Happy birthday George Cole – 85 today.
Environment and Local Body Ministers Nick Smith and Rodney Hide have named the six commissioners tasked with overseeing Environment Canterbury and fixing the region’s pressing water issues.
Deputy to chair Dame Margaret Bazley is David Caygill, who has experience in local and central government, the legal profession and chairs several organisations including the Electricity Commission.
Biographies of the remaining commissioners, David Bedford, Donald Couch, Tom Lambie Professor Peter Skelton and Rex Williams are at the link above.
I am delighted that Tom Lambie is one of the commissioners. He is Lincoln University chancellor and an organic farmer who gained a lot of respect when he chaired Federated Farmers. He has personal experience of the importance of careful water management through his involvement with the Opuha Dam.
Replacing elected councillors isn’t ideal. But these appointees have a much better mix of skills and experience to deal with the crisis facing ECan and the region’s water than an election could have delivered.
Apropos of yesterday’s post about the litter and worse left by freedom campers, I had a reminder this morning that it’s not just human waste which causes problems.
Most dog owners are responsible and it’s not unusual to see plastic bag dispensers at the start of popular walking trails for people who’ve forgotten to bring something to pick up pooch pooh.
The idea is that you not only pick up the pooh in the bag, you take it away and dispose of it carefully.
Not everyone gets the idea:
A review of the season’s milk price and distributable profit will be on the agenda of next week’s meeting of the Fonterra board.
In a newsletter to shareholders chair, Sir Henry Van der Heyden says he’ll let us know right away of any changes.
Is that a hint the forecast payout may go up? The dairy grapevine (or should that be milk line?) suggests another 20 cents could be possible.
That would provide a welcome boost for individual farmers and the wider economy.
The drought has forced more than a quarter of Fonterra suppliers to dry off early. Even a little more added to the current forecast payout will be some compensation for more than a month’s less production.
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