A dispute over land at Hawea Flat has been put to rest after
a conservation group abandoned any further legal action
against the farmer.
The Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand
has withdrawn its application to the Environment Court for a
substantive enforcement order against Dougal Innes, after an
interim order it earlier obtained preventing Mr Innes from
further cultivating his land was cancelled by the Environment
Court on March 28.
Following Environment Court Judge John Hassan's verbal
decision, Forest and Bird lawyer Sally Gepp had said the
society would consider the written findings before deciding
whether to pursue its application for the substantive order,
which related to both remediation of the site and preventing
Otago Southland conservation officer Sue Maturin confirmed
the application's withdrawal to the Otago Daily Times
this week and said: ''In light of the court's decision to
uplift the interim order, it serves no purpose to continue
The interim order came into effect on March 3, temporarily
putting a halt to the clearance and discing work Mr Innes had
been carrying out.
The society said significant indigenous vegetation was being
destroyed by the work and the damage would be irreparable if
he continued cultivating.
A Queenstown Lakes District Council abatement notice issued
to Mr Innes was withdrawn the day the Environment Court
uplifted the interim order. Mr Innes could not be reached for