PROJECTS / Hillary Outdoors' New Kinloch Centre
Hillary Outdoors is a charitable trust that provides outdoor education, primarily to young people. More and more young people are wanting to participate in outdoor education and pursuits experiences, so Hillary Outdoors asked us to help them develop and get resource consent for a new centre in Kinloch, Taupō. The consent was granted, and as soon as they can secure funding, construction will begin.
The future Kinloch Centre will have residential accommodation for younger students so they can get their first taste of outdoor education and pursuits in and around the Kinloch area. The goal is that the centre will:
How we helped
We worked alongside the Hillary Outdoors team, and with technical experts on wastewater disposal, transport, noise, and contaminated sites to obtain two resource consents. One from the Waikato Regional Council for onsite wastewater disposal, and one from the Taupō District Council for land use.
The Lake Taupō catchment area has pretty tight restrictions regarding the discharge of nitrogen. In order to service the new centre's wastewater disposal needs, we had to transfer an additional nitrogen discharge allowance to the site. We worked with a very generous local farmer (who donated the additional nitrogen allowance) and the local Waikato Regional Council team to ensure that the small amount of additional nitrogen required was transferred to the site.
We are excited to see this project get underway as it is something we’re very proud to have been involved in. The opportunity for more young people to explore the outdoors is great. That they will be able to do it from a centre that reduces its impact on the environment and really walks the sustainability talk is gold.