Crunch time for ir­ri­ga­tion scheme plan

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The com­mu­nity group in­ves­ti­gat­ing im­proved water man­age­ment in the Manuherikia River catch­ment is ask­ing landown­ers in­ter­ested in join­ing the scheme to help fund stage two of the fea­si­bil­ity study.

Manuherikia Catch­ment Water Strat­egy Group (MCWSG) chair­man Al­lan Kane said landown­ers had re­ceived in­for­ma­tion ex­plain­ing the find­ings of the re­search, op­tions for more ef­fi­cient and en­vi­ron­men­tally ac­cept­able ir­ri­ga­tion and the es­ti­mated cost. In­for­ma­tion ses­sions would also be held, along with one-on-one meet­ings and a com­mu­nity fo­rum.

‘‘I’m con­fi­dent there’s a fi­nan­cially vi­able pro­ject for the catch­ment which will have sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits, not only to ir­ri­ga­tors and farm­ers, but also to the en­vi­ron­ment and the wider com­mu­nity. It’s crunch time – the amount of in­ter­est shown by landown­ers now will de­ter­mine which op­tion goes ahead, if any.’’

Landown­ers should sub­mit a non-bind­ing ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est by late Oc­to­ber, in­di­cat­ing the num­ber of hectares they wanted to ir­ri­gate and com­mit $50 per hectare to help fund stage two of the study.

JILL HERON

Hayden John­ston, owner of Tar­ras Vine­yards.

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