Farm site path shut

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Spicer For­est will be closed to the pub­lic un­til De­cem­ber next year due to work on Mill Creek wind farm, Merid­ian En­ergy an­nounced last week.

The clo­sure is part of the wind farm con­sent con­di­tions, which re­quire all con­struc­tion ve­hi­cles to ac­cess the wind farm site through the for­est, which is ad­ja­cent to Spicer Land­fill.

Merid­ian started har­vest­ing around two hectares of pine trees yes­ter­day to de­velop an ac­cess route from the Porirua end to Ohariu Val­ley Road. The ac­cess route will then be used for ve­hi­cles in­volved with the project to ac­cess the wind farm site.

The sec­tion of the Te Araroa na­tional walk­way which runs through the for­est will be re­lo­cated so it can re­main open to the pub­lic.

Merid­ian En­ergy has worked with joint for­est own­ers, Welling­ton and Porirua city coun­cils, on the clo­sure, which is a safety pre­cau­tion, says Merid­ian project man­ager Chris Jones.

“The new Te Araroa walk­way is well away from the con­struc­tion ac­cess route, so those who use the walk­way can do so as safely as pos­si­ble. The walk­way will be ac­cessed from Ohariu Val­ley Road or from the ex­ist­ing Colo­nial Knob walk­way from Porirua.”

The Mill Creek wind farm, be­tween Ohariu Val­ley and Welling­ton’s west coast, will take 30 months to build and is expected to gen­er­ate enough re­new­able en­ergy to power the equiv­a­lent of 30,000 av­er­age New Zealand homes.

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