Clutha river consultation ‘critical’
An Alexandra farmer and former Otago Regional Councillor is urging all members of the community to attend the first round of consultation by the Otago Regional Council on the Clutha River.
The ORC is currently advertising minimum flow consultation for the Clutha River, and Gary Kelliher said it was ‘‘absolutely critical’’ those who currently used water from the Clutha attend the early consultation.
‘‘I personally do not agree with this river’s minimum flow being considered at this time when there are far more important lower flow rivers and catchments to be worked through. The Lindis is headed for the Environment Court, and other critical catchments such as the Cardrona, Manuherikia and Arrow are at varying stages of the process.
‘‘We are so lucky to have such a large resource in such an arid area, the future planning of its use must not be rushed ... Once minimum flows are set it is virtually impossible to change them as opportunities appear.’’
The consultation meetings are from November 22 to the December 5 in Queenstown, Wanaka, Cromwell, Alexandra and Balclutha.
John Harris dousing the precious barrels with cool water at Maori Point Vineyard.