Hunter Downs Water Ltd has been granted requiring authority status to develop and operate the Hunter Downs Irrigation Scheme in South Canterbury.
“A requiring authority has the ability to set aside land for infrastructure, such as road, rail, energy or water, and I am satisfied Hunter Downs Water meets the criteria to become one. This authority status is necessary to enable the scheme to be developed," Environment Minister Nick Smith says.
“This decision is an important milestone for the Hunter Downs Water project. It will give Hunter Downs Water Ltd the authority to apply to the Timaru and Waimate councils and Environment Canterbury for the necessary designations to implement the scheme.