Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Ashburton Zone Committee meeting

Ashburton Zone Committee meeting

The Ashburton Zone Committee will meet for the first time this year on Tuesday (29 January) to discuss local water management issues.

A key focus for the committee in 2013 will be on sub-regional planning processes. Last year, the committee began working with the community to look at environmental, social, cultural and economic outcomes for the Hinds Plains area.

The committee held two preliminary public meetings in November to get local feedback to help it develop water quality and quantity limits for this area. These will feed in to the Hinds Plains section of the Ashburton chapter in the proposed Land and Water Plan (LWRP), which is expected to be notified in October 2013.

The proposed LWRP provides the framework to facilitate delivery of the community’s aspirations for water management – as set out in the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS).

In late 2012, the zone committee received briefings on the current state of the environment in the area, agreed on the desired outcomes for the sub-region, and decided on a process for community engagement for the first half of 2013.

The community engagement process will begin with the first of six public workshops after the zone committee meeting. The process is intended to get the views and opinions on different land use scenarios for the Hinds Plains Catchment and give the committee guidance on setting water quality limits.

At Tuesday’s committee meeting the Ashburton District Council’s Water Investigation Project will also be discussed. The recently completed project considers the water requirements for the stock-water network and what water could be made available for other uses.

The local council will talk with the committee and agree on how to progress the work which seeks to meet the goals of the Ashburton Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP) to increase flows in the Ashburton River.

The committee will finish the meeting by receiving information on the recommendations to address flood flows at Carters Creek. Late last year the zone committee visited Carters Creek, a spring-fed stream and drainage network draining an estimated 1795 hectares of land directly south of the Ashburton River.

Resource Consent would be required to shift the Carters Creek to discharge in to the river but there needs to be assurance that the water is clean or in the same state as the Ashburton River.

A field survey and water quality monitoring programme in 2003 identified fine sediment and faecal contamination was an issue in the catchment. A programme of ecological restoration was funded by Environment Canterbury, which included fencing and planting, but it is believed around a third of the stream is still unfenced.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Anzac Issue Out Now: Werewolf 47

Hi and welcome to the 47th edition of Werewolf, published on the eve of Anzac Day. Its become a cliché to describe Gallipolli as the crucible of this country’s identity, yet hold on... Isn’t our national identity supposed to be bi-cultural... and wouldn’t that suggest that the New Zealand Wars of the 19th century is a more important crucible of national identity than those fought on foreign soil?

Yet as Alison McCulloch eloquently reveals in this month’s cover story, New Zealand devotes a mere fraction of its attention span and funding resources to commemorating the New Zealand Wars compared to what it devotes to the two world wars, Vietnam and Afghanistan... More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Crowdsourcing: Green Party Launches Internet Rights And Freedoms Bill

The Green Party has today launched the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill, New Zealand’s first ever Bill crowdsourced by a political party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Shane Jones Departure

Shane Jones has left Parliament in the manner to which we have become accustomed, with self interest coming in first and second, and with the interests of the Labour Party (under whose banner he served) way, way back down the track. More>>

COMMENT:

Multimedia: PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference - April 22 2014

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • The recent improvement in the economy with a growing job market • Income and wealth inequality • Easter trading laws • The New Zealander killed in a drone strike in Yemen... More>>

Easter Trading: Workers 'Can Kiss Goodbye To Easter Sunday Off'

The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. More>>

ALSO:

ACT Don't Go For Maximum Penalty: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail

Three strikes for burglary was introduced to England and Wales in 1999. As in New Zealand, burglary was out of control and given a low priority by the police and the courts. A Labour government passed a three strikes law whereby a third conviction for burglaries earned a mandatory three years in prison... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home. More>>

ALSO:

Elections: New Electorate Boundaries Finalised

New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Bad Transnationals: Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award

It won the 2011 Roger Award and was runner up in 2012, 2009 and 08. One 2013 nomination said simply and in its entirety: “Blackmailing country”... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news