Dairy Flat residents join to fight landfill proposal

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Norsho Bulc has applied to Auckland Council to place a monster-sized ‘managed landfill’ on 64ha (158 acres) of land between Blackbridge Road and Horseshoe Bush Road in Dairy Flat, Rodney.

The firm wants the council to give it resource consent for 10 years to dump and bury a mixture of cleanfill and contaminated waste on the land.

Council planners admit  Norsho Bulc’s proposal is officially a Non-Complying activity – that means the proposal is not part of the council’s long-term plan for the area.

However,  this hasn’t stopped Norsho Bulc from preparing a comprehensive (read expensive)  application to try and convince planning officers and elected councillors to approve resource consent. Read a summary here.

In what will likely be a David V Goliath fight, Dairy Flat residents have grouped to form the Blackbridge Road Environmental Protection Society and has started a Facebook page.

According to the Facebook page, while the group’s  main activity  is stopping Norsho Bulc in its tracks, the society is taking a long-term view to help promote and protect the natural environment and native wildlife.

The society writes: “We are concerned about the impact this fill will have on the natural environment, wetlands, Rangitopuni Stream and the Rangitopuni Creek. These  are full of native fish, eels, frogs, etc.

“Many of the people who live on Blackbridge Road and surrounding areas have been returning areas of their land back to natural wetlands, regenerating the bush.

“Our area is home to Kereru, Tui’s, Plovers, Pukekos, Morepork, Riffleman, Yellows Head, Wax eyes, Paradise ducks and many other native birds.

“We have planted Kauri, Rimu, Kowhai, Manuka, flax, etc to beautify our area and make it a haven for native wild life.”

Norsho Bulc’s  proposal includes filling  in two wetland areas on the 64ha property, and establishing  a sediment pond.

Society members are  concerned that the natural water course will be  changed, and is worried about the impact on the ecology of the upstream and down stream waterways and wild life.

“What will happen if chemicals leech into these waterways and wetlands. What will happen if toxic dust lands in these streams and water courses,” write society leaders.”

The society says it’s likely some of the fill to be dumped will come from areas being developed for housing, some of which have been laced with “arsenic, benzo[a]pyrene, boron, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, zinc, petroleum hydrocarbons C7-C9, C10 – C14, C15 – C36”.

It says: “If it is deemed the levels of these toxins are not safe for residential areas, then how can it be safe for our natural environment, our Kereru, Morepork our Whanau?”

The society is calling for people to support them in the protection of the natural environment.

Norsho Bulc’s proposal includes:

  • Managed fill operation of 940,000m3 of fill
  • Operate for 10 years
  • Opening hours: 7am to 6:30pm Monday to Friday, and 7:30am to 2pm Saturday.
  • Average 160 to maximum 240 trucks movements a day