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Volcanic cone may reach new heights

SIMON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 30/05/2014
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Simon Smith

GOING UP: The view from Point View Drive shows trucks at work on Greenmount with suburban Dannemora in front and the Waitakere ranges in the distance.

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EnviroWaste wants to add about 20 metres to the height of one of Auckland's volcanic cones at a cost of $3 million.

The Auckland Council contractor is applying for resource consent to add 1.5 million cubic metres to the rebuilt Greenmount/Matanginui in East Tamaki by June 2015 in order to develop plans for a park.

A 72-metre high plateau in the planned Styak-Lushington Park would have views to both the Manukau and Waitemata harbours as well as the city, it says.

The now-closed Greenmount landfill on the corner of Harris and Smales roads received domestic, commercial and controlled waste from 1960, and gas collected from it was used in an on-site power station.

East Auckland historian Alan La Roche says the original volcanic cone was bequeathed to Manukau City Council by Sarah Lushington in 1940. It was then quarried for metal to build Auckland International Airport and rebuilt with Auckland's rubbish.

Submissions on the consent closed on May 8.

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