Another dodgy socialist dam dead

Another dodgy socialist dam is dead. A newspaper reports: Quote:

Tasman District Council has voted against going ahead with the controversial Waimea Dam.

The council announced last month that the final construction cost for the proposed 53m-long dam in Lee Valley near Nelson had blown out from $49.8m in 2015 to $68.1m, leaving it $18m short.

Other costs associated with the project, a joint venture between Tasman District Council and Waimea Irrigators Ltd, would have pushed the total to $26m over the original figure of around $76m.

The council today decided the increased costs were unaffordable for ratepayers and voted against funding 51 per cent of the $23 million capital funding shortfall for the dam.

Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne said the decision effectively meant the project would not proceed, as public consultation could occur before the deadline of December 15 when the Government would withdraw its funding of more than $55 million.

“Unfortunately the additional costs are too high and the council has decided it must look at other options for resolving our serious summer water shortages,” Kempthorne said.

“The decision is significant on several levels ? for urban water supply, for the environment and health of the Waimea River, for rural water supply on the Waimea Plains and for our ability to service growth in Richmond, Brightwater and Mapua and their rural extensions.”

Kempthorne said urgent work on an alternative to the dam to secure the urban water supply would need to begin immediately. End quote.

This is mainly able to be sheeted home to National’s gutlessness and unwillingness to do a deal with Winston Peters when it came to RMA reforms.