30 July 2002
Northland Regional Council has launched its first state of the environment report, as a benchmark for future environmental developments & improvements. The full report is on the council’s website. Also just released is the Northland integrated transport study, paid for by the Ministry for Economic Devleopment with input from the regional council and the region’s 3 district councils. The regional council expects its regional policy statement to become operative within a month, has 1 appeal on its air quality plan to settle but numerous appeals to resolve on the regional coastal plan and regional water & soil plan. The coastal plan should become operative by the end of the year. Resource consents have been granted for the Kaeo River management scheme and work will start next summer. Work should start next year to clear several other Northland rivers & streams prone to flooding because of blockages.