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Orari-Opihi-Pareora Zone Committee meeting

10 August 2011

Orari-Opihi-Pareora Zone Committee meeting

The Orari-Opihi-Pareora Zone Committee will meet on Friday, 12 August in Timaru.

Since its formation in April the Orari-Opihi-Pareora Zone Committee has met four times to bring members up to speed on water issues in the region. The Committee has also been on a number of field trips to visit sites of interest and engage with community members.

At its meeting this week the Committee will be briefed on urban waterways (parks and gardens and drainage and water management) and elect a Chair and Deputy Chair for the Committee.

The Committee will also review its priorities for biodiversity protection and restoration in the zone and how these can be met. Following this the Committee will discuss the values that will shape its Zone Implementation Programme and confirm water quality outcomes.

At previous meetings the Committee has had presentations on land use and water quality, irrigation and land management and looked at the benefits of audited self management farm practices.

The Committee also recently went on a field trip to a farm near Fairlie to see how a dairy conversion had been established in a water short area through the use of on farm storage and the latest water measuring technologies to maximise the resource.

The Orari-Opihi-Pareora Zone Committee operates as a joint committee of Environment Canterbury and the Timaru and Mackenzie District Councils. It is charged with working collaboratively to develop an effective water implementation programme in consultation with the local community. The programme includes strategies, tactics and activities to give effect to the Canterbury Water Management Strategy’s principles and targets.

The Orari-Opihi-Pareora Zone extends from the Rangitata River (shared boundary with Ashburton Zone), the Orari, Opihi and Pareora catchments, and includes all of the Timaru district and parts of the Mackenzie and Waimate districts.

Orari-Opihi-Pareora Zone Committee meeting
1pm to 6pm, Friday, 12 August 2011
Meeting Room 1, District Council Building , King George Place, Timaru

Link to agenda: http://ecan.govt.nz/publications/Council/cw-orari-opihi-agenda-12-08-2011.pdf

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