Breaking News – 24 March 2017


Waimea dam proposal lives on after hitting target

The controversial Waimea dam project is still alive after proponent Waimea Irrigators Ltd (WIL) reached its target for the proposed multimillion-dollar Lee Valley scheme.

WIL had to get expressions of interest from water users on the Waimea Plains and its surrounds for the purchase of at least 3000 shares at $5000 per hectare/share for the project to continue.

Earlier this month, the project looked like it could be dead in the water. “In the absence of getting there, this project is dead,” WIL strategic adviser John Palmer warned.

WIL project manager Natasha Berkett told Tasman district councillors on Thursday that the target had been exceeded.

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