Source: Whangarei District Council
Updated: 12/06/2019 12:00 a.m.
A new Trust has been set up to help solve Parua Bay’s transfer station woes, and a $20,000 grant from Council’s waste minimisation fund has been made available to assist.
The grant to the Whangarei Heads Resources Recovery Trust will go towards preparing a resource consent and business plan for a community-led resource recovery centre at Whangarei Heads Enterprises.
At its June meeting, Council noted that the transfer station at the marina site will remain closed. It was also noted that the automatic rubbish compactor has been removed from the marina site and will be relocated if a suitable site is identified and consented.
Parua Bay’s transfer station closed on 23 April because it didn’t have a resource consent to operate. It was unlikely to be granted one because of local opposition to its location. Council heard that there has been a clear call from the Whangarei Heads community for a replacement facility to be operational as soon as possible.
A significant amount of volunteer hours and support has gone into the proposal for a community-led and operated resource recovery centre at the Whangarei Heads Enterprises site.
The Trust asked Council to provide the funding support to enable this site to be fully consented and set up as a resource recovery facility.
The Whangarei Heads Resource Recovery Trust will have three Trustees: and three Liaison Advisors Melissa Arseneault, Robyn Bigelow and Emma Owles.
The Trust’s purpose is to turn waste into resources by establishing, coordinating and developing community waste minimisation initiatives including the resource recovery centre, with the goal of zero waste. It will focus on reducing, repairing, re-using and recycling waste. It may also address the collecting and processing of green waste and food waste, while educating the community on sustainable resource use. This will ensure resources are put back into the community and redistributed for local benefit.
It is hoped that Parua Bay and Whangarei Heads residents will get involved with the project and support the Trust’s activities so it can flourish and provide some real benefit to the community.