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Nov 29, 2018

Green light for controversial Waimea dam

Tasman District Council has approved the $105 million Waimea dam project after a marathon meeting.

Tasman councillors have this afternoon voted nine votes in favour to five against after an almost seven-hour meeting to determine the fate of the Waimea Community Dam.

The decision ends almost two decades of planning, and increased public opposition over growing costs.

The council said it had cost $15m to reach the stage it's at today.

Councillor Mark Greening spent 20 minutes pleading with the council to step away from the project.

Councillor Kit Maling said the impact for the region without the dam would be immense.

Deputy Mayor Tim King said it was the council's biggest project at the moment, but it faced bigger challenges in future without it.

The decision secures government funding for the project through Crown Irrigation Investment Limited, and the Environment Ministry's Fresh Water Improvement fund.
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