21 April 2016

The submission period for the proposed Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management rules will close this Wednesday and Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chair Doug Leeder is encouraging the public to have their input in to what the rules will look like.

“We have undertaken extensive engagement with the community over the past two and a half years resulting in over 200 people providing feedback that helped shape the current proposed rules.

As we have now entered the process required under the Resource Management Act, formal submissions received will help inform any further changes that may be required, and people have until next Wednesday to get their submissions in”, says Leeder.

The Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management rules are a proposed plan change to the Regional Water and Land Plan that was notified Monday 29th February. The rules are one of four components of the integrated framework delivered by the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme (RTALP) aimed at protecting the water quality in Lake Rotorua.

Last month Regional Council extended the submission period out to Wednesday 27th April 2016, 4pm to allow more time for landowners, iwi and all interested stakeholders to make a submission.

 “To date we have received five submissions and there is still time for you to provide your input. Whether you agree or disagree, in whole or in part, we want to hear from you as this is an important step towards protecting water quality for Lake Rotorua”.

Submission forms are available at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council offices or can be downloaded from the Regional Council website, www.boprc.govt.nz

Additional Information

The Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme is a partnership between Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Rotorua Lakes Council and Te Arawa Lakes Trust, with funding from Ministry for the Environment. It is responsible for meeting water quality targets set out in the Regional Water and Land Plan for the 12 Rotorua Te Arawa lakes. The purpose of the unique programme is to enable a sustainable economic, lifestyle and cultural future for the lakes. This will be achieved by improving and protecting overall health and water quality.

For more information on the development of the rules visit www.rotorualakes.co.nz

Landowners in the Lake Rotorua catchment can phone the dedicated landowners advice line on 07 921 3377 to find out what the proposed plan change will mean for them and the funding available to meet the requirements