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New Zealand: Port Otago appeals part of dredging resource consent

News // March 9, 2017

The Otago Daily Times reports that Port Otago is to appeal one of the 25 conditions set down for its recently-granted 25-year resource consent, covering routine channel dredging maintenance.

While the Otago Regional Council resource consent hearing mainly considered the effects on and around the planned dumping sites at Heyward Point, off Aramoana spit and Shelly Beach, Port Otago is appealing the size of dredge which can be used; wanting the option in an ''emergency situation'' to use a larger vessel than its New Era dredge.

While the appeal has formally been lodged with the Environment Court, Port Otago chief executive Geoff Plunket said he was hopeful the regulatory pre-hearing mediation could see the matter resolved.

''The one condition which is, in our view, unnecessarily restrictive is 'condition five' which deals with the size of the dredge which can be used,'' he said.

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