Horowhenua’s elephant in the council chamber
Yet on the west side local Maori and residents of Hokio are expected to endure the Levin Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), the landfill, the infamous smelly “pot” behind the landfill, and a polluted Lake Horowhenua.
- Decommission the 20th Century industrial-age essential infrastructure including the Levin Sewage Treatment Plant, the Levin landfill, the “Pot” and the central storm water drain responsible for causing the most pollution to the waterways including Lake Horowhenua.
- Build new de-centralised essential infrastructure based on Green principles that convert waste to new energy sources or contain waste on-site in environmentally sound waste processing systems powered by clean energy. A de-centralised system more suitable for an earthquake prone country.
- Use Development Contributions from land developers as a dedicated fund for the development of 21st Century Green essential infrastructure designs.
- Halt all land development until essential infrastructure and water supply shortages have been solved.
- Change District Plan rules to make the installation of water tanks and stand-alone de-centralised essential infrastructure systems based on Green principles mandatory.
- Fund and encourage community gardens in all parts of the district.
- Build solar panels to power public assets and encourage the installation of solar panels on all new builds through regulatory changes.
- Encourage innovative solutions to essential infrastructure problems would also lead to opportunities for people to build skills and knowledge by offering courses, qualifications and apprenticeships in clean energy solutions that will only become more relevant with time.
This is a growth industry and Horowhenua could lead the way if it has the political will.