUM WELLINGTON PHOENIX VS MELBOURNE HEART SUNDAY JAN 29th 4.30pm BE THERE FOR SOMETHING SPECIAL Coastguard: Regional councillor Jenny Brash plans to keep a close eye on the council's care of the streams and rivers on its own land, for the sake of the harbours they flow into. Council urged to clean up its own streams By JIM CHIPP ' Cannons Creek is the one that greatly concerns me. It can't be put off until Transmission Gully comes along. It's not good enough to say we can't do anything until then'. ' former Porirua mayor Jenny Brash After her first year as a Wel- lington regional councillor, former Porirua mayor Jenny Brash says the council should put its own house in order. Ms Brash said one of her goals on the council was to see the water quality in Porirua Harbour and Pauatahanui Inlet radically improved, and that meant improving the management of the catch- ments that feed them. There are three regional parks that are huge catchments for Porirua Harbour.'' Although all stock has been shifted out of Whitireia Park, Battle Hill and Belmont regional parks are both oper- ating farms and the council has not required its tenant farmers to fence off streams from their stock. Recently a dead sheep was washed down Duck Creek from Belmont Regional Park into Whitby. We have got to make sure that we have best-practice catchment management,'' Ms Brash said. Cannons Creek is the one that greatly concerns me. It can't be put off until Transmission Gully comes along. It's not good enough to say we can't do anything until then'.'' Last year Greater Welling- ton released its Guide To Managing Stock Access To Waterways, developed in col- laboration with Beef + Lamb New Zealand, DairyNZ, Federated Farmers and the New Zealand Deer Farmers' Association. The guide suggests fencing all significant waterways and installing bridges or culverts at crossings to keep stock out of the water. However, the council failed to take an opportunity to get the park's streams fenced late last year when Landcorp's lease over the farmland was renewed, she said. Ms Brash, who was born in Petone, began working life as a nurse. In 2010 she was made a Companion of the Queens Service Order. She has served councils from both sides of the fence, in the social planning depart- ment of Wellington City Coun- cil, and as a councillor for Porirua, on and off since 1983. In 1998 she was elected mayor and served for 12 years. She cites kicking off the Aotea Block subdivision, advancing the Transmission Gully project and improving the harbours as achievements in that time. Ms Brash brings more than enthusiasm to her natural environment advocacy. She has also worked for the Department of Conservation, where she was responsible for a controversial project reduc- ing the feral horse population in the Kaimanawa Ranges. There was much debate about the biological value of the breeds, the damage they did to the habitat, and ethical objections to killing them. The situation was resolved by mustering the horses and set- ting up an adopt-a-horse scheme, she said. The region must sort out its governance, she said. Are we talking about regional governance? Or are we talking about a supercity?'' Certain functions ought to be handled on a region-wide basis, she said. Water supply, stormwater and sewerage were inter- related issues that ought to be handled regionally by a single agency. Spatial planning, formerly known as town planning, also ought to be handled regionally in a consistent way, with a single district plan, set of building rules and set of sub- urban rules, she said. The three Wairarapa councils have been able to develop a common district plan, but Wellington's urban councils have not. Ms Brash supported a pro- posal from a group of regional councillors for a single regional authority controlling regional matters and a num- ber of community boards handling local issues. But Prime Minister John Key has made it clear Welling- ton will not be amalgamated into a super-city and change must come from residents. Ms Brash said: The regional council has done what it can but if the people want it advanced they need to write to the government.''
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