On June 12th a petition calling for a public meeting on the impact of the proposed Gunns Ltd Pulp mill on the West Tamar was presented to the West Tamar Council.
“The petition comprised 1820 signatures, far in excess of the required 800”. “This should give the Council an indication of the degree of public concern. The Council will have to choose a big venue.
This is the text of the petition to the West Tamar Council:
“We, the electors of the West Tamar Municipal area, faced with the abandonment of the RPDC process as the agreed, due process for assessing the social, economic, environmental and health impacts of the proposed Pulp Mill at Long Reach, are left with no option but to petition Councilors in accordance with sections 57 and 59(1) of the Local Government Act 1993 calling on the West Tamar Council to actively oppose the proposed Pulp Mill on the grounds that health, safety and wellbeing of the citizens of the West Tamar has been put at risk by the fast-track approval of the project and can no longer be adequately protected or ensured.”