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Regional Council Welcomes Government’s Freshwater Regulation Consultation


The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council supports the
Government consultation on its proposed Freshwater Farm
Plans and stock exclusion regulations as part of a push
towards integrated farm planning.

The Government’s
consultation will run from 26 July to 12 September this
year.

The Government introduced Freshwater Farm Plans
last year as of part of their freshwater reforms to restore
waterways to health within a generation.

Regional
Council General Manager of Regulation and Policy Katrina
Brunton says the council will be working through the
Government’s proposals.

“We welcome the chance to
participate in the consultation process and encourage
everyone, particularly all farmers to participate as well,
directly or through industry bodies.”

“In
particular, we want to understand the differences between
the Tukituki catchment Farm Environment Management Plans
(FEMPs) and the Government’s proposed Freshwater Farm
Plans.

Our message to farmers in the Tukituki
catchment is to focus on completing your FEMP update –
which were due on May 31 this year – if you still need to do
that. Tukituki FEMPS are likely to develop into Freshwater
Farm Plans over time.”

All farms above 20 hectares
of 10 hectares for horticultural units are likely to need
Freshwater Farm Plans.

The council also notes the
proposed changes to the stock exclusion regulations,
particularly that some land previously captured by the low
slope map will now be managed through Freshwater Farm Plans
allowing farmers more flexibility.

“We acknowledge
that farmers have a lot of think about at present, and this
is having an impact on their lives and farming
practice.

“We are committed to working with farmers
and the wider community to help ensure that the environment
is protected without impacting on personal or family
wellbeing.”

The Freshwater Farm Plan discussion
document is available here

The
stock exclusion low slope map document is available here
 

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