Groups appealing sewage scheme
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.