September 09, 2019
Regional councils pinged for water failure
The Environment Institute of Australia & New Zealand has warned the Government’s Action for Healthy Waterways plan will fail without a major change in behaviour by regional councils.
Vice president Mark Bellingham says regional councils are the key link in the consenting, enforcement and monitoring processes for freshwater, but they have failed to implement the current National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.
That under-performance is compounded by most councils failing to employ accredited ecologists with the experience and qualifications needed to assess drainage and water take activities.
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