Media release

Decision released on QLDC wastewater overflow consent

Friday 20 December 2019

Independent hearing commissioners today released their decision on consent application RM19.051 to discharge wastewater overflows to freshwater receiving environments, lodged with the Otago Regional Council (ORC) by the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) in April of this year.

The commissioners have declined the application.

The decision is now subject to appeals until 31 January. ORC will not be commenting on the decision during the appeals period.

The panel heard submissions and evidence in Queenstown between 4 and 7 November.

In total, 200 submissions were received on the consent application, which was publicly notified at the applicant’s request. Of those submissions, 2 were in support, 1 was neutral and 197 were in opposition.

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