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Stepping Out at the Southern Landfill

15 March 2005

Stepping Out at the Southern Landfill

Don’t waste an opportunity this Saturday 19 March to see behind the scenes of one of Wellington’s buried treasures. The Waste Complex walk – the first ever – is a rare chance to explore the Southern Landfill.

Join expert guide Mike Mendonca, Manager of the Council’s CityOperations unit, for a two-hour walk to see how the landfill operates. Walkers will visit the Living Earth compost plant, the United Water dewatering plant and see the methane flare-offs that burn the gases generated from the site.

“I am going to take them for a hike up the hill to show them a commanding view of the landfill,” Mike promises.

So who does the Council expect to take this walk on the wild side? “Some people find these things quite interesting. We could easily take two hours over it, Mike says. “There will be plenty of opportunity for people to ask questions.”

There are still places available on the walk, but first call the Landfill office to make a booking on 383 4400. Walkers should wear good shoes and bring a windbreaker jacket as the site is exposed.

The Waste Complex walk is one of more than 90 events in this month’s Stepping Out programme. Co-ordinator Andy Nelson says the events are designed to appeal to people with varying levels of fitness and from all “walks” of life.

“There are shorter, easier walks that take in the history of the central city and the suburbs – and there are some demanding and longer tramps that will take in some of the more isolated and rugged parts of the region, such as Karori Rock, Belmont Regional Park and Kaitoke.”

Andy is pleased with the response so far to walks scheduled during March. “We have been really lucky with the weather. The numbers have been really good,” he says.

The Five New Lunchtime Walks – one-hour each – are attracting good numbers of participants. These walks are designed to show city workers some of central Wellington’s secret shortcuts, nooks and crannies. “These are quite unique in that they are held during working hours,” Andy says. “Part of the aim is to encourage people to start walking to work.”

Also being held this Saturday is one of the Stepping Out programme’s most popular walks: Katherine Mansfield’s Thorndon. Led by Mansfield enthusiast Christine Young, the three-hour walk explores the heritage area of Wellington known to our famous writer. For bookings and information, call 499 1400.

Full details of events and dates are in the Stepping Out! brochures available from City Council swimming pools, recreation centres and libraries or log on to www.steppingout.feelinggreat.co.nz for more information.


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