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ORC May delay rules on discharge six years

 

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.

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2019 AGM

 

Dear Shareholder/s

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING REMINDER

When:          Wednesday 25th September 2019 at 7.30 pm

Where:        Lower Waitaki Irrigation Co Ltd Site Office Papakaio

DIRECTOR NOMINATIONS

 

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.

Moira Bishop

Administration Manager

 

NOSLaM Invite

Subject Line:

Otago Regional Council’s executive team is hitting the road

Email Content:

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.

Please RSVP to noslamoffice@gmail.com or phone Rob McTague (NOSLaM Co-ordinator) on  0211 94 95 97 by Thursday 19 September, 2019.

CHANGE OF DATE FOR LWIC AGM

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 2018 AGM

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.

 

Important Notice to all LWIC Shareholders

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

 

Irrigation Company In New Home

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.

Headquarters … The Lower Waitaki Irrigation Company has officially opened its new offices at Papakaio. PHOTO: SALLY BROOKER

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.

Irrigation pioneer honoured

 

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

Sid Hurst Memorial Unveiling & New Office Building Opening

 

Invitation

The Lower Waitaki Irrigation Company would like to invite you to

The Unveiling of the Sid Hurst Memorial

&

 The Opening of the New Lower Waitaki Irrigation Company Office Building

Friday 23rd March 2018

 

1.00pm Borton’s Pond

Dave Finlay to unveil the new Sid Hurst Memorial situated at Borton’s Pond and a memorial plaque at the Awamoko Domain.

 

3.00pm 126 Cameron Road LWIC Yard

 Official Opening of the new Lower Waitaki irrigation Co office Building by the Deputy Mayor Melanie Tavendale.

Followed by Afternoon tea

RSVP to moira@lowerwaitakiirrigation.co.nz by Monday 19th March