Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Mill Creek wind farm decision released

NEWS RELEASE
18 February 2009
 
Mill Creek wind farm decision released
 
Planning commissioners have given approval for the construction of Meridian Energy’s Mill Creek wind farm west of Wellington – but with 29 wind turbines instead of the 31 proposed by Meridian.
 
The visual impact of two of the 111-metre tall turbines, at the southern end of the site, on nearby farms and properties was the principal reason why the commissioners turned them down.
 
The 200-page decision report by independent commissioners David Hill (Chair), David McMahon and Pamela Peters has been released today.
 
The commissioners have imposed a comprehensive raft of consent conditions that relate to turbine noise, visual impact and construction and earthworks.
 
Construction and earthworks conditions are designed to minimise the adverse effects to streams in the area and the Makara Estuary.
 
These include conditions around proper treatment of sediment runoff, ongoing monitoring of water quality, aquatic ecosystems and sediment levels, and provision of fish passage in streams affected by stream crossings and diversions.
 
The commissioners were appointed by Wellington and Porirua city councils and Greater Wellington Regional Council to hear and decide Meridian’s application.
 
A total of 776 submissions to the proposal were received by the close of
submissions last June. A total of 364 submissions supported the application, 408 submissions were opposed and four submissions were neutral.
 
The hearing was held in August and September.
 
Meridian’s proposal was for a wind farm with 31 wind turbines and a total capacity of up to 71.3 megawatts (MW). The wind farm would use Siemens wind turbines, each 111m tall with a rotor diameter of 82.4m – similar to the machinery being installed on the Project West Wind site to the south.
 
More than 800,000m3 of earthworks is proposed for the Mill Creek complex to create turbine platforms and access tracks and roads.
 
Aviation lighting is proposed to be installed on up to 11 turbines as the site is near the flight path approaches to Wellington Airport. The flashing lights, required by the Civil Aviation Authority, would be shielded so they are not directly visible below the ‘horizontal plane’.
 
Though the proposed wind farm is within the boundaries of Wellington City, Porirua City is also involved because the project calls for the construction of a private road from Spicer Valley – in Porirua City. The road would be used for the delivery of turbines and other equipment and by assorted construction traffic.
 
The full 204-page decision will be available as a PDF on the Wellington City Council website – www.wellington.govt.nz – from 4pm today.
 
Submitters to the consent application process have 15 working days to appeal the decision to the Environment Court.
 
ENDS
 

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Covid-19, 21/9: 1,108 Overall Cases, 4,800,000+ Vaccine Doses


23 new cases have been discovered in Auckland, which has moved to Level 3 as of Tuesday night. 818 of the Auckland cases have recovered alongside all of the Wellington cases... More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On Canada’s Election, And The AUKUS Defence Pact


Yesterday, Canada held an election in which everyone lost, including the voters. After holding its most expensive ( $C600 million) election campaign ever, the result was Groundhog Day, with the five main parties getting almost exactly the same number of seats as they did last time around, in 2019. Same overall result too: Liberals leader and PM Justin Trudeau will once again be leading a minority government... More>>



 
 

Green Party: Kiwis Overseas Must Be Allowed To Vote Next Year
New Zealanders stranded overseas should be allowed to vote in next year’s local government elections and the 2023 general election, the Green Party said today. “The reality of this pandemic is lots of people cannot renew their voting rights when they are home as they normally would... More>>



Government: Keeping our Police safe to keep our communities safe

The Government is committed to keeping our frontline police officers safe, so they in turn can keep New Zealanders safe – with one of the largest investments in frontline safety announced by Police Minister Poto Williams at the Police College today... More>>

ALSO:



Government: Counter-Terrorism Bill Returns To Parliament

The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has returned to Parliament for its second reading in an important step towards giving enforcement agencies greater power to protect New Zealanders from terrorist activity... More>>


Power: Bill Changes Bring Fairness To Charges

A key recommendation of an independent panel to make electricity charges fairer across all households will be put in place, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced... More>>



Government: Parks expiry of licenses, WoFs and regos
As a result of the Delta outbreak, driver licences, Warrants of Fitness (WoFs), Certificates of Fitness (CoFs), vehicle licences (‘regos’) and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will be valid until 30 November 2021, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today... More>>



Child Poverty Action Group: Highest jump in weekly benefit numbers since first lockdown

The current lockdown has triggered the largest weekly increase in benefit recipient numbers since the first lockdown last year, and Child Poverty Action Group is concerned the Government isn't doing enough to assist affected families... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels