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

 

Backyard Burning Harder In Whangarei From Dec


Date: 27 November, 2008

Backyard Burning Harder In Whangarei From Dec

New air quality rules mean burning backyard waste will be effectively banned in urban Whangarei from Monday (subs: Monday 01 December).

Changes to the Northland Regional Council’s Regional Air Quality Plan take effect on 01 December and mean anyone wanting to burn waste at urban Whangarei properties smaller than one hectare will need to apply for resource consent.

People breaching the new rules risk instant fines ranging from $300 to $1000 and/or prosecution.

However, Paul Baynham, the Regional Council’s Air Quality Management Specialist, stresses the new rules do not apply to BBQs, hangi or umu.

The area covered by the new rules includes Onerahi (to Grahamtown Rd), Maunu (to just before Pompallier Estate Drive), Tikipunga (to just past Whangarei Falls) and Kamo (to just past Springs Flat).

Monday’s changes will also make burning on all other private land elsewhere in Northland a ‘permitted activity’ – meaning a consent is not needed subject to conditions to ensure the burning does not adversely affect adjoining landowners.

Mr Baynham pointed out that other restrictions on rural fires may also be imposed by other organisations throughout the year, for instance the Department of Conservation and District Councils, for fire safety reasons.

He says irrespective of the new Regional Council rules, people need to remember an existing total ban on burning of a number of materials still applies.

“It’s already illegal to burn rubber tyres, coated metal wires, timber treated with copper, chromium or arsenic, plastic containers, hazardous substances (or their containers) vehicle parts and oil.”

Mr Baynham says burning and smoke nuisance make up the single largest source of complaints – roughly a quarter of all those the NRC fields across the entire region.

“We literally receive hundreds of calls a year about this issue and it’s important that complaints about smoke nuisance are reported to the Regional Council - not the Fire Service. This allows Fire Service staff to concentrate on fires and other emergencies that pose a risk to people or property.”

Mr Baynham says although people do have an option to apply for resource consent to burn backyard waste in urban Whangarei from Monday, they will have to meet a number of conditions first, including securing written consent from all surrounding neighbours.

“The whole intent of these changes to Council’s Air Quality Plan is to try to stop nuisance and adverse health effects from backyard fire smoke in Whangarei’s built-up areas.”

“Burning of unwanted green and other waste is currently responsible for about nine percent of Whangarei city’s annual air pollution and discharges about 52 tonnes of inhaleable soot and 270 tonnes of carbon monoxide into Whangarei’s air.“

Mr Baynham says the Council will initially trial a $50 (GST exclusive) fee to process backyard burning consent applications. However, where possible it would be encouraging people to compost or mulch unwanted green material or take it to the Whangarei District Council’s Re:Sort refuse transfer station.

Information on the new rules can be found at on the Council’s website at www.nrc.govt.nz/backyardburning


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election