National Party 3 Waters Policy Announced Today Good News for Thames Coromandel Ratepayers According to Local MP
Written by John Grant on February 25, 2023
Nationals plans to scrap the unpopular three waters reforms will make a number of Coromandel rate payers very happy. National says if elected to govern the country it will repeal the legislation and leave the management and importantly the assets of the three waters in local council hands.
National party leader Christopher Luxon was speaking at the Blue Greens conference today outlined National’s policy to retain ownership and control in local hands. He also spoke of ways funding structures could be established with local councils joining together to fund on a regional basis with shared assets.
This is likely to get the support of many residents of the Coromandel who are not on reticulated supplies and were looking at increased compliance and additional costs under the Government’s three waters reforms.
Local Coromandel MP Scott Simpson said the three waters reforms proposed by the Labour Government were flawed from the get-go and would end up with Thames Coromandel ratepayers subsidising other regions who had not made as good decisions as the Thames Coromandel Council had.
He went on to say that water reform was needed but control must stay local, and the assets paid for by generations of ratepayers must stay in the hands of the Thames Coromandel District Council for the benefit of future generations of ratepayers.
The full interview with Scott can be heard below.