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Central Plains Water Trust consent applications

June 23, 2006

Central Plains Water Trust consent applications with ECan to be notified June 24, 2006

Tomorrow Environment Canterbury will publicly notify 55 resource consents relating to the taking, using and discharging of water from the Waimakariri and Rakaia Rivers connected with Central Plains Water Trust’s proposed irrigation scheme.

The 55 applications relate to consents needed for the canals running from the two rivers, the dam in the Waianiwaniwa Valley and the operation of the scheme once built.

Next to Mid Canterbury’s Rangitata Diversion Race, which irrigates 64,000 hectares of land, this would be the next largest scheme in the country, irrigating around 60,000ha.

The application includes water takes of up to 40 cubic metres per second from each of the two braided rivers, a network of pipes and canals and a major storage reservoir to be constructed in the Waianiwaniwa Valley in the Malvern foothills, behind Darfield.

The applications will be notified for 40 working days and submissions must be lodged by 5 pm, August 18.

Details of the applications are available for viewing at ECan’s Christchurch office and at the Selwyn District Council’s Leeston, Darfield, Lincoln and Rolleston offices. Selwyn District Council has still to notify consents relating to land uses under their jurisdiction.

However, the consent applications for both Environment Canterbury and the Selwyn District Council will be heard at a joint hearing by commissioners appointed by the two consent authorities.


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