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Riverbed Gravel Management Review

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (HBRC) has revised its Gravel Management Plan and its Code of Environmental Practice for River Control and Waterway Works, 2017. The plan and code are about how the riverbed gravel extraction will be managed and HBRC wants to hear the community views on the proposals. A Statement of Proposal was adopted by HBRC at its meeting of 29 March 2017. These documents can be viewed below or by contacting HBRC Napier office.

Our Proposal

HBRC has undertaken a review of its gravel management operations over the past six years. This review has examined the gravel supply, availability and demand, ecology and implications for flood protection as well as different management options. A key result of the review was to improve understanding of the way river control and gravel management activities impact on the river environment, and to change the way gravel extraction consents are currently managed.

HBRC is proposing to seek a global consent for the management of gravel in the central and southern rivers of Hawke’s Bay from the Esk River to the Tukituki River and tributaries. Separate resource consent applications are under preparation. This special consultative procedure is to enable the public to be aware of the proposal and have an opportunity to present their views.    

Detailed documents 

- Environmental Code of Practice

- Gravel Management Plan

CHB Public Meeting

A public meeting for potential submitters from Central Hawke’s Bay will be held at the Civic Theatre, Waipukurau, 5.30 – 7.30pm on Thursday 20 April 2017.  HBRC rivers staff will explain and discuss the proposal and be available for questions.

Have your say

Public written submissions are invited from 5 April to 5 May 2017. Submitters will be invited to present their views at a hearing of independent commissioners in June 2017 (date to be finalised; submitters will be notified).

Submissions can be provided by 12.00 noon on 5 May 2017.  Email submissions should be addressed to Monique Thomsen, monique.thomsen@hbrc.govt.nz.   Mail written submission to Free Post 515, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, Private Bag 6006, Napier4142, attn: Monique Thomsen, or deliver to 159 Dalton Street.

Spoken or New Zealand sign language submissions can be made by arranging with HBRC for an appropriate interpreter / recorder to be present.   

 

4 April 2017

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