Regional Transport Plan Will Increase Emissions And Is Thus Unlawful

Waikato Regional Council (WRC) has approved a transport plan which assigns just 3% of its 10-year budget to walking and cycling, and only 5% to public transport. This must inevitably increase overall transport emission pollution in the region.  In my opinion the law requires the plan to reduce transport emissions to achieve consistency with central government transport policy.  If emissions will rise under the plan this makes the plan unlawful and places WRC at significant risk of a successful legal challenge. 

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The economics of climate change

Climate change poses the biggest long-term risk to the New Zealand and global economy. No action to reduce emissions is not an option.

Often we hear from short-term “thinking” local body politicians that they couldn’t possibly sign the Climate Declaration or take action to reduce emissions because the costs could be high.  There is always some excuse for inaction on the climate crisis. Its Covid 19 , or dairy prices are too low, or rates will go up.

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Have your say on the Waikato Regional Land Transport Plan

The draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) for the Waikato region is open for you to have your say.  Submissions close on Sunday, 21 March. The draft RLTP outlines key transport objectives and priorities for the region and a key focus is meant to be climate change and how we reduce transport emissions. My personal view is that the draft plan falls well short of what is required.

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Sustainable Homes Loans for Waikato Ratepayers?

My proposal that Waikato Regional Council commence a sustainable home loan scheme will soon go out for public consultation. Low interest loans to targeted ratepayers who opt in to the scheme would be repaid monthly over 10 years through rates.  The loans can be used to for insulation, heating, ventilation, double-glazing, solar power/batteries, water tanks and upgrading septic tanks. The programme is designed to be cost-neutral and run at no cost to general ratepayers.

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