Michelle Carmichael addressed a Wellsford candidates’ meeting

Rubbish tip an election issue

by Paul Campbell

The proposed Auckland landfill for the Dome Valley and perceived pollution danger to the wider Kaipara Harbour has become an Auckland mayoral election issue.

Fight the Tip member, Michelle Carmichael, and supporters took their campaign to candidates’ meetings to gather support against the plan, which is currently awaiting resource consent..

It is feared the tip poses a huge danger of pollution to the harbour and immediate environment.

At a Wellsford meeting, Michelle addressed candidates.

“The two mayoralty candidates, Craig Lord and Peter Vaughan, declared landfills, are outdated and confirmed that if elected they’d stop the Dome Valley landfill and propose a waste-to-energy plant,” she said.

Now Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere says he will also seek to bring the waste management plan to Auckland. Craig Lord accuses Tamihere of stealing his thunder and says he has already met with international companies keen to build such a plant.

“A waste-to-energy plant is a fantastic idea. We incinerate, we recycle, we stop the need to build more landfills, and it would nullify the ridiculous idea for the Dome Valley dump that council and Waste Management are currently trying hard to push through.”