Don’t blame Govt for lack of action on rail
You can't blame Jacinda Ardern or Winston Peters when you realise they were being outmanoeuvred by our local leaders who never supported reinstatement of our rail line.
I believe there was no intention of accepting the BERL report and those who have the ear of power are smug in their endeavours to block any attempt to divert profits from the port, even at the expense of roading repairs, carbon pollution and safety for our community.
The 10-year wait for a possible repair is a dream that will be forever put on the backburner. The wish of the community is once again ignored by the few who intend to remain in control of this town and its development.
There are four issues:
1. Trust Tairawhiti supported the “tourism” action only of the BERL report;
2. Eastland Group has made it known that they prefer the development of the port over the re-establishment of the rail;
3. GDC has written to Shane Jones, Winston Peters and Phil Twyford and as yet has not made known the response (some time delay!);
4. It was not widely stated that KiwiRail was the sole arbitrator and that the only way we could reinstate rail was to have it within its 10-year plan.
Based on these premises, and both the 86 percent support for reinstatement in the Herald online survey and the $600,000 cost of the BERL report, I am not sure the groups involved have been fully transparent in their approach to the public.
A more exact report stating who fully supports and who doesn't support the full response laid out in the BERL report would alleviate the concerns that I have mentioned.