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Public meetings for lake catchment landowners

Friday, 18 October 2013 10:15 a.m.

Landowners in the Lake Rotorua catchment are being invited to public meetings and open days to hear about the development of rules and incentives aimed at reducing nutrient loss to improve lake water quality.

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Lake Rotorua Stakeholder Advisory Group are hosting two public meetings and three open days to keep landowners who will be affected by the rules and incentives informed of progress. The rules and incentives will be part of the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme and will set nitrogen limits for landowners.

“We would encourage all landowners to come along to hear what’s happening,” General Manager Natural Resource Operations, Warwick Murray says.

“We need to achieve significant nitrogen reductions from the pastoral sector to reach the sustainable nitrogen load for Lake Rotorua,”

“The Regional Council and the Lake Rotorua Stakeholder Advisory Group have agreed on the approach we’ll be taking to achieve that, through allocation of sustainable nitrogen limits.

“We will now start work to develop rules and incentives that will help us achieve sustainable improvements in water quality while maintaining a viable rural sector.”

The agreed rules and incentives approach will involve an integrated programme of nitrogen discharge allowances, incentives and gorse conversion to achieve the catchment's required nutrient reductions. This approach shares the risk, responsibility and cost of achieving the sustainable nitrogen limit set for Lake Rotorua between farmers and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

The agreed approach is the result of a collaborative process to deliver improved water quality and maintain a viable rural sector in the Lake Rotorua catchment.

“Having agreed on broad terms on the way forward we now need to start working on the detail,” Mr Murray says.

“We want to make sure that all rural landowners in the Lake Rotorua catchment know and understand what’s happening and that’s what these meetings are about.”

Public meetings will be held on Monday 21 October 2013, 6pm at the Ngongotaha Hall, 5 School Rd, Ngongotaha and on Tuesday 22 October 2013, 6pm at Apumoana Marae, 27 Tarawera Rd, Lynmore.

Open Days will be held on Tuesday 29 October, Wednesday 30 October and Friday November 1, both days from 9am to 4pm and at Bay of Plenty Regional Council, 1125 Arawa Street, Rotorua.

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