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Published: 2013-02-12 00:00:00

Waikato Regional Council’s implementation of Variation 6 for the farming community is now rolling out to the Lower Waikato and West Coast catchments.

Most farmers will know that Variation 6 confirmed the requirement that all dairy farms taking more than 15 cubic metres of water per day for milk cooling and shed washdown purposes require a resource consent. Most will also know that they have until 1 January 2015 to take advantage of the special ‘grandparenting’ rules made available to them in the Variation.

However, as a way of keeping the costs to a minimum, the council is progressively going around the region to encourage farmers within the same catchment to make their applications at the same time. The aim of this is to process similar applications together which should keep the costs down.

Prior to Christmas, the council spent time in the Waihou catchment engaging with farmers there and the next stops are the Lower Waikato and West Coast catchments. Farmers in these catchments are being written to by the council asking that they get their new water take consent applications in by 29 March 2013.

“The 29 March 2013 date is the cut-off time established for the Lower Waikato and West Coast catchments for receiving applications for group processing,” said Variation 6 implementation manager Amy King.

“By receiving applications from certain areas at the same time we can group similar applications and process them together to reduce costs to the individual farmer.”

To help farmers understand the process and for help in completing consent application forms, three drop in days are being held.

 

28 February - Tuakau

4 March – Matangi

6 March - Huntly

Tuakau Memorial Hall

72 George St, Tuakau

Matangi Hall

482 Tauwhare Road, Matangi

Huntly Memorial Hall

Wight Street, Huntly

10 am – 3 pm

10 am – 3 pm 

10 am – 3 pm

 

More information is available at www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/watertakes or call 0800 800 402.

Information on smart water use is available at www.dairynz.co.nz/smartwateruse