Time to start writ­ing, have you say on Rivers plan

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - HUGH VERCOE

The Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil’s Healthy Rivers Wai Ora (Plan Change 1) is now for­mally adopted and sub­mis­sions are in­vited. The orig­i­nal area cov­ered by Plan Change 1 has how­ever been re­duced to ex­clude part of the lower Waikato. If you farm in the Wai­hou Pi­ako catch­ment ar­eas the Plan does not af­fect you so why should you be in­ter­ested let alone make a sub­mis­sion?

Good ques­tion. How­ever the Re­gional Coun­cil staff are al­ready work­ing on Plan Change 2 and this in­cludes all farm­ers in the Wai­hou Pi­ako catch­ment. Will the rules even­tu­ally adopted for Plan Change 1 dif­fer greatly from the Wai­hou Pi­ako? Maybe a lit­tle but I pre­dict there will be lit­tle change. There­fore ev­ery farmer, no mat­ter where you farm in the Waikato, should take a se­ri­ous in­ter- est and make a sub­mis­sion to the cur­rent process.

An­other rea­son for mak­ing a sub­mis­sion is that Plan Change 1 was writ­ten by a Col­lab­o­ra­tive Stake Hold­ers Group made up of 24 peo­ple rep­re­sent­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists to the do noth­ing brigade. Peo­ple from all ex­tremes are ex­pected to make sub­mis­sions, and if your view is some­where in the mid­dle your views also need to be heard.

A new re­port test­ing the im­pli­ca­tions of Plan Change 1 was re­cently done by Fed­er­ated Farm­ers. The re­port showed the cost of com­pli­ance ranged from $4,700 up to $785,000. This is an­other good rea­son why you should take an in­ter­est and make a sub­mis­sion.

Stu Hus­band, pres­i­dent of Mor­rinsville Feds or­gan­ised a meet­ing in Tauhei last Sun­day night. Win­ston Peters was the guest speaker. Win­ston spoke strongly against var­i­ous as­pects of Plan Change 1 and with the sud­den res­ig­na­tion of John Key I am sure Win­ston will not re­main quiet on this is­sue.

Sub­mis­sions can be on line or any sim­ple writ­ten form posted to Waikato re­gional Coun­cil. Sub­mis­sions close on 8 March 2017 so get writ­ing now and don’t leave it till af­ter Christ­mas.

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