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9 February 2015

Summary of air plan review submissions available

Gore residents featured prominently among the 800 people who made a submission to Environment Southland’s air plan review. They and other Southlanders now get the opportunity to support or oppose the submissions received.

The submissions have been compiled into the Summary of Decisions Requested in Submissions and are now out for further public consultation. You can access a copy here: Summary of Decisions Requested in Submissions [PDF, 4.8 MB]

The proposed rules affect what burners can be used for home heating, what can and can’t be burned as fuel, and has restrictions for outdoor burning, agrichemicals and fertilisers, and fire training.

All submitters have been notified of the summary. Copies are available on the Environment Southland website or people can ask ES to send out a hard copy.

Legislation provides 10 working days for further submissions to be made, however Environment Southland is extending the period for 20 working days until 6 March due to the length of the document and significance of this issue.

Once the further submissions are collated hearings will be held, with all submitters having the opportunity to speak to their submissions.

It is anticipated the hearings will take place in May or June, with decisions expected in July/August. Hearings will be held in both Invercargill and Gore due to the high level of public interest, and could take up to two weeks.

For further information on the Proposed Regional Air Plan for Southland, visit www.BreatheEasySouthland.co.nz.

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: info@goredc.govt.nz