INDEPENDENT NEWS

No Increase In Grazing Licence Fees Helps Ease Drought Burden

Published: Thu 11 Jun 2020 12:26 PM
There will be no increases in licence fees for grazing on Waikato Regional Council stopbank and spillway land in the Waihou-Paiko Zone this year.
The River and Catchment Management Committee this week approved a staff recommendation to hold the current levels for the 2020/21 financial year.
Committee chair Stu Husband says the decision acknowledges the difficulties that farmers are facing as a result of the drought, which was a one in 100-year event.
“There is a lot of pain out there, so well done to council staff in making this recommendation.”
The decision saves licensees about $74,214 across 203 agreements.
Fees are normally adjusted to be consistent with valuation assessments, last done by Quotable Value Limited in November-December 2019. The Waihou-Piako licences were due to expire on 31 May 2020. For the year 2019/2020, the revenue received was $500,446.
Licensing of stopbank and spillway land ensures controlled management of the land and protection of any flood control assets. The fees contribute to the total costs of administration, management and maintenance of the land and the flood protection scheme and offsets the need for rates.
The committee also renewed licence agreement conditions to ensure minimal damage to scheme land. Vehicles and tractors are no longer allowed on non-metalled parts of the land during winter, all stock is excluded from the land during winter, and all stock must be kept away from waterways at all times to ensure the integrity of the flood scheme assets.

Next in New Zealand politics

Government announces plan to tackle problem plastics
By: New Zealand Government
On The New Lockdowns, Leadership And Lebanon
By: Gordon Campbell
National Selects Emma Mellow As Auckland Central Candidate
By: New Zealand National Party
Update on New Zealand and the Cook Islands travel bubble
By: New Zealand Government
Speech: Ardern - Let’s Keep Moving - 2020 Election Campaign Launch
By: New Zealand Labour Party
On Political Twins, And On Labour Extending Its Wage Subsidy Scheme
By: Gordon Campbell
Overall, 82% Trust Pandemic’s Management – Down From 91%
By: Horizon Research Limited
National Releases 2020 Party List
By: New Zealand National Party
How Judith Collins stopped the bleeding
By: Horizon Research Limited
Your Vote 2020: Bringing Election Coverage To Viewers Across TVNZ Channels And Platforms
By: TVNZ
30% Believe Households Worse Off, 298,000 Expect To Lose Jobs
By: Horizon Research Limited
Findings Of Investigation Into COVID-19 Active Cases Privacy Breach
By: State Services Commission
New Zealand suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong
By: New Zealand Government
WasteMINZ Pleased To See Phase Out Of Single-use Plastic Items
By: WasteMINZ
Govt Proposal To Ban Wide Range Of Single-use Plastic Items World-leading, Says Takeaway Throwaways
By: Takeaway Throwaways
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media