Geraldine water forum attracts big turnout

00:08, Dec 10 2014
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Water Matters was led by a panel of industry experts, from left, Willy Leferink, John Donkers, Geoff Simmons, Dr Mike Joy, Dr Alistair Humphrey and Jane Demeter, who placed rocks around a tree donated to the community to commemorate the forum.

A public forum in Geraldine has given more than 150 people a chance to have their say on water related issues.

Now the big question is what can the community do about those issues, Orari River Protection Group chairman Ad Sintenie said.

Another similar forum will possibly go ahead later in the year.

"We've had a lot of appetite for more of these kinds of things. I think that came through from the forum loud and clear. We've got a problem with water quality and we need to do something about it. The big question is 'what do we do about it?' " he said.

"What are our options?"

Industry experts, including a scientist, economist, health official, and representatives from Federated Farmers and Irrigation New Zealand, discussed the issues during the forum in Geraldine on May 25.


Sintenie said water related issues required a lot more information, debate and understanding to figure out a solution to the problems.

"Another thing we've picked up from the forum [was] it was all about water - but none of the forum said 'did we need more water?'"

Almost 200 people attended the forum, despite heavy rain and cold temperatures.

Sintenie said he was pleased with the turnout and the mix of backgrounds people came from.

"There were a lot of farmers and a lot of people that had never been to a debate or discussion of water."

The Timaru Herald