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City councillors vote to expand the quarry at Kiwi Point

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Wellington city councillors today voted to approve a recommendation that the Kiwi Point Quarry, visible to all traffic coming into the city on the Ngauranga Gorge, be allowed to expand.

News from WCC – April 26
Following public hearings in December, an independent panel has recommended that the city council approve District Plan Change 83 for Kiwi Point Quarry. Wellington City Councillors will consider this recommendation on Wednesday.

The Panel concludes there is a strong demand for roading and construction aggregate in the region, and that Kiwi Point Quarry should continue to play a key role in contributing to the overall supply of aggregate for the Wellington economy. The Quarry is also strategically located close to development areas within the city and metropolitan Wellington, which means that transport costs are minimised and aggregate prices can be kept lower than if aggregate was transported from further afield.

Wellington City has been extracting high-quality blue rock from the quarry since the 1920s. Based on the current extraction rate, the north face of the quarry has only a few years of rock left. The extension to the south face will ensure the supply of building material for another 15-20 years for construction projects. About 60% of aggregate produced in Kiwi Point Quarry is used for road construction, and the rest for buildings and other infrastructure construction.

Located in the Ngauranga Gorge, it’s just 10 kilometres from the city centre, a convenient and cost-effective location close to the inner city. The city saves about $2 million per year in road construction costs because of its close proximity. Rates would have likely increased if the quarry was no longer available.

By 2043 there will be between 50,000 to 80,000 more Wellingtonians in the central city and to the north of the city which will require more amenities, houses and roads.

The Council sought public feedback in 2017 and accepted the proposal to expand the quarry. The extension of the quarry offered the maximum development of an already established quarry. Public hearings on the subsequent proposed district plan change concluded in December 2018.

Should the Council approve the panel’s recommendations, submitters will be given an opportunity to appeal the decision to the Environment Court.

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2 comments:

  1. Keith Flinders, 2. May 2019, 18:36

    So why aren’t WCC councillors looking at the impacted hillside as an opportunity ? The terraces created in the present quarry lend themselves to creating the “Hanging Gardens of Wellington”, using NZ native plants of course. Low maintenance, not a massive cost.

    If we were to get rid of everything ugly in this city there is a long list of hard on the eyes buildings, and what about those ugly rusting ribbons of steel all the way along the harbour edge to Petone. To add insult to injury they are festooned with even uglier gantries and wires.

    The proximity of the quarry to the city is not only saving construction costs, but also limits the amount of green house gas emissions and particulate matter that would otherwise be released if the quarry was kilometers distant in someone else’s back yard.

    I am sure that Cr. Pannett can enlighten as to where all the recycled quarry material she has in mind is to be sourced from. I do see a lot of building construction in progress in the city, requiring quarry material, but I haven’t seen much in the way of road construction in same area of late.

     
  2. Dave B, 3. May 2019, 18:57

    The ugliest thing of all in the Ngauranga Gorge is State Highway 1 and all its traffic. Likewise SH2 along the harbour edge to Petone. Would be great to get rid of those inhospitable eyesores and get as much traffic as possible on to the much-less obtrusive rail system.

     

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