More secret squirrel behaviour in the Councils … from Southland Regional Council this time. You have to ask, what are they hiding? See how they are listed at Dun & Bradstreet as companies. Check out our Agenda 21/2030 in NZ pages to shed some light on what’s really happening with our Councils. Have a read of Naomi Jacobs’ ebook there, you can download the pdf file. Very enlightening, touching on the Kaipara goings on.
The article is from stuff.co.nz
Environment Southland councillor sparks up after being shut down
Environment Southland councillor Robert Guyton has been shut down from speaking about a damning water quality report at a council meeting.
Councillors instead decided to speak about the issue at a closed workshop in which the public and media will not be invited.
Robert Guyton wanted to talk about a Ministry of Environment Report released on Thursday which says New Zealand’s lakes and rivers are coming under increasing pressure for reasons including land use.
The report was tabled at an Environment Southland committee meeting and Guyton noted the “strident” media coverage it had received that day, including calls from some quarters for an immediate reduction in cow numbers.
However, Environment Southland chief executive Rob Phillips said the issue would be better spoken about in a council workshop, with Cr Lloyd McCallum agreeing.
Guyton was not happy.
“I am rather puzzled why we aren’t allowed to speak about it now,” he said.
“We seem to be burying it in a workshop. What’s the purpose of this meeting,” he asked.
Phillips said the report was tabled at the meeting as a “heads up” for councillors and the item was not on the agenda.
He said it was appropriate to have a “more considered” discussion about the issue at a later date.
Cr Ross Cockburn, the committee meeting chairman, also said it was more appropriate to have it in a workshop at a later date, but Guyton voiced his opposition.
After the meeting, Guyton said he believed the water quality report should have been spoken about by councillors in the public forum so the public knew where the councillors stood.
“To shove it into a workshop which is public excluded, I think is wrong.”
“Southland people would like to know what their elected members are thinking on this issue,” Guyton said.
“If they are only getting the sanitised version they shouldn’t feel confident they are being well represented.”
PHOTO CREDIT: Environment Southland