We’re now in the second week of submission time. Everyone’s busy reading and writing. The Environmental Protecti0n Agency visited the Coast last weekend and outlined the BoI process for us. They were very helpful and open, which makes a big change in dealing with central Government.
One of the services they provide is the Friend of Submitter:
Richard Peterson of Harrison Grierson Consultants Ltd has been appointed as an independent ‘Friend of Submitter’ to provide assistance to potential submitters. This service is available to advise people on the process for lodging submissions, how they might capture their views in a submission, and what steps they will be required to take after their submission is lodged. Mr Peterson cannot advise you on whether to make, or what to include in a submission.
See their website for contact details. Richard will be hosting drop in sessions in our communities, and in Wellington. See the timetable below.
The EPA also told us that it was most likely that the hearings would be held on the Coast as well, as the Board is keen to come to the community, rather than the other way around. They do seem to be doing their best to make the process as equitable for us as they can, but we’ve made the point that NZTA has a lot more cash and resources to throw at this than ordinary citizens. They said that was a point worth making in our submissions.
Speaking of submissions, we have just put up Anna’s presentation from the Submission Workshops as well as an example Submission that one of our committee members has written, and had a tick from the lawyer on. You can see the level of detail that you have to go to (or not go to, which is more important). Remember that you will have almost 10 weeks (according to the EPA) between the Submission close off date and the hearings to gather your detailed evidence, so you only need to cover the points in your submission that you want to speak to. If you don’t mention it in the Submission, you can’t speak about it at the hearing. The timeline will be decided by the Board once they get all the submissions in and work out how long they need to prepare for the hearing.
More news as we get it.
Friend of Submitter Sessions
Thursday 26 July 2012
Saturday 28 July 2012
2.00 pm-4.00 pm: Waikanae Beach Hall, Rauparaha Street, Waikanae Beach
Tuesday 31 July 2012
Monday 6 August 2012
5.30 pm – 7.30 pm: Rimu Meeting Room, Coastlands Shoppingtown, State Highway 1, Paraparaumu (Countdown Entrance)