The council’s waste plan puts Manua ū food production at risk

Landowners in Manatae are worried that the country’s largest sewage system will lose its drainage system.

The proposed land could be located anywhere south of Longburn to Levine, mostly in the Manawati District Council zone.
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Instead of entering the Manawa River, the Palmeerston North City Council has proposed productive land for treatment of 760 and 2,000 hectares of treated wastewater.

Peter Wells’ family has been on the ground since 1884. He and his wife work on a farm and a wedding business.

In 760 we will definitely be included in 2000.

“Our children may or may not have plowed the land, but we have one farmer in the family, so this will only ruin our livelihood for the rest of our lives.”

However, he does not care much about his personal situation and everyone is more concerned about how he got to this point.

“The advisers’ report suggested that the land be divided between the river and up to 2,000 hectares, assuming that the land would be taken in accordance with the Public Works Act.

“We are surprised that we have land options [had been] He has played before … The exact size of the land has not been determined, but they have invested a huge 10,000 hectares of land and most of that land is not in the Palmerston North Rating area so the rural community has been consulted. “

He also said that the council’s plan to develop fodder on the land would be a failure.

“Dairy companies do not accept any food that is associated with sewage, milk for cows, and that is the demand of overseas customers.

And later we doubt, that will probably be the case in the meat and sheep sectors as well.

Wells says the land is worth it.

At the time, the government was trying to set up councils.

The proposed land could be located anywhere south of Longburn to Levine, mostly in the Manawati District Council zone.

Andrea Buchanan, who is in charge of local horticulture, said the plan will have a significant impact on the country’s food production.

It is very productive in raising cattle, cattle, vegetables, cattle and dairy cows, and so on. . “

Not only will it affect the land but it will inevitably sink into a well used by many local businesses.

In our control plan we do it for MPI (Ministry of Major Industries), we can only use water, we can’t use water from the roof because of birds, so we certainly can’t use water. That was human waste. “

She said the council even seemed to entertain the idea.

“They have put a lot of pressure on me to become an agricultural food center and distribution center … so all these big corporations are trying to attract revenue to the city, but not all food producers are here because I use all the land to store the garbage.

It is difficult for Buchanan to know what to do as a business owner.

We have been in business for 25 years and now we have a 10 year plan that does not involve moving.

You will not be transferred overnight.

A new sewerage agreement must be submitted to the House by June 2022.

The council’s chief infrastructure officer, Sarah Sinkel, said it would work with potential landowners if a land-based drainage option was chosen.

The council will vote on September 15 as to which option to choose.

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