Application of biosolids to forestry blocks at Moturoa/ Rabbit Island

The Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit is in the process of renewing resource consents to authorise the application of biosolids to land (forestry blocks) at Moturoa/ Rabbit Island. Biosolids have been applied to land at Moturoa/ Rabbit Island since 1996. The NRSBU will also be applying for a resource consent to discharge odour generated by the biosolids operation to air.

The application for resource consent will be supported by an assessment of environmental effects and will be lodged with the Tasman District Council (the consent authority) by 7 August 2020. The NRSBU is engaging with Te Tau Ihu Iwi and key stakeholders including the District Health Board, Environmental interest groups, recreational users of Moturoa/ Rabbit Island and the neighbouring Best Island and Mapua communities.

The suite of consents authorising the ongoing operation of the WWTP and associated discharges to the Waimea Inlet, to land via irrigation and to air (odour) have recently been renewed for a term of 20 years.

If you want to find out more and receive updates on the project as it progresses, please email your details to the consent manager Katherine Forward