Please see attached below a summary of the PC1, PC8 and NES changes that are coming up. I expect that the various provisions are likely to have a potentially significant impact. Particularly the time frames for upgrades, term of discharge consents (which everyone spreading effluent will need to obtain) and possibly the controls around winter grazing, waterway setbacks etc. Perhaps more concerning are the potential inconsistencies and confusion between the two frameworks.
Covid 19 Plan
With the government announcement escalation to Alert 3 moving to Alert Level 4 within 48 hours, we are now preparing for the lock down on Wednesday 25th March.
Effective immediately the Lower Waitaki Irrigation Co Ltd office will be closed to the public and visitors.
Supply of water to shareholders is an essential service and it is our no 1 priority to keep up the supply of water, at the same time it is of the utmost importance that we keep our staff and their families safe.
In the interim we will be moving to a roster system where one Race man controls the system for a period of seven days then hands over to the next so the other two Raceman will self-isolate for the next two weeks.
Because there will only be one Raceman on at one time:
Only call your Race man if it is absolutely necessary.
All spray irrigators to put in their water orders.
We advise that Border dyke irrigators check their turn outs regularly as Raceman may not get to your turnout daily.
We appreciate your co-operation at this difficult time and will kep you up to date with any further developments.
ODT Rural Life Wednesday 25 September 2019
Rules aimed at stopping Otago farmers polluting waterways may be delayed by six years.
The Otago Regional Council will today vote on whether to accept an extension to an amended version of proposed plan change 6A.
In 2014 the council made rules operative which meant more regulation on contaminant concentration of discharges and nitrogen leaching mostly from rural areas from April, 2020.
This year council staff identified there were ”significant problems” with the plan, including rules were ”ambiguous, unenforceable and uncertain and may result in many land users having to apply for discharge consents”.
The council voted last month to delay the implementation of some of the rules until 2023.
However, in a paper this week staff recommended a further three-year delay to 2026 in a revision called Plan Change 6AA.
Otago Fish and Game council environmental officer Nigel Paragreen said it seemed the intent of the plan change was ”always to move the goal posts so far back that the discharge standards become obsolete”.
”These extra three years will just make sure that happens.”
”It’s disappointing that it took so much time and expense to get to a point where the plan change is unceremoniously dropped.”
Anglers and hunters were waiting patiently for standards to take effect and expected environmental improvement, he said.
He hoped councillors would send a ”strong signal for action” at the meeting which conveyed a sense of urgency to improve water quality and aligned with Government freshwater plans.
Federated Farmers Otago president Simon Davies said he was ”not entirely surprised” by the move.
New Government regulations meant the scope for the council’s water plan would need to be greater, he said.
”Our point of view is we need to be carrying on as we have been with good farming management processes.
Farmers were working as ”quickly as possible” towards better farming practices, he said.
Council acting policy and planning manager Anita Dawe said if the council’s water plan review was not completed by 2023, farmers would ”still need to comply with the problematic water quality rules from that date”.
”The new rules, which we will be consulting on later this year, and the parts of plan change 6A which are unclear and unenforceable would be in effect at the same time, which would create uncertainty without serving the intended environmental purposes.”
It would also allow time for Government freshwater rule changes to be finalised.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING REMINDER
When: Wednesday 25th September 2019 at 7.30 pm
Where: Lower Waitaki Irrigation Co Ltd Site Office Papakaio
As previously advised Mr. Mark Kingsbury retires by rotation and is seeking re-election Mr. Russell Hurst retires by rotation and is seeking re-election.
When nominations closed on 4th September no further nominations had been received, removing the need for an election to be held at the Annual General Meeting.
The Directors have pleasure in advising shareholders that both Mr. Mark Kingsbury and Mr. Russell Hurst will continue with us for another term.
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Otago Regional Council’s executive team is hitting the road
As part of the Otago Regional Council’s Executive team tour around Otago, the North Otago Sustainable Land Management group ( NOSLaM) would like to invite you to a meeting in Oamaru.
The Regional Councils full Executive team are keen to meet and hear from as many people as possible and are delighted that NOSLaM has agreed to host this meeting.
As part of the tour, the ORC Executive team would like to:
* introduce the ORC executive leadership team to the rural community
* provide an update on ORC’s work for the upcoming year – the four priorities, with a focus on water
* give an overview of what’s happening at the government level
* lay the foundations for further engagement and participation moving toward Freshwater Management Unit (FMU) discussions
… and you’re invited to join them.
Date: Friday 20th September, 2019.
Venue: St Johns Hall, Exe Street, Oamaru,
Time: 11.30am with a BBQ lunch provided.
The AGM for the Lower Waitaki Irrigation Company Ltd
will now be held on Thursday 20th September at 7.30pm
at the Company Office Cameron Road Papakaio.
The date for the AGM has been changed due to the date clashing with Fonterra’s Annual Results Meeting which is being held on the Wednesday 19th September.
Notice of Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the
Lower Waitaki Irrigation Company Limited will be held at
the Company Site office Cameron Road Papakaio
on the 19th day of September 2018 at 7.30pm.
Meeting to be held at LWIC site Office at 126 Cameron Road on Thursday 19thJuly at 1:30pm
A special meeting will be held to update shareholders on the current status of the MOU with the Otago Regional Council around Plan change 6A and to discuss the options going forward. Find attached a copy of recommendations from the Companies representing Lawyer Bridget Irving outlining the options please take the time to read this document.
We urge all shareholders to attend this meeting as this effects your future
Greetings … Lower Waitaki Irrigation Company administration manager Moira Bishop welcomes visitors to the new building. PHOTO: SALLY BROOKER
The Lower Waitaki Irrigation Company has moved up in the world.
It used to be run from two old Ministry of Works pre-fabs, left over from when the irrigation scheme was constructed in the early 1980s.
On Friday, new purpose-built premises, just off State Highway 83, behind Papakaio School, were officially opened by Waitaki Deputy Mayor Melanie Tavendale.
The site has been landscaped with native vegetation. The interior has timber-lined walls and dark grey carpet. Upholstered chairs provide a comfortable waiting area near the main office.
There is a large boardroom, several separate office spaces, an operations room, kitchen, and laundry with shower.
Outside there is plenty of room for parking, and a vehicle wash-down area.
The driving force behind North Otago irrigation has been honoured with a plaque near the Waitaki River.
Sid Hurst, who died aged 97 in July 2016, is now officially commemorated as a ‘‘Visionary Farmer and Irrigation Pioneer; Champion of the Waitaki’’.
The plaque site was chosen for its significance to the Lower Waitaki irrigation scheme, which Mr Hurst instigated.
Bortons Pond, just west of Georgetown off State Highway 83, is where water diverted from the Waitaki River is held for distribution to thousands of hectares of droughtprone land.
It has become a popular place for kayaking, with amenity trees and bulrushes enhancing the landscape.
Mr Hurst had always wanted to buy that land but was never able to, his friend and fellow irrigation leader Dave Finlay said at the unveiling ceremony last month.
‘‘Today, we will ensure his memory on this piece of ground. Let’s call it Hurst Park and be done with it.’’
Mr Hurst’s contribution tofarming was acknowledged during his lifetime with an honorary doctorate of science from Lincoln University, an OBE for services to agriculture and education, the Ron Cocks Memorial Award for leadership in irrigation and life membership of Federated Farmers.
However, ‘‘he never wanted accolades’’, Mr Finlay said.
‘‘If he could today, he would chase me out of here.’’
Only a few people had the DNA of leadership Mr Hurst displayed, Mr Finlay said.
‘‘We’re so fortunate to have had Sid in the community.’’
He thanked Mr Hurst’s family for ‘‘how unselfish you were with Sid’’.
A second, identical plaque has been added to the one unveiled at the Awamoko Domain in 1982 by then prime minister Robert Muldoon when the irrigation scheme construction was finished.
ODT 8th April 2018