15 Oct 2009

Final day of hearings on irrigation scheme

9:19 am on 15 October 2009

A resource consent hearing into the Central Plains irrigation scheme will end on Thursday, 20 months after it began.

Backers of the $135 million project say it will bolster the agricultural industry in Canterbury by irrigating previously arid, less-workable farmland.

But opponents say benefits will go to a select few, at the expense of many others.

The original proposal submitted by Central Plains Water for resource consent has already been rejected in part.

A revised application was heard in Christchurch this week along with a number of submissions against the changed scheme.

The last of those opponents will speak on Thursday before the commissioners reserve their decision.