Hands joins water committee

by Kent Caddick

Malvern Community Board member Megan Hands is one of 14 new community members to be appointed to Environment Canterbury’s water zone committee to help protect and improve the region’s freshwater systems.

A further 11 people have been re-appointed to the zone committees.

Environment Canterbury councillor Tom Lambie said he was delighted so many people put their hand up to help make a difference to the region’s water.

“The calibre of the candidates was also impressive and we’ve ended up with a really good balance of community representatives who are keen to make a positive difference to local water management.

Megan Hands of Darfield, has been appointed to the Selwyn Waihora Water Zone Committee.

She joins another newcomer Paul Hodgson WITH Selwyn District Council representative, Murray Lemon.

As well as being a member of the Malvern Community Board Ms Hands is also a member of Young Farmers, Federated Farmers and the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management.

Three new appointees were made to join SDC rep Debra Hassan on the Christchurch West Melton Water Zone Committee. They were Helen Caley, Gareth Oddy and Carly Sluys.

The refresh process replaces or renews community members whose three-year term is completed. Canterbury has 10 water zone committees and one Regional Committee which were established in 2010 and 2011.

The committees are joint committees of local councils and Environment Canterbury, and all include community members and local runanga representatives.