The Orari-Opihi-Pareora (OOP) Zone Committee will meet in Temuka on Thursday 19 January 2012.
The main focus for the committee at this month’s meeting is to finalise its draft Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP).
Committee members have been working for months to understand water issues in the zone with the goal of developing a programme of recommendations to councils on how to manage the region’s water to enable present and future generations the greatest social and economic benefits from the region’s water.
The draft ZIP recommends the actions, responsibilities and time-frames to help achieve the principles, targets and goals set out in the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.
The committee hopes to be able to release the draft ZIP for public feedback in late January. Members of the public will be invited to attend community meetings around the zone in February and submit feedback on-line.
In mid-October the committee held a first round of public meetings to get community feedback on priorities for water management in the zone. The feedback from these meetings helped guide the draft ZIP.
At this month’s meeting the committee will also receive an update on Orari Flow Plan from Senior Environment Canterbury Planner Joanne Stapleton.
Following the zone committee meeting, members will go on a field trip to the Orari and Opihi lowland wetlands, which are high in biodiversity value. The committee is keen to learn more about wetlands and how they can be protected and enhanced.
The OOP Zone Committee operates as a joint committee of Environment Canterbury and the Timaru and Mackenzie District Councils. The zone extends south from the Rangitata River through to the Pareora catchment. It includes all of the Timaru district and parts of the Mackenzie and Waimate districts.
Orari-Opihi-Pareora Zone Committee meeting
Commencing at 1pm on Thursday 19 January 2012
Meeting Room, Fish and Game Council , 32 Richard Pearse Drive, Temuka
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