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by Greta Yeoman

Environment Canterbury is set to host a series of meetings about its Plan Change 7 proposals next week.

The plan includes gradual changes to minimum flow levels for water extraction, management of nitrate levels and protections for Maori rock art sites.

The first meeting will be held in Temuka on Tuesday, September 3, from 2pm-4pm at the Alpine Energy Community Centre.

This will be followed by an evening meeting in Geraldine.

Hosted at Waihi Lodge, the meeting will run from 7pm-9pm on Tuesday, September 3.

Friday, September 6, will also involve two meetings, the first in Fairlie at the Mackenzie Community Centre from 10.30am-12.30pm.

Another will be held in Timaru that afternoon, from 2pm-4pm at the Caroline Bay Community Lounge.

Environment Canterbury Southern Zone delivery manager Chris Eccleston said the changes could affect how people interact with, or manage their land so the council was encouraging people to have their say.

“We’ve worked with the community to develop some new proposed rules that relate to how we use and protect our land and water to ensure our precious resource can benefit future generations.”

Submissions are open until September 13.

To find out more about the proposed Plan Change 7 to the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan and/or to make a submission, visit www.ecan.govt.nz/lwrppc7.