Friday, December 8, 2023

Water plan smacks of social irresponsibility

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Farmers need recognition for what they are doing to look after the environment and that will be a start to the Government acknowledging social sustainability, Canterbury farmer advocate Angela Cushnie says.
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Cushnie says the Government’s freshwater plan totally overlooks the importance of rural wellbeing and social sustainability.

“We see a whole lot of stress, anxiety and uncertainty.

Cushnie urged the decision-makers to recognise farmers’ good work so they see it’s worth going on. 

She is sceptical of claims the government is taking mental health seriously. 

“Perhaps this should say but only when it suits our political agenda.

“The enormous turnout at the meeting in Ashburton is all the evidence I need that while the Government claims to be taking mental health seriously, the bully tactics seen by (Environment) Minister (David) Parker over recent times are a direct contradiction of this. 

“Where is the sustainable balance between environmental, cultural, economic and social responsibilities?”

The timing at an absolute diabolical time in the farming calendar is unrealistic and socially irresponsible.

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