To: Phil Goff, Mayor of Auckland

Stop Watercare! Say NO to the destruction of native bush in Titirangi for a water treatment plant

Stop Watercare! Say NO to the destruction of native bush in Titirangi for a water treatment plant

We call on Auckland Mayor, Phil Goff and other Auckland Councillors to stop the plans to build a new water treatment plant that will destroy over 4 hectares of mature native bush in Titirangi, and put a community of 2400 people under threat.

Why is this important?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjX954J1zjI

Watercare is proposing to build a new massive water treatment plant in Manuka Road and Woodlands Park Road, Titirangi, next to the existing plant.

The construction of this plant will destroy more than 1000 trees over four hectares of significant native mature bush – including a large part of the very popular Clark Bush Track, bring an industrial sized plant to within four metres of local residents and put untold strain on roading and other infrastructure in surrounding communities including Titirangi, Woodlands Park, Waima, Laingholm, Glen Eden and beyond.

The ecological assessment of the proposed site has been limited to minimal vegetation and bird count surveys, with no assessment of the other flora and fauna that might be present, including bats, lizards or insects, and no considerations of impacts on fresh water ecology.

If this project goes ahead in Titirangi, it would be an ecological and social disaster, an insult to the environmental pioneers that helped create the essential character of Titirangi and an absolute disgrace for the green image of New Zealand.

Phil Goff promised Aucklanders to protect our native heritage trees. Now he has the chance to stand by his word when both our native bush and community are under threat.

We call on him and Auckland Council to reject the environmental consent to clear the bush for a Water Treatment Plant in Titirangi and send Watercare back to the drawing board.

Help us stop Watercare now.

For additional information, please check our Facebook page and website below:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TitirangiPG/
https://protecttitirangi.org/

Titirangi, Auckland

Reasons for signing

  • The native bush of the West has been plundered before in the name of progress but it now needs to be protected.
  • The plant should not be in the Waitakeres at all. Put it somewhere where there are no people or Protected Bush, or Protected Birds and Wildlife, come on council, think of the ecology just for a change
  • There has to be a better option on a site that is already industrial or low impact on our environment. Watercare have already left us with their derelict plants on Woodlands Park Rd.

Updates

2017-10-25 22:23:48 +1300

The Titirangi Protection Group and local residents took their case to the Environment Court today. The hearing focused on the meaning and effect of the current designation that covers the 57 hectares site from Scenic Drive to the end of Exhibition Drive.

Watercare argue that designation on the 57 hectares can include erection of structures or associated work relating to water supply purposes including any of the following - laboratories, reservoirs, chemical storage, dams, carparks, roads, plant & machinery, storage depots, sludge dumps, sediment ponds, filtration ponds, offices.

And that it is 100% clear in plain and ordinary words to a plain and reasonable member of the public that it's the purpose of the designation to include these.

We contend that it doesn’t.

The judge gave both sides a full hearing and was robust with his line of questioning. He reserved his decision and we expect to get this by Christmas. The community’s voice must be heard. The fight is not over.

2017-10-25 22:23:35 +1300

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TitirangiPG/
https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/protecttitirangi
https://protecttitirangi.org/
https://www.toko.org.nz/petitions/stop-watercare-say-no-to-destruction-of-native-bush-in-titirangi-for-a-water-treatment-plant

2017-06-02 17:53:11 +1200

1,000 signatures reached

2017-06-01 15:55:56 +1200

500 signatures reached

2017-05-31 21:49:21 +1200

100 signatures reached

2017-05-31 21:17:12 +1200

50 signatures reached

2017-05-31 21:05:53 +1200

25 signatures reached

2017-05-31 20:55:57 +1200

10 signatures reached