The Banks Peninsula Zone Committee meeting schedule. The Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month.
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Chair - Banks Peninsula Zone Committee
It’s been a busy time for the Zone Committee here in Banks Peninsula. Our June meeting was cancelled so we had a bit of time set aside in our July catch up to get a round-table update about the top issues and focal points for the Zone.
One of the big things to come out of our July meeting was the approval of funding for Stage Two of a stream enhancement project of Koukourārata Stream, Port Levy.
This project connects the stream with a significant piece of native bush already covenanted by the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust. The project is a great example of the local rūnanga and landowner, Tim Coop, working closely together along with various community groups who have helped with the planting.
Koukourārata Stream now has one of the longest riparian planting projects on the Peninsula and protection from its source to the sea (Ki Uta Ki Tai).
The Zone Committee has invested $333,388 in biodiversity projects around the Peninsula over the last 4 years and has welcomed the opportunity to work with landowners and community organisations such as the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust. We still have $166,612 available for further biodiversity projects. If you have a possible project please don’t hesitate to call myself or one of the Zone Committee members or search ‘Immediate Steps’ on
the Environment Canterbury website for more information.
We recently held a well-attended workshop for local farmers around Farm Environment Plans (FEP). This was really encouraging to see as for most Banks Peninsula farmers, having a FEP is purely voluntary.
The use of FEPs demonstrates that our farming community are not only great custodians of the land but are also keen to identify any areas that they can improve on. Lots of positive ideas were generated and we are looking forward to having more workshops in the future. Visit www.overseer.co.nz for more information!
The Banks Peninsula Zone Committee was tasked with working with community members to develop solutions to local water management challenges. Addressing the issues facing Wairewa / Lake Forsyth has been a key focus for the committee, leading to the Wairewa ZIP Addendum.
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