Dairy farmer denies effluent charges

Last updated 12:00 28/06/2014

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Dairy farmer Phillip Woolley denied seven charges of illegally discharging effluent on his Matakitaki farm when he appeared in the Nelson District Court yesterday.

Woolley, from Tuamarina in Marlborough, farm manager Hendrick Jordaan and Awarua Farm are charged with multiple breaches of the Resource Management Act which allegedly saw dairy waste entering an unnamed stream on Matakitaki Station, ponding on farmland and seeping from an unsealed storage system.

The charges date back to November 2012 and have been brought by Tasman District Council.

Jordaan indicated through his counsel, Tony Bamford, that he would plead guilty to the charges and file for discharge without conviction. Environment Court Judge Jeff Smith said Jordaan's sentencing would be held at a later date.

Woolley will appear before a judge-alone trial on September 29.

This month Woolley and his wife Suzanne were told they should explore alternative means of milking their cows after their upper Wairau Valley farm, Glenmae, was deemed unfit for the process by the Environment Court.

Environment Judge Jon Jackson refused an application by Philip Woolley to extend the time he was given to comply with Marlborough District Council's enforcement orders and they would have to rely on "indulgences from the council" if they were to start milking in the 2014-15 season.

In May Woolley appeared in Blenheim District Court on 27 charges.

These included permitting a breach of an interim enforcement order, three charges of breaching an interim enforcement order, nine charges of permitting a contravention of the Resource Management Act 1991 occasioned by the discharge of contaminant, and one charge of wilful obstruction. Fairfax NZ

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