Boards warm to ECan input

AUDREY MALONE
Last updated 05:00 21/08/2014

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It looks like the Temuka and Geraldine Community Boards will be on board in coming public meetings with Environment Canterbury (ECan).

ECan asked the boards to co-host meetings with the Orari-Opihi-Pareora (OOP) Zone committee, which was established between the Temuka and Geraldine communities to help take care of local waterways.

The zone stretches from the Pareora catchment in the south to the Rangitata River in the north. Streams that have been identified by these groups are Barkers Creek, and the Waihi/Te Moana.

Meetings planned for Geraldine and Temuka later in the year will discuss flood plain management, storm water management and water quality.

The Geraldine Community Board was to discuss the matter at its meeting last night. Geraldine ward councillor Kerry Stevens said he believed it was something the community board should get involved in.

"The community board is an excellent partner and I am happy ECan invited us to join them," he said.

It was pleasing ECan had not taken an authoritarian approach. "It's good they aren't telling us what is going to happen but engaging with us and I think that is a positive to get involved with."

Temuka-Pleasant Point ward councillor Richard Lyon said at Monday night's Temuka Community Board meeting it was decided the board would be a meeting co-host.

"It is all go from us," he said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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