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Waimakariri Irrigation Ltd (WIL) is a shareholder owned cooperative. The company holds resource consents to take and use water from the Waimakariri River to irrigate land across the district. The Waimakariri River is subject to a minimum flow regime which means that during dry summers irrigation must cease in order to maintain an environmental flow in the river. This is so that we can all enjoy the right to fish and recreate on the river – this is very important.
However, without irrigation grass and crop production slows and in drought conditions stops. Therefore, to ensure that farmers can continue to feed their animals and grow crops for food production, WIL is planning to build a water storage facility. It essentially takes water from the river when it is at high flow and stores it until such time as it is needed through a dry period or drought.
The company lodged a building consent and resource consent in 2012 and this process is still continuing today. A building consent was issued in 2013 and despite this, subsequent Court decisions have required the design of the storage facility to go through multiple peer reviews. In addition, there has been a major update of the legislation that advises the building of large dams. And finally, there is a group of people in the community opposed to the project and they have exercised their rights to submit and appeal against the project.
WIL absolutely accepts and agree that people living in the community should feel safe and in doing so, has at every step of the way engaged appropriately qualified professionals to design the storage facility to meet all of the legislation and building requirements.
The table below shows the consenting process to date. In addition, we have provided links to help inform you of the various aspects of the project.
If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact Brent Walton, General Manager Waimakariri Irrigation on 0220 869986 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The original proposal to shareholders provides an outline of the project.
For a general overview of the application we suggest you first look at the RMG application report.
Consenting Time Line
|July 2012||Building and resource consents lodged with ECan and WDC|
|July 2013||Building Consent BCA122892 issued|
|July and August 2014||Resource Consent Hearings|
|October 2014||Resource Consent RC135478 granted|
|November 2015||Resource Consent Appealed|
|August 2015||Environment Court Hearing started then adjourned|
|May 2016||Environment Court Hearing|
|September 2016||Environment Court interim decision|
For information on the appearance and landscaping of the storage ponds please refer to Appendix F – Edge Landscape Project Limited Landscape Effects.
On 07 September 2015 the Environment Court released an interim decision. This document will give readers the most up to date overview of where the application is currently at.
Waimakariri Irrigation Ltd, Storage Ponds – Dam Safety Management System (Pre-Construction Issue) 22 February 2017 Issue 4.1
Waimakariri Irrigation Ltd, Storage Ponds –Emergency Action Plan This is a pre-construction version. Further details to be updated after stakeholder consultation, during construction and prior to commissioning.
Draft Emergency Plan
Following a round of community consultation meetings in September 2016, and further input from external emergency service agencies, WIL now presents the 08 February 2017 version of the Draft Emergency Evacuation Plan
The next step in the process is a further consultation meeting with ECESS which is scheduled for 28 February 2017 in the Oxford Town Hall, and on the same day a separate invited meeting for residents living in the immediate vicinity of the proposed storage facility. Feedback from this meeting will be input into the EEP, and an updated and final draft will be made available in March 2017.