Re­cov­ery project set to launch

Kaikoura Star - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - PIPPA BROWN

The Kaiko¯ura Plains Re­cov­ery Project to help the own­ers of ru­ral quake-dam­aged land will of­fi­cially launch on Oc­to­ber 18.

Farm­ers from Kaiko¯ura Plains and In­land Rd area met at Done­gal House ear­lier this month to set up a gov­er­nance group.

The project has been al­lo­cated $600,000 over three years from the Min­istry of Pri­mary In­dus­tries Earthquake Re­cov­ery Fund..

Re­liev­ing En­vi­ron­ment Can- ter­bury land man­age­ment ad­vi­sor Jodie Hog­gard said they were still look­ing for two com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives to join the gov­er­nance team.

‘‘The Kaiko¯ura Plains Re­cov­ery Project is to help farm­ers get their farms back to the same, if not bet­ter, state than they were be­fore the earthquake,’’ she said.

Changes in ground wa­ter are one of the big­gest is­sues fac­ing the farm­ing com­mu­nity

‘‘Af­ter the rain last week the amount of wa­ter ly­ing around high­lighted the land changes.

‘‘It just shows with high in­ten­sity rain­falls like that the wa­ter has nowhere to go.

‘‘We have a higher wa­ter ta­ble than we did pre-quake so the wa­ter is strug­gling to go any­where, be­cause the lay of the land has changed,’’ Hog­gard said.

Kaiko¯ura Plains Re­cov­ery Project launch at 7pm, Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 18, Done­gal House. Con­tact Jodie Hog­gard on (027) 551 5902 or jodie.hog­gard@ecan.govt.nz.

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