Environmental advocacy group The Tree Council has lodged an appeal with the Environment Court against the decision by Auckland Transport to accept the Notices of Requirement recommended by Commissioners on behalf of the consent authority for the Redoubt Road-Mill Road corridor upgrade.
“The Tree Council was disappointed that the Commissioners accepted Auckland Transport’s proposals without any modifications despite the strong case made to better protect the taonga that is Graham’s Bush” said Chair Sean Freeman.
“This nationally important ecological fragment of a broadleaf podocarp forest that once covered the Manukau lowlands is almost all we have left and it is in a pristine state and weed and pest free. It should not be destroyed when there are alternative solutions that can enable the road to cross the area without killing the trees.”
Landowner Graham Cheesman passed away before the Commissioners’ decision was released and had spent 18 years working to preserve and protect the 4.2 hectare forest fragment in a gully on his land.
Auckland Transport’s proposal is to span the gully using embankments to support the road bed which will result in removal of 1500m2 of vegetation, topping and felling of emergent trees in the 500m below the bridge structure and loss of vegetation in close proximity to the two embankments due to rain shadow and shading. It is estimated that a number of large trees plus smaller canopy trees will be removed. The bush fragment will be cut in half by the road, severely affecting its ecological value.
Auckland Transport has proposed compensation planting for the loss of bush areas affected by the proposed route through the bush remnants at 38 and 146 Mill Rd, but The Tree Council does not consider that this can compensate for the loss of a significant remnant of such a severely threatened forest habitat.
The Tree Council needs funds to fight this appeal. You can donate directly to our bank account:
11-5462-0230022-11 The Tree Council.
Please tag your donation “Grahams Bush”. Thank you.
This appeal only relates to the Decision on NoR 3. This is identified by the recommendations as:
“ ..NoR 3 commences approximately 570m south-east of the current Redoubt Road / Murphys Road intersection and includes the remainder of the 8.9k corridor. This section of the corridor includes a new greenfields alignment and involves substantial cuts and fills. The alignment requires the construction of two bridges over bush clad gullies and two new intersections, at Ranfurly Road and Alfriston Road These intersections are currently proposed as roundabouts. NoR 3 terminates north of the Mill Road / Popes Road intersection.” (NoR 3 Recommendations)