13 December 2013
Two days set aside for Cooper’s Wells hearing
Two days have been set aside for a hearing to consider the Gore District Council's application to designate land around its main water source for Gore.
The hearing starts next Wednesday, 18 December, in the Council chambers before independent hearing commissioners Colin Weatherall, of Dunedin, and David Pullar, of Kaiwera.
The Council has issued a notice of requirement, which outlines its intention to designate approximately 14 hectares around Cooper's Wells. On average 2,850 cubic metres of water a day are extracted from the wells for Gore residents.
The proposed designation applies to land at present operated as part of a dairy farm.
Gore District consultant planner Keith Hovell said there were 35 submissions received to the notice of requirement but one was withdrawn. Of the remaining submitters, about 30 indicated they wanted to speak at the hearing.
"We won't know until closer to the hearing exactly how many (submitters) are going to turn up and address the hearing."
The first day would be taken up with evidence from the Council supporting its proposal.
Among those giving evidence will be District Assets General Manager Paul Withers and Opus International principle water resources scientist Jack McConchie.
The hearing commissioners are likely to reserve their decision at the end of the hearing, Mr Hovell said.
Coopers Well Notice of Requirement Report [PDF, 1.2 MB]