Federated Farmers is running a nine-stop rural roadshow opposing the Government’s proposed replacement of the Resource Management Act. Fedes RMA reform spokesperson Mark Hooper says they all want to see reform of the RMA, but it needs to be done right to address the issues of cost and complexity that farmers face every time they want to do something productive with their land. He says the current legislation just ties farmers up in red tape, and heaps on unnecessary costs and the Government’s proposed reforms will only make that worse. He says the reforms will shift land use planning away from democratically elected councils towards ‘Regional Planning Committees’, which will be at arm’s length from their local community. The roadshow kicks off in Ashburton on Tuesday May 30th then on to Alexandra, Gore, Invercargill, Masterton, Palmerston North, Whanganui, New Plymouth and Te Awamutu. You can find out more at FedsNews.co.nz/Events or search “roadshow”.
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