Col­lab­o­ra­tion has­tens con­sent ap­pli­ca­tions

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

The rel­a­tively speedy grant­ing of a re­source con­sent for a planned milk dry­ing plant in Toko­roa is a great ex­am­ple of what can be achieved when com­pa­nies work pro-ac­tively with the re­gional coun­cil, says Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil reg­u­la­tory com­mit­tee chair­woman Lois Liv­ingston.

Dairy­land Prod­ucts was granted a con­sent un­der the Re­source Man­age­ment Act within 15 work­ing days of ap­pli­ca­tion.

‘‘This shows that quicker de­ci­sion mak­ing is avail­able un­der the act for well-or­gan­ised com­pa­nies who en­gage with us be­fore they ap­ply, to see what they may need to do to get con­sent,’’ said Cr Liv­ingston.

Two key fea­tures of the Dairy­lands’ ap­pli­ca­tion was that the com­pany would off­set the plant’s ef­fects on air qual­ity by help­ing to re­place home heat­ing wood burn­ers in Toko­roa with cleaner heat sources.

An­other en­vi­ron­men­tal mit­i­ga­tion mea­sure in its pro­posal is that the com­pany will use waste­water from the plant to ir­ri­gate farm­land.

‘‘It’s great to see com­pa­nies like Dairy­lands mak­ing the ef­fort to get their ducks in a row be­fore they make a con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion. Talk­ing to us first means we all save time and that projects aren’t held up un­nec­es­sar­ily,’’ she said.

‘‘The coun­cil is keen to pro­mote eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in our re­gion and we want to take a part­ner­ship ap­proach with in­dus­try on this,’’ Cr Liv­ingston said.

The Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil’s area ex­tends from the Bom­bay Hills in the north to Mt Ruapehu in the south and from the mouth of the Waikato River to Mokau on the west coast, across to the Coro­man­del Penin­sula’s east coast.

The coun­cil has three key strate­gic goals:

The val­ues of land and water re­sources are sus­tained across the re­gion;

The peo­ple of the re­gion col­lab­o­rate to achieve a shared vi­sion of the Waikato com­pet­ing glob­ally, car­ing lo­cally; and

The Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil meets its leg­isla­tive co­gov­er­nance re­quire­ments by work­ing to­gether in good faith and a spirit of co-op­er­a­tion Re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­clude: Sus­tain­able man­age­ment of nat­u­ral and phys­i­cal re­sources, in­clud­ing pest con­trol;

Plan­ning re­gional growth and trans­port, and pro­vid­ing bus ser­vices; and

Civil de­fence, emer­gency re­sponse, nav­i­ga­tion safety, dam safety, flood man­age­ment, ero­sion con­trol and road safety.

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