Another HBRC cock-up, when will Fenton Wilson resign?

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

The Hawkes Bay Regional Council, under the appalling leadership of Fenton “Jog-un” Wilson lurches from one cock-up to the next.

The Ruataniwha dam is stuffed because they couldn’t get simple commercial matters right, and completely stuffed up environmental issues.

Now they have bollocksed up their insistence on re-establishing a failed rail line.

Local body politicians are fighting to get the Napier-to-Gisborne railway line reopened after being rebuffed by state-owned KiwiRail.

The line was mothballed in 2012 because storm damage was too expensive to repair.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Transport Committee chairman Alan Dick said a decision by KiwiRail on Friday not to consider Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s request for a time extension to confirm equity investment in a Napier-to-Gisborne short-line rail operation, was a disappointment. ?

“It’s a serious blow to regional economic development opportunities for northern Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne, and without rail, State Highway 2 will be overwhelmed by logging trucks within a few years,” he said.

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Transport Committee remained committed to having a choice of different transport modes between Gisborne, Wairoa and Napier, he said.

KiwiRail’s contention that it had worked with the council for almost two years on options to re-establish a rail operation was not true and KiwiRail had been frustrating to deal with, he said.

“It was only on November 25, 2014 with refreshing new ministerial direction that KiwiRail indicated it would consider an offer by HBRC to lease the line – to be decided within three months by March 1, 2015.

“With this also covering the Christmas period, and with complex issues to be negotiated, the opportunity to present a fully informed business case was always going to be challenging.”

No one wants the line re-instated except these fools.

It was un-economic before it washed out, and will be un-economic even if it is repaired.

The HBRC couldn’t organise a root in a brothel and are trying to blame the holidays for their incompetence.

The bottom line is the rail line is like their failed dam project…uneconomic and un-workable when faced with the real world.?They couldn’t get a valid business case together and have?blamed holidays for missing the deadline, not that it is a stupid project that doesn’t stack up environmentally or financially.

Time for Fenton Wilson to bugger off. If only there was recall elections available.

 

– 3News

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