9 Nov 2011

Farmer fined over effluent discharge

4:58 pm on 9 November 2011

A Bay of Plenty dairy farmer has been fined $24,500 for contravening an abatement notice relating to effluent discharge.

Allan Titchmarsh from Kaituna Pastoral Farms had pleaded guilty to the charge under the Resource Management Act and appeared in Tauranga District Court on Wednesday for sentencing.

The summary of facts stated that in October last year near Te Puke, Mr Titchmarsh contravened an abatement notice from February 2009.

He was ordered to pay just over $22,000 to Bay of Plenty Regional Council for the breach.

In sentencing, Judge Jeff Smith said clearly Mr Titchmarsh continued operating the irrigation system knowing there were ongoing problems.

However, the judge also said he hoped Mr Titchmarsh may have finally understood the need to ensure there is no discharge to the environment.

Earlier on Wednesday, another Bay of Plenty dairy farmer was fined $26,000 for allowing effluent to be discharged near a watercourse.