1080 drops out of committee debate

A public discussion on the aerial use of 1080 in Dunedin does not appear to be about to start soon - through the Dunedin City Council, at least.

Cr Fliss Butcher requested a report on the issue to this week's planning and environment committee meeting. She expressed a hope last week a "dispassionate" debate could occur.

But the report noted the council did not use 1080, had no regulatory control, and the Public Health South medical officer of health was the one who gave permission for aerial drops.

Cr Butcher planned to propose that the community be encouraged to comment on the issue through the council's annual-plan process. But she was urged to raise the matter in a different forum, and committee chairman Cr Michael Guest said he would not accept her motion, suggesting she raise it at the council's sustainability panel.

Cr Butcher said after the meeting she planned to do that.


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