The Ashburton Zone Committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
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Environment Canterbury is set to extend its work in Ashburton with the establishment of a new Ashburton Zone Team.
The team is being created to provide support to the local community in improving water quality in the district. Team members will be employed by Environment Canterbury and work alongside the Ashburton Zone Committee set up as part of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.
There are four new positions based in Ashburton including two resource management officers, a land management officer and a biodiversity officer.
The team, managed by Donna Lill, will provide practical advice for farmers and land managers on good management practices, farm environment plans, environmental protection and restoration, as well as other relevant water and land management issues that people want to talk about.
Donna is very keen to see those living in the district consider applying for the positions.
“With these new roles there is flexibility to structure the roles around the successful applicant. We will consider part time, flexible hour appointments to enable applicants to keep commitments to family, farm work and the like.”
A strong understanding of farm systems, experience in agricultural or support industries, a commitment to improving environmental outcomes and already-established strong networks in the Ashburton zone are among the qualities sought after. Read more...
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The working party is chaired by local farmer Peter Lowe, and a core task of the group is to assist the Ashburton Zone Committee to develop recommendations on minimum flows and surface water allocation for the water bodies in the lower Hinds Plains. The group will present its recommendations to the Ashburton Zone Committee at its meeting on 29 March.
The working party is also investigating options such as managed aquifer recharge and hopes to work with Ashbuton District Council as it investigates more efficient ways of delivering stock water to users.
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Canterbury Water Management Strategy (pdf 3.28 MB)
Ashburton River/Hakatere to Rakaia River Contract Report 2015 (3MB)
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