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Green city councilors Laurie Foon, Sarah Free and Iona Pannett said today they are proud to be part of a forward-thinking team at Wellington City Council which, during two days of 10-year budget debate of the city, has won support for important initiatives that will benefit the climate, increase biodiversity and reduce waste.
Cr Foon said: “To earn money to build a resource recovery center, to invest in initiatives to eliminate food waste from the landfill, to build green infrastructure, to develop an action plan. for sustainable food and to invest more in cycling, the green advisers have led a number of successful initiatives, ”she said.
Cr Free said: “The Green Councilors were also proud to support measures to keep Wellington Library in public hands, to go stronger and faster in a predator-free initiative, to invest more than $ 2 billion investment in water and improvements to the Begonia house and laboratory and nursery at Ōtari Wilton’s Bush.We are also proud to support investments to meet our Te Tiriti obligations by strengthening the capacity of the Council to meet the needs and Maori aspirations and supporting an initiative to pay workers the minimum living wage at events in the city, ”she said.
In particular, the advisers took a firm stand on the Library. Cr Free said “We know the people of Wellington love their library. We have listened to the comments and voted to keep it in public hands as well as to restore full funding to the library’s material collection. “
Green advisers also joined with other advisers in taking a proposed loan of $ 75 million to rebuild the airport seawall on the table. Cr Pannett said investing in private airport assets using Council funds was problematic when there was such a need in the city for more housing, additional investment in public infrastructure and initiatives to protect the environment.
It was also not clear whether this project was linked to the besieged runway extension proposal which is not supported by Green Advisers due to climate change reasons. “The impact of the proposed loan would be to give air passengers a council funded subsidy rather than asking people to pay a little more to recognize the true costs of the flight,” Cr Pannett said.
Cr Free said that as an advisor to the eastern district of Motu Kairangi, the district is very concerned about the impacts of sea level rise and other impacts from the airport. Strengthening the existing sea wall might be a good idea, but it should be financed by the private sector rather than Council funds, ”Cr Free said.
“We know that many Wellington residents are under financial pressure, so we need to be careful with taxpayer dollars. But the message is clear: people want to invest in public goods and the environment, ”said Cr Foon.