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Selwyn Times: May 02, 2018

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2 26 Wednesday [Edition datE] May 2 2018 Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN RURAL LIFE SELWYN TIMES Farm environment plan template approved Environment Canterbury has confirmed Ravensdown’s farm environment plan template meets the requirements of the Canterbury Land & Water Regional Plan (LWRP). Under the LWRP, all farms requiring a land use consent to farm must produce an environmental plan to support it. Environment Canterbury chief executive Bill Bayfield said the Ravensdown template made that process a lot easier and exceeded the regulatory requirements of Schedule 7 of the LWRP. “Like the Farm Environment Plan Assessment Group, I was impressed with the ease of use of the template and its ability to adapt to the specifics of a property, only populating the relevant parts,” Mr Bayfield said. Ravensdown business manager environmental Mark Fitzpatrick said the digital template constructed in Microsoft Excel format was a precursor to a nationally available online version hosted within the company’s mapping and analytics platform, Hawkeye, and other farm management tools such as agronomy plans. Identifying and addressing potential environmental effects and risks “The digital version is tailored to fit a wide range of farm systems and will be used by Ravensdown farm environmental consultants to help farmers prepare their farm environment plan,” Mr Fitzpatrick said. “While regional plan compliance is critical, the team has also developed Biodiversity and Greenhouse Gas guidance within the FEP. It’s all part of enabling smarter farming for a better New Zealand.” The Land & Water Regional Plan is a primary delivery mechanism of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy. “It is reassuring to see in the Ravensdown template a methodology that will enable the development of plans and to identify and address actual and potential environmental effects and risks,” Mr Bayfield said. “We encourage all farmers to prepare farm environment plans, regardless of whether they’re needed by regulation. International markets are increasingly demanding proven sustainability, and farm environment plans are one way to demonstrate this.” Complying with the Land Water Regional Plan Under Schedule 7 of the Land & Water Regional Plan, farm environment plans can be prepared either by landowners themselves using guidance in the LWRP or via industry-prepared templates and guidance material. Minimum content is specified, and all farm environment plans must include an assessment of the risks associated with the farming activities and how those risks will be managed. This includes irrigation, application of nutrients, effluent, stock exclusion from waterways, offal pits and farm rubbish pits. Farm environment plans must be auditable. Schedule 7 of the LWRP is subject to several changes in the Nutrient Management and Waitaki Plan Change (Plan Change 5, currently under appeal) including the addition of matters set out in sub-region plans. These include important things such as identification of further features including flood protection works, public access management of phosphorus risk zones and management of sites with mahinga kai. Ravensdown has included these items in its template, avoiding the need to update the template once Plan Change 5 becomes operative, unless changes are made to the Schedule. Selwyn Auto ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS › WOF’s › Diagnostics › Repairs › Servicing › Batteries › Tyres › Motorbike WOF’s & Repairs › Courtesy Cars Available Phone 329 5841 | 132 Leeston Road, Springston | GROW VEGETABLES ALL YEAR ROUND • All residential and light commercial drainage • Septic Tank Systems • Alterations • Excavations • Canterbury Wide • Free Quotes M: 027 437 2468 | E: | W: PO Box 86024, Rolleston West, Rolleston 7658 Genuine $200 off normal retail price Don’t buy another vegetable! 20ft Greenhouse - 6.29m(L) x 2.6m(W) x 2.58m(H) Aluminium powder coated (green) frame & base 6mm Polycarbonate walls & roof with 5yr UV guarantee Wide opening double sliding door Fully adjustable roof vent Spread Now for Spring Growth 300 litre corrosion free plastic hopper Spreading range - 10-30m Tractor mounted - PTO driven Recommended tractor HP-20-40 $1,695.00 GST incl. $795.00 GST incl. Tuatara Machinery Ltd • Tel. 03-347-4956 • Mob. 0274 770 070 Email.

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday [Edition May 2 datE] 2018 27 3 SELWYN RURAL LIFE New taxes not supported by farmers, survey shows Any move to introduce a capital gains, land or environment tax will meet stiff opposition from farmers, a Federated Farmers survey shows. The Federation asked its members for their views in March, to help inform the farmer group’s submission to the Tax Working Group. The nearly 1400 responses indicated strong opposition to some of the new taxes that have been suggested. Just on 81 per cent opposed a capital gains tax excluding the family home, with 11 per cent in support. However, 47 per cent would support a CGT on property sold within a five year ‘bright line’ test. There is currently a two-year threshold, and the measure is seen by some as a way of discouraging speculators. “Farmer opposition is even more entrenched on the idea of a land tax, excluding under the family home, with 91 per cent against and only two per cent in favour,” Federated Farmers Economics and Commerce spokesperson Andrew Hoggard said. “A land tax would be punitive and inequitable on farming. The strong opposition to it in last month’s survey mirrors its utter rejection by rural New Zealand the last time our tax system was reviewed, in 2010,” he said. Some 82 per cent of respondents opposed environmental taxation but there was minority support if such taxes were used to fund on-farm environmental initiatives. Tax incentives for those who invested in environment-related on-farm investments drew 84 per cent support. “Just on 12 per cent supported a ‘progressive company tax’ (i.e., a lower rate for small companies), with 26 per cent opposed and 55 per cent thinking ‘maybe’ depending on what is considered ‘small’. There was a lot of concern about compliance implications,” Mr Hoggard said. Meanwhile, 66 per cent opposed exempting basic items, such as food, from GST, with 29 per cent supporting. “Federated Farmers will be sending in a comprehensive submission to the Tax Working Group, which will pick up on the concerns and comments raised in our member survey,” he said. GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband 0800 726 724 Canterbury C T H Timber & Hardware Visit us via our new entrance on Manion Rd We are here HOURS Mon-Fri: 7am - 5pm Saturday: 8am -12pm Your Local Timber Merchant Jason Pester 167 Manion Road, Rolleston P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032