A consent for Council’s proposed Te Anau Wastewater Disposal Scheme has been granted, but it has been appealed to the Environment Court.

The proposed scheme involves upgrading of the existing treatment process and subsequent disposal of the treated wastewater to land to the north of Te Anau Airport Manapouri.

Council has been granted air and land discharge consents through Environment Southland and Commissioners recommended the designation in Council’s District Plan be confirmed, with some additional conditions. Council has confirmed the designation.

The appeals mean Council will now go through a court appointed mediation process to determine if appellants’ concerns can be met without the need for a full Environment Court hearing.

The Te Anau Wastewater Discharge Project Committee has been formed to manage delivery of the proposed wastewater scheme and members have agreed on terms of reference for the peer review of work. The review will be carried out by Pattle Delamore Partners.

Work on the pipeline and the Kepler site will not begin until the outcome of the appeal process is known.