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Owhiro Stream’s future may go down the drain in landfill plan

Sep 18th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest News, News


AERIAL PLAN: A drawing of the proposed landfill extension shown in dotted yellow and the exisiting landfill shown in bold yellow.

THE Brooklyn Residents Association Incorporated opposes granting C and D landfill consent to extend.

In a letter submitted to the Greater Wellington Regional Council, the association said “where land has water flowing, the ecological value of the land is enhanced”.

Chairman of the association, Simon McLellan, said Owhiro stream was a part of the community which shouldn’t be lost.

“It’s the last remaining stream, uncovered, that runs into the southern coast. Where water flows is where life exists,” he said.

C and D Landfill is owned by Burrell Demolition Ltd and located on Wellington City Council owned land on Landfill Road.

The company disposes of construction and demolition material and plans to occupy three and a half million cubic metres of land in Owhiro Valley over a 37 year period.

They currently operate on one million cubic metres of land in Happy Valley, adjacent to Owhiro Valley where the proposed landfill extension will take place.

An ecological effects assessment report on the value of the stream was carried out by environmental and engineering consultants, Tonkin and Taylor Ltd.

In the letter the association wrote to the regional council, it was stated that Tonkin and Taylor carried out the assessment based on desktop information provided by another consultancy, Opus and Wildlands.

The regional council was subsequently asked to seek more information and a Stream Ecological Valuation was carried out by Opus International Consultants to assess mitigation options.

C and D Landfill, on completion of the project and after the valuation findings, has proposed to reclaim 554m of the permanently flowing stream, 680m of its tributaries and planting on the land.

The company is compiling information with environmental experts for submission to the regional council, and to the city council before a September 20 deadline.

Christine Morgan at C and D Landfill said gaining consent had been an endless process and required extraordinary expertise.

“We will have people in from DoC to talk about moving fish and also have a look for frogs and lizards,” she says.

Ms Morgan said they had been busy gathering information and have met with engineers this week to discuss mitigation.

The consent submitted to the WCC applies to use the proposed land in Owhiro Valley for ‘Refuse Disposal and Associated works.’

Under the Wellington City District Plan, the site applied for is classified as an ‘Open space B’ area which is environmentally valued for its natural character and ecological values.

The proposed landfill extension would use the land for storage of hazardous substances, remove natural vegetation and destroy some of the ridgelines and hilltops in the area.

The consent submitted to the regional council applies to use the land for discharge of construction and demolition material into the land and dust into the air.

In constructing the landfill, Owhiro Stream’s tributaries will be drained through pipes.

The company had already been granted consent to expand its current operation area at the Happy Valley landfill, while permit for the new landfill extension is being reviewed.

C and D Landfill will be attending court on September 27 to hear whether a temporary consent will be granted.

The public have a right of appeal, which will be given at the end of the month to those objecting to the plans.

Below is a topical diagram of Owhiro stream which will be affected during the landfill expansion.

Ephemeral tributaries numbers one and three were asssessed during the SEV process to determine the value of the stream.

Image(s): Greater Wellington Regional Council




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  1. I used to work at this landfill,dirt has to come in from somewhere as least its not impacting the enviroment like the council landfill with all their spestics and rotting rubbish

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