Groups ap­peal­ing sewage scheme

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Com­mu­nity groups are seek­ing help to stop the $950 mil­lion cen­tral in­ter­cep­tor project.

The Manukau Har­bour Restora­tion So­ci­ety, One­hunga En­hance­ment So­ci­ety and Man­gere Bridge Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers Group have lodged a joint ap­peal to the En­vi­ron­ment Court over the 13 kilo­me­tre pipe­line.

Auck­land Coun­cil-con­trolled or­gan­i­sa­tion Water­care was last month granted re­source con­sent for the tun­nel.

It will de­liver up to two mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of sewage and stormwa­ter to the Man­gere waste­water treat­ment plant ev­ery year, which will then be treated and re­leased into the Manukau Har­bour.

Restora­tion so­ci­ety chair­man Jim Jack­son says Water­care is not fol­low­ing best prac­tice.

The groups are look­ing to raise $140,000 to fund their ap­peal.

‘‘Al­ready there are do­na­tions flow­ing in from peo­ple who are re­ally con­cerned about what’s go­ing to hap­pen,’’ Mr Jack­son says.

Go to mhrs.org.nz to do­nate.

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