The Waimakariri Water Zone Committee meets on the second Monday of each month. Please note that these dates have changed since the first publication of this calendar at the beginning of the year.
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Farmers in Waimakariri’s orange zone are finding the land use consent process less daunting thanks to advice sessions provided by Environment Canterbury.
The sessions target farmers who are not part of an irrigation scheme to help minimise the cost and stress of putting together a land use consent application.
Waikuku farmer Graham Stewart says information provided at last month’s session helped clarify how to go about putting together an application for his 110-hectare dairy farm.
“It was excellent to have all my questions answered. It made me feel like I had all the relevant information to put together my application.
“For most of us it’s just another thing to do and something else to worry about when you find out you’re in the orange zone, but I think if you get onto it and get the right information it makes it easier. I found the sessions really useful and you can find out everything you need in one place.”
Environment Canterbury land management advisor Anna Veltman says the aim is to encourage farmers to feel more comfortable approaching the consent process themselves.
“We’ve been working together with Fonterra and DairyNZ to assist dairy farmers in the orange zone to understand how rules that are now operative in the Land and Water Regional Plan affect them in terms of requiring a consent to farm.
“While some farmers will want to get advice from a consultant before lodging the consent, the forms have been designed so that farmers can fill them in themselves.”
Anna says the sessions have been popular with positive feedback from the farmers who attended.
Further sessions are planned for next year to assist farmers in Waimakariri’s red zone to complete their consents.
“Next year farmers who are in the red zone will face the same prospect of having to apply for a land use consent so we will continue to provide these information sessions for affected farmers.
“Giving farmers the tools and information to complete consents themselves helps to minimise costs and saves time.”
I encourage you and your friends to attend one of the community meetings scheduled as part of this second round of engagement in preparation for Sub-Regional planning due to start mid-2016. Whilst it is a busy time of year for everybody, please take this opportunity to increase your knowledge and understanding of the zone and forthcoming sub-regional process. Share your views and ideas, and maybe take a leadership role in a local group. Ultimately the result of the process will impact upon each and every one of us in the future.
Waimakariri Zone Committee Annual Report for 2015
Canterbury Water Management Strategy (pdf 3.28 MB)
Waimakariri ZIP (pdf 8.27 MB)
Waimakariri Management Zone - Update of regulation requirements for water takes of 20 l/s or more (May 2013) (pdf 230 kB)
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