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Public consultation on the Hawke's Bay Regional Council's draft Long-Term Plan for 2021-31 will continue until May 2.

It outlines the increased investment on the Regional Council's must-do work programme, as well as six proposals to enhance the environment and mitigate the effects of climate change, that the Council will consult on.

Ratepayers are being asked for their feedback on six proposals:

  1. Right Tree Right Place - plant up more of Hawke’s Bay’s erodible farmland to show farmers and other investors an economically viable alternative to whole farm afforestation that achieves a balance between pasture and forestry. Fund the development and pilot of Right Tree Right Place at a cost of $4.8 million over three years.
  2. Future water use - work with water users to drive more efficient and effective use to complement our focus on water storage. Put aside $1 million over three years.
  3. Upper Tukituki gravel - remove the gravel build-up from the upper Tukituki River to keep the community safe from floods. Invest $2.5 million to unlock a $4.5 million grant from Government.
  4. Clive River dredging in 2030 - deepen Clive River as far as Kohupātiki Marae, for recreation and environmental benefits, and deposit the silt to land, instead of the sea. Total rates of $2.8 million over 9 years.
  5. On-demand public transport - pilot a virtual bus-stop, technology-enabled service starting with Hastings, followed by Napier – more convenient and less emissions.
    - 2021-22 Hastings pilot: an extra cost of $361,000 in 2021 and $249,000 in 2022, replacing current routes 16A, 16B and 17.
    - 2023-24 Napier: expand service to Napier at a total extra cost of $582,000 in 2023 and $447,000 in 2024, replacing current routes 13, 14 and 15
  6. Ahuriri Regional Park - kick-start improvements to the environment around Ahuriri Estuary, in partnership with Napier City Council and Mana Ahuriri Trust. The Regional Council will loan-fund $1.2 million in 2023-24 and $9 million over the course of years 4-10 to develop a Regional Park in the upper Ahuriri Estuary.

People can find out more at hbrc.govt.nz, including how the six proposals could impact on Regional Council rates by property, and make a submission.