FEMP ex­ten­sion for CHB landown­ers

CHB Mail - - Tuki Talk -

Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil is giv­ing CHB landown­ers who do not have a Farm En­vi­ron­ment Man­age­ment Plan (FEMP) in place a small grace pe­riod to be­come com­pli­ant.

One of the first reg­u­la­tions to come into ef­fect un­der Tuk­i­tuki Plan Change 6, any landowner with 10 or more hectares in the Tuk­i­tuki catch­ment was re­quired to have an FEMP in place by May 31.

Landown­ers with be­tween 4ha and 10ha also need a FEMP, un­less they are con­firmed as a low-in­ten­sity op­er­a­tion.

But just days be­fore last week’s dead­line was reached, the re­gional coun­cil an­nounced it would be again con­tact­ing non-com­pli­ant landown­ers and giv­ing them un­til June 29 to pro­duce a sat­is­fac­tory re­sponse to the farm plan re­quire­ment.

Af­ter this date, the coun­cil said it would be con­sid­er­ing en­force­ment ac­tion or pros­e­cu­tion pro­ceed­ings. Reg­u­la­tion man­ager Liz Lam­bert urged landown­ers who had not yet con­tracted a farm plan provider to make it a pri­or­ity.

“We’ve been clear and con­sis­tent on the need for farm plans with the 1100 af­fected Tuk­i­tuki prop­er­ties,” Ms Lam­bert said.

More than 75 per cent of the Tuk­i­tuki catch­ment is now cov­ered by an FEMP, with 590 farm plans or low in­ten­sity con­fir­ma­tions com­peted, and a fur­ther 150 in progress.

“That’s great news, but not enough,” Ms Lam­bert said. “Our ef­forts now turn to non­com­pli­ant landown­ers who have no ex­cuse not to act, or re­quire us to.” She said there were 360 plans or low in­ten­sity con­fir­ma­tions still to be done.

“I want to thank and ac­knowl­edge the early work of hun­dreds of landown­ers in Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay, work­ing with ap­proved Farm Plan providers. These farm­ers, own­ers and op­er­a­tors have done the right thing by us and the en­vi­ron­ment to get their farm plans sorted,” Ms Lam­bert said.

The re­gional coun­cil said its land man­age­ment team had been be­hind a con­certed ef­fort in Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay and the lower Tuk­i­tuki catch­ment to sup­port farm­ers and other landown­ers to ob­tain farm plans.

Any landowner who still needs to com­plete or start the process for a Farm Plan can get more in­for­ma­tion at hbrc.govt.nz, search: #farm­plan

MAP: SUPPLIED

THE green ar­eas show the prop­er­ties in the Tuk­i­tuki catch­ment with a com­pleted a Farm En­vi­ron­ment Man­age­ment Plan, while the or­ange ar­eas are those with one in progress.

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