Tasman District Council Seeking Nominations for Waimea Plains Freshwater and Land Advisory Group

Tuesday 24 September 2013

Do you want to be involved in decision making for water quality management in the Waimea Plains?

The Council has a responsibility for managing both water quantity and quality in Tasman and is currently focussing attention on reviewing the water quality management provisions in the Tasman Resource Management Plan for the Waimea Plains.

To do this there is a need to further develop the management objectives for the Waimea water resources and the possible water quality limits that are required to meet the objectives and how they might be achieved.  There is also a need to better understand the impacts of current and possible future land use on ground and surface water quality.

The preferred approach is through a Freshwater and Land Advisory Group.  The Waimea Plains group is the first of these groups planned for the District.

The ten member advisory group will be made up of councillor and iwi representatives and 8 members of the community.  The purpose of the group will be to consider the existing and potential future water quality challenges in the Waimea Plains and develop solutions for managing the water quality effects of land use activities. 

Nominations and applications for membership on the advisory group are invited from people with a significant interest in water management in the Plains.

Any recommendations from the advisory group will contribute to further development of policy and rules in the Tasman Resource Management Plan.

The Council’s Environment and Planning Committee will select the Advisory Group members from the nominations received.  A person seeking membership can be self-nominated or nominated by another person or organisation, however members will be appointed as individuals, not as organisation representatives.  In considering membership of the group Council will take into account the balance of interests required for:

  • the geographic spread of members,
  • knowledge of the range of water body uses and values, and
  • the ability of the applicants to work in a collaborative, consensus-seeking manner.

Further Information

Further information and online application forms are available on Council’s website at tasman.govt.nz/link/nominations or application forms can be obtained from Council offices.

Nominations must be received by Council by 4pm, 1 November 2013.