Farm may be leased but not for dairying

Last updated 10:01 24/03/2014
Philip Woolley
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A Tuamarina farm at the centre of a long-running battle between owner Philip Woolley and the Marlborough District Council could cease its dairy farming operations.

At an Environment Court hearing in Blenheim on Thursday, Mr Woolley's lawyer, David Clark, said there was a possibility that Awarua Farm would be leased for purposes other than dairy farming in the near future.

Details of the lease were suppressed by Judge Jeff Smith, for commercial reasons.

Despite the potential lease, a decision was still to be made by the court as to what enforcement orders needed to be applied.

The orders were to set out steps Woolley needed to take to meet consent conditions and keep effluent out of waterways.

A decision was not reached by Judge Smith on Thursday, but he said it would likely be made within the next month.

The farm was brought to the attention of the court last year after council compliance officers described it as having pools of waste, rotting carcasses and soiled public roads.

Since September the council had been making weekly inspections of the farm, details of which would be considered by Judge Smith when he made a decision on what enforcement orders to make.

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- The Marlborough Express


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