Notice to cleanse and remove obstructions from drains
The occupiers, or where there are no occupiers, then the owners, of all farms within the County of Southland (or Wallace) are hereby required to cleanse and remove obstructions from farm drains upon their farms or on roads adjoining their farms within 3 calendar months from the date of this notice, being the date of the first publication thereof.
The County Council may carry out the work required by this notice in respect to any farm drain upon which the work has not been done within the period specified, and may recover as rates the cost thereof and all incidental expenses incurred in connection therewith from the occupier or owner of the farm.
Farm means any continuous area of land occupied and used as one holding for agricultural or pastoral purposes, or for both of such purposes. An area of land shall be deemed to be continuous, notwithstanding that it is severed by a public road or by a railway or river, if it is in fact occupied and used as one holding as aforesaid.
Farm drain means as to any farm that part of any drain which, being on the farm, or between the farm and any adjoining farm, or along the side of a road fronting the farm, is used for land drainage purposes in relation to more than one farm, but does not include that part of any drain which, by reason of the natural fall of the land or by means of artificial drains, is used for land drainage purposes in relation to an area of land in excess of 2 000 acres.
Obstructions includes all obstructions of any kind calculated to impede the free flow of water in a drain, including earth, stone, timber, and material of all kinds, and trees, plants, weeds, and growths of all kinds.
By order of the Southland (or Wallace) County Council.