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Listen to the common sense of farmers

 |  Rex Sturmey  | 

After reading Malcolm Campbell’s article Issue 1099 2/4/24 “The common sense of farmers not often in a local authorities’ actions” I can see how people with any common sense would get into strife with the Waikato Regional Council (WRC). The WRC seem to pick and choose what they are responsible for and why they are not.

I have personally had dealings with WRC staff about the removal of logs from the Kaueranga River entrance to what is locally referred to as the Sewer Beacon. Their reply was that it wasn’t their responsibility. I thought they were responsible for clearing the channel to the Thames Wharf and therefore assisting with flood protection and navigation aids. Up until about three years ago, the removal of logs was done automatically by the harbour master (with common sense) so my sympathies are with those individuals who take action themselves to protect their property only to later find themselves offside with WRC.

After reading Malcolm Campbell’s article Issue 1099 2/4/24 “The common sense of farmers not often in a local authorities’ actions” I can see how people with any common sense would get into strife with the Waikato Regional Council (WRC). The WRC seem to pick and choose what they are responsible for and why they are not.

I have personally had dealings with WRC staff about the removal of logs from the Kaueranga River entrance to what is locally referred to as the Sewer Beacon. Their reply was that it wasn’t their responsibility. I thought they were responsible for clearing the channel to the Thames Wharf and therefore assisting with flood protection and navigation aids. Up until about three years ago, the removal of logs was done automatically by the harbour master (with common sense) so my sympathies are with those individuals who take action themselves to protect their property only to later find themselves offside with WRC.


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