Beef+Lamb NZ Environmental Issues Farmer Roadshow

From the TDC news feed, relevant for all farmers in the area:

With a number of environmental issues currently being consulted on by the Government, Beef+Lamb NZ is running an Environmental Issues Farmer Roadshow to help farmers understand what's going on, get feedback from farmers on their thoughts on the policies being proposed, and to provide advice for farmers wanting to make a submission.

In Tasman, the B+LNZ roadshow is at Moutere Hills Community Centre in Upper Moutere on Thursday October 24 from 5:30pm till 8:30pm. All farmers welcome.

View the schedule of Freshwater Policy Farmer meetings.

Find out more about the Government consultation on the Essential Freshwater policy.

Landcare Trust: Local Catchment Group to Improve Waterways

The NZ Landcare Trust is a national charitable organisation which works with land owners and land users to "encourage and support sustainable land and water management".

The trust brings together different interest groups and engages in practical work such as planting trees, as has happened on one local property in the Moutere only recently.

The trust will hold a group launch meeting on Tuesday 12 November 2019 from 6:45pm at the Moutere Hills Community Centre. Please see this flyer and come along to the meeting to learn more.

TDC: Draft Responsible Camping Strategy

TDC have developed a new Draft Responsible Camping Strategy and are now seeking feedback on it. From the news item:

Over the past few years there has been a significant increase in freedom and budget campers. This has come with challenges, including littering, waste disposal, noise, public space conflicts, safety and commercial competition concerns.

We want to continue to be welcoming hosts to people wishing to enjoy the uniquely Tasman experience, and we expect our visitors to respect the special places and communities as they pass through.

The Draft Responsible Camping Strategy is intended to provide direction as we manage responsible camping through regulations and by providing facilities and visitor information.  It may lead to changes in the Tasman Freedom Camping Bylaw.

Click here to read the strategy summary and click here to provide feedback.

The Draft Responsible Camping Strategy is open for consultation until 18 November 2019 and there will be drop-in sessions available throughout the district.

TDC Adopts New Public Water Supply Bylaw

Tasman District Council has adopted an amendment to the Public Water Supply Bylaw which is aimed to "protect and manage the community’s access to safe, secure water."

TDC notes: "The bylaw includes a water restrictions protocol for how we will manage water use during a drought or an emergency."

A copy of the bylaw can be downloaded here. From page 24 onward you will find breakdowns of the phases in the Water Restriction Protocol.

It makes for a good read in case we get another drought.

Tiny Houses Anyone?

Tasman District Council has recently released a new eight-page guide document called "Provisions for Tiny Houses".

You can download the guide from the TDC website here.

The guide aims to clarify which consents and permissions would be required to construct and live in a tiny house on a property in Tasman District.

Please note that the following is a summary of various items highlighted in the guide, and is not a replacement for reading the guide itself.

Read here why at this moment, according to Tasman District Council, there is no such thing as a 'tiny house'. And take our online survey at the end of the article!

Read more: Tiny Houses Anyone?