Fed’s want you to voice your opin­ion

South Waikato News - - Agribusiness -

By Alan Wills, Federated Farm­ers Ro­torua / Taupo Pres­i­dent

The dead­line for sub­mis­sions on Plan Change One [March 8], is loom­ing large.

It is im­por­tant that in the next three weeks those farm­ing and liv­ing in the Up­per Waikato take time to un­der­stand the po­ten­tial im­pact of the plan­ning rule changes and make a for­mal sub­mis­sion.

Healthy Rivers/wai Ora: Pro­posed Plan Change 1 is the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil’s draft plan to ad­dress the com­plex is­sue of wa­ter qual­ity in the Waipa and Waikato rivers, in­clud­ing tack­ling lev­els of ni­tro­gen, phos­pho­rus, sed­i­ment and bac­te­ria.

It will, with­out doubt, im­pact on how you man­age your farm and what is ex­pected of you. Don’t let it hap­pen with­out un­der­stand­ing what it is all about and how it will im­pact on your fam­ily and your farm.

Federated Farm­ers has com­mit­ted four wa­ter pol­icy peo­ple to do an in-depth anal­y­sis of the po­ten­tial im­pacts of PC1 as it stands at the mo­ment. But we also want to hear your views on stock ex­clu­sion, farm en­vi­ron­ment plans (FEPS), the ni­tro­gen ref­er­enc­ing point (NRP), land use change and the sci­ence be­hind the Col­lab­o­ra­tive Stake Hold­ers Group.

To help farm­ers and oth­ers get to grips with the is­sues, and for­mu­late their re­sponses, Federated Farm­ers has or­gan­ised a se­ries of work­shops, which are open to mem­bers and non-mem­bers. Fed’s pol­icy staff will run the work­shops and will pro­vide tem­plates for mak­ing a sub­mis­sion to the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil.

They will also share with lo­cal farm­ers some of their find­ings and what they con­sider to be im­por­tant.

The lo­cal work­shops are: Toko­roa, 6pm, Tues­day 21 Fe­bru­ary at the South­ern United Rugby Football Club Mos­sop Rd; Re­poroa, 6pm, Thurs­day 23 Fe­bru­ary, Re­poroa War Me­mo­rial Hall.

PHOTO: PETER MEECHAM

The Waikato River bathed in early morn­ing fog.

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