Submitters speak on sewerage scheme

Commissioners from left, Rob Potts, Denis Nugent and Yvette Couch-Lewis at the Sewerage hearings in Te Anau in July.
BARRY HARCOURT

Commissioners from left, Rob Potts, Denis Nugent and Yvette Couch-Lewis at the Sewerage hearings in Te Anau in July.

The hearing for a controversial sewerage scheme near Te Anau continues today.

Day three of the hearings began at 9am in Te Anau with people submitting against the proposal.

All of the 26 submitters who have spoken at this week's hearings have been against the scheme.

This is the second round of hearings for the Southland District Council's multimillion-dollar proposal.

Three commissioners will decide whether to approve an application to designate land for wastewater treatment, as well as an application to discharge wastewater onto land and odour to air.

More submitters will speak until about midday, when the Southland District Council will have a right of reply.

In June, the first set of hearings were adjourned when the commissioners asked for more information from the district council.

TE ANAU SEWERAGE PROPOSAL FAST FACTS

Estimated project cost — between $9.8 million and $11.9m.

Effluent would be treated and pumped from Te Anau to land next to the Te Anau Airport, near Manapouri, via a 19km pipeline.

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The wastewater would then be spread over land using pivot irrigators.

Submissions were invited between November last year and February 2014.

Of the 150 submissions received, 140 were opposed, seven supported the proposal, four were neutral, and one partly supported and partly opposed.

 - The Southland Times

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