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get past a crowd and suggested busy
businesses could explore a text alert system
to minimise queues.
''It is somewhat more of an issue for people
with disabilities,'' she said.
While they hadn't had any specific
complaints about the queue outside
Fergburger, Ms Stone said she could see
how the crowd could cause problems for
people trying to get past.
''More awareness of the needs of people with
disabilities to have a clear passageway
benefits the wider community because
everyone else then finds it easier to get
around, including parents with toddlers and
CCS Disability Action community develop-
ment co-ordinator Anna Jameson said as a
wheelchair user, she generally found people
in central Queenstown very considerate.''
''It is frustrating when people block the
footpath or crossing cuts with wheelie bins
or cars which often means that you have to
find another wheelchair friendly route.''
Fergburger general manager Steve Bradley
said staff did their best to resolve the issue
by giving customers accurate wait times,
suggesting they go shopping, walk to the
lake or wait in a nearby park. He said they
also employed ''fluffers'' to keep the queue
''We constantly remind our staff to keep
people moving and monitor people . . . we
certainly do what we can.''
Pong action taken
By BROOKE GARDINER
and GRANT BRYANT
Odour mitigation: The Victoria Flats Landfill
The cause of a foul odour coming from
near the Victoria Flats Landfill, as
reported in the Mirror on August 8 (Bad
smell baffles officials) has been ident-
ified as a mixture of human waste and
rubbish dumped at the site.
Following the article, which asked the
public to report odour concerns, the
Otago Regional Council received three
complaints, and asked the local council
to investigate, Queenstown Lakes
District Council solid waste manager
Stefan Borowy said.
''It [the smell] was actually accumulat-
ing at the site,'' Mr Borowy said.
When first contacted by the Mirror,Mr
Borowy said he was unaware of the
stench and said he would be surprised if
it was being caused by human waste,
which has been dumped at the site
regularly since 2008.
Human waste is believed to have
contributed to the foul odour but Mr
Borowy told the QLDC infrastructure
services committee at its last meeting it
was caused by a culmination of unusual
weather and meteorological factors.
''It was a very wet June, with four times
more rain than usual, followed by a
period of heavy frosts, which caused the
moisture to freeze. That was followed
by a period of more significant rain,
which caused a big thaw -- releasing
into the air anything that had been
contained in the ice.''
During the thaw there was very little
wind, which would have helped to
disperse any odour, and site operator
Scope Resources had been focused on
digging sludge pits for Project Pure --
the $18 million Wanaka sewerage plant.
''In June when the sludge pits were dug
they also exposed some of the waste
already deposited at the site and there
was very little wind.''
The weather also turned the working
area of the landfill into quite a bog and
the tipping face of the landfill, the area
of refuse uncovered by soil and exposed
to air, had to be extended, he said.
As a result of the complaints, several
odour mitigation procedures had been
taken up by Scope Resources.
A closer eye would also be kept on
freeze/thaw cycles, he said.
''Sniff tests'' were also being conducted
by staff each morning at the landfill site
and along State Highway 6 at Gibbston,
the Nevis Bluff and Lake Hayes
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