Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Canterbury councils OK Kate Valley landfill

Media release 4 February, 2002

Canterbury councils OK Kate Valley landfill

The Kate Valley site in Hurunui District has been selected for Canterbury's new regional landfill, councillors from the region's 10 local bodies decided in Christchurch today (4 Feb). The decision ends about seven years of planning and searching for a suitable site for a single modern waste disposal area to serve the region. The Canterbury Waste subcommitee was unanimous in its support for the Kate Valley site, with chairman Denis O'Rourke saying it would be a "huge leap forward for the environment". "After seven years of consultation and investigation, this is the decision point," Mr O'Rourke said. "I am immensely proud that we are now on the way to such a high-standard facility for Canterbury." Transwaste Canterbury Ltd, the joint venture between six of the councils and two private sector companies which will develop and operate the new landfill, will now go ahead with applying for the resource consents needed for the project. These were to do with land use, through the Hurunui District Council, and water and air issues which would be through the regional council, Environment Canterbury (ECan). Mr O'Rourke said the Kate Valley site and standards set down by the committee meant the new landfill would do no environmental damage. The planned transfer station and transport system would also minimise the adverse effects of waste management in the region. As well, the joint venture planned to set new standards for cutting the amount of waste going into landfills. "This is a huge opportunity and a challenge for the whole community," he said. "Transwaste is set up to achieve more and more recycling, recovery and to work for waste avoidance. "This is the beginning of a regional landfill, but we are already looking at closing it. The agreement is only for 20 years and the aim is for it to no longer be needed by that time. To do that, the entire community has to get very real about avoiding adding to the amount of waste, about recycling and recovery of reusable material." The Kate Valley landfill will replace Burwood, a site developed in the early 1980s on the principle of "acceptable pollution". Kate Valley would be built to make sure there was absolutely no pollution, Mr O'Rourke said. "We believe it will be significantly better than the world's best standards," he said. "The site is crucial to being able to achieve that." At the peak of its intake about two years ago, the Burwood landfill was taking in about 250,000 tonnes a year. Work to cut the amount of waste going to landfills meant Kate Valley would be smaller than Burwood _ taking about 220,000 tonnes a year _ despite serving more councils, a rising population, and a buoyant regional economy. Higher environmental standards and waste minimisation work was built into cost plans, Mr O'Rourke said.

NOTES: The councils represented on the regional committee are Christchurch city (O'Rourke, Sally Buck, Ron Wright), Banks Peninsula (Bryon Porteous), Timaru (Lee Burdon), Waimate District (Len Shaw), Hurunui District (mayor Tony Arps), Mackenzie District (Bronwen Murray), Kaikoura District (Bryan Seddon), Waimakariri District (mayor Jim Gerard), Ashburton District (Bev Tasker) and Selwyn District (Bill Woods).

ENDS For more information contact Councillor Denis O'Rourke on 021 632 670.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election