Pollution at Auckland’s Chelsea Bay ponds leaves locals angry with council

Pollution at Auckland's Chelsea Bay ponds leaves locals angry with council

Dead eels, paralysed ducks and violently green water has left some Chelsea Bay locals concerned the pollution in the ponds surrounding the iconic sugar factory is getting out of control.

A number of ponds near the Chelsea Sugar Factory on Auckland’s North Shore play host to a raft of native and exotic fish species.

However, locals are concerned the wildlife is in danger because they feel Auckland Council is not doing enough to stop pollutants getting in the pond.

Resident Doug Waters said every summer the water gets an algal bloom, but this season the pollution seemed particularly bad.

“I don’t think the council are even going anywhere near to do doing enough. The bottom line is there should not be that degree of algal bloom. I think they are treating the ponds as waste water plants.”

On a daily basis, dead or sick ducks were being pulled from the water, along with eels, Waters said. The ducks were likely getting sick from avian botulism, which can leave them paralysed.

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Raw sewage had leaked into the ponds, along with litter and other contaminants, Waters said. When it rained, the water in the ponds spilled over into the sea at Chelsea Bay which left Waters wondering if wider bay was being polluted.

“From time to time I swim across Chelsea Bay, but you are swimming through an area which is potentially toxic. People walk their dogs down there at low tide, and the dogs splash in that water, and people walk through the water. It is a health hazard.”

While the ponds sit close to the sugar factory, they are the responsibility of the Auckland Council. Another local, who did not want to be named, said it was the council, not Chelsea, who needed to clean up their act.

“If anyone should be doing the right thing it is Auckland Council,” she said.

“Any waterway has got to be protected, you have a special waterway with significant fish in it, they are allowing it to be polluted, and that pollution is going out in the sea – and area which is used a lot for recreation. You could say the sea is so big it can cope, but it is all incremental.”

However, Auckland Council General Manager for Healthy Waters Craig Mcilroy said they had not received any reports of dead or sick wildlife.

“We have not received reports of wildlife getting sick at this site,” he said.

In order to prevent the spread of duck botulism and other related toxins, the council suggests members of the public pick up their pets’ waste and dispose of it.

They also advise against feeding ducks.

People should report sightings of sick or dead ducks, or even swans, to the council on 09 301 0101.

Mcilroy said they were alerted to a leak in a wastewater pipe at Chelsea Bay on Friday, January 12, but it had since been fixed.

“Once alerted to the leak, Watercare crew attended the site, stopped the leak and repaired the pipe by Friday evening. We are currently awaiting reinstatement.”

Mcilroy added that there were two culverts leaking nutrients into the pond from a nearby landfill site, which was likely a “major factor” in causing the algal bloom.

“The council’s Healthy Waters team is currently working on redirecting the culverts, which should make a significant impact on reducing the nutrients entering the ponds and solve the algal bloom issue.

“We expect to finish this project by the end of 2018,” he said.

Sylvia Durrant, who helps care for sick birds, said a mixture of high temperatures and low water levels often caused botulism to spread.

“When the water levels go down, the ducks eat off the bottom of pond which is where the toxins live.”

Over the past three weeks, Durrant had cared for twenty ducks from the Chelsea Bay ponds. She believed it wasn’t just the council’s responsibility, but also the public’s.

“Whenever anyone tips something down the gutter, or litters it ends up in the ponds. It’s not just the council’s fault.”

According to the Chelsea Sugar Factor website, the ponds have large koi carp and short and long-finned eels, along with native fish species include inanga, kokopu and common bully.

Article by Tommy Livingston
Published 17 January 2018 > Business Day – stuff.co.nz

Cracks under a north Auckland carpark first noticed in August

Cracks under a north Auckland carpark first noticed in August

Residents near a newly-formed slip in an Auckland carpark say they are disappointed it took so long to be taken seriously.

The back half of Birkenhead’s public Rawene Car Park slipped down a gorge on Sunday night and has continued to slip since.

Claire Balfour, the chairwoman of the body corporate of the nearby Mokoia Apartments, said residents were concerned about the significant drop in the car park when it first appeared almost three weeks ago but it seemed impossible to get the full attention of council or Auckland Transport.

From a crack to a landslide

She said the asphalt had originally been poured onto unstable land without a retaining wall and was “an accident waiting to happen”.

While the residents now have an AT liaison, Balfour said they felt they hadn’t been paid much attention till the slip occurred.

“We’re disappointed it’s taken so long, we had to be persistent,” she said.

“We’re just trying to get some assurance that when [the apartments] were built, the people did their jobs properly and built on good foundations.”

Brett Norris, a worker in nearby Rawene Chambers, agreed with Balfours’ remarks and said the selling point for his business was the large car park next door.

But now, from a Birkenhead trading perspective, there were 40 fewer car parks.

We aren’t going to get those back,” Norris said.

Other locals have shared their upset and concern regarding the economic impact Rawene car park’s issues have had on local businesses.

Auckland Transport has defended its management of the gaping hole that has appeared where a north Auckland carpark used to be.

AT’s Chief Infrastructure Officer Greg Edmonds said the Rawene car park in Auckland’s Birkenhead had washed away into the gorge below it following the “pretty significant rains” over the last 12 months.

Edmonds said AT had been monitoring the site for 12 months and it took appropriate action whe the crack appeared, closing part of the carpark and fencing it of for public safety.

He again rejected that vibrations from a near-by development may have played a part saying the “initial view” was that it was more due to the fact it was built in the 1960s on “uncontrolled fill”.

He said the slip was a natural process and the only thing to do was wait and see where the slipping would end and where the solid ground was.

The rear section of the car park was cordoned off by Auckland Transport for safety reasons on September 20, following the subsidence of an already-existing crack.

Now, parts of that cordon lay in the ditch below the car park, alongside large slabs of tarmac with the white car park lines still visible on them.

Local workers who have been observing the situation say it was “ludicrous” that drilling that “shook” nearby buildings, would not cause issues with the car park.

Birkenhead worker Brett Norris said he had been in Birkenhead for 30 years.

“I knew if there was significant shaking it would compromise it [the car park],” he said.

Locla MP Jonathan Coleman said the slip was “a major local issue which is of extreme concern to local residents and businesses”.

He said there needed to be a “medium to long term solution so business is not affected”.

Coleman said he was organising a meeting on Wednesday for AT to inform residents and businesses of what was going on.

Optometrist Tony Craddock asked: “But what happens now? Are we going to have a massive hole in Birkenhead?”

Geotech engineer Bryce Schou said that in principle, it was possible to remediate the area and a slip of that size.

“I can’t speak for Birkenhead specifically, but there are various ways and means to combat what made the slip in the first place, and carry out work to put things right,” Schou said.

However it would come down to a case of costs versus benefits, he said.

AT said in a media release on Tuesday that parking has been restricted in Rawene Rd car park in Birkenhead.

It said the car park had slipped away after heavy rain over recent months.

AT says it was actively monitoring the slip and it has had an engineering geologist on site.

There was no immediate danger but a large area of the car park had been cordoned off. Members of the public must not enter the cordoned off area, AT said.

Article by Laine Moger
Published 10 October 2017 The North Shore Times – stuff.co.nz

Tree protection rules axed in rethink by Auckland Council

Auckland Council has announced that blanket tree protection rules have been axed in Rodney, on the North Shore and the old Auckland City Council area except the CBD.

Penny Pirrit, regional and local planning manager, said the changes were made as a result of the Government’s proposed Resource Management Act amendments, Environment Court proceedings and the upcoming Unitary Plan.

“Auckland Council has revised the extent of the general tree protection rules … meaning council consent may no longer be required to cut or prune trees,” she said, referring to the three areas.

That followed the success of a Property Council challenge, due to reach the Environment Court yesterday but shelved just before Christmas when an agreement was reached between the parties.

On December 21, the Property Council said it would not proceed with a tree protection court challenge as long as the council agreed to revoke blanket tree protection – and tell everyone about that “as soon as it is reasonably able”.

Eighteen days elapsed between the council signing the agreement and Penny Pirrit issuing a statement a fortnight ago.

In that hiatus, Herald readers complained of what they said was an extremely confusing situation.

Reader Jeff Hawkins wanted a copy of the memorandum of understanding over the Environment Court hearing, reported in the Herald on December 22, saying he had a large gum tree on his property.

Reader John Griffin, who has a big rimu, said he had also tried to understand the situation. He had contacted about 15 people in various organisations including the council and the Justice Department but was upset that he could not get any information other than being told to seek help from a council aborist.

“We almost have to chop before we get clarification and it seems the council is intentionally obfuscating around the issue because they’re trying to perpetuate the previous situation,” Griffin said.

“I don’t think they’re acting in a manner that they should be, given they should be representing the ratepayer.”

Penny Pirrit said some trees remained protected but this was more site-specific and she still encouraged people to check with the council. Some trees are scheduled, listed as specifically protected and these cannot be chopped down. Neither can some near streams or the coast.

“The latest changes to the rules will mean that some residents who have resource consent applications pending will no longer need a consent to remove or prune the trees.”

Letters will be sent, advising them they can chop without council approval, she said.

Tree rules are unchanged in Auckland CBD, the Hauraki Gulf islands and former Waitakere, Manukau, Franklin and Papakura council areas, she said.

The Governments’ proposed RMA changes would “further restrict all councils’ ability to protect urban trees and would revoke most, if not all, the general protection rules across Auckland”.

The Tree Council has for years sought to protect trees. It urges people to join its ranks, saying Auckland’s trees are in danger, and encourages people to “give trees a voice”.

Its Facebook page showed a pohutukawa by a garage chopped to the roofline, its multi-stemmed trunk still standing, which angered the Tree Council.

“Would have been better at ground level than to leave a magnificent pohutukawa in this state,” it said.

“This is happening all around Auckland since January 1 this year when general tree protection was removed in certain residential zones. This is in Reihana St, Orakei, where houses reach well over $1 million.

“When will people become educated enough to realise that trees enhance neighbourhoods and all high-end market areas are well treed, for example, Remuera and Epsom?”

People accused of ‘butchering’ trees

Tree Council members are disillusioned and upset after Auckland blanket protection rules were scrapped last month.

Treasurer, membership secretary and community tree adviser Sherylle Scott said the changes were frustrating.

“It’s a major battle. We’re wearing a bit thin,” Scott said.

Low attendance at education courses is just one sign of widespread disinterest in the issue, she said.

“We’ve tried to educate people but we hardly get anyone to our courses. I’ve done them for four or five years and we were down to seven people last year,” she said.

She was reacting to Auckland Council signing an agreement with the Property Council to revoke protection of unscheduled trees on the North Shore, Rodney and on the isthmus, in return for not proceeding with an Environment Court challenge yesterday. The two organisations signed that agreement on December 21, axing Auckland’s blanket tree protection rules.

Hueline Massey, Tree Council field officer, said she did not know of the blanket protection abolition and understood the rule change would come into effect later.

She is upset about what she called “open slather” on trees.

“We’re horrified. People are butchering trees and that’s really upsetting because those trees have been there for generations, but we can’t object because it’s legal.

“We find it disturbing – people’s attitudes to things that have been there for a lot longer than they have been alive, particularly if they’re moving into a new property and particularly removing scheduled trees,” she said.

Tree Council membership is $20, or $15 for elderly people or those on a benefit, and members had sympathy for people suffering with a tree on their property, Massey said.

“But everyone’s negative effect is different.

“Some will say the tree is heaving the footpath but that was probably made of unreinforced concrete and that’s often the case with old driveways.”

Leaf litter issues could be solved with gutter barriers and sunlight issues with branch thinning so problems were not insurmountable.

Only about 700 people made submissions to 2009 changes to the Resource Management Act, indicating widespread disinterest in tree protection issues, Scott said.

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Written by Anne Gibson
Photo by: Steven McNicholl
Published: The New Zealand Herald – 22 January 2013

Backdown over tree protection

Auckland Council has backed down over its blanket tree protection rules in a legal dispute with the Property Council.

A memorandum filed with the Environment Court yesterday says the council will treat as revoked a number of rules in its district plan.

That is expected to mean trees previously covered by all-encompassing rules on about 500,000 Auckland properties can be removed in certain situations. Protection will remain for trees on a council-compiled list, as well as those in the Waitakeres, Remuera and part of Hillsborough, coastal and volcanic cone areas.

The memorandum says the Property Council has agreed to stop its legal action against the Auckland Council provided it accepts it can no longer apply the blanket protection rules because of a 2009 amendment to the Resource Management Act.

The rules, which applied to the old council areas of Auckland, North Shore and Rodney, prevented residents from cutting down native and introduced trees above specified heights without council consent.

The Property Council’s barrister, Russell Bartlett, said the change meant the council could no longer enforce these regulations, which were still in its district plan.

He said that was an enormous victory for people living in urban areas with non-scheduled trees over a certain height or girth because although people still needed to check their zoning, in many cases they could cut or remove trees the council had previously argued would be protected.

The changes would not affect residents in the other former council areas.

The council’s in-house lawyer, Wendy Brandon, initially told the Weekend Herald yesterday that the tree rules remained in place and people would still be prosecuted if they broke them.

“Nothing changes at the moment. The proceedings are just stayed.”

On seeing a copy of the court memorandum, she said: “While it is correct that certain blanket rules will be treated by council as revoked I don’t have the advantage of being able to read this, and the advisers who are managing this file are not contactable. I don’t believe this is of such moment that it cannot wait until the New Year for a response from council.”

Penny Pirrit, council manager regional and local planning, said the situation was being examined.

“Council staff are currently looking through the proposed tree provisions outlined in the … amendment bill. Once we have a thorough understanding of these proposals, we will discuss with councillors. As yet we do not have a position,” she said.

The Government wants to get rid of blanket tree protection rules by councils and has introduced amendments to the Resource Management Act to try to achieve this.

However, Auckland Council won an Environment Court order to temporarily protect 1800 trees from the change until it could change district plan rules to add them to the schedules of notable trees for each district.

The temporary form of protection has been so complex landowners and contractors had to check with officials whether they needed resource consent before they cut anything down.

Hearings of nominations for additions to the schedules have been held during the year. So far decisions have added 600 trees to the Auckland Isthmus list, 245 to the North Shore’s, 200 to Manukau’s list, 58 to Papakura’s and 300 to Rodney’s.

– additional reporting Wayne Thompson

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Photo/s by: Chris Gorman
Published in the New Zealand Herald – 22 December 2012

The Auckland Unitary Plan

Auckland Council is developing New Zealand’s biggest single resource management plan, known as the Auckland Unitary Plan. A bold and transformational plan, it will become the council’s key tool to manage development on land and water. It will have a direct impact on the shape of the city and the quality of Auckland’s built and natural environment.

Providing consistency and simplified rules, it will replace the existing district and regional plans and policies of the former councils. The Auckland Unitary Plan will be the principal regulatory tool to implement the The Auckland Plan, the council’s overriding 30 year strategy to turn Auckland into the world’s most liveable city.

As part of an enhanced public engagement programme, a political working party and council officers will produce a discussion draft to release to the public for informal feedback from March to June 2013. After incorporating feedback, a proposed Unitary Plan will go to the council in September 2013 for a decision on notification and formal public consultation. Between now and then there will be opportunities for key stakeholders and Local Boards and their communities to become involved in the development of the discussion draft.

For more detailed information on the Auckland Unitary Plan go to the Character Coalition web site

Heritage groups to fightback demolition plans

Going? Number 8 Lee Street in Parnell
The loss of two more early properties in Grey Lynn and plans to demolish an 1885 wooden cottage in Parnell is prompting a fightback from heritage and community groups this week.

Tomorrow a citywide coalition of 22 heritage and residents’ groups will present a “bold plan” to Mayor Len Brown to better protect the city’s built heritage.

The coalition has already urged the council to follow the footsteps of another Super City, Brisbane, and publicly notify all applications to demolish old houses in character areas.

It will offer Mr Brown the services of its members to speed up the assessment of old buildings and areas in the city.

Tomorrow evening, Grey Lynn 2030 is holding a public meeting to discuss the growing trend of old villas being removed to make way for new houses and protecting the suburb’s special character.

The community group was spurred into action after a bay villa was moved off its site at 63 Francis St so the owners could build a larger, replica villa with four bedrooms, a swimming pool and basement garaging.

It is also upset to see demolition begin on the Bethany Centre, the former Salvation Army home for pregnant women, in Dryden St, Grey Lynn, so five houses can be built on the site.

The Dryden St and Francis St sites are just outside the Residential 1 zone, which would have required resource consent and possibly public notification.

Last Friday, the council’s hearings committee voted to give affected neighbours a say on the proposed demolition of an 1885 villa at 8 Lee St in Parnell, rather than throw it open to possible objections from the wider community, including the Parnell Heritage watchdog group.

Officers had recommended the application to demolish the cottage be approved.

But this met with stiff opposition from Waitemata councillor Mike Lee, Waitemata Local Board chairman Shale Chambers and Parnell Heritage.

Said Mr Lee said last week: “Auckland’s heritage is still under unremitting attack. House by house, street by street, the council-approved destruction goes on.”

The council’s heritage team reported the house was a poor quality structure that had been significantly modified since 1940.

Public meeting: Grey Lynn RSC, 1 Francis St, Wednesday at 7pm

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Written by: By Wayne Thompson and Bernard Orsman
Photo by: Dean Purcell
Published in: NZ Herald – nzherald.co.nz Tuesday September 11, 2012

Anger over T3 lane extension

Onewa Rd business owners are angry at what they say is a lack of communication from Auckland Transport on the proposed T3 lane extension.

Public feedback is being sought over a proposal to turn the west-bound Onewa Rd lane into a T3.

The proposed T3 lane will run between Church St and Birkenhead Ave in the evening commuter peak between 4pm and 6pm. A T3 transit lane already operates east-bound on Onewa during morning peak.

Flowers on Onewa owner Ron Suyker has worked in the area for 21 years and says several retailers are angry about the proposal.

“It’s not a simple case of putting in a lane and going ‘that’s all well and good’.”

The former council made designated time-restricted car parking for Mr Suyker’s flower shop on Onewa Rd “for decades” but now plans to shift it into a side street between 4pm and 6pm.

He worries traffic diverted into Seaview Ave will perform three-point turns and block driveways in the narrow street where the designated parks will go.

“It’s putting them into a residential side street which is not designed for that carry-on.”

Commuters already use Seaview as a “pseudo park and ride”, he says, meaning even more traffic will block up the side street.

Auckland Transport media liaison Mark Hannan says: “The car parks on Onewa Rd will not be available between 4pm and 6pm but alternative time-restricted parking will be available in Seaview Ave and Wernham Place.”

Mr Hannan says Auckland Transport will consult with affected business owners.

Many have been given consultation packs outlining the proposed changes, he says.

Mr Suyker disputes Auckland Transport’s research on traffic use on Onewa Rd, saying 41 per cent of people commuting will travel in 7 per cent of the vehicles using the T3 lane.

Around 93 per cent of all vehicles travelling west-bound between 4pm and 6pm will be forced into the non-T3 lane, he says.

Mr Hannan responds: “A T3 lane moves the most people in the shortest time.

“Forty one per cent of the people who use Onewa Rd are in a bus and each bus has an average of 41 passengers. Add people in cars with three or more people and we account for 48 per cent of people who use Onewa Rd.”

Mr Suyker has started a petition against the T3 lane in his store.

Information on Auckland Transport’s website regarding the T3 lane has been updated.

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Written by: JESS ETHERIDGE
Published: Auckland Now – North Shore Times

Onewa Road Transit Lane West

Auckland Transport proposes to introduce a T3 Transit lane Westbound on Onewa Road at Northcote during evening rush hour traffic. Feedback is sought from the public.

Onewa Road Transit Lane West
The proposed design solution intends to improve transport efficiency of Onewa Road in western direction during the evening peak period.

In brief:

The proposed T3 transit lane is part of building more efficient public transport network. This change will mean faster and more reliable travel time along Onewa Road because buses and carpool vehicles carrying three or more occupants are less likely to be stuck in traffic.

The existing westbound carriageway is 6.5m wide and provides space for on-street parking and a single traffic lane. The existing single-lane configuration, when transformed to two lanes, will provide for greater ease of travel.

The added lane will effectively serve as a means of prioritising higher occupancy vehicles along the proposed route. This will allow a more effective use of the available road space and improve efficiency and reliability of public transport system. The proposed scheme will also reduce travel time to most vehicles using the general traffic lane.

Submissions on the proposal close on September 12.

Resident feedback includes:

The intent of the proposal is stated to be to improve the efficiency of Onewa Road by introducing two lanes but restricting one of these lanes for the exclusive use of buses and T3 vehicles. Auckland Transport has provided design illustrations comparing the purported current road layout and the proposed layout incorporating a transit lane. Based on this, Auckland Transport has stated that single passenger cars (which account for 93% of the vehicle traffic) will experience reduced travel times as a result of being restricted to one lane in Onewa Road.

Unfortunately, the conclusions reached by Auckland Transport appear to be flawed. Fundamental to the flawed conclusion is the misleading illustration used by Auckland Transport depicting the current lane layout. This illustration shows that the existing layout of Onewa Road is a single lane in the section of Onewa Road subject to the proposal (Church Street to Birkenhead Avenue).

This is not correct. The section of westbound Onewa Road between Aorangi Place and Birkenhead Avenue is, in fact, two lanes – this covers about 25% of the identified route subject to the proposal. This double lane enables the single lane westbound traffic in Onewa Road, prior to the two-lane section, to effectively open out from a single lane into two lanes – this eases congestion and increases traffic flow capacity towards the lights at Birkenhead Ave and beyond.

The transit lane layout proposed by Auckland Transport dispenses with this two-lane capacity for the 93% of vehicles that use Onewa Road in the evening peak. Instead of these vehicles being able to spread over two lanes they will be restricted back to one lane which will result in restricted capacity which in turn will cause a ripple back effect increasing congestion further down Onewa Road.

The ramifications of this increased congestion for the vast majority (93%) of vehicles that use Onewa Road in the evening peak will mean that they will try and find an alternative route. This alternative route will almost certainly be via the Stafford Road off-ramp, through Little Shoal Bay (a reserve), up Maritime Terrace, Hinemoa Street and into either Birkenhead Avenue or Mokoia Road. This will have the undesirable effect of taking traffic from a Regional Arterial Road and forcing it onto Local Roads that already have capacity problems during the evening peak.

Accordingly, the proposal, as it is, is deficient in that it has not properly anticipated the detrimental effect on local roads. The proposal should, therefore, be withdrawn until a proper assessment has been made.

Birkenhead priority lane may go both ways

Commuters catching buses or car-pooling from Birkenhead to Auckland along Onewa Rd’s pioneering high-priority lane may also get faster trips home.

Auckland Transport is seeking public comment on whether to restrict one of the road’s two eastbound lanes to vehicles with at least three occupants during afternoon travel peaks, building on the success of the fast track now enjoyed by commuters headed for the harbour bridge in morning traffic.

The council agency hopes to operate a transit 3 (T3) lane from 4pm and 6pm on weekdays along more than half of Onewa Rd, between Church St and Birkenhead Ave.

That follows more than 10 years of running a high priority lane in the other direction, now down Onewa Rd to the motorway interchange.

Although it will leave less room for single-occupant vehicles, Auckland Transport estimates that buses carry about 41 per cent of people travelling back up Onewa Rd in the after-noons.

It expects cars carrying at least two passengers to boost use of a westbound T3 lane to 48 per cent of people travelling up the road, which carries about 26,000 vehicles daily, making it one of Auckland’s busiest routes.

The proposal will mean less parking on the southern side of Onewa Rd. Auckland Transport acknowledges that is likely to be contentious, but promises to minimise the effects by providing parking on side roads, with time restrictions.

Submissions on the proposal close on September 12.

The agency also intends upgrading the Onewa Rd footpath into a shared pedestrian and cycling facility, saying the new transit line will not be wide enough for pedallers using what is part of Auckland’s strategic regional biking network.ON THE WEB

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Written by: Mathew Dearnaley | Email Mathew
Published by: New Zealand Herald – nzherald.co.nz

Proposed Solid Waste Bylaw

Council proposes single solid waste bylaw

Auckland Council wants to know what the public thinks of proposals for a new solid waste bylaw for the region, with submissions opening on Friday

More on this issue: https://www.bra.org.nz/proposed-solid-waste-bylaw

The management of solid waste in the Auckland region is currently governed by seven different bylaws of the former councils, which all expire on 31 October 2012. Auckland Council proposed to replace these with a single bylaw to ensure one set of rules for the region.

Many of the proposals in are already included in some existing bylaws and will be extended to the rest of Auckland.

Regulatory and Bylaws Committee chair, Councillor Des Morrison, says the proposed bylaw aims to provide a mechanism to deal with the potential health and safety issues for the public and the environment when rubbish is not deposited correctly.

“As a council, we want to take a pragmatic approach to these issues and, where possible, deal with some of these problems by working alongside the waste industry and community as well as through public education.

“The bylaw gives us the tool to deal with a problem when those non-regulatory approaches have not worked, especially where the public’s health and safety are at risk.”

It will also help council achieve the aims of council’s Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, which was adopted earlier this year.

“It’s important to note that, while the bylaw has to be in place this year, many of the changes won’t happen overnight. There will be a transition period while we continue talking to the waste industry and community and to align with the implementation of the waste plan,” says Councillor Morrison.

Included in the draft solid waste bylaw is how council proposes to:

  • Deal with litter nuisance associated with unaddressed mail, abandoned shopping trolley and donation bins
  • Work with waste operators to monitor what kind and how solid waste is being collected and disposed through an extended licensing system
  • Work with event organisers to develop waste minimisation plans to manage litter generated by public events to prevent it spreading on to public land
  • Ensure waste collection standards
  • Extending across the region a programme dealing with waste management and disposal for multi-unit developments.

 
People will be able to view the Statement of Proposal, which includes the draft bylaw, and make a submission online, at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/bylaws, from Friday, 3 August.

Documents also available from all council libraries, service centres and local board offices.

Submissions will close on Monday, 3 September, 2012.