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FEP Auditing 2020/21

It will be a requirement for all LWIC FEP audits this year to supply an ACTUAL year end nutrient budget, which accurately reflects what happened on the property during the 2019/20 season. (A predictive nutrient budget, such as those supplied by your fertiliser rep at the start of the season, will not be sufficient to meet this requirement).

Please note, while it is essential for those being audited in 2020/21, we recommend that everyone, even those not due an audit this season, update their overseer modelling for 2019/20 to ensure an accurate record of what took place on your property is modelled.

With the new regulations from Plan Change 8 and the Freshwater NES, it will be crucial to have this information recorded, and will also enable LWIC to get a more accurate reflection of the current scheme N load.

If you have any questions or would like assistance with your modelling, please contact Hannah (022 0488 556) or Nicole (027 414 0456) from Irricon.

New Rules – Intensive Winter Grazing Workshop

Intensive Winter Grazing is subject to new rules under the new National Environmental Standards for Freshwater Regulations 2020 (NES). These are national rules, so impact everybody who intensively grazes stock over winter.

If your intensive winter grazing practices cannot meet all specified permitted activity conditions you will require a consent. Importantly, if you have not wintered stock on your property within the past five years, a discretionary resource consent will be required.

NOSLaM is hosting a workshop with speakers from Federated Farmers and ORC to discuss:

  1. Intensive Winter Grazing defined.
  2. What is a permitted activity… how you can operate without a consent?
  3. What is a Discretionary Activity  Consent?
  4. What are Restricted Discretionary Consent conditions?
  5. Introduction to ORC’s approach to National Environment Standards  implementation
  6. An indication of the consenting pathway for Winter 2021.
  7. What does compliance look like for 2021?
  8. When: Thursday 3rd September, 2020
    Where: Weston Hall
    Main Street
    Weston

    Time:  11.00am

    The presentation will be followed by a BBQ sponsored by Beef+LambNZ and DairyNZ.

    For catering purposes please RSVP to Rob by email at noslamoffice@gmail.com or on Mobile 021 194 9597 by Tuesday 1st September, 2020.

Summary of the PC 1, PC 8 and NES changes that are coming up

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.

Table Summary for LWIC

Appendices A-C

COVID 19 Update

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.

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.

jono.edwards@odt.co.nz

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