Joint Briefing of the
Waitai Coastal-Burwood Community Board and Waikura Linwood-Central-Heathcote
Date: Monday 30 May 2022
Venue: Via Audio/Visual Link
Community Board Advisor
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Joint Briefing of the Waitai Coastal-Burwood Community Board and Waikura Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board
30 May 2022
It is noted that this briefing was held via audio/visual link on the Zoom platform due to the country being under COVID-19 Protection Framework (the Traffic Alert System Orange) on the date the meeting was scheduled. These notes provide a written summary of the briefing proceedings.
The agenda was dealt with in the following order.
1. Apologies Ngā Whakapāha
An apology was received from Darrell Latham for absence.
Helen Beaumont provided an overview of the Wastewater treatment plant interim operations and oxidation pond performance.
Michael Croucher provided an overview of the trickling filter media removal.
Nigel Grant provided an overview of the environmental monitoring.
Gary Watson provided an overview of Community Support and highlighted that the Council are working with four community partners to increase access and referrals for support who include, The Loft, Bromley Community Centre, Nga Hau e Wha and He Waka Tapu.
Simon Makker provided an overview on Communications highlighting regular blog updates, weekly e-newsletters and updating the website regularly.
Michael Croucher provided an overview of next steps in relation to meetings and reporting.
Michelle Lomax stated that there were concerns regarding the impact to people’s health. Michelle asked what information the organisation has on health impacts and how it should be mitigated. The council officer responded that the Council are meeting weekly with the Medical Officer of Heath. The results are below the international standards of exposure but residents may still experience irritants. If there are concerns, residents should discuss this with their doctor.
Phil Mauger asked if they are putting a concrete pad for the chippers to sit on and what the purpose of this was for. The council officer responded that compactors and chippers will sit on concrete bases to ensure they are secure and potentially to catch any overflow. The contractors are slightly ahead of the scheduled programme and it is possible that filter removal could be undertaken at the end of the week.
Phil Mauger asked if the second ramp would be built before the works on trickle filter one are completed to ensure there is no down time for the removal. The council officer responded that it would take a couple of days to move the equipment to ramp two. There will be a period of time that there will be some overlapping of the work.
Phil Mauger asked if the pumps had left Sweden yet. The council officer responded that they had and that they are currently in Singapore and due to arrive in New Zealand on 1 June 2022.
Celeste Donovan asked if the Community meeting planned in June is being held in Bromley. The council Officer responded that that was correct.
Celeste Donovan asked if there was an option to hold a meeting in South Brighton. The council officer responded that if there was demand for a meeting in South Brighton, it could be looked into. Council officers are also considering putting together a webinar.
Alexandra Davids asked if there had been any more thoughts on a community model as Elected Members and staff are receiving lots of questions from the Community. The council officer responded that this was discussed at a committee meeting. It would be helpful to have a group to work with and will discuss with Alexandra in due course.
Yani Johanson asked if the organisation could provide any additional support to the Hub to deal with the demand. The council officer responded that staffing at the Hubs was not a problem, it was underestimated how many Prezzy cards were required.
Yani Johanson asked if cash or bank transfers could be made. The council officer responded that there are some concerns with cash in relation to money laundering laws. Nga Hau e Wha are set up to do bank transfers and this information is available on the website. The Loft could possibly assist with mall or countdown cards/vouchers if required.
Yani Johanson asked if the Council could make a bulk order of air-purifiers to assist local residents. The council officer responded that there is no budget and or authorisation to do that and the request needs to be researched. Council officers will respond at a later date on this request.
Yani Johanson asked if the works at the Bromley Community Centre had been undertaken and if an air-purifier is on site to make the centre more comfortable. The council officer responded that an assessment of the building has taken place, the oven will be replaced and other maintenance issues will take place as soon as possible.
Michelle Lomax asked when the aeration basin will be fully operational and if we can expect any improvements. The council officer responded that the aeration basin is fully operational, connection to the wastewater flow is expected to be take place next week. It is a biological process that will take a number of weeks in which the Council expect to see gradual improvements to the quality the wastewater and ponds and the potential for odour.
Michelle Lomax asked when the odour monitoring would end. The council officer responded that the monitoring will be reviewed and refined and they are keen to get continuous monitoring technologies in place.
Presentation attached to these minutes. Also refer to Trim 22/703981.
Provide a response in relation to the purchase of air-purifiers to assist local residents.
Provide a response in relation to a Community Group/Panel to channel information in and out.
Meeting concluded at 5.57pm.