Last days for expressions of interest

This Friday is the last day for lodging expressions of interest to join the Regional Forum.

The Regional Forum will be a panel, made up of Southlanders who come together to advise Environment Southland’s council and Te Ao Marama board members on the methods to achieve what the community wants for freshwater.

“We’re looking for people who are open-minded, can work as part of a team and are passionate about the future of Southland and its communities,” said People, Water and Land programme manager Bonny Lawrence.

“In this important role, forum members will play a key part in shaping how Southland’s water resources are managed now and in the future”, she said.

This is a great opportunity for our community to contribute to the future of the region.

The formation of the Regional Forum was an important step in the People, Water and Land programme, which is about taking the next steps to improve Southland’s water and land.

This programme is a partnership between Environment Southland and Te Ao Marama, and is part of building a more sustainable and thriving Southland for everyone now and for future generations.

The Regional Forum members, once selected, will consider specific policies and rules as well as on-ground initiatives for the changes needed to improve Southland’s natural resources, and to ensure the Government’s requirements in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management are met.

Applications for becoming a member of the forum close this Friday 15 February. For more detail on what’s involved, go to the Environment Southland website, http://waterandland.es.govt.nz/about/rolling-out-people-water-and-land/regional-forum.