New effluent dump station planned for Gore
There has been less stock effluent leaking from trucks onto Southland roads in recent years, an official says, and the problem should improve when a new effluent dump site is built in the Gore area.
Environment Southland transportation senior policy planner Russell Hawkes said a proposal was being prepared to build a new site near Gore but wouldn't say where until ES had consulted with neighbours.
"We'd prefer not to say where it is going until we've approached all neighbouring landowners. That will be part of the consent processing process.
"They're not the most popular thing to have around but I don't think there will be any issues with this one with neighbouring properties."
The site was budgeted for in the 2015-2018 Land Transport Project.
"Building of it will have to be well underway by June 2018 when that funding round ends," Hawkes said.
ES planned to build a site at Mataura several years ago but it was unable to find suitable land and there had been "quite significant local objection to it", he said.
"We put Mataura on the back burner."
While most trucking firms and some meat processors had effluent dumps, and the Otago Regional Council operated seven on main highways, ES only had one, at Five Rivers.
It cost about $350,000 to build and in the 12 months to the end of March, 198,000 litres of effluent had been dumped there.
Most of that was in winter when cows were moved to and from winter grazing, he said.
ES was not planning to build any further dump sites in Southland, he said.
"We talked to the road transport industry about where their top priorities were and they were at Five Rivers and in the Gore area.
"It's just not economically feasible to put them everywhere where people might want them. Many transport companies work amongst themselves and use each other's sites and dump into their truck wash facilities."
Hawkes said the issue of effluent leaking out of trucks onto roads had improved in Southland in recent years.
"I don't think it's anywhere near as bad as it used to be. The transport industry and farmers have worked to tidy things up because effluent on roads is a safety issue."