Crunch time for irrigation scheme plan
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.
Hayden Johnston, owner of Tarras Vineyards.