Keen interest in coastal streams forum
Interest in the future of South Canterbury's coastal streams appears to be high, with more than 90 people attending a meeting this week to discuss various issues.
Lower Waitaki Zone committee chairman Robin Murphy said attendance had been good with a consistently high turnout to the past three meetings.
The latest one, held in Waimate this week, attracted 90 people. Of that number, there were 60 from the general public, while the rest were made up of Environment Canterbury (ECan) staff and committee members.
The previous meeting, held at Studholme in July, attracted 58 members of the public while another, held in Waimate in May, also had a reasonable turnout, he said.
Mr Murphy said 80 to 85 per cent of people in attendance this week had been to all three meetings.
"There was a real good cross-section of the Waimate District, which was a fantastic turnout," he said of this week's combined zone committee meeting and public meeting for South Canterbury Coastal Streams.
The committee has finalised its Zone Implementation Programme (ZIP) for water management, which has also been endorsed by councils. Now its focus is on implementing recommendations.
In particular, the committee is focused on developing outcomes for water quantity and quality limits. It aims to build an understanding of those issues so it can make "technically and socially" informed recommendations.
This week's meeting focused on what local people considered was acceptable in the South Canterbury coastal streams area.
This region goes from the Otaio River to the Morven drain and the Waihao River catchment in the Hunter Hills.
A draft proposal based on feedback from the meetings is likely to be presented at a public forum to be held later in the year, Mr Murphy said.
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